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Les Bennett is a seasoned litigator with more than three decades of experience in the private and public sectors.

He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Harry E. Kalodner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Thereafter, he entered the private sector as an associate at a prominent Wall Street firm, where he worked on a significant antitrust litigation and products liability cases for a major automaker. Mr. Bennett returned to the public sector, serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted and defended claims on behalf of the United States and its agencies. He then moved to Long Island, where he was, in turn, the Partner in Charge of the Environmental, Health and Regulatory Practice Group and the Partner in Charge of the Litigation Department at two highly regarded firms. While in those roles, his work activities included: principal responsibility on a wide variety of matters in defense of a major chemical company in the “Agent Orange” Litigation; coordination of programs for the management of asbestos-containing materials on a nationwide basis; drafting and revising local laws on infectious waste and underground storage tanks; implementing a program for the treatment and disposal of medical waste for the not-for-profit hospitals on Long Island; and defending well-known, publicly traded corporations and closely held private entities against claims of discrimination and sexual harassment. A substantial portion of his work has been devoted to environmental, toxic tort, employment, and commercial matters, and appellate advocacy. He has also worked on many other types of matters and issues, including Article 78, civil rights, computer, constitutional, intellectual property, land use, OSHA, premises liability, product liability, qui tam, real estate, and SEQRA.

Mr. Bennett is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was an Articles & Book Review Editor for the Law Review. He has authored numerous articles and lectured extensively on environmental, employment and litigation issues.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 35%
    40 years
  2. Environmental and Natural Resources: 35%
    34 years
  3. Toxic Tort: 10%
    35 years
  4. Employment & Labor: 10%
    20 years
  5. Appeals: 10%
    38 years

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    Les Bennett is someone I would consult on any subject -- not just General Practice. If I needed a legal opinion on any topic, the first person I would turn to would be Les Bennett.


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Contact info

Leslie R. Bennett LLC

538 Broadhollow Rd
Ste 217
Melville, NY, 11747-3638


NYCurrently registered 197403/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorTouro Law Center2013 - Present
PrincipalLeslie R. Bennett LLC2011 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorHofstra Law School2012 - 2012
PartnerBerkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel, P.C.2006 - 2010
Of CounselBerkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel, P.C.2004 - 2006
PartnerFischbein Badillo Wagner Harding2003 - 2004
PartnerMcMillan, Rather, Bennett & Rigano, P.C.1991 - 2003
PartnerRivkin, Radler, Dunne & Bayh, Uniondale1984 - 1991
AssociateRivkin, Radler, Dunne & Bayh, Uniondale1981 - 1983
Assistant U.S. AttorneyUnited States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, New York1977 - 1981
AssociateSimpson Thacher & Bartlett1974 - 1977
Law ClerkHonorable Harry E. Kalodner, Senior U.S. Circuit Judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit1973 - 1974
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar CouncilMember2012 - Present
Nassau County Bar Association Environmental Law CommitteeCo-Chairman1997 - 1999
Suffolk County Bar AssociationMember1991 - 2003
Nassau County Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1974 - 1995
Publication nameTitleDate
Asbestos IssuesCommunication: It Shouldn’t Be a Risky Business,1991
New York Law JournalRules May Change on Interstate Transportation of Waste1990
New York Law JournalHospitals and the Problem of Medical Waste1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Sterling Educational ServicesSexual Harassment and Privacy Issues in the Workplace2004
Water Intrusion & Mold Claims conference, Sterling Educational ServicesOverview of Health Concerns for Occupants of Indoor Environments2003
Suffolk County Bar AssociationAdvice from the Experts: Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in New York State Courts (Depositions)2002
Suffolk County Bar AssociationAdvice from the Experts: Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in New York State Courts (Depositions)2001
unknownRecent Developments Affecting the Employer’s Assessment, Response and Defense of Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Claims1997
State ConferencePotpourri of Procedural Issues in Toxic Tort Cases1996
Medical Society of the State of New YorkThe OSHA Process1992
New York State Institute for Health and Human ServicesThe OSHA Process1991
American Hospital AssociationDisposal and Transportation of Infectious Waste: Strategies to Control Costs and Liability1990
Government Institutes, IncBusiness Strategies for Owners and Managers of Existing Facilities, in Asbestos in Buildings, Facilities & Industry1987