Wayne Benos, PrincipalWayne Benos, Principal

Wayne Benos received his undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati, cum laude, and his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  He has been engaged in the practice of law since 1980 and has extensive experience in multiple areas of law, especially litigation, including a stint of almost five years though the end of 2006 as Assistant Chief Counsel for the United States Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Since leaving the government, Mr. Benos has continued to concentrate his practice in the area of Immigration Litigation and his firm has entered into bilateral working relationships with a number of law firms throughout the State of Ohio and elsewhere wherein the expertise of both firms can be focused on achieving the goals of each of their clients.

Mr. Benos also represents individual and corporate clients in an array of non-immigration matters and has served as Acting Judge in the Garfield Heights Municipal Court from November of 2008 to April of 2010.  Mr. Benos was managing partner of the Law Firm: Benos, Cummings, Mann & Valenti, Co. LPA from 1986 through 2001 and has been involved in a multitude of types of litigation representing both individuals and major corporations, including multimillion dollar toxic tort and construction defect cases, giving him a well rounded and in depth perspective on the intricacies of the litigation process.  Mr. Benos has been on the board of the Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce since 1995 and has in the past served as its president. He has also been a board member and officer of the Cleveland Rape Crises Center (1990 – 95).  He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.  He has spoken on topics related to Immigration Litigation at seminars throughout the State of Ohio.