James S. Benjamin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Benjamin, Aaronson, Edinger & Patanzo, P.A.
 | 1700 E Las Olas, Ste 202
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-779-1700
Fax: 954-779-1771
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%)
Attorney Profile

James S. (Jamie) Benjamin spent several years working as a prosecutor before transitioning to criminal defense. The experience and knowledge that Mr. Benjamin has acquired, combined with his record of accomplishment for success, is demonstrative of his dedication to his clients. One of the founding partners at Benjamin & Aaronson, P.A., Attorneys at Law, Mr. Benjamin manages high-profile, complex cases with diligence. Mr. Benjamin has been a groundbreaker in Broward County's obscenity prosecution efforts, including high-profile cases such as that of "Mistress Carla."

In addition to his record for successful cases, Mr. Benjamin has been recognized by numerous legal authorities and organizations. He serves as a board member of the Broward County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (BACDL), and as chairman emeritus of the First Amendment Lawyers Association (FALA). He is a chapter representative of the State Criminal Lawyers' Association and a representative of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL). Mr. Benjamin has also served as president of the Broward County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and as president of the National First Amendment Lawyers Association.

Mr. Benjamin has been listed in Who's Who in American Law for the past 10 years and dedicates himself to his client's legal needs in every case. He has also been listed as AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell since the year 1999. His long-standing record for achievement and his high regard among his peers in the legal community are evidence of his steadfast commitment to his clientele.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 50%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Debt, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020

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About James Benjamin

Admitted: 1980, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.benjaminaaronson.com/james-benjamin/


  • "AV" rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • American Juris Prudence Book Award
  • Listed, Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2005 - Present
  • Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 1999
  • Listed, Who's Who in American Law, 1999

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Secretary, First Amendment Lawyers Association, 2000
  • National Treasurer, First Amendment Lawyers Association, 2001
  • 2nd Vice President, First Amendment Lawyers Association, 2002
  • 1st Vice President, First Amendment Lawyers Association, 2003
  • President, First Amendment Lawyers Association, 2004
  • Chairman Emeritus, First Amendment Lawyers Association, 2005 - Present
  • President, Broward County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1998 - 1999
  • Vice President, Broward County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1997 - 1998
  • Member, Board of Directors, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1998 - Present
  • Member, The Florida Bar
  • Member, Trial Advocacy Board at Cumberland Law School
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1986
  • Florida, 1980

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Legal Columns For Adult Publications
  • Business Editor, Cumberland Law School Newspaper, Pro Confesso.

Representative Clients:

  • US v. VanHemelryck, 945 F.2d 1493, 11th Cir., 1991
  • St. v. Drysdale, 770 So.2d 301, Fla 4th DCA, 2000
  • David Vincent v. Broward County, 200 F. 3d 1325, 11th Circuit Ct. App., 2000
  • International Eateries v. Broward County, 838 F. Supp 580, So. D. Fla, 1993
  • Bordo v. Broward, 627 So. 2d 561, Fla 4th DCA, 1993
  • Bordo v. Board of County Commissioner Broward, 647 So. 2d 873, Fla 4th DCA, 1994
  • St. V. Kessler, 626 So.2d 251, Fla 4th DCA, 1993

Educational Background:

  • University of Florida, B.S., 1976

Industry Groups

  • Past Presiden Broward Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers 1998
  • Past President Of The First Amendment Lawyers Association 2005
  • Secretary Of The Florida Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2009
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Office Location for James S. Benjamin

1700 E Las Olas
Ste 202
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: 954-779-1700

Fax: 954-779-1771

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Last Updated: 8/16/2018

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