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Ameer N. Benno

Appeals Attorney at New York, NY

4.8   22 reviews

Licensed for 20 years

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About Ameer

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Ameer Benno is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer.

Ameer began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the esteemed Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where he served for several years in both the trial division and the appeals bureau. Upon leaving government service, Mr. Benno worked at premier civil litigation law firms where he focused on representing plaintiffs in personal injury and civil rights matters in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Benno is admitted to the New York and Connecticut state bars, and is admitted to practice in the federal courts of the Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York, as well as to the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

From 2006 through 2012, Mr. Benno was an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where he taught Appellate Advocacy and Legal Reasoning and Writing. Mr. Benno regularly lectures for bar associations and continuing legal education providers on topics having to do with trial practice, civil rights litigation, constitutional law, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Benno has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and has been named a New York Metro Super Lawyer every year since 2012 in the area of civil rights law. Mr. Benno has also been selected for membership in the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as one of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys.” These are invitation-only organizations composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state who meet stringent qualifications.

Mr. Benno frequently appears on radio and television news media to provide legal commentary and analysis.  

Ameer serves on the Civil Rights Committee, Federal Courts Committee, and Appellate Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. He is a member of the National Police Accountability Project, the First Amendment Lawyers Association, and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He is the president of the Nassau Lawyers’ Association of Long Island, and he sits on the board of directors of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.  Mr. Benno also serves on the advisory council of Nassau-Suffolk Law Services.

In addition to his membership in professional organizations, Mr. Benno is a civic leader. He is the president of the Merrick-Bellmore Jewish Community Council and serves on the board of directors of the Merrick Jewish Centre.  He is a member of the Bellmore Kiwanis, the Bellmore Lions, and Post 652 of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA. 

Ameer is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and Cornell Law School.

Licensed for 20 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2003
Updated 07/19/2022
State CT
Status Retired
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/27/2022

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

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Benno & Associates P.C.

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  22 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Ameer Benno
Mr. Benno got me through the most traumatic time in my life he has been the most professional and kind person. I believe I couldn't have found better representation from anyone else, I was very , very pleased with my settlement . I would hire him again and recommend him in the highest regard.
Response from Ameer Benno May 5, 2017
Thank you for the kind words! It was truly a pleasure to represent you and to get to know you and your family. I am honored that we were able to achieve such an outstanding result for you!
Posted by YuanJie | April 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of The Best
Mr. Ameer N. Benno is an extraordinary and experienced lawyer who is always finding the best optimal solutions for his clients. I was false arrested by inexperienced police officers in NYC and was charged with misdemeanor in third degree, and I was experiencing the malicious legal bargaining by putting me in the unfavorable position for months. I am an immigrant whose culture is to obey the law and not to challenge with higher authorities, but the justice system had pushed too far, so I decided to practice the law and defended my right as an ordinary citizen. So, I was looking for a lawyer who is willing to represent me. By the time I contacted him, I did not know the strict regulation deadline to file the Notice of Claim within 90 days’ rule. Mr. Benno have insight into the problems of diversified culture of his clients. He explained in detail with patience and listened my foreign accent without any miss understanding of my needs. Finally, my case was dismissed and Mr. Benno helped me win the huge amount of settlement from the City of New York. He is fair and good legal mentor of mine. I would recommend him to be your legal advisor for life.
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Response from Ameer Benno April 13, 2017
Thank you, YuanJie (Jackie)! It was my honor and privilege to represent you. We work tirelessly to get justice for our clients, and I'm very glad I could do so for you. Best regards!
Posted by Mandeep | April 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney and great person
I went to Mr. Benno's office about six months ago for legal advice about my case. He spend two hours with me and answer every question I have for him. He was very professional and I was very pleased the way he treated me. There is so many attorneys in New York City and they will tell you what you want to hear but Mr. Benno iis different he is very honest professional and straight forward and he will guide you the right way I highly recommend Mr. benno to everyone. Thank you.
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Response from Ameer Benno April 4, 2017
Thank you for the kind words, Mandeep! I'm very glad I could help you. Best regards to you and your family.
Posted by Artur | March 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Broken arm
My son broke his arm in a playground and Ameer was able to win the case for us by his in depth understanding of the case and the law involved. He was able to negotiate with NYC a very substantial amount which was an order of magnitude higher than their first offer. Very friendly yet professional and skilled attorney I would highly recommend.
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Posted by Lynda | July 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ameer Beno, Esq.
Mr. Benno was well prepared, thorough and very professional in representing myself, the Plaintiff, in my case. I would not hesitate to highly recommend him. An excellent attorney. Although this was a Jury trial, a settlement was reached.
Posted by Dena Stubbs | November 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable Civil Rights Attorney
In September 2014 I sought out a skilled civil rights attorney. And I found Mr. Ameer Benno. He listened attentively to what I had to say and took on my case. He was very upfront of what may lie ahead of us and kept me posted of updates with new developments In my case. I'm very pleased with the service Mr.Benno provided.
Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ameer N. Benno
My many years of living experience has enabled me to appreciate and value one who is educated to be helpful to us according to our living needs. With that I give strong reference to Ameer Benno. He is a lawyer with extreme and appropriate knowledge and awareness of human feelings. He listens and that is a very important attribute for a lawyer. Mr. Benno has given me valuable and legal direction. He has directed me through the legalities of publishing and copywriting, as well as the completion of a family will. He always answers ones call as time provides.
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Posted by Alex | September 16, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great attorney
Ameer N. Benno is a great attorney, he promised me that the case will be dismissed and it was. Furthermore, he was able to permanently seal any record of my arrest. He always answered e-mails and phone calls, and his services were fairly inexpensive.
Posted by Anthony | January 23, 2015
Excellent attorney
Very personable, always returned calls promptly, and extremely knowledgeable. Ameer is a former Manhattan DA that secured me a conditional discharge on a Class E felony. I would highly recommend Ameer to family and friends.
Posted by Brett | January 6, 2015
Look no further
Ameer is an excellent attorney. He is very knowledgeable, and skilled. My case was a double felony, not only was the outcome very positive he took the time to help me recover my personal property well after the conclusion of my case. He is also friendly!
Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2014
Amazing!
Mr. Benno was superb! I highly recommend him to assist you with any legal matter. In my case, he cross examined the police officer with incredible skill and passion and this was the definitely the reason my case was dismissed. He was not going to end his questioning until he got the results he wanted and he did! I am thrilled. Other reasons why I would recommend him is that I believe he is an honest and hard-working attorney. He is genuine and down to earth. He is one of the good guys and will fight for you.
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Posted by David | December 23, 2014
Ameer Benno - legal acumen second to none
I have been both Co-counsel and a client of Ameer Benno. You cannot find a more dedicated lawyer anywhere. Ameer's knowledge of civil rights law has been a source of information that has been invaluable to me over the years. Anyone who has Ameer Benno as his lawyer should consider himself lucky.
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2014
An experienced Litigator and Counselor
He is a kind person who cares about his clients. I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Benno before and after I became an attorney. As a colleague, Mr. Benno has raised the bar in candor and integrity. He is willing to do the right thing, irrespective of scrutiny, costs or politics. He is a principled and exceptionally skilled litigator. For these reasons, I highly recommend Mr. Benno as an attorney and counselor for most any litigation.
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Posted by Gerald | November 13, 2014
Criminal case dismissed!
Ameer helped to dismiss my case and he was well prepared and passionate!
Posted by Lauren | October 20, 2014
In shock!!!
I was facing a very scary charge that could have lost me my job and ultimately made me loose everything I have worked so very hard for. Mr. Benno got me out of everything and because of him I'm now back to work. He was so kind and sure of himself he made me believe in myself as well. I appreciate his willingness to help me and his knowledge of the law and what I was facing. If you ever need a lawyer that won't make you feel like their taking advantage of you, he's the one. I'm sold and he's mine for life. Thanks again Mr. Benno!!!! For everything. I look forward to out next case together!
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2014
Great criminal and appellate lawyer who is willing to help you in your time of need.
I called Mr. Benno for consultation concerning a possible criminal appeal stemming from a felony case in NY County Supreme Court. I'm scheduled for a jury trial and wanted to consult with an appellate lawyer in advance. I called Mr. Benno after seeing his profile on Avvo and got a call back almost instantly. I spoke with him for quite some length pertaining to his experience, details and thoughts of the case, and appellate practice. He was very genuine, open-minded, attentive and friendly. It was easy to communicate with him and he was responsive to my concerns. Moreover, I was comfortable speaking with him and felt he could be trusted and had my best interest at heart. He felt like an old friend, not an attorney. I also inquired out about his background as a lawyer. He's a former Manhattan DA with extensive experience in criminal and appellate work and has handled complex criminal appeals for the government and defendants alike; but now, he uses this experience strictly to benefit his clients'. He has worked on both sides of the playing field and can evaluate obstacles and legal maneuvers necessary to get the best outcomes. Additionally, he was an adjunct professor at New York Law School and taught countless students on legal reasoning, writing and advocacy. Needless to say, I enjoyed my conversation with him and gained invaluable insight. I know if I was to ever need a criminal or appellate lawyer, which I hope I don't, I would not hesitate to retain Mr. Benno. I can tell you after speaking with him, reading other client reviews and reviewing his credentials that he is a top-notch defender for anyone in need of a criminal or appellate lawyer. I truly hope I do not need the services of Mr. Benno for an appeal, but if I do, I know exactly who to call.
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Posted by Clayton | February 19, 2012
Benno delivers
Ameer Benno pulled off a miracle with my case, which involved the NYCMTA, the NYPD and the state. I was wrongfully stopped by police in the subway, handcuffed and humiliated. Benno stepped in with a wealth of knowledge regarding civil rights cases like mine. He was supportive, honest to me as his client, and very accommodating. He was able to get the city to settle out of court with us and I was very satisfied with the result. I already recommended him to friends, strongly suggesting to them that this is one lawyer who can deliver.
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2009
Wonderful Attorney!
When I first met Mr. Benno, I immediately knew I was in good hands!I was right! Mr. Benno is an outstanding attorney. He was easily accessible, responsive, patient, supportive, clear and hard working! Besides being a great attorney, Mr. Benno is also a great friend. I highly recommend Mr. Benno!
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2009
I recommend Ameer Benno
He is a gifted laywer. His work ethic is remarkable and I felt so comfortable with him handling my case.
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2009
Very Impressed!
Mr. Benno is incredibly sharp and hard working. He committed significant time and energy to my case and performed in a most professional manner. I was extremely pleased with my choice.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Member
  • Benno & Associates P.C.
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate
  • Shandell, Blitz, Blitz & Ashley, LLP
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Adjunct Professor
  • New York Law School
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • New York County District Attorney's Office
  • 2001 - 2008
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Education

  • Cornell Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Associations

  • The Nassau Lawyers' Association of Long Island
  • President
  • 2020 - Present
  • The Nassau Lawyers Association of Long Island
  • First Vice President
  • 2019 - Present
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2016 - Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member: Civil Rights Committee and Appellate Practice Committee
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member, Police Misconduct Litigation Group
  • 2014 - Present
  • Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Police Accountability Project
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The New York City Policing Roundtable
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member, Civil Rights Section
  • N/A
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, Civil Rights Committee
  • N/A
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The Nassau Lawyers' Association of Long Island
  • President
  • 2020 - 2021
  • Nassau Lawyers Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2018 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo.com
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
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Publications

  • Bill of Particulars (New York State Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Interview with Judge Larry Schachner
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Village of Westbury's Law Day Program
  • Hate Speech and the First Amendment
  • 2019
  • CLE Presentation
  • SCOTUS Review: Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley
  • 2017
  • CLE Presentation
  • SCOTUS Review: Jennings v. Rodriguez
  • 2017
  • Police and Prison Litigation: Effectively Representing Your Client and the Public Interest
  • Legal Ethics for the Civil Rights Litigator
  • 2014
  • Mothers Against Abusive Policing & Congo Square/El Barrio Community Meeting
  • False Arrests and Vertical Patrols in the Projects
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Benno are consistently accurate, full of analysis, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"It was a pleasure working with Mr. Benno. He is a zealous advocate who fights for the rights of his clients."
Civil rights Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"It was a privilege to work with Ameer on several matters. He is a seasoned litigator that truly embodies the term "zealous advocate." He leaves no stone unturned and thinks many steps ahead. I continue to refer and work with Ameer on matters because I know what I am getting when I work with him- hard working, extremely knowledgeable, efficient (especially with legal research), and most importantly, caring. I highly endorse Ameer."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked together with Ameer on a matter that required extensive litigation skills. Ameer is able to make very rational and well thought out decisions when the strategy involves multiple moving parts. He always aims the discussion towards solving a problem, which is extremely helpful. On top of this, Ameer is very personable. It would be a pleasure to work with Ameer again."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Benno on complicated litigation and he never seized to impress me with his knowledge, passion, skill and above all else genuine concern for his clients!!"
Civil rights Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Benno is a highly professional and extremely detail oriented attorney. His civil rights and criminal defense work is always of the utmost quality, and he makes sure to give full attention to his clients' needs and unique circumstances. Having worked personally with Mr. Benno, I can confidently state that he is also a pleasure to work with"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ameer not only as a fellow prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, but also as an attorney in private practice. As a prosecutor, Ameer was respected for his diligence, intelligence and ethic. Since leaving the District Attorney's Office, I also worked with Ameer after he referred me a client whom he was working with in civil litigation. I know Ameer obtained the best result possible for the client and worked hard in doing so. In the event I have a conflict with a client that prevents me from representing them or multiple defendants come to me, I would not hesitate to contact Ameer to take the case or work along with me."
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