Curt A. Benson

Curt A. Benson


B.A. Western Michigan University 1983
J.D. Cooley Law School, 1986

After two years as a Visiting Professor, Professor Benson became a fulltime Cooley professor in 2007.

Before joining the Cooley faculty, Professor Benson enjoyed 21 years experience as a litigator and tried dozens of jury trials in both civil and criminal courts throughout Michigan. He has argued cases before the Michigan Supreme Court, Michigan Court of Appeals, circuit, probate, and district courts, federal district and bankruptcy courts, Worker’s Compensation Bureau, American Arbitration Association, and Drivers License Appeal Division.

Professor Benson hosts a syndicated radio program, The Lawyers, which airs on radio stations in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo but can be heard from northern Indiana up to Traverse City, MI. On the program, Professor Benson interviews professors, judges, lawyers and lawmakers on legal issues in the news. He is a frequent speaker to local bar associations and social organizations explaining recent developments in the law and discussing topics ranging from legal history to preventing violence in public schools.

Professor Benson served on the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education for six years, including two years as president and two years as vice president.

He was an associate attorney with Dennenberg, Tuffley & Jamison 1986-1992, a partner with Benson & Tacket, P.C. 1992-1996, and a solo practitioner, 1996-2006. The majority of his practice focused on commercial litigation, insurance law, criminal defense, and personal injury.

Professor Benson teaches Evidence and Civil Procedure.



Curt Benson, Nelson P. Miller and Christopher G. Hastings, The Symbolism of the Federal Rules of Evidence—The Created, the Fallen, and the Redeemed, 29 Thomas M. Cooley L.Rev. 327 (2013) 

Curt A. Benson, Keeping Secrets: Privileges and The Examination Under Oath in Property Insurance Policies, 13 Thomas M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clinicial L. 149 100 (2010).

Curt A. Benson, Michigan Rule Evidence 301, I Presume, 87 Mich. B.J. 34 (2008).

Curt A. Benson, Persuading and Dissuading: The Degree of Proof in Insurance Fraud Cases, 23 Thomas M. Cooley L.Rev. 503 (2006).

Chapters in Books

Benson, Curt A., "Lawyers Teaching Lawyers" in Teaching Law Practice:  Training the Next Generation of Lawyers, eds. Nelson P.Miller, Charles Cercone, and Christopher Trudeau, 76-84. Lake Mary, FL: Vandeplas Pub. Co., (2013).

Benson, Curt A.,"Coverage for Specialized Risk". In Insurance Law and Practice, ed. Michael H. Fabian, Noreen L. Slank and Mark D. Willmarth, 277-299. Ann Arbor, MI.: Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2012.


Real-World Experience

21 Years of Practice Before Joining Cooley

Specialties: Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury

Courses: Evidence, Civil Procedure

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