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Stephen Benda

Stephen Benda

Practice areas:

Debt Collection, Litigation, Bankruptcy & Debt, Tax

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

Photos and Videos

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  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

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Vi Katerina Tran

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Vi Tran Debt Collection Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

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




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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

See all Legal Cases 


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 UniversityStatisticsMS1975
Stanford UniversityMathematicsMS1974
University of SussexMathematical PhysicsB.Sc. (1st Class Honors)1970

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
KCSM TV Channel 60 - Legal CurrentsEnforcing Judgments1994