Lisa M. Benzie

Lisa M. Benzie

Location:
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Phone:
717-798-3588
888-699-7097
Fax:
717-541-9206
Email:

Ms. Benzie devotes her practice to representing claimants in workers' compensation matters and plaintiffs in civil litigation, including premises liability, medical malpractice, professional negligence, nursing home negligence, and legal malpractice. She has over 14 years of experience and has represented clients before Workers' Compensation judges, the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, various Courts of Common Pleas throughout the Commonwealth, in addition to the Commonwealth and Superior Courts. Lisa graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Certificate of Study in Women's Studies. She then worked until 1999 for Victim's Services as a counselor and legal advocate for victims of sexual assault and other violent crimes. In this role, Lisa realized her desire and passion for the law and returned to Dickinson School of Law where she obtained her J.D. in May 2002.

She is currently President elect Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ) and advocates tirelessly on behalf of injured persons to preserve their rights to access to civil justice. Lisa is a past Chair of the New Lawyer's Section, Workers Compensation Section and Legislative Committee, and remains active in PAJ's Medical Malpractice and Workers Compensation Sections. She is a member of the Dauphin County Bar Association where she serves on various committees, is a past member of the Board of Directors, and past co-chair of the DCBA Women in the Profession Committee. Finally, Lisa is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association where she is the Immediate Past Chair of the House of Delegates, a Member of the Executive Council of the Civil Litigation Section, Co-chair of the PBA Political Action Committee (PBA PAC), past Co chair Commission on Women in the Profession, past Co-chair of the Health Law Committee, and past Chair of the Young Lawyer's Division.

In 2007, as a young lawyer, Lisa was named to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice. In 2008, she was named as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Workers' Compensation and Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice. In every subsequent year, Ms. Benzie has been recognized by both publications. In 2014, Best Lawyers of America named Ms. Benzie as the publication's 2014-15 Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants "Lawyer of the Year".

In addition to being devoted to her profession, Ms. Benzie is also involved with many charities in different capacities. She is Co chair of the Central Pennsylvania Salvation Army's main fundraiser, The Shoe Strut. Lisa was involved with inception of this event in 2012.

Lisa brings the benefit of personal life experience to her practice. As a young child, Lisa's Father was injured working in the local coal mines in her hometown, Gallitzin, Cambria County. Lisa lived through, and knows firsthand, what it is like to depend on the system for survival. Being the youngest of eight (8) kids in her family with a stay at home Mom, Lisa recalls the stress and difficulty inflicted upon her family from the frivolous denial of benefits by an insurance carrier. When attorneys finally got involved, Lisa, her Father, and her entire family, recall the sense of relief, hope, and the encouragement they were given throughout the course of their case. It is for these reasons that Lisa has decided to spend her career fighting for victims of work injuries, medical malpractice, and personal injury suffered at the hands of a negligent person, in the same way, the attorneys fought for her family when she was young.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death
  • Workers Compensation
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2002
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2008

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 2002
  • University of Pittsburgh
    • B.S. - 1997
    • Honors: Certificate of Study in Women’s Studies
    • Major: Psychology

Honors and Awards

  • Named to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2007 - Present
  • Recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice, 2007 - Present
  • Best Lawyers in America in Workers’ Compensation and Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice, 2008 - Present
  • 2014-15 Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants “Lawyer of the Year”, 2014 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pa Bar Association, Immediate Past Chair, House of Delegates
  • Pa Bar Association, Co chair, Political Action Committee
  • Pa Bar Association, Former Board Member
  • Pa Bar Association, Chair, Young Lawyer’s Division
  • Pa Bar Association, Chair, Health Law Committee
  • Pa Bar Association, Co chair, Commission on Women in the Profession
  • Pa Association for Justice, President Elect
  • Pa Association for Justice, Former chair, Legislative Committee
  • Pa Association for Justice, Former Chair, New lawyer’s Section
  • Pa Association for Justice, Former Chair, Workers Compensation Section
  • Dauphin County Bar Association, Former Board Member
  • Honorable William W. Lipsett Inn of Court , Barrister , 2015 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • James S. Bowman Administrative Inn of Court , Associate, 2005 - 2007
  • James S. Bowman Administrative Inn of Court, Barrister , 2008 - 2009
  • Honorable William W. Lipsett Inn of Court , Associate, 2011 - 2013

Pro Bono Activities

  • Co chair, The Shoe Strut