William B. Benson

William B. Benson

Partner
P: 614.221.2121 | F: 614.365.9516
EMAIL wbenson@isaacwiles.com

Assistant Amy Hoover 614.220.5157 ahoover@isaacwiles.com
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In the worst of times, you’re going to want Bill Benson in your corner.

His focus is defending claims involving catastrophic losses, and he’s handled them successfully for a variety of insurance clients for nearly two decades. Bill has defended clients in such losses as fires, train derailments, natural gas explosions, highway construction zone accidents, shale gas extraction ("fracking") accidents, construction defect, product liability, medical/legal negligence, tractor-trailer accidents and many others.

Bill prides himself on being available 24/7 and has a first-responder’s mentality when it comes to catastrophic scenes. His proactive hands-on approach delivers timely and cost-effective resolutions as he gathers facts, coordinates with investigations by retained engineers and public officials, and cooperates with adverse parties.

Bill is Co-chair of the Litigation practice group at Isaac Wiles.

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Education

  • Capital University Law School, J.D., 1990
  • Miami University, B.A., 1987

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio, 1990
  • U.S. District Courts, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
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professional & community activities

Professional

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Community

  • House Manager, Christmas in April, 1990-1994
  • Investment Committee Chairman, Board Member, Foundation of Mount Aloysius, Inc., 1994-present
  • Head football coach, St. Matthew School, Gahanna, Ohio, 2000-present
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experience

Primary Casualty

  • 2012 - 25 cases (10%)
  • 2013 - 35 cases (15%)
  • 2014 - 45 cases (25%)
  • 2015 - 50 cases (28%)

Catastrophic Injury

  • 50 cases in past three years
  • Construction Defect - 25 cases in past three years
  • Premises Liability - 50 cases in past three years
  • Trial experience - 15 trials in past three years
  • Percentage tried - 15% (100% jury as opposed to bench)
Cases

Client: Downtown Columbus Office Building Manager
Claim: Premises liability (failure to maintain brick patio in front of large office building)
Damages: Broken ankle, knee surgery (@$100,000 in medical expenses)
Attorney: William B. Benson
Jurisdiction: Franklin County Common Pleas Court (Columbus, Ohio)
Result: Defense verdict following 3-day jury trial

Client: Office Building Manager
Claim: Premises liability (failure to maintain revolving glass door)
Damages: Facial lacerations, scarring to 15-year-old female
Attorney: William B. Benson
Jurisdiction: Franklin County Common Pleas Court (Columbus, Ohio)
Result: Defense verdict following 5-day jury trial

Client: McDonald’s franchisee
Claim: Premises liability (failure to maintain parking lot asphalt)
Damages: Fractured knee cap to 86-year-old woman
Attorney: William B. Benson
Jurisdiction: Montgomery County Common Pleas Court (Dayton, Ohio)
Result: Summary judgment

Client: Large Inner-City Apartment Complex
Claim: Premises liability (failure to prevent arson)
Damages: Death of 35-year-old female
Attorney: William B. Benson
Jurisdiction: Franklin County Common Pleas Court (Columbus, Ohio)
Result: Summary judgment

Client: Energy Company Subcontractor
Claim: General liability (natural gas explosion resulting from client’s failure to properly test natural gas line prior to activating service)
Damages: $10 million property damage (complete destruction of 10-unit apartment complex), severe injuries to two tenants, general injuries and property damage sustained by 20 other tenants
Attorney: William B. Benson
Jurisdiction: Warren County Common Pleas Court (Lebanon, Ohio)
Result: Favorable settlements of voluminous number of claims within months of explosion.

Construction Defect

  • 2012 - 7 cases
  • 2013 - 8 cases
  • 2014 - 10 cases
  • 2015 - 10 cases
Trials

Client:  Cincinnati Custom Home Builder
Claim:  Construction defect involving $300,000 in water intrusion damages
Jurisdiction: Hamilton County Common Pleas Court – Cincinnati, Ohio.
Result:  Defense verdict

Client: EIFS Contractor
Claim: Construction defect involving three large, upscale apartment complexes (1,000 units)
Damages: $10 million in claimed water intrusion damages
Jurisdiction: Franklin County Common Pleas Court (Columbus, Ohio)
Result: Nuisance settlement (less than 3% of total amount paid), despite very bad facts and being the primary target defendant (exterior insulation finishing system “EIFS” contractor), along with having significant insurance coverage

Product Liability

  • 2012 - 5 cases
  • 2013 - 5 cases
  • 2014 - 5 cases
  • 2015 - 5 cases
Cases

Client: Paper shredder manufacturer
Claim: Product liability
Damages: $7 million property damage to medical office building and contents
Attorney: William B. Benson
Jurisdiction: Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court (Cleveland, Ohio)
Result: Favorable settlement (less than a quarter of claimed damages, and $500,000 less than was offered on morning of first day of trial) on 8th day of jury trial.

Client: French Car Fueling System Manufacturer
Claim: Product liability against French manufacturer of race car fueling system
Damages: 3rd and 4th degree burns to head, face, heads and legs of race team fueler
Attorney: William B. Benson
Jurisdiction: United States District Court the Southern District of Ohio
Result: Partial summary judgment obtained, resulting in favorable settlement of case involving horrendous injuries to an employee of a former Indianapolis 500 winner in a highly-publicized accident.

Client: German Sound System/Speaker Manufacturer
Claim: Product liability involving car stereo/speaker system
Damages: Significant hearing loss
Attorney: William B. Benson
Jurisdiction: Summit County Common Pleas Court (Akron, Ohio)
Result: Defense verdict following 4-day trial.

Client: California Food Grower
Claim: Food liability
Damages: 20 patrons of local restaurant contracted hepatitis A as a result of tainted scallions grown and supplied by client – liability established by thorough, highly-publicized investigation performed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Jurisdiction: Richland County Common Pleas Court (Mansfield, Ohio)
Result: Tried first of 20 cases set for trial on consecutive weeks – first case involved the worst damages to a 30-year-old mother of three who claimed permanent injuries from having contracted hepatitis A.  Favorable verdict (less than 50% of what had been offered pre-suit) resulted in settlement of all 19 other cases on very favorable terms.

Professional Liability

  • 2012 - 2 cases
  • 2013 - 5 cases
  • 2014 - 5 cases
  • 2015 - 3 cases
Professionals

Attorneys
Ophthalmologists
Optometrists
Infectious Disease specialists

Cases

Client: Dayton Law Firm
Claim: Legal Malpractice
Damages: Plaintiff alleged that a law firm which had defended him in a civil action while he was simultaneously being criminally prosecuted for participating in a money laundering scheme had withdrawn as his counsel without his notice and failed to adequately represent him in the civil case, resulting in $2 billion of his assets being seized by the federal government.
Jurisdiction: United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Western Division at Dayton
Result: Summary judgment.
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Honors

  • Certified Litigation Management Professional, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Catastrophic Loss Panel Counsel, Zurich North America
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2012-2016)
  • AV – Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell