In legal practice for more than forty years, Niles S. Benn and his staff at BennLawFirm provide unparalleled counsel and representation to a broad base of clients on a local and national scale. From media companies and business corporations to individualized estate planning and other personal concerns, BennLawFirm is there to ensure its clients receive the fullest attention and best potential outcomes.
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Niles S. Benn
Niles is a graduate of Temple University, where he majored in Business and Accounting and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. He is a 1972 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law where he was Chairman of the Legal Aid Society and a member of the Moot Court Board. He has been admitted to practice before all of the Courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the York County and American Bar Associations.
Niles concentrates his practice in media law, business and corporate law, and real estate transactions. He is a member of the Libel Defense Resource Center and the Newspaper Association of America serving on both the Employee Relations Committee and the Legal Affairs Committee. He is also an Affiliate Member of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and has lectured on their behalf on numerous occasions. He has served as Co-Chairman of the Fee Dispute Committee for the York County Bar Association since 1996 and has acted as a Mediator for the Realtors Association of York and Adams Counties.
Since 1978, Niles has served as a Board Member of Holy Spirit Hospital located in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and from 1995 to 2000 he was Chairman of the Board of that institution. Additionally, Niles was elected as the first Chairman of the Board of Holy Spirit Health System in 2000 and continues to hold that position. The Holy Spirit Health System encompasses seven separate corporate entities. Niles had served as Chairman of the Board of the American Cancer Society, Pennsylvania Division, Inc. from 1988 to 1990 and was also a former Member of the National Board of the American Cancer Society. In 1984, Niles received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the American Cancer Society, Pennsylvania Division, Inc. and in 1993 received the National Award from the American Cancer Society the St. George Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Control of Cancer.
Holy Spirit Health System in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania dedicated its new Cardiac Surgical Center to Niles S. Benn. Esq., for his years of volunteered service as Chairman of the Health System.
Niles is an adjunct professor at York College of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Legal, Ethical, and Global Environment of Business for candidates pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Additionally, Niles is an accomplished sculptor, having shown his pieces in juried competitions as well as public exhibits. His works appear in both private residences as well as public facilities.
Niles has had the privilege of serving as lead counsel in various media lawsuits that have had national attention including Dover’s “Intelligent Design” Trial in which he represented two reporters from different newspaper publications. He also was successful in securing public records that were archived for more than thirty years with respect to a Civil Rights murder and the investigation of a public official that led to that individual’s resignation from office. Most recently, he had argued a case involving the release of time response logs under Pennsylvania’s Right to Know legislation on behalf a media client. Because that case was argued at the Appellate level it resulted in new law being created affecting the entire state.
Niles is an AV Rated Attorney and has attained this status through a strenuous Peer Review Rating process that is managed and monitored through the Martindale- Hubbell Peer Review rating system. It is the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.
DICKINSON SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1972
B.A., Business and Accounting
Activities & Affiliations
Holy Spirit Health System, Chairman of the Board
Harrisburg Area Community College’s Foundation Board of Directors Executive Committee Member, Investment Committee Member, Allocations Committee Chair
Access York, Former Board Member
York Arts, Inc., Former Board Member
The Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, Former Board Member
Jewish Community Center, Former Board Member
Terence J. Barna
Terry is a 1994 graduate of The Dickinson School of Law, where he was a Member of the Dickinson Law Review, and a 1991 graduate of Villanova University, where he majored in Political Science and History. Prior to his association with the BennLawFirm, Terry served as law clerk to the Honorable John C. Uhler, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of York County, from 1994-1996.
Terry concentrates his practice in media law, business and corporate law, and estate administration. A member of the Firm since 1996, he specializes in print media cases addressing defamation claims, access issues, the Right-to-Know Law and subpoenaing of reporters. He has been a lecturer on media-related issues at the annual Media Lawyers Conference of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.
He is admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Terry is also a member of the York County and the Pennsylvania Bar Associations.
DICKINSON SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1994
B.A., Political Science and History, 1991
Activities & Affiliations
York County Literacy Council, Member of The Board of Directors
Big Brothers Big Sisters of York County, Former Board of Directors Member