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About me

I love classical music and play the piano and recorder.  I used to play timpani in the orchestra, so I go to quite a few concerts.  I also love to go out into the forest and hunt for mushrooms (assuming it has rained enough!).  I am married to Irene who is begining her real estate career, which requires a lot of work on her part.  She is a natuaral born saleswoman.


Languages spoken: French

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Practice areas


  1. Debt Collection: 50%
    28 years, 800 cases
  2. Litigation: 30%
    28 years, 200 cases
  3. Tax: 10%
    28 years, 200 cases
  4. Bankruptcy & Debt: 10%
    28 years, 180 cases



Hourly ($120-300/hour), contingent (25-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (10 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

750 Menlo Ave #350
Menlo Park, CA, 94025-4759


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Silicon Valley Top LawyersSan Jose Magazine2007
Silicon Valley Top LawyersN/A2006
Silicon Valley Top LawyersN/A2005
Silicon Valley Top LawyersN/A2004
Peer Review - AV ratedN/A2003
Silicon Valley Top LawyersN/A2003
Silicon Valley Top LawyersN/A2002
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
Silicon Valley Top LawyersN/A2001
Silicon Valley Top LawyersSan Jose Magazine2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Stephen Benda1987 - Present
PresidentVenture Growth, Inc.1982 - 1986
PresidentStanford Wine Co., Inc.1975 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
California State Bar - Litigation SectionMember2006 - Present
Santa Clara County Superior CourtArbitrator/Mediator2000 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Santa Clara County Superior CourtJudge Pro Tem1996 - Present
San Mateo County Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Palo Alto Area Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1987 - 1997
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Reswick v ReswickBAP 9th Cir. upheld our position
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Publication nameTitleDate
9th Cir.BAP (Cal.): WL 612728, Bankr. L. Rep. P 81,942, 11 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 3464, 2011 Daily Journal D.A.R. 4117In re Reswick2011
United States Tax CourtCorson v Commissioner of the Internal Revenue2000
United States Tax CourtSzabo v CIR1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws (Tax)1989
Peninsula University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor (Valedictorian)1986
Stanford UniversityBusiness AdministrationMBA (Arjay Miller Scholar)1982
Stanford UniversityStatisticsMS - Master of Science1975
Stanford UniversityMathematicsMS - Master of Science1974
University of SussexMathematical PhysicsB.Sc. (1st Class Honors)1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
KCSM TV Channel 60 - Legal CurrentsEnforcing Judgments1994