J. Todd Benson

Ayres, Shelton, Williams, Benson & Paine, LLC
Po Box 1764
Shreveport, LA 71166
(318) 227-3500
www.arklatexlaw.com


BIOGRAPHY
Todd is a trial lawyer handling oil and gas and commercial and business disputes and appeals in state and federal courts.
Todd received his undergraduate and law degrees at Louisiana State University Law Center, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review and the Order of the Coif, an honorary society of the top ten percent of each graduating class. After graduating, he was law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Todd was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1995 and to the State Bar of Texas in 2001. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Western District, Eastern District and Middle District of Louisiana, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Louisiana state courts, and Texas state courts. Todd has practiced law since August of 1996, including a time as General Counsel for Tango Transport, Inc., a large trucking company.
INDUSTRIES/PRACTICES
Energy, Oil and Gas and Natural Resources Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation
Appellate Practice
Federal Court Litigation
Trial Practice
BAR ADMISSIONS
Louisiana, 1995
Texas, 2001
REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
Substantial jury trial experience, including jury trials in the United States district courts in Louisiana, Texas, and Tennessee, in numerous Louisiana state courts, and in Arkansas
Obtained a jury verdict in excess of 8m in a wrongful death case. The case was Williams v. CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp., et al; No. 600,967; First Judicial District Court, Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Substantial experience in personal injury litigation.
Has successfully prosecuted and argued appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and the Louisiana appellate courts
Extensive federal court litigation in diverse areas
Substantial litigation of oil and gas and commercial and business disputes
Litigation of oil and gas matters such as cases involving the continued existence of mineral servitudes, the existence of mineral leases, and disputes over ownership of lease bonuses
EDUCATION
Louisiana State University Law Center J.D., 1995, Order of the Coif, Louisiana Law Review
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; B.S. Finance 1991
ROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
Paul M. Hebert Law Center Hall of Fame
Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2010 through 2019
Listed in Super Lawyers, 2012 ? 2019
Listed in SB Magazine as one of Shreveport-Bossier?s best lawyers
ACTIVITIES AND AFFILIATIONS
Louisiana State Bar Association
State Bar of Texas
Shreveport Bar Association