David A. Benner


David Benner advocates for public clients and is an integral part of a team that has represented city, state and territorial governments in proceedings relating to public health and consumer protection.

David represents dozens of governmental entities, including states, cities, towns, counties and townships in multiple bellwether lawsuits and other litigation alleging misrepresentations of the safety and efficacy of addictive opioids. 

Prior to joining Motley Rice, David practiced in New York and Washington, D.C., on both the plaintiff and defense side, gaining substantive experience in consumer protection litigation; false claims act litigation; and cases involving intellectual property, securities, and antitrust law. In his public client work, David helped the Attorney General of New Hampshire obtain financial and injunctive relief from the maker of a fentanyl-based opioid for alleged unfair marketing practices; and he helped the Attorney General of Mississippi obtain a settlement over allegedly false statements made by a credit rating agency about its independence and objectivity ahead of the financial crisis of 2008. 

Other public service includes voter protection and mobilization efforts as Deputy Voter Protection Director for Organizing for America – Iowa in 2012, in connection with that year’s presidential election.



J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 2005

B.A., Haverford College, 2001

Licensed In

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Admitted to Practice Before

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, District of Columbia and Federal Circuits

U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York