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December 12, 2013 - Image 80

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-12-12

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Family taw I Annette Benson

Unwavering Conviction,
Unparalleiea Outcomes for (:lients:

Annette Benson of Benson Family Law earns "Best"
designation by securing desired results in every case.

Carolyn Krieger-Cohen { Contributing Writer


nnette Benson is often described
by her clients, opposing counsel,
mediators and judges alike as
relentless, assertive, driven, exceedingly
prepared, even a pit bull in high heels.
These monikers suit the petite,
powerhouse founder of Benson Family Law
in Bingham Farms just fine. It is her well-
known passion for securing the best outcome
in each case, her well-honed negotiating
skills, and the strong bonds she develops
with her clients that have earned Benson the
distinction of being voted Best Family Law
Attorney by Jewish News readers who shared
their accolades.
"Your dedication and relentless pursuit to
protect my children and get me custody is
a gift I will never forget," said Michael, one
grateful client.
"Over the last three years, you have
become part of my life. You helped me regain
my sanity and focus, and no man will ever
have control over me again," shared client
For Benson, practicing family law is a
calling rather than a job, and one which
beckoned early on. "I always wanted to be
a lawyer; there was never any other career
path for me," she explained.
Benson's clients are often immersed in
the most stressful situations they have ever
encountered in their personal or professional
lives, such as divorce, custody battles, post-
judgment issues and domestic violence
scenarios. They find in Benson a tireless,
trusted, fearless advocate who is never
intimidated in the courtroom.
The child of Jewish immigrant parents and
a Michigan native, Benson was raised with a
strong work ethic and a focus on education
and independence. Her parents taught her
that achieving success required the "sechel"
to outsmart others, which has served Benson
and her clients well.
While clerking for a Wayne County
judge during law school, Benson gained an
invaluable, behind-the-scenes perspective
on the legal system as well as intimate
knowledge of how to best present cases
in court. She later worked for a prominent

12 I JN Best Of Michigan • December 2013

family law attorney, and her career path was

for me in one day then my first attorney did
in months." This doesn't come as surprising
"I love the personal relationship aspects
news to Benson, who often receives similar
of the job, the chance to dive in deep and
feedback from clients.
get a full understanding of both parties'
"I am completely vested in my clients,"
personalities," explained Benson. "After
said Benson. "We fully educate them about
almost 20 years practicing exclusively in
the legal process at every juncture so they
family law, I am convinced that knowing
understand their options, and we discuss
everything about our clients and their
strategies together. When clients are
spouses helps us develop the best approach
informed and involved in their case, they
to take and leads to the
become empowered and are
outstanding outcomes we
able to play an integral role in
achieve every day."
the decisions that will impact
Putting the children
their lives."
first is always Benson's
Benson, an avid marathon
runner, maintains relationships
top priority. She is hugely
selective about the clients
with her clients over the long
her firm chooses to
run as well.
"Our job does not end with
"I can't represent
the entry of a final judgment,"
someone I don't believe in,
Benson said. "Our clients know
or who wants something
that beyond the legal aspects
that I don't believe is best
of their case, we believe in
for the family," she said. "I
them and have their backs.
am passionate about doing
Regaining their self-esteem,
the right thing to ensure
self-respect and feeling
children end up in the right
validated are all important
parts of the legal as well as
She has been married
the emotional process they
to Mitchell Benson for 20
are undergoing. We work in
Annette J. Benson, PC
conjunction with financial
years. They are parents
Benson Family Law
of son Jonah, 16, and
planners to assist our clients in
30800 Telegraph Road
daughter Lia, 13, and are
securing their financial future.
Suite 2720
members of Temple Israel
We look ahead to ensure that
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
in West Bloomfield.
they have direction, security,
In 2002, Benson Family
family stability and the
(248) 646-2600
Law opened its doors.
confidence to move forward in
Benson and her team
the next chapter of their lives."
collaborate closely with
Knowing the law is one
thing. Knowing how to
one another, the firm's
clients and with skilled experts such as
interpret the law to benefit clients' needs,
forensic accountants, business valuators and
goals and lives is what sets Benson Family
Law apart from other firms.
child psychologists. She possesses strong
relationships with judges, referees, and
"Satisfied clients are always our goal, but
other attorneys, earning their respect and
believe it or not, we get numerous referrals
admiration based on her exemplary work
from our clients' former spouses," said
ethic, attention to detail and knowledge of
Benson. "That's when I know we have made
the legal system.
a positive impact on the lives of everyone on
Ralph, one of Benson's clients, summed up
both sides of the legal table." ❑
his feelings about her this way. "You did more

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