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Eric A. Bensky

1152 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 850
Washington, D.C. 20005
United States of America
P: +1 202.729.7465

Eric A. Bensky is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, where he focuses on securities litigation, with an emphasis on representing prime brokers and clearing firms in federal and state courts, FINRA Dispute Resolution and other self-regulatory organization (SRO) arbitration proceedings, and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and SRO investigations and disciplinary proceedings. Eric has extensive experience in issues involving margin (including portfolio margin), direct market access (DMA), high frequency trading (HFT), and investigations and litigation (including clawback litigation) by receivers and trustees appointed by courts in the wake of Ponzi schemes.

Selected Representations

Has represented brokerage firms such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Cantor Fitzgerald and Friedman, Billings, Ramsey, as well as brokerage firms’ registered representatives, supervisors and other employees. Other clients have included the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Federated mutual funds, a Lehman Brothers investment banker, professional traders, public companies and their officers and directors, individuals being investigated for potential insider trading violations, a former Big Six accounting firm and one of its audit partners, SEC-registered investment advisory firms, and numerous hedge funds.

Has represented institutional and individual clients in lawsuits and regulatory inquiries arising out of the Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities Ponzi scheme, the Arthur Nadel Ponzi scheme, the mortgage-backed securities (MBS) financial crisis, the Thomas Petters Ponzi scheme, the stock options backdating scandal, the Bradley Ruderman Ponzi scheme, the Samuel Israel III Bayou Ponzi scheme, the mutual funds market timing and late trading scandal, the John Natale Cambridge Partners Ponzi scheme, the E. Thomas Jung Strategic Income Fund Ponzi scheme, the Nasdaq market makers odd-eighths investigation, and the Marvin Goodman metals trading Ponzi scheme.

Selected Publications

Newman’s Aftermath: District Court Vacates Four Insider Trading Guilty Pleas; Government Seeks Rehearing in Second Circuit,” SRZ Client Alert, Jan. 27, 2015 (co-author); republished in The Hedge Fund Journal, February/March 2015

“Second Circuit Clarifies Insider Trading Liability of Tippees,” SRZ Client Alert, Dec. 15, 2014 (co-author); republished in The Hedge Fund Journal, January 2015

“Application of the Insider Trading Laws to Government Employees” and “Private Investments in Public Equity (PIPEs),” Insider Trading Law and Compliance Answer Book (Practising Law Institute) 2013-2015 (co-author)



American Bar Association
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
    Board of Directors   
    Co-Chair, Fund Development and Communications Committee
New York State Bar Association

Other Distinctions

Washington DC Super Lawyers, 2013-2014 (Securities Litigation)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia 1998
  • New York 1997

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit 2011
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit 2000
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit 1998
  • State Courts, District of Columbia 1998
  • State Courts, State of New York 1997


  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., with honors, 1996
  • University of Michigan, B.A., with high honors and high distinction, 1993

Prior Experience

Dickstein Shapiro LLP 
    Partner, 2004–08 
    Associate, 1996–2003