Kassius Benson Law Firm Rnd2-42

KASSIUS O. BENSON

CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER

kobenson@kassiusbensonlaw.com
Office: 612-333-2755
Cell: 612-267-6972

(24hr/day)

Kassius Benson represents individuals in criminal cases and trials in courts throughout Minnesota. He defends clients in cases involving allegations of major financial crimes, homicide, and major drug conspiracy cases. Mr. Benson also represents individuals in complex cases involving asset and property seizure by the government. Mr. Benson also represents individuals in campus disciplinary proceedings, Title IX investigations as well as employment-related discipline.

During his 27-year career, Mr. Benson has established himself as an excellent and successful trial lawyer.  He has tried well over 150 jury trials to verdict on serious felony charges in Federal and state courts throughout the country.  Mr. Benson has also litigated a significant number of asset forfeiture matters in Federal and state courts. Mr. Benson has previously been recognized as one of the top attorneys in Minnesota by the Super Lawyers publication – that recognition by Super Lawyers is one that few attorneys achieve.

From January 1, 2021 to November 2022, Kassius Benson served as the Chief Public Defender for the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He stepped away from private practice during this time. In this position as Chief Defender, Mr. Benson made  advancements at the Office by establishing a new, comprehensive Attorney Training and Development Program as well as increasing diversity in the Office through national recruiting efforts. Both measures led to true client-centered representation.

In January 2023, Kassius Benson re-entered private practice as a sole proprietor.

Representative Clients and Cases

Kassius Benson’s representative clients include professional athletes, entertainers, corporations, small business owners, firefighters, law enforcement officers; individuals facing harsh mandatory-minimum drug sentences as well as everyday people facing serious criminal charges in Federal or state courts. He defends clients in cases involving Federal and state drug conspiracy trials, white collar crime, and other serious crimes including homicide, sexual assault and misconduct, computer crimes and assault.

Education and Legal Experience

Mr. Benson graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School.  After law school, Kassius Benson worked at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., where he defended indigent clients charged with serious felony criminal offenses in the District of Columbia Superior Court. Here, Mr. Benson developed the fearlessness, work ethic, and trial skills necessary to effectively advocate for his clients at every stage of a criminal case.

Mr. Benson eventually returned to Minnesota with the goal of providing the best criminal defense representation to individuals charged with serious crimes in Federal and state court.

Mr. Benson trains and mentors students and lawyers in criminal defense and trial advocacy. He is a founding faculty member at the Minnesota Public Defender Trial School and has trained lawyers in Minnesota, Georgia and Alabama.  As an associate professor for clinics, Mr. Benson previously taught for the University of Minnesota Law School’s Misdemeanor Defense and Prosecution Clinics.

Kassius Benson can be contacted at (612) 333-2755 or (612) 267-6972 (cellular / 24HR).

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN, Class of 1996
  • Bachelor of Science in EnglishWith Honors, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, Class of 1993

Teaching Positions

  • Former Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Faculty, Minnesota Public Defender Trial School, St. Paul, MN

Past Attorney Positions

Areas of Practice

  • Federal Court – Trial and Appellate Cases
  • Major Federal and State Controlled Substance Crimes
  • Conspiracy to Distribute & Possession with Intent to Distribute Drugs
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Major Economic Offenses
  • Embezzlement
  • Computer Fraud and Computer Crimes
  • Racketeering (RICO)
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Asset and Property Seizures and Forfeitures
  • Homicide / Murder / Attempted Murder
  • Serious Violent Crimes
  • Sexual Assault and Criminal Sexual Conduct
  • Serious Juvenile Court Offenses involving Felony Charges

Bar Admissions

  • State of Minnesota
  • District of Columbia  (Washington, D.C.)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Pro Hac Vice Admission to federal and state courts in Arizona, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin

Publications

Memberships

  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Board Member, PICA-Head Start, Minnesota
  • Former Board President, Minnesota Freedom Fund – Bail Reform Advocacy
  • Former Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel Member, District of Minnesota

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