Stephen Benda

Attorney in Menlo Park, CA
I grew up in Prague, Czech Republic and then moved to London, England where I attended school and university.

I came to the States when I was twenty to study mathematics at Stanford, and when I finished I co-founded a wine import/export company and obtained my residency as an investor.

After five years, having successfully run the wine company, I sold my interest and went to Stanford for my MBA, after which I consulted to start up firms in Silicon Valley, acquiring founders’ stock in companies that went public. That experience convinced that I should become a lawyer, which I did by attending evening classes and working in the day time.
I graduated in 1986 and passed the bar examination on my first attempt.

I live and work in Menlo Park, which makes for a very short commute. I am often at work during the weekends — some people would describe me as a workaholic. I just think that I enjoy my work in meeting and helping my clients achieve their goals.

President, Stanford Wine, Co, Inc., 1975-1980. President, Venture Growth, Inc., 1982-1986.
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Areas of Law

  • Civil Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Collections
  • Personal Injury
  • Bankruptcy
  • Tax Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Elder Abuse


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Admission Details

Admitted in 1987, California

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  • Law School Attended

    Peninsula University College of Law
    Class of 1986

    Golden Gate University
    Class of 1989

    University Attended

    University of Sussex, England
    Class of 1970
    1st Class Hons.

    Stanford University
    Class of 1973

    Stanford University
    Class of 1982

    Stanford University
    Arjay Miller Scholar

    Birth Information

    Born in 1949
    Prague, Czech Republic, 1949

    Associations & Memberships

    State Bar of California; San Mateo County Bar Association.

    Representative Transactions

    Acquisitions of: Folio, Inc. by Sun Microsystems, Inc., 1988; Express Test Corporation by Trio-Tech International, 1990; Jobs & Careers by Knight Ridder, Inc. 2005.

    Representative Cases

    Szabo v. CIR TC Memo 1992-255; Corson v. CIR (2000) 114 TC 24; In re Reswick, 446 B.R. 362 (9th Cir. BAP 2011).

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    Stephen Benda
    Managing Partner
     750 Menlo Avenue, Suite 350,
    Menlo Park, CA 94025


    Law Offices of Stephen Benda (Menlo Park, California)

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