Lizinka “Zinka” Benton joined the firm in 2016. She has a broad practice that includes employment, construction, business/commercial, insurance bad faith and entertainment.
Ms. Benton was admitted to the California bar in 2004, and the Connecticut bar in 2006. She practices in state and federal courts in California.
In addition to practicing law, Ms. Benton spent 4 years as managing partner of a digital media company, where she handled business, legal, and media production matters from start-up through wind down. She also taught Entertainment Law at Quinnipiac Law School in Hamden, CT. Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Benton wrote and produced for film and television.
Ms. Benton received her juris doctor magna cum laude from Southwestern Law School’s accelerated 2-year program in 2004. During law school she was a member of the Law Review and co-president of OutLaw, the LGBT law students group. Ms. Benton received her M.F.A. in Film Production from New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 1992 and her B.A. cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1987.
Ms. Benton served on the board of the New Haven Arts Council and Love Makes a Family, CT. She has mentored start-up businesses and provided pro bono assistance to a variety of media projects.
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