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Brett VanBenthysenAssociate

Brett Van Benthysen


Associate
New York
Email:  bvanbenthysen@reitlerlaw.com
Phone:  212-209-3045

EXPERIENCE

Brett Van Benthysen is a member of the firm’s litigation department. Brett is an experienced litigator who represents corporations, both large and small, as well as individuals, in general business and complex commercial disputes, copyright and trademark infringement, and appellate litigation. He has extensive experience arguing on behalf of clients in both state and federal courts and in private arbitration. Prior to joining the firm, Brett handled complex commercial litigation on behalf of institutional investors and was part of multiple trial teams that recovered hundreds of millions of dollars litigating securities fraud, shareholder rights, and corporate governance class actions. In recognition of his various achievements, Brett was selected to the Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars list in 2017 – 2021.

Successful representations include:

  • Defeated multi-million dollar claim of breach of stock option agreement on behalf of insurance and financial products company at summary judgment.
  • Obtained multi-million dollar damages award on behalf of defense contractor against subcontractor in private arbitration relating to manufacturing and design of warships.
  • Obtained multi-million dollar damages award on behalf of a financial technology corporation in private arbitration relating to corporation’s merger with target company.
  • Settled breach of contract dispute on behalf of a foreign social media company in a lawsuit brought by a purported investor.
  • Resolved claims concerning disputed ownership in pharmacy businesses after multiple day bench trial.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims at the pleading stage for a Canadian petroleum services company in a lawsuit brought on behalf of the State of Pennsylvania related to MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether) gasoline pollution.
  • Resolved claims brought against a web, mobile and digital design agency in a breach of a contract action.

EDUCATION

  • Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 2009)
  • New York University (M.S., 2006)
  • The College of New Jersey (B.A., 2004), magna cum laude

PROFESSIONAL

Brett has also represented indigent defendants in New Jersey on a pro bono basis.  His representations include:

  • Overturning a guilty plea for assault on the ground that the accused was not informed of his right to counsel.
  • Representing a lifetime parolee at a parole revocation hearing.

ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

RECOGNITION

  • Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Star 2017 – 2021
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Professional
  • Admissions
  • Recognition

Experience

Brett Van Benthysen is a member of the firm’s litigation department. Brett is an experienced litigator who represents corporations, both large and small, as well as individuals, in general business and complex commercial disputes, copyright and trademark infringement, and appellate litigation. He has extensive experience arguing on behalf of clients in both state and federal courts and in private arbitration. Prior to joining the firm, Brett handled complex commercial litigation on behalf of institutional investors and was part of multiple trial teams that recovered hundreds of millions of dollars litigating securities fraud, shareholder rights, and corporate governance class actions. In recognition of his various achievements, Brett was selected to the Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars list in 2017 – 2021.

Successful representations include:
• Defeated multi-million dollar claim of breach of stock option agreement on behalf of insurance and financial products company at summary judgment.
• Obtained multi-million dollar damages award on behalf of defense contractor against subcontractor in private arbitration relating to manufacturing and design of warships.
• Obtained multi-million dollar damages award on behalf of a financial technology corporation in private arbitration relating to corporation’s merger with target company.
• Settled breach of contract dispute on behalf of a foreign social media company in a lawsuit brought by a purported investor.
• Resolved claims concerning disputed ownership in pharmacy businesses after multiple day bench trial.
• Obtained dismissal of all claims at the pleading stage for a Canadian petroleum services company in a lawsuit brought on behalf of the State of Pennsylvania related to MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether) gasoline pollution.
• Resolved claims brought against a web, mobile and digital design agency in a breach of a contract action.

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Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 2009)
  • New York University (M.S., 2006)
  • The College of New Jersey (B.A., 2004), magna cum laude

Professional

Brett has also represented indigent defendants in New Jersey on a pro bono basis.  His representations include:

  • Overturning a guilty plea for assault on the ground that the accused was not informed of his right to counsel.
  • Representing a lifetime parolee at a parole revocation hearing.

Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Recognition

  • Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Star (2017 -2021)