Bennett helps clients litigate and navigate any area of the law—creatively, efficiently, and effectively. He has proven this in matters ranging from high-stakes cases garnering nationwide attention to quiet resolutions of clients’ closely held concerns. For example, Bennett has
- Saved clients from more than a billion dollars in claimed damages through summary-judgment and expert-witness work that he handled in two antitrust cases and a qui tam case;
- Developed arguments that won motions to dismiss two multimillion-dollar antitrust suits and motions to dismiss numerous state-law claims in two other antitrust cases;
- Second-chaired an employment arbitration trial that resulted in complete victory for the client;
- Successfully defended an e-commerce company from a confidential FTC inquiry into its allegedly unfair consumer practices;
- Negotiated an early exit to a lease that would have bankrupted the client; and
- Advised on legal compliance with topics ranging from the First Amendment to credit repair, government funding, antitrust laws, and college athletics.
In the community, Bennett served stints as primary legal counsel for several Dallas charities, including a university, a park, and a pregnancy center. Bennett also created a free mobile app that helps nudge people out of binge use of their devices. And he serves as President of Dallas’s organization of Catholic lawyers, the St. Thomas More Society.
Bennett received his bachelor’s degree in political philosophy summa cum laude from the University of Dallas, where he played NCAA soccer. He received his law degree summa cum laude from SMU Dedman School of Law, where he served on the SMU Law Review, earned induction into the National Order of Barristers for his success in moot court tournaments, and interned for Fifth Circuit Judge Catharina Haynes and Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson.
Bennett started his legal career as law clerk to Chief Judge Sidney Fitzwater of the Northern District of Texas, and then as a litigator for eight years with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
He lives in the Dallas area with his wife Trish, a physician and teacher, and their five children.
A Preliminary Legal Opinion—A New Procedure to Make Civil Litigation More Efficient, 41 Rev. Litig. 1 (2021)
Numerosity Analysis Fix Can Improve Class Cert. Decisions, Law360 (July 2020)
Taking Stock of FTC Cybersecurity Enforcement After the Equifax Settlement, WLF Legal Pulse (Aug. 2019)
No Anti-Competitive Intent, No Treble Damages: A Proposal, Law360 (Jan. 2017)
The Dodd-Frank Act and SEC Enforcement—The Significant Expansions and Remaining Limitations on the SEC’s Enforcement Scope and Arsenal, 41 Securities Reg. L.J. 35 (2013)