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pkl_benjamin_printPK Law Member James Benjamin has been appointed by Governor Hogan to the State Ethics Commission.  His appointment is effective immediately and he will be sworn in the week of September 25th.  The State Ethics Commission administers the Public Ethics Law for the State of Maryland. That law requires disclosure of the financial affairs of public officials and sets standards of conduct for State and local government officials and employees. The Commission guards against improper influence on public officials or the appearance of conflict of interest through programs of financial disclosure, lobbying disclosure and regulation, approval of local government ethics requirements, ethics law advice and training, and ethics law complaint investigation.  The Commission reviews and approves county and municipal ethics laws enacted per the requirements of the Public Ethics Law.

Mr. Benjamin is a Member at PK Law and is part of the Firm’s General Litigation and Medical Malpractice Defense Groups.  He has substantial bench and jury trial experience representing insurers and business entities in personal injury and premises liability matters.  He represents property owners in Baltimore City in complex lead paint and toxic tort litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.  He also has significant experience representing and advising minority-owned and women-owned businesses (MBEs and WBEs) on certification and procurement matters as well as structuring and creating joint ventures and teaming arrangements.

Mr. Benjamin was a former law clerk for the Honorable Ellen M. Heller in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.  He also served as an Assistant City Solicitor with the Baltimore City Law Department.