Paul Weiss

2001 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-1047
202-223-7343 (direct)
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A partner in the Litigation Department, Craig Benson focuses his practice on trial work in the areas of product liability, antitrust, intellectual property and major commercial disputes. Craig’s experience has involved representing clients before federal and state courts, regulatory agencies, and arbitrators, in industries including financial services, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, electronics, automotive, chemicals, oil and gas, tobacco, and hospitality.


Craig's trials and major cases have included representing:

  • Philip Morris USA, an Altria company, in the company's first "Lights" class action to reach a jury. The plaintiffs claimed they were entitled to billions of dollars of damages for purchasing and smoking Marlboro Lights. A mistrial resulted in no liability for Philip Morris USA.
  • Genentech Inc. in a two-and-a-half week federal jury trial, against allegations of fraud, unfair trade practices, and unjust enrichment, and a damages claim of some $1.16 billion. The jury returned a defense verdict after one day of deliberations.
  • Major biotechnology and chemical companies in critical patent litigations, including disputes concerning Genentech's intellectual property covering innovative treatments for cancer and eye disease, and lawsuits relating to infringement of BASF's patents for a leading insecticide.
  • Sharp Corporation in four federal lawsuits relating to allegations of price-fixing.
  • Several financial institutions in substantial commercial litigation matters, including the representation of Citibank and Zurich Alternative Asset Management in an arbitration over real estate valuation, and a financial services company in an employment arbitration with its former CEO.
  • LodgeNet before the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division in connection with its acquisition of On-Command.
  • Time Warner Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc. before the Federal Trade Commission in connection with their acquisition of assets of Adelphia Communications Corp.
  • American Skiing Company in connection with a contract dispute and motion for preliminary injunction in state court.
  • MasterCard in connection with federal antitrust claims regarding bank issuance of credit cards.
  • ExxonMobil in connection with international tort claims in federal litigation.
  • Silver Point Capital, provider of debtor-in-possession financing in a contested bankruptcy proceeding relating to collective bargaining agreements.

On a pro bono basis, Craig has represented clients seeking political asylum before the United States Immigration Court, clients seeking disability benefits, and he has worked with an area nonprofit providing legal assistance to persons living with HIV. Craig was also part of the Paul, Weiss team that represented Edie Windsor in the historic litigation that resulted in the Supreme Court declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

Craig was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as articles editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He co-authored Custodial Interrogation, Twenty-Eighth Annual Review of Criminal Procedure, 87 Geo. L.J. 1683 (1999). Craig also has served as a member of the editorial board of the Antitrust Practitioner, a publication of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law's Civil Practice and Procedure Committee. Craig was named a Rising Star by Washington DC Super Lawyers in 2013.

Craig is the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Levine Music, one of the nation's leading community music schools.



  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2000
    magna cum laude
  • B.A., Miami University
    summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


  • Hon. Mary A. McLaughlin, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

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Related Resources

Sep 28, 2015 | Publications

Federal Judge Denies FTC’s Bid to Preliminarily Enjoin Steris-Synergy Health Merger

Jul 27, 2015 | Publications

FTC’s Challenge to Family Dollar/Dollar Tree Merger Suggests Potential for Significant Increase in Merger Enforcement

Jul 02, 2015 | Publications

Federal Judge Preliminarily Enjoins Sysco-US Foods Merger and Parties Abandon the Transaction 

Jun 15, 2015 | News

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari, Confirming Dismissal of Antitrust Claims Against Sharp

Jun 03, 2015 | Publications

Second Circuit Applies Rule of Reason to Uphold Preliminary Injunction Preventing Manufacturer from Removing Alzheimer’s Drug from Market

Jan 23, 2015 | Publications

Fifth Circuit Reverses Jury Verdict for Antitrust Plaintiffs, Finding Lack of Sufficient Evidence to Establish a Conspiracy

Dec 01, 2014 | News

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Antitrust Claims Against Sharp

Oct 30, 2014 | News

iStar Wins Dismissal of Class Action Derivative Suit

Oct 16, 2014 | Events

Craig Benson Hosts Fundraiser for Lambda Legal 

Apr 25, 2014 | Videos

The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act

Apr 22, 2014 | Publications

Federal Court Rules “Loyalty Discounts” Do Not Violate Antitrust Laws Unless Below-Cost

Jan 23, 2014 | News

Sharp Corporation and Sharp Electronics Corporation Obtain Dismissal of Antitrust Claims

Jun 26, 2013 | News

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act

Apr 10, 2013 | Events

The FTAIA in the Courts: Consumers Trumping Comity?

Mar 27, 2013 | News

As Counsel to Edith Windsor, Paul, Weiss Contends that DOMA is Unconstitutional Before the United States Supreme Court

Apr 04, 2013 | Publications

Supreme Court Reverses Certification of Antitrust Class Action But Defers Decision on Standards for Expert Testimony

Mar 07, 2013 | News

Law360 Q&A With Craig Benson

Dec 07, 2012 | News

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in U.S. v. Windsor 

Oct 18, 2012 | News

Second Circuit Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act 

Of Note

Dec 15, 2015

LA Times Critic Names Robbie Kaplan’s Book Among Top 10 of 2015

Apr 14, 2015

Paul, Weiss Receives Global Competition Review Litigation of the Year Award

Jan 29, 2015

Benchmark Litigation Names Paul, Weiss “Antitrust Firm of the Year”

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