What drives attorneys to do what they do? Seven years of school, studying to pass the Bar Exam, long days and late nights on the job—why would someone choose that career path? For Finz & Finz, P.C., attorney Ameer Benno, it has always been about getting justice, championing people’s rights, and ensuring that everyone is treated equal under the law.
Ameer was drawn to the law in college when one of his roommates was fatally shot. Wanting to see what would happen to the man accused of killing his friend, Ameer attended all of the legal proceedings in the case. When he realized he did not quite understand how the legal system worked, he set out to gain as much knowledge as possible. Thankfully, the man on trial was found guilty, and Ameer continued with his pursuit to stand up for others in the name of justice. He graduated from the very prestigious Johns Hopkins University and Cornell Law School.
After spending time in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office handling criminal trials and appeals, Ameer moved on to a private firm where he began working on civil cases such as personal injury and civil rights. Soon after, he started his own firm, continuing to fight for those who have been injured, or treated unfairly under the law. Ameer’s desire to make a difference was solidified during a trial in federal court. As the trial began, he looked around and took note that he was the attorney who brought extremely high ranking New York State government officials, including Governor Pataki, into that courtroom to answer for their actions regarding the mistreatment of prisoners. Being able to give clients the best representation possible against anyone, no matter how big the giant was on the other side, was exactly what Ameer had been searching for.
As his success continued, Ameer realized that what he was missing was the wherewithal of an established law firm that shared in his deep desire to represent the underdog. After careful consideration, he merged his practice with the top firm of Finz & Finz, P.C. Once Ameer met with senior trial attorney and CEO Stuart L. Finz and the rest of Finz & Finz, P.C., staff, he knew it was the perfect fit. According to Mr. Finz, “Ameer is an extremely bright, talented, highly motivated and principled attorney, who has a burning in his belly to fight tirelessly for the rights of others. His future success is limitless.”
Ameer’s intellect shines when discussing the inner workings of the law and legal procedures. Since his desire for legal knowledge has never ended, he was quickly appointed as the head of the firm’s law department. He also feels it is important to share what he knows with other lawyers, to not only help them improve, but to also make certain he stays current on the ever-changing aspects of the legal system. Ameer taught at the New York Law School for six years (in addition to his caseload as an attorney) and has just recently been named as one of the top five faculty presenters on Lawline.com. He is currently presenting a multi-part series on Lawline.com on civil rights litigation.
Ameer Benno is consistently recognized by the legal community as one of the top attorneys in his field. Aside from being named to the New York Super Lawyers list of rising stars for five consecutive years, Ameer was recently included in the American Society of Legal Advocates’ list of the top 40 lawyers under 40. He has also been elected and installed as a director for the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and The Nassau Lawyers’ Association of Long Island.
So why do attorneys dedicate so much of themselves to being a lawyer? Just look at what Ameer Benno has accomplished and his dedication to obtaining justice for those who have suffered a serious injury due to an accident, and for victims of civil rights violations.
Read more about Ameer Benno and the rest of the team at Finz & Finz, P.C., here.