The People's Law Firm was launched on January 5, 2015 with a modest goal: to defend the constitutional rights and basic freedoms of real people against governmental and corporate interests. It was the vision of Steve Benedetto — an ordinary lawyer who made the uncommon decision to leave a successful law firm behind to forge a new path.

Steve’s Start in Law

Steve Benedetto did nothing special before he became a full-time practicing lawyer in 2004. He went from high school to college and from college to law school. He studied hard, got good grades, and was rewarded with lots of opportunities to make money.  And he jumped at them. 

For the first five years of his career, Steve practiced at large corporate law firms. He defended railroads from claims brought by injured employees, healthcare companies from medical malpractice actions, white-collar executives against fraud and embezzlement allegations, and multinational corporations against just about every type of wrongdoing one can imagine.

The system wasn’t designed to protect you.  It was designed to break you.  The choice is simple:  Get broken, or Fight Back.


Establishing a New Kind of Law Firm

In 2009, Steve left corporate practice to create a new kind of law firm. He spent five years representing real people against criminal charges and prosecuting civil claims on behalf of people injured by others’ recklessness.  He helped build a five-lawyer, seven-figure law firm. 

But, by 2014, it became clear that something was missing.  The news cycle was being dominated by police officers shooting civilians.  Lots of people were talking about it, but few lawyers were actually doing anything to make a difference.  That’s when Steve had enough:  He left the personal injury law firm he had started and built to create a new practice, focused on representing people at ground zero of the new civil rights struggle. 

What Makes This “The People’s Law Firm”?

There are a lot of lawyers out there with good intentions.  But intention doesn’t always equal impact.  Especially when it comes to this type of work.

The cases we take on involve clearly-defined sides:  It is the System vs. the Person.  And our loyalties are clear:  We represent the people. 

That’s why we’re The People’s Law Firm.  Because if a system doesn’t work for everyone, it doesn’t work.  Period.  And we won’t stop until it does. 

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2004
  • California, 2004
  • Colorado, 2016
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education

  • J.D. - Arizona State University College of Law, 2003
  • B.A. (English & Political Science) - Villanova University, 2000

Legal Experience

  • Attorney: The People's Law Firm (Nov 2014 – Present)
    • Phoenix, Arizona & Boulder, Colorado
    • Founded the People's Law Firm, a civil rights, catastrophic personal injury, and criminal defense firm dedicated to the advocacy of individuals against governmental and corporate interests. Has Served as lead counsel on civil rights trials and negotiated multiple seven-figure settlements on catastrophic personal injury cases.
  • Attorney: Benedetto Torgenson Maurer, PLC (Aug 2009 – Nov 2014)
    • Phoenix, Arizona
    • Founded the law firm that would become Benedetto Torgenson Maurer.
    • Served as head of the litigation department, serving as lead counsel on all litigation matters, obtaining multiple seven-figure settlements and six figure jury verdicts.
  • Graduate: Trial Lawyer's College (Sept. 2014)
  • Attorney: Quarles & Brady LLP (Oct 2007 – Aug 2009)
    • Phoenix, Arizona
    • Represented numerous Fortune 500 companies as lead associate and second chair on catastrophic commercial disputes and injury matters.
  • Litigation Associate: Fennemore Craig (Oct 2005 – Oct 2007)
    • Phoenix, Arizona
    • Served as lead litigation associate on six- and seven-figure injury defense matters for interstate rail carriers, trucking companies, and healthcare companies.
  • Attorney: Polsinelli (Aug 2004 – Oct 2005)
    • Phoenix, Arizona
    • Served as junior litigation associate for Shughart Thomson & Kilroy (prior to merger with Polsinelli) on medical malpractice cases for insurance companies and healthcare providers

Judicial Clerk: Arizona Supreme Court (Aug 2003 – Aug 2004)

  • Clerked for the Honorable Rebecca White Berch