Born: Dec. 24, 1976
Firm/Company: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Princeton
Law School: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 2004
College: Lafayette College, B.A., English, 1999
Career: Current firm, member, 2010-present; Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch, associate, 2007-10; Porzio Bromberg & Newman, associate, 2004-07
Profile: Benaur has extensive experience representing individuals and international corporations in complex litigations, prelitigation dispute resolution, investigations, and contract drafting and negotiation, both domestically and internationally. During the past four years, Benaur has had back-to-back successes in a broad range of high-stakes cases. He was co-counsel in the representation of BAE Systems Controls in a high-profile bankruptcy in Delaware, resulting in $28.5 million valuation of the client’s proof of claim, successful negotiation for postpetition product supply and intellectual property rights. He served as lead senior associate in a three-year litigation in Los Angeles federal court over a research and development agreement for a new, highly sophisticated positioning device in the drilling industry, involving extensive expert analysis of complex mechanical engineering and market issues involving the oil and gas industry, fact investigation around the country (Connecticut, New York, Texas, California), expert depositions and reports, summary judgment briefing and various other motions. In that case he presented liability and damages analysis during the course of several court ordered mediations, resulting in settlement in case involving allegations of over $100 million in damages. Benaur briefed, argued and obtained orders for recognition of a Brazilian reorganization proceeding and for permanent injunction enforcing the Brazilian reorganization plan in Chapter 15 proceedings in S.D.N.Y. Bankruptcy Court on behalf of a multibillion dollar Brazilian meat producer. He prepared witnesses from Brazil to testify, negotiated resolution with major financial institutions and handled oral arguments. In addition to his successes in court, Benaur has taken the lead in the Princeton community by serving as chairman for the Princeton Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leaders Group (titled LEEEP), which seeks to expand opportunities for emerging professionals in the Princeton region. Benaur has also published various articles and presented at conferences. Finally, he represented the firm in charity tennis tournament sponsored by the SERV Foundation.