Thomas M. Benjamin - Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson, L.L.P.

Thomas M. Benjamin

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 504-584-5464

Thomas M. Benjamin is a partner in the New Orleans office, where he practices in the commercial litigation section. Mr. Benjamin has represented clients in a wide variety of business related disputes. These include contract and lease litigation, partnership and shareholder disputes, unfair competition and trade practices, lender liability, securities fraud, product liability, construction disputes, copyright infringement, and bankruptcy litigation. Mr. Benjamin also has extensive experience in gaming law representing clients in regulatory, permitting, and licensing matters before local and state governments including before and in consultation with the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, the Attorney General’s Office, and the State Police and in the acquisition and sale of gaming assets.

Mr. Benjamin has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation including trial and appellate work and arbitration. 

Mr. Benjamin has also represented clients in various business related transactions including contracts and leases, formations of companies, and the purchase and sale of assets.

Mr. Benjamin graduated cum laude from Tulane University School of Law in 1987 where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Tulane Moot Court Board. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983.

Mr. Benjamin is admitted to the Bars of the State of Louisiana, the United States District Courts Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts and the United States Fifth Circuit. Mr. Benjamin is a native of New Orleans. He is the former President and current member of the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Civil Service League and a current member of the Board of Trustees of Metairie Park Country Day School.

He is ranked by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers for Louisiana and Best Lawyers in America®.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillBA 1983Tulane UniversityJ.D. 1987
American Bar AssociationLouisiana State Bar AssociationNew Orleans Bar AssociationLouisiana Civil Service LeagueMetairie Park Country Day School

Case History

United Companies Financial Corporation Securities Litigation. — Successfully represented former Chief Executive Officer of United Companies in defending against securities fraud class actions, individual shareholder litigation, and ESOP litigation involving claims totaling over $100 million.
Monnie Greer, et al versus Denbury Resources Inc., et al, 2006 WL 2475317 (E.D. La. 2006). — Successfully defended publicly traded oil company and its chief executive officer in a suit brought by eleven former employees claiming in excess of $10 million in damages allegedly due as a result of stock options vesting from a corporate reorganization and subsequent sale of a subsidiary.
In re: Tahkenitch Tree Farm Partnership (Yorkshire Partnership, Ltd. v. Pacific Capital Partners). — Successfully represented partner in multi-million dollar breach of contract and fraud dispute involving timber properties.
Jules Maraist v. Polymer International Corp., 2000 WL 666381 (E.D. La. 2000). — Successfully defended company against stock option and profit sharing dispute brought by former executive.
Aneco Reinsurance Company (Peter Mitchell, as Liquidator of Aneco v. James H. Brown Commissioner of Insurance, et al). — Obtained judgment requiring over $1 million in funds to be turned over to a debtor in a foreign insolvency proceeding.
Morgan Keegan & Company v. Stern, Agee & Leach, Inc., et al. — Defended brokerage firm and brokers against federal court and subsequent NASD proceeding involving alleged claim of raiding of brokers, unfair trade practices, and breach of noncompete and non-solicitation contracts.
Illinois Central Railroad Company v. 16.032 Acres of Land in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, 1999 WL 1276835 (E. D. La. 1999). — Represented railroad in expropriation of property and defense of counter-claim relating to same.
Coastal Land and Timber Company v. Florgan Forest Products. — Successfully obtained a judgment on behalf of principal in suit for breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of funds by agent.
Andy McDonald Copyright Litigation. — Prosecuted claims on behalf of home designer against various contractors and architects involving infringement of home design plans.
Solo Serve Corp. v. Westowne Associates, 929 F.2d 160 (5th Cir 1991). — Represented landlord from the trial court through the appeal before the U.S. Fifth Circuit in dispute over shopping center lease.

Office Location

First Bank & Trust Tower, Suite 1500
909 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70112-4004
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Securities
Securities / Capital Markets Law

Other Information

Gender: Male