Patrice Harper Joins The BLG Partnership Bringing Tremendous Experience To The Team |Allysa Villanueva Continues To Succed In Law And Motion Securing Key Wins For BLG Clients |BLG hired to complete initial formation and capitalization of Play Mode Beverage, LLC |Na’il Benjamin selected as a Super Lawyer, Top 40 under 40, Rising Star |Benjamin Law Group advising Over The Top broadcasting company on seed round of funding |Benjamin Law Group defending small businesses in Labor Code litigation brought by the City and County of San Francisco |Benjamin Law Group giving back to the community: http://blog.sfbar.org/2014/04/29/nail-benjamin-takes-on-mentoring-giving-back-and-being-a-working-parent/ |Na’il Benjamin recognized for diversity efforts: http://blog.sfbar.org/2014/10/01/marie-ma-and-nail-benjamin-honored-for-diversity-efforts/ |Na’il Benjamin honored at the 2014 BASF Barristers 6th Annual Diversity Reception: http://www.sfbar.org/calendar/eventdetail.aspx?id=B147313/B147313 |Benjamin Law Group serving as General Counsel to a technology-based ”over the top” broadcasting company |Benjamin Law Group advising Los Angeles Laker on asset protection and real estate investment |Benjamin Law Group retained to represent client services company in discrimination law suit |Benjamin Law Group advising and consulting with founder of start-up beverage company |Benjamin Law Group retains Donna Hankins as expert in negligence dispute |Benjamin Law Group advises new business owner on compliance with California’s wage and hour laws |Na’il Benjamin selected and added to the Global Directory of Who’s Who as a Top Lawyer in 2016 |Benjamin Law Group retained to protect client’s confidential proprietary information |BLG Obtains More Than A Half Of A Million Dollars For Client In Sexual Harassment Matter |BLG Obtains Substantial Six Figure Settlement For Employee Subjected To Racial Harassmet And Pregnancy Discrimination |Na’il Benjamin Selected To Join Team Of Founders And Serve As General Counsel For Thirving Tech Media Company |Na’il Benjamin Selected As A California Super Lawyer In Years 2016, 2017, 2018, And an Exciting Announcement To Come In 2019 |BLG Reaches Multi-Million Dollar Settlement Agreement On Behalf Of Employees |
Our Legal Team
About Our Managing Partner
Mr. Benjamin began his legal career at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, and continued his career at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass. He started Benjamin Law Group, P.C., after spending almost three years as a Deputy City Attorney in San Francisco. As a Deputy City Attorney, he managed an array of labor matters and employment litigation matters including labor negotiations, arbitrations, hearings, and trials.
Mr. Benjamin is a trial attorney with vast experience resolving cases of many levels of complexity. Since opening Benjamin Law Group, P.C., Mr. Benjamin has been recognized as a 2015 Rising Star by Super Lawyers, and then elevated to 2016 Super Lawyer status in just one year. Mr. Benjamin has also been recognized as a top attorney by The National Black Lawyers – Top 100, and The Global Directory of Who’s Who as a Top Lawyer 2016.
Mr. Benjamin has successfully litigated antitrust class actions; securities class actions; wage and hour class actions, multi-plaintiff cases under the Private Attorney General’s Act, and other multi-plaintiff and single-plaintiff matters. Mr. Benjamin has practiced in state court, numerous federal courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, before arbitrators, Administrative Law Judges, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Public Employment Relations Board. He has represented all of his clients by employing the same tenacity, focus, attention to detail, and rigor; regardless of the size of the case or the amount of money at issue.
In addition to managing a thriving litigation practice, Mr. Benjamin continues to assist existing and new clients with a wide variety of commercial and residential Real Estate related needs. Mr. Benjamin’s clients are developers, general contractors, investors that focus on short terms and long term holdings, and homeowners looking to buy and sale owner-occupied homes. Mr. Benjamin assists with both sides of transactions, as well as protects his clients’ interests through litigation when necessary. Mr. Benjamin is a real estate investor with a keen understanding of key aspects of real estate deals, and he uses his personal and legal experience to assist his clients throughout California.
Before attending law school, Mr. Benjamin attended the University of California at Berkeley. At Cal, Mr. Benjamin was an All Pac-10 wide receiver, punt returner, and kick off returner. He played every game during his four-year playing career and broke several records along the way. More importantly, Mr. Benjamin committed to mentoring youth in West Oakland by mentoring Roy Haskins at McClymonds High School. Mr. Benjamin became a spokesperson for the Athletic Speaker’s Bureau, Touchdowns For Kids, and Stiles Hall. Mr. Benjamin was honored with the Brett E. Merriman Award for his commitment to community service.
After Cal, Mr. Benjamin pursued a career in the NFL and enjoyed time with the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, and the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe. After leaving football, Mr. Benjamin worked for Siebel Systems, Inc., a market-leading Fortune 500 company before being bought by Oracle. Mr. Benjamin also created, owned, and managed several companies; including a real estate company, an investment and asset management company, and a trucking and brokerage company. These lasting relationships and experiences led to Mr. Benjamin representing professional athletes with respect to their business transactions, as well as connecting them with opportunities and resources to carry them beyond their playing years. Mr. Benjamin has also been involved with consulting with start-ups and providing business advice to entrepreneurs.
Mr. Benjamin is a graduate of the University of California at Hastings College of the Law. He graduated with a concentration in civil litigation, he participated in Hastings’s renowned Civil Justice Clinic, and he externed for the well-respected Honorable Thelton Henderson of the United States District Court, Northern District of California. While in law school, Mr. Benjamin participated as a mentor in Alameda County’s diversion program for first time drug offenders.
Mr. Benjamin has remained active in business and his community throughout his legal career. He has also been active in supporting various political candidates and political action committees. Most notably, in 2007 and 2008, Mr. Benjamin was an active fundraiser during President Obama’s first presidential race. He was also involved with fundraising for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, as well as other successful local and state-level campaigns.
Mr. Benjamin is also currently enjoying his second term as a Board member for the California Association of Black Lawyers, and he has served as a Board member for the Charles Houston Bar Association, and on the Advisory Board for the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Diversity Pipeline Programs. Mr. Benjamin is also a very active member of the California Football Alumni Club, he is often speaking on panels and speaking with students about the practice of law, and he continues to mentor students at all levels of education.
Patrice Harper, Partner
Patrice Harper brings 16 years of spectacular advice and litigation experience to Benjamin Law Group as a Partner where she will continue her practice in the areas of employment law, high-exposure toxic tort litigation, and healthcare. Patrice is a former partner at Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, and she earned her law degree from Harvard Law School before beginning her career at her first big firm.
Patrice is knowledgeable in many areas of the law, providing her clients with well-rounded and informed legal services. She has handled numerous toxic exposure lawsuits, including asbestos and other hazardous substances. Patrice is highly experienced in healthcare and employment law, having previously served as general counsel to a healthcare company.
Patrice has experience representing companies during litigation, arbitrations, administrative actions, contract negotiations and investigations. Patrice advises her clients on matters of business and finance, and knows what it takes to protect a company’s best interests in adversarial proceedings.
Previously, Patrice acted as corporate counsel for a management and asset protection company where she gained further valuable employment law know-how. She is familiar with rules and regulations at local, state and federal levels, and ensures her clients are compliant with Title VII and the ADA, FMLA, ADEA, FEHA and FLSA. Patrice provides training and updates for management and employees on compliance risk areas, trends, and labor and employment law developments. She is well-versed in other legal matters as they relate to employment law, such as hiring, leave and accommodation, discipline, terminations and compensation.
Patrice has successfully worked on all stages of litigation, from pre-trial motions to appeals. She has extensively represented clients as both witnesses and targets in complex government investigations, dealing with witness interviews, grand jury testimony, and the production of paper and electronic documents.
With a diverse legal background, Patrice has practiced in state and federal courts. She has handled corporate investigations, securities fraud, multi-party and class action litigation, labor and employment litigation, intellectual property litigation, unfair business practices, construction litigation, insurance coverage disputes, bankruptcy, criminal cases and habeas corpus matters. Patrice also has experience in criminal law, enhanced by an internship in the United States Attorney’s Office.
Dedicated to giving back, Patrice devotes much of her free time imparting some of her knowledge upon the next generation of lawyers. As a professor at John F. Kennedy University College of Law, she teaches courses on Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Law and Motion, and Legal Research and Writing.
Angela L. Morgan, Partner
Angela L. Morgan is a senior litigator with more than 15 years of experience. Before joining Benjamin Law Group, P.C., Ms. Morgan founded Morgan-Logan Law Group servicing clients in San Ramon, Contra Costa, Solano, San Francisco, Alameda, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino. Ms. Morgan’s primary areas of practice include employment law, probate, estate planning, family law, entertainment law, and general business matters.
Ms. Morgan is more than just a skilled attorney. In addition to successfully representing clients in various areas of law, she prides herself as an excellent listener and as a responsive advocate. It is extremely important to Ms. Morgan that she is responsive to client needs and that clients remain comfortable with her high level of commitment to representing their best interests.
Alexander G. Van Broek, Of Counsel
I am committed to representing employees subjected to wrongful termination, race, age, gender, religion, disability, pregnancy, gender identity, and national origin discrimination, retaliation, and harassment, wage and hour violations, misclassification as independent contractor, denial of long term disability, breach of contract, intellectual property disputes, and defamation by libel or slander. I have appeared in state court and the federal district court in the Northern and Central districts, handled criminal appeals in the First District appellate court, and won significant settlements in wage and hour class actions in the Alameda County Superior Court. I am glad to be working with Na’il Benjamin at Benjamin Law Group.
In 1977, I attended Golden Gate University School of Law. I especially enjoyed the Contracts course with Jim Smith and Advanced Criminal Procedure with Bob Calhoun. I worked on the Law Review as an associate editor, and successfully campaigned to gain a vote on the faculty-student committee for Golden Gate to divest from banks doing business with South Africa. I served a judicial externship with Justice Wakefield Taylor. I wrote draft opinions under the supervision of Eva Goodman, who was Justice Taylor's research attorney, including the Pacific Pipeline case permitting arbitrators to render an award against an absent party. During law school, I worked as a legal clerk at Silver & Siegel in San Francisco, working on federal discrimination cases, doing research and statistical analysis. I opened my own civil litigation practice in 1982.
In 1964, I attended San Francisco State College. Under the supervision of Phil Ratoosh, I earned an M.A. in research psychology. My thesis research was in the field of simulations of dispute resolution using the prisoners' dilemma apparatus. I investigated personality correlates of cooperative and competitive behavior and developed an MMPI scale for Mutuality.
Beginning in 1963, I worked as a computer software consultant, programmer and analyst on micro and mainframe computers for users in law, insurance, manufacturing, shipping and healthcare. My projects included supervision of programmers and staff in complex commercial projects. My customers included most of the major corporations in San Francisco. In 1976, I conducted a data analysis project for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which entailed systems analysis and programming, and supervising a team of four programmers, to provide analysis of employment records in two major race discrimination class actions.
After high school, I attended U.C. Berkeley. I took pre-med classes and then switched to a psychology major. My course work covered clinical and experimental psychology, and I worked in the lab of Gilbert French who was studying generalized learning in rhesus monkeys. I worked as a hasher for the Baptist Student Center, clerk at Cody's Books, and lighting technician for the U.C. Committee on Arts & Lectures. In the summer, I took jobs as a furniture mover, cook, picked peaches, and knocked almonds. The highlight for me was a year of European Intellectual History from Carl Schorske. I met the first hippies from Reed College in 1961, when I started a conversation with a man named Howard who was sitting in the lotus position inside a laundromat dryer. The Sixties was serious business but we also laughed and survived.
I grew up in Chicago, Cleveland and California. In Shaker Heights, I was a paper boy, delivering the Plain Dealer to my neighbors before school. I attended Hillsdale High School in San Mateo. During high school, I worked as a typewriter repair mechanic, cook, pet store clerk, and drugstore clerk. I was lucky to get a good education.