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Nathan Benjamin

Nathan Benjamin

I have been practicing law in the Santa Cruz area since 1998. I earned my J.D., magna cum laude, from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, Minnesota’s first university. I have an M.A. from California State University, Humboldt and a B.A. from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Courtney Leibrock

Courtney Leibrock

I represent clients in a broad range of matters with an emphasis on business and real property transactions and litigation. I have successfully resolved matters involving easement, trespass, nuisance, construction defects, partition, residential disclosure obligations, and homeowner’s association issues.


Amanda Bermudes

I am a paralegal and earned a BA from CSUMB, MA from San Jose State University. In addition to being a licensed paralegal I am a licensed Santa Cruz County Process Server and a Notary Public. I have worked in the legal field since 1993, including 15 years with Nathan Benjamin. My hobbies include my son, dance and enjoying all that Santa Cruz has to offer.


  • 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 the 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 the 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 the injured client.