Michael Benke

Staff Attorney

Michael is part of the CaseyGerry complex litigation team.  He received his JD degree from Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) with a concurrent degree from Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, where he focused on quantitative methods.  During law school, he externed for Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Following law school Michael served as an attorney in the chambers of California Supreme Court Justice Joyce L. Kennard, and subsequently, received trial and appellate experience with the economic crimes and appellate divisions of the San Diego County District Attorney.  Michael has served in the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One, as a research assistant to Associate Justice Joan Irion, and has argued cases before the California Court of Appeal, Division Two (San Bernardino).

Michael is also a medical doctor.  Following his legal education and experience, he attended and received his MD degree at Saint George’s University, where testing and academics earned him the highest merit scholarship at entry.  Most recently, in his clinical years he rotated through Eisenhower Hospital and Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in San Bernardino, and the Santa Clara County hospital system.  He completed sub-internships in medicine, hospital-based family medicine, and psychiatry.  While in medical school, Michael worked as a law clerk for CaseyGerry.

Michael is licensed to practice law in California and the state of New York, including the federal Southern District of New York.  He is fluent in Spanish.

In his spare time Michael likes gardening.

Areas of Practice
  • Complex Ligitation
  • Fire Litigation
  • University of California Berkeley School of Law - Juris Doctor
  • University of California Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy - Master of Public Policy
  • St. George's University - School of Medicine - Doctor of Medicine
  • Claremont McKenna College - Economics & Government - Bachelor of Arts - (co)-valedictorian, Phi Beta Kappa