The Law Offices of Nathan Benjamin

Providing a wide range of legal services in Santa Cruz County and the surrounding communities.

(831) 600-8405

Practice areas:

Real Property, Intellectual Property, Small Business, Trust, Estate, Elder Law, Litigation and Transactions

Notable Cases

Mr. Benjamin has been lead counsel on hundreds of legal matters, ranging from arbitrations and negotiations to trial and appellate cases in California State and Federal Courts.  

Some of his most noteworthy legal successes include:

Brown v. Caltrans, 321 F.3d 1217 (9th Cir. 2003), 260 F.Supp. 959 (N.D.Ca 2003): Lead counsel in First Amendment case, District Court enjoined Caltrans from removing clients' antiwar political commentary from highway overpasses while allowing pro-war commentary to remain.  Affirmed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jacobs Farm v. Western Farm Service, 190 Cal. App. 4th 1502 (2010): Client, an international organic farming enterprise, sued defendant Western Farm Service, alleging pesticides applied to fields near client's farm migrated to client's land, contaminating crops and rendered the crops unmarketable.  A jury found defendant liable in negligence, trespass, and nuisance and awarded plaintiff $1,000,000.00, plus attorney’s fees.  Jury verdict upheld on appeal, affirming damages and the right of private action for contamination.

Butler v. Taser, (Santa Cruz County Superior Court): Co-counsel on case in which client was permanently injured after being shocked several times with a Taser.  Following a $2.85 million settlement, established a conservatorship and Special Needs Trust, approved by the Court, assuring ongoing care and management for injured client.