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Edward J. Bennett


Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Notre Dame; J.D., Duke

Ted Bennett's practice focuses on trial work and complex civil litigation, principally in securities, professional malpractice, financial services, and patent suits.  In recent years, he...

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Ted Bennett's practice focuses on trial work and complex civil litigation, principally in securities, professional malpractice, financial services, and patent suits.  In recent years, he has been lead trial counsel in civil and criminal trials, and has represented national banks, major accounting firms, Fortune 50 companies, multinational chemical and technology companies, and individuals in federal and state courts across the country and in government and internal investigations.  Professor Bennett's recent trial experience includes a two-week patent and patent licensing trial that resulted in a $309 million jury verdict in favor of his client, the family of an inventor; the successful defense of a brokerage house and two individual brokers in a two-week FINRA arbitration; the representation of a national bank in a two-week arbitration relating to its provision of identity theft services; the representation of a major electronics manufacturer in a multi-week international arbitration regarding patent licensing; and the successful defense of a national accounting firm in a three-week professional negligence jury trial.

Professor Bennett was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1986.  Before attending law school, Professor Bennett was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy for seven years, flying missions in the first Gulf War and in support of NATO air enforcement in Bosnia.  He served as a Naval Flight Officer in Carrier Air Wing Five, based in Atsugi, Japan, and at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, in Casteau, Belgium.

Professor Bennett received his J.D. with high honors from Duke University School of Law, where he was Order of the Coif and Editor-in-Chief, Law and Contemporary Problems.  He then clerked for Judge James C. Cacheris of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia before joining Williams & Connolly LLP in 1997.

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