Ben Benumof

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Benjamin ("Ben"​) T. Benumof is the Founder of GEO-LAW.COM and is Special Counsel to Krause Kalfayan Benink & Slavens, LLP in San Diego, California.

From investigating catastrophic landslides and coastal erosion in California, to mapping and mitigating active lava flows in Hawaii, to surveying for priceless ancient artifacts off the coasts of Costa Rica and Peru, to litigating complex land use, water law, and Proposition 218 matters in State and Federal court, Dr. Benumof has always been very passionate about his work.

As a Ph.D. geologist and an attorney sought out for his land use, coastal, water law, and Proposition 218 expertise, Dr. Benumof specializes in what he has coined “GEO-LAW” – a multidisciplinary practice integrating law, policy, business and the earth sciences in eight (8) core specialty areas of practice, including:

  • Land Use
  • Water Law
  • Geology & Geologic Hazards
  • Coastal
  • Real Estate
  • Construction
  • Proposition 218
  • Architecture / Engineering

Dr. Benumof has extensive expertise and experience in the full spectrum of “GEO-LAW” matters, from project due diligence and planning, to contract negotiation and formation, to project advocacy and entitlement, to bench and jury trials, arbitrations, mediations and appellate work in State and Federal courts, and before a multitude of public and private Agencies, Boards, and Commissions.   In addition, as the lead trial and appellate attorney for the successful Petitioner in Capistrano Taxpayers Association, Inc. v. City of San Juan Capistrano (2015) 235 Cal.App.4th 1493 and co-lead trial attorney for the successful Petitioner in Glendale Coalition for Better Government v. City of Glendale (2017) (Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BS153253), Dr. Benumof is a noted Proposition 218 expert.

Dr. Benumof is a member of the State Bar of California, an Adjunct Professor in the Construction Engineering and Civil Engineering Departments at Cal Poly Pomona, and a member of the Association of Engineering & Environmental Geologists. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law, a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences (Engineering Geology) from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Bachelor's degrees in Geological Sciences (B.S.) and Geography (B.A.) from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He is also the author of numerous peer-reviewed legal and scientific papers, patent and trademark applications, geologic reports, guidebooks, and maps.

Education

Benjamin T. Benumof, Ph.D., Esq.
Ph.D., Earth Sciences, UC Santa Cruz
J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
B.S., Geological Sciences, UC Santa Barbara
B.A., Geography, UC Santa Barbara

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