Bethune Benes Law Firm

Bethany Benes




Bethany focuses her practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation, trusts and estates litigation, property litigation, construction litigation, trade secrets and IP litigation, and appeals. She is licensed to practice in all Virginia state trial courts, as well as the Eastern District of Virginia and Western District of Virginia.

Bethany is experienced in handling high profile and complex cases, and in 2016, was a member of the litigation team that obtained the largest jury verdict in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as reported in Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Bethany has experience litigating cases in both state and federal courts in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, and has been involved in multiple cases before the Virginia Supreme Court. Since 2014, Bethany has consistently been recognized as one of Virginia’s Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine, and in 2019, was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters.

As a former law clerk in Virginia’s busiest trial court, Bethany has a unique understanding of the trial practice and uses this knowledge to formulate efficient and beneficial strategies for her clients. While the process of litigation has become well known to Bethany, she understands the stresses it causes clients. To reduce the unknowns and alleviate any anxiety a client may experience, Bethany makes it a priority to be available to her clients to educate and communicate with them about each step of the litigation process.

In addition to her legal work, Bethany is a leader in several bar and community associations. She is an active member of The Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, the Fairfax Bar Association, and the Virginia Women Attorney’s Association. Bethany served as the Chair of Northern Virginia Pro Bono Hotline and was the former Chair of the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors for Britepaths (formerly known as Our Daily Bread, Inc.)

A native of Northern Virginia, Bethany received a Bachelor of Science from George Mason University before receiving her law degree from American University, Washington College of Law. While at American, Bethany was involved in the trial advocacy program, including the Mock Trial Honor Society. In addition to serving as a summer law clerk to the Honorable Nelson W. Rupp of the Montgomery County Circuit Court, following law school, Bethany clerked for the Honorable Bruce D. White of the Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Distinctions & Honors

  • Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine
  • Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters


Lawline, Disputes Between Members of an LLC: “Divorcing” Your Business Partner in Virginia, September 25, 2017

Virginia CLE, Using the Courts to Break Up a Business: Dissociation Actions and Dissolution of Limited Liability Companies in Virginia, September 24, 2016


J.D., American University, Washington College of Law
B.S., George Mason University