Benito, a partner in our litigation practice group, focuses on white collar defense, including Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other regulatory enforcement and related complex civil litigation. He has significant experience dealing with his clients’ most complex problems – in the courtroom, the boardroom, before governmental bodies or in private arbitration.
Benito has represented public companies, board committees and individual officers in internal, criminal and regulatory investigations, prosecutions and related civil litigations. These include investigations of price fixing in the airline industry by the US Department of Justice, options backdating, fraud in the auctions rate market, the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers by the SEC and Conrad Black’s criminal trial.
Benito previously served as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, representing the United States in all criminal and civil court proceedings in Manhattan and surrounding northern counties, including various criminal matters relating to US economic sanctions.
Representing senior executives of two major global financial institutions based outside the United States on US federal and local criminal investigations of alleged violations of US economic sanctions against Iran.
Representing the City of San Diego Audit Committee in a two-year investigation involving pension underfunding and false filings with the SEC.
Advising the board of a major credit card bank in an internal review of the personal expenditures of a senior officer.
Advising an audit committee created by a major municipality to investigate underfunding of public employee pension obligations and non-disclosures in bonds offerings.
Advising a leading supplier of dialysis services in a criminal investigation and related civil investigation of government supported services provided on the basis of allegedly unreliable clinical tests.