Kassius O. Benson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Kassius Benson Law, P.A.
 | 212 - 3rd Avenue North, Suite 322
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 612-333-2755
Fax: 651-234-0870
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2009
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

As the founder and senior counsel of Kassius Benson Law, P.A., Mr. Benson is dedicated to serving clients in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C. as well as federal courts throughout the country. He focuses his practice on criminal defense, handling cases involving federal crimes, racketeering, fraud, embezzlement, drug charges, white collar crimes, homicide, sexual assault and misconduct, assault and DWI and DUI.

Mr. Benson graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1996.  Prior to law school, Mr. Benson graduated with honors from Iowa State University in 1993 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in English.  Following law school, Mr. Benson started his career as an attorney in the Adult Trial Division of the prestigious Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) where he represented indigent clients and developed the fearlessness, work ethic, and trial skills necessary to effectively advocate for his clients.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Benson has committed himself to asserting and defending the rights of those accused of serious felony crimes at both the state and federal court levels. Whether representing entertainers, professional athletes, corporations, small-business owners or everyday people, he believes in providing his clients with unflinching and effective representation. Kassius Benson has tried over 150 jury trials to verdict during his career.  With each case he handles, Mr. Benson centers his focus on his clients and their needs and goals. He stands with them at every stage of the criminal process and strives to help them achieve the best possible outcomes to their legal issues. Mr. Benson is recognized as a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Staying active in the legal community is a priority for Mr. Benson. He is a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and serves as a board member for Head Start and Parents in Community Action, Inc., in Minneapolis, MN. Mr. Benson is also the Board President of the Minnesota Freedom Fund which is a non-profit organization focused on bail reform in the criminal justice system. Mr. Benson has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and currently serves as a faculty member at the Minnesota Public Defender Trial School.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2009

Certificates and Credentials

MSBA Board Certified Specialists

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About Kassius Benson

Admitted: 1996, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://kassiusbensonlaw.com/meet-the-team/kassius-o-benson/

Honors/Awards:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist
  • Recognized as a Minnesota Super Lawyer

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel Member, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Freedom Fund – Bail Reform Advocacy, Board President
  • PICA-Head Start, Minnesota, Board Member
  • U.S. District Court for District of Colorado
  • Pro Hac Vice Admission to federal and state courts in Arizona, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin
  • Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel Member, District of Minnesota
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)
  • State of Minnesota
  • The Public Defender Service for District of Columbia (PDS), Attorney – Adult Trial Division

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board President - Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF) - Nonprofit Community Bail Fund focused on reforming the bail system in the criminal justice system., 2018
  • Board Member; PICA - HEAD START, MINNESOTA, 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Former Associate Professor of Clinics and Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, Misdemeanor Defense and Prosecution Clinics, 2006
  • Faculty Member - Gideon's Promise (formerly Southern Public Defender Training Center), 2006
  • Kassius O. Benson and Kaarin S. Nelson; Felony Disenfranchisement: Why 5 Million Americans Can't Vote This November; cover article in Minnesota Bench & Bar, October 2012
  • Faculty, Minnesota Public Defender Trial School, St. Paul, MN

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Greenlaw v. United States, 128 S.Ct. 2559, 2008

Educational Background:

  • Juris Doctor - University of Minnesota Law School, 1996
  • Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, Bachelor of Science in English, Minors in African American Studies and Political Science, With Honors, 1993

Industry Groups

  • Criminal Defense
  • White Collar
Office Location for Kassius O. Benson

212 - 3rd Avenue North
Suite 322
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone: 612-333-2755

Fax: 651-234-0870

 

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Last Updated: 5/15/2018

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