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David Michael Benson

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Cleveland, OH

4.7   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    Consumer and small business bankruptcies under Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13.

    17 years, 500 cases

  2. Foreclosure
    Defense of mortgage foreclosure actions primarily through court-sponsored mediation, loan modifications and litigation.

    16 years, 60 cases

  3. Litigation

    27 years, 50 cases

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David Michael Benson
1422 Euclid Avenue
Suite 970
Cleveland, OH, 44115
Benson Law Firm
3473 Fairmount Blvd.
2nd Floor
Cleveland Heights, OH, 44118
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4.7 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
my thoughts, knowledge, ETC re David Michael Benson
excellent attorney for any person to hire who needs a very experienced knowledgeable, ETC attorney in the areas of one or all legal situations involving bankruptcy, debt &/or foreclosure issues he gives outright straightforward honest, ETC very knowledgeable, professional, impartial, ETC advice he makes sure clients legal needs, rights, ETC are met want to be honest in my dealing with him if I decide to continue further in my situation will try to become a client of his not to mistakenly wrongly promote him or Avvo found him at Avvo site
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Posted by Holli | December 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Kind, detailed, precise and helpful. I plan to employ him to do my bankruptcy. Thanks
Posted by Ray | November 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer review
David has been very professional through both my Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies
Posted by Alicia | July 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best attorneys in Cleveland!
Attorney Benson and his staff are outstanding. He helped me file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy quickly and seamlessly. I was very stressed and nervous, but he puts you at ease and truly knows his bankruptcy stuff! I highly recommend him to anyone struggling, you won't be disappointed!
Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Pleasure to work with
15 minutes to put me at ease and a plan of attack. Great info on just the consulting.
Posted by Gaye | February 21, 2013
Knowledge, Brillant Mind, Calming Countenance and Presence...knows the law! Total thumbs UP!
David Benson has a calming and reasurring countenance and presence. Blessed with excellent listening skills, a quick wit and sense of humour, and a razor sharp mind with a broad knowledge of so many different aspects of law. One is in good hands with this attorney. Attorney Benson has a brilliant mind and can solve any problem with precise and quick thinking. He possesses Integrity, honesty, promptness, accessibility, kindness, empathy, knowledge, a conscientious nature, and is also very approachable at the same time. I would recommend David M. Benson to anyone I know. He has given me advice in so many different areas of law and has always been right. I trust him explicitly.
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Posted by L. M. | November 30, 2011
Mr. Integrity
Attorney David Michael Benson is truly one of a kind. As a client I can say that Attorney Benson is trustworthy, well informed and kind. Another great thing about Attorney Benson is that he returns all phone calls in a very timely manner, he also responds to emails and snail mail. These are the signs of a great attorney. A benefit for anyone that retains Attorney Benson would be peace of mind!! I would and I do strongly recommend Attorney David M. Benson to handle your legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2010
Concise information delivered in a timely, professional manner
I cannot recommend Mr. Benson highly enough. He has provided excellent advice to my business for over a year. He returns calls promptly and provides accurate, salient advice.
Posted by Ellen | June 21, 2010
An excellent attorney
David helped me through the difficult process of declaring chapter 7 bankruptcy. I don't know how I would have managed without him. I was scared to death about the whole thing, but I knew I could rely on him to protect me from the worst of it. He let me know when I could relax and when to be nervous about the process, as well as guiding me through the nuts and bolts. David returns calls and e-mails, even when he is busy, and he is personable and retains a good sense of humor. His advice and decisions showed consistently that he succeeded in walking the line between protecting me as a client and serving as an officer of the court. In other words, I knew I was dealing with an honest man who would do all he could do to serve my interests while upholding his obligations to the law and to the court. David knows the ropes--he's been inside this process for a while now. When I had trouble filling out some of the endless forms and questionnaires, he could tell me when a bit of information was or was not important, which was a lifesaver when I had to dig among moving boxes in search of an obscure financial record (I had just moved when I was preparing to file). When we had our interview with a representative of the court to review my documents, I was really glad David was there as my advocate, because I trusted his judgment. He knew when to say something and when to stay quiet and let the trustee make his own conclusions. I also had David draw up my will. I admire his preparatory questionnaire: it's elegantly written. This reflects a lot about David: he's extremely intelligent, well-read, and a fluent speaker and writer. In my experience, David is a superior attorney. I'd recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2009
Reliable, trustworthy, always available
I spoke with David about potential bankruptcy. He is realistic, thorough, and his advice was timely. Because I could not file in Ohio where he practices, I counted on him to recommend a lawyer where I live. He did so promptly and connected me to an excellent firm.
Posted by Sarah | October 7, 2009
Great service and results!!!
We have hired Mr. Benson several times to assist in legal matters. He constructed a will and a power of attorney for my husband and I and helped to resolve a landlord dispute. We were impressed Mr. Benson's professionalism and attention to detail. In addition, we really liked that Mr. Benson took the time to explain complicated issues and kept us informed about any changes to our file. He makes an intimidating process easy to understand and that is why I recommend him to family and friends.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely NO
Stay clear of this law firm, all I got was a lot of promises that were never upheld. Communication is horrible and follow-through is even worse. They never filed my case after promising twice. First I heard it was the former secretary's fault and then they tried using Covid as an excuse. They promise things in phone calls with no writing and then twist the conversation around. When I asked for my money back because there were no services performed, they want to only refund me the filing fee. I have never heard of a company not giving a full refund when providing absolutely zero services. What a waste of my time gathering documents and information for nothing.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-365 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Benson Law Firm
  • 2003 - Present
  • Publisher
  • Lawyers Weekly
  • 1997 - 2004
  • Lead Attorney Editor
  • Thomson West
  • 1993 - 1997


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Weatherhead School of Management
  • MBA - Masters
  • 1992
  • Oberlin College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Cermak
  • General Discharge
  • In re Bonner
  • General Discharge


  • Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Sons of the American Revolution
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Swedish Cultural Society
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Vasa Order of America
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Lawyers Guild
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Eastside Kickers Soccer Club, Inc.
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Journal of International Law
  • Business Manager
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Member
  • 1988 - 1992
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Best Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Superb Rating
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Client Rating 5.0/5.0
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • 2016
  • Outstanding Journalism Award
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 2002
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  • Aspatore Book publication
  • Foreclosure Defense Strategies and Challenges
  • 2010
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Debtor Can't Convert to Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
  • 2004
  • Ohio Lawyers Weekly
  • Bankruptcy Lawyer’s Fee Considered Excessive: Must Refund Portion Along With Interest
  • 2004
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Rules Settlement Statements Needn't Be Disclosed
  • 2003
  • Corporate Legal Times
  • Statute of Limitations Defense Fails on Appeal
  • 2002
  • Ohio Lawyers Weekly
  • Midwest Express Airlines Struggles to Control Chaos
  • 2002
  • Ohio Lawyers Weekly
  • OSBA Calls for Reform of Judicial Selection
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Monte Ahuja College of Business
  • The McDonald's Coffee Case
  • 2016
  • Academy of Court Reporting and Technology
  • Workers' Compensation
  • 2008
  • Academy of Court Reporting and Technology
  • Business Organizations
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (12)
Endorse David
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Foreclosure Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Benson is a veryknowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse David Benson for bankruptcy, creditor-debtor and consumer law."
Personal injury Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Benson frequently offers answers to legal questions on Avvo. He gives judicious, wise advice, and he would be a good person to go see for help with debt problems if you live in the Cleveland area."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been the Director & Chief Counsel of The Housing Advocates, Inc (HAI) and shareholder of Kramer & Associates LPA for over thirty-six years.These positions have given me the opportunity and privilege to work with many dedicated and creative attorneys. It is my pleasure to recommend David Benson. I worked with him at my public interest law firm and know his dedication to his clients and ability to protect their rights. David is an excellent lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is a highly competent and professional attorney. I would recommend his services to anyone in need."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known David professionally for over a decade. He treats his clients with professionalism and compassion. I recommend him."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. David handles bankruptcy cases across Ohio. He is very competent and good with clients. I highly recommend him."
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