AREA OF PRACTICE

Litigation & Arbitration

Biography

W. Lydell Benson, Jr. is a law clerk in the Firm’s Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group.

Prior to joining as a law clerk, Lydell was a summer associate at the Firm and worked on various commercial litigation, white-collar, IP, tax, corporate, bankruptcy, and pro bono matters.

While at George Washington University Law School, Lydell worked as a judicial intern in the Senior Judges Chambers of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia where he conducted misdemeanor and felony crime-related research, briefed opinions, and prepared bench memos. Additionally, Lydell earned a position as a Criminal Law & Policy Initiative Fellow under Founding Director and Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law, Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. In this role, Lydell worked on events and programs around prominent issues in criminal law and policy. He was also an associate for the Journal of Energy and Environmental Law

Before law school, Lydell was a paralegal and analyst at a major global law firm. Prior to that, he interned for Magistrate Judge Timothy R. Rice at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Education

The George Washington University Law School – J.D., 2020
Temple University – B.A., 2014

Bar Admissions

New York (seeking admission)
Awards and Honors
Recipient, CourtCall Law School Award for Exceptional Skills in Mock Trial Advocacy (2020)
Regional Semi-Finalist, Texas Young Lawyers Association’s Mock Trial Competition (2020)
Regional Champion, National Black Law Students Association’s Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition (2019)
National Finalist, National Black Law Students Association’s Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition (2019)
Recognized by the National Black Law Students Association’s Executive Board as the Recipient of the Nelson Mandela Scholarship (2017)
Community Involvement
Member, Alumni Executive Council, The Haverford School for Boys