Katherine Benesch has been active in alternate dispute resolution for over twenty years and has served as an arbitrator, mediator, referee and special master in numerous complex commercial and healthcare cases. Ms. Benesch serves on the Commercial Panel of Arbitrators, the Panel of Mediators, the Large Complex Case Panel and the National Healthcare Panel of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and has served as an arbitrator for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). Ms. Benesch is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Dispute Resolvers panel, and has served at the request of the President of AHLA as a member of its 5-person ADR Service Review Board. As an arbitrator and mediator she has handled cases involving nationwide, regional and local managed care and risk-sharing contracts, international clinical trials, Medicare, Medicaid and managed care reimbursement, hospital/physician relationships, physician practice group disputes, general complex commercial matters, music licensing, shareholder disputes and issues arising under and related to the Affordable Care Act. She serves as Chair of the Healthcare and Life Sciences Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), and has served as a member of the AAA Healthcare Advisory Council. Ms. Benesch also serves on the CPR BioTech Distinguished Panel of Neutrals, as well as the CPR Employment, Healthcare and Life Sciences Panels. She has been certified to serve on the Panel of Mediators of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, elected to membership in the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and the NJ Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators, and selected as a Mediator/Arbitrator in the Sandy Voluntary Alternative Dispute Resolution programs administered by Kenneth Feinberg and by the United States District Court.
Ms. Benesch’s ADR experience includes work as an arbitrator for the Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust, a Special Master for the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, PA, a referee deciding Dalkon Shield cases in a program of the Private Adjudication Center at Duke University, a mediator for U.S. Arbitration and Mediation and as an arbitrator and mediator for the Lawyers Dispute Resolution Program of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Ms. Benesch was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to serve as Chair of the state’s District VII Fee Arbitration Panel, by the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County to a Special Committee on Medical Malpractice ADR, and has designed procedures for mediation of disputes between hospitals, medical staffs and physicians. She is trained as a Peer Review Hearing Officer (AHLA), and has arbitrated and mediated disputes throughout the U.S. She was the sole arbitrator in the successful resolution of a $200,000,000 case, and has served as a mediator and an arbitrator in cases that concluded in the settlement of $25M and a $50M lawsuits. Ms. Benesch also has addressed a group through the ICDR in Buenos Aires, Argentina on alternate dispute resolution, and has taught retired judges about managed care contracting.
Ms. Benesch was a partner in the Princeton, New Jersey office of Duane Morris, LLP from 2001 to 2011, and returned to her own practice when the firm closed its Princeton office. She is admitted to practice in federal and state trial and appellate courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the District of Columbia and the United States Supreme Court. In addition, she is admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of New York, and has handled matters before state and federal courts in New York, Maryland and other jurisdictions. Ms. Benesch has served as Chairman of the Health and Hospital Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, President of the Princeton Bar Association, Chair of the Princeton Regional Health Commission, Governor of the American Bar Association Health Law Section and is a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation. She has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and on the Technical Review Board of the Princeton Journal of Bioethics. She was named as one of twelve Outstanding Hospital Attorneys in the U.S. for 2004, has been elected a Super Lawyer by her peers since 2005, and is listed as one of New Jersey’s Top Rated Lawyers. She has an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating with Martindale Hubbell.
Ms. Benesch is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, Yale University School of Medicine (M.P.H.) and Wheaton College.