Holden Benon

Associate

  • Holden Benon
  • Phone: +1 415 957 3123
    Fax: +1 415 358 4725

    Import to Address Book

  • Duane Morris LLP
    Spear Tower
    One Market Plaza, Suite 2200
    San Francisco, CA 94105-1127
    USA

Holden Benon is a trial lawyer who focuses on insurance coverage issues involving professional liability policies, pollution legal liability policies, and cyber/media/technology liability policies. Mr. Benon has experience representing insurers in declaratory judgment actions and bad faith disputes. In addition, Mr. Benon has experience advising insurers on business interruption coverage and regulatory issues, and drafting insurance policy language.

Mr. Benon also has experience representing clients in enforcing their intellectual property rights. During his third year of law school, Mr. Benon was an intern for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he focused on copyright issues.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Coverage Litigation

Representative Matters

  • Benon v. McMaster, (N.D. Cal.)  Represented the plaintiff, an automotive designer, in a copyright infringement action against a Silicon Valley entrepreneur where the defense asserted a “fair use” argument, alleging that the infringing use amounted to a satire or parody.  

  • Rhone v. Housing Authority for the City of Oakland, (N.D. Cal.)  Represented a pro bono client in securing a settlement which included issuance of a two-bedroom Section 8 Housing Voucher and a monetary payment. After the Housing Authority delayed payment, filed a motion to enforce settlement and a successful motion shortening time to expedite the hearing; upon being granted 24 hours to comply, the Housing Authority remitted payment, allowing the client to embark on a new chapter in his life.

Admissions

  • California

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2018
  • Arizona State University, B.A., 2014

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2020-present
  • Clyde & Co
    - Associate, 2018-2020

Selected Publications

  • Co-author, "Insuring Commercial Drones: Liability or Opportunity?" Insurance Journal, September 6, 2021
  • "A Peek Under the Hood: Why Lawmakers Should Strengthen the Current DMCA Exemption for Security and Safety Research into Car Software," 15 Hastings Bus L.J. 155, 2019

  • Co-Author, Moot Court winning brief published in Law Journal of Art, Tech, and IP, Vol. 27, Issue 2