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Jody C. Benard Partner and New York Team Leader, Insurance Defense Practice Group PRINT FRIENDLY

Jody Benard

Jody C. Benard, Partner and New York Team Leader, Insurance Defense Practice Group, is a seasoned litigator and trial lawyer with a proven record of achieving excellent results in all types of cases. With extensive experience in litigation and trial, Jody has prosecuted and defended significant matters from both sides of the courtroom.

Before joining the Hickey Smith Dodd team, Jody was the founding and managing partner of a successful defense litigation firm. During this time, in addition to her handling all aspects of litigation, including trial, Jody directed the business operations of the firm and successfully managed a multitude of matters.

Jody has actively practiced in state and federal courts in both New York and New Jersey. With her diverse background, Jody brings a wide range of expertise to the firm including property damage, labor law, premises liability, personal injury, commercial litigation, products liability and insurance coverage. Additionally, Jody has experience in setting and maintaining policy for No Fault claims and litigation.

Jody also serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the New York School for the Deaf.

Activities and Membership

  • New York School for the Deaf – Board of Trustees Vice President


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JD, George Washington University National Law Center, 1986

BA, University of Rochester, 1983

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

New York

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York