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Jody Todd Benson

Jody Todd Benson

also known as J. Todd Benson, Todd Benson

About me

I am a trial lawyer handling oil and gas and commercial and business disputes, substantial personal injury matters, and appeals in state and federal courts.

I received his undergraduate and law degrees at Louisiana State University Law Center, where I was a member of the Louisiana Law Review and the Order of the Coif, an honorary society of the top ten percent of each graduating class. After graduating, I was a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

I was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1995 and to the State Bar of Texas in 2001. I am admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Western District, Eastern District and Middle District of Louisiana, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Louisiana state courts, and Texas state courts. I have practiced law since August of 1996, including a time as General Counsel for Tango Transport, Inc., a large trucking company.


Representative Experience

  • Substantial jury trial experience, including jury trials in the United States district courts in Louisiana, Texas, and Tennessee, in numerous Louisiana state courts, and in Arkansas

  • Has successfully prosecuted and argued appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and the Louisiana appellate courts

  • Extensive federal court litigation in diverse areas

  • Substantial litigation of oil and gas and commercial and business disputes

  • Litigation of substantial personal injury cases

  • Litigation of oil and gas matters such as cases involving the continued existence of mineral servitudes, the existence of mineral leases, and disputes over ownership of lease bonuses

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Immigration Law 


  • Louisiana State University Law Center J.D., 1995, Order of the Coif, Louisiana Law Review

  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; B.S. Finance 1991

Professional Recognition

  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center Hall of Fame

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2010 through 2013

  • Listed in SB Magazine as one of Shreveport-Bossier's best lawyers

Activities and Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association

  • State Bar of Texas

  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (1996 - present); Board of Directors (2007-2008)

  • Shreveport Bar Association


  • "Reves v. Ernst & Young: Is RICO Corrupt?" Louisiana Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 3 (Spring 1994)

  • "Reves v. Ernst & Young" Civil RICO Reporter, (Summer 1994)

  • "Get That Writ: Civil Writ Practice Before the Louisiana Supreme Court" Louisiana Bar Journal, Vol. 48, No. 2, Pg. 120 (August 2000)


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    18 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 15%
    18 years
  3. Oil & Gas: 15%
    15 years
  4. Contracts & Agreements: 10%
    18 years
  5. Civil Rights: 10%
    18 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour), contingent (25-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Ayres, Shelton, Williams, Benson & Paine, LLC

333 Texas Street
Suite 1400
Shreveport, LA, 71101-3666


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200110/19/2015
LAEligible to practice law199511/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Publication nameTitleDate
Louisiana Bar Journal"Get That Writ: Civil Practice Before the Louisiana Supreme Court2000
Civil RICO ReporterReves v. Ernst & Young1995
Louisiana Law ReviewReves v. Ernst & Young: Is RICO Corrupt1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law CenterN/AN/A1995