Steven Carl Bennett
Bennett, Steven Carl Steven Carl Bennett, age 62, passed away suddenly of natural causes in New York City on December 20, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents, Rollie and Norma (Dolly), and his two brothers Glen and Daniel. Steve grew up in Columbia Heights, MN. He was a National Merit Scholar and a Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of Macalester College where he became a nationally ranked debater. He started New York University School of Law in 1981, where he graduated with honors, was a Law Review Editor and met the love of his life, Suzanne Telsey, a classmate. They married and built a life in NYC filled with love for their daughters and dedication to learning, work, family and friends. After law school, Steve clerked for DC Circuit Judge Carl McGowan and was an Assistant US Attorney in the SDNY for 7 years, where he was a Tax & Bankruptcy Unit Chief and won various awards. Subsequently, he became a partner at Jones Day, one of the top global law firms, where he worked for 20 years before joining the boutique NYC firm, Park Jensen Bennett, as a name partner in 2014. In early 2019, he became a partner at Scarola Zubatov Schaffzin. He was an expert in Commercial Litigation, E-Discovery, Arbitration and International Law and a respected and sought-after AAA arbitrator and mediator, known for his deep legal knowledge and fundamental fairness. He received numerous industry awards and was regularly listed as a New York "Super Lawyer." Steve was a prolific legal writer who authored hundreds of columns, articles, and books on topics ranging from Arbitration to Data Privacy to Witness Preparation for Trial. He was a regular contributor to numerous law reviews, legal magazines, and journals, including the NYLJ, and was a Founding Member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on International Discovery. He was also a tireless teacher who served as an adjunct professor and lecturer at numerous law schools, colleges and community debate leagues, including Brooklyn Law School, Fordham Law School, Hofstra Law School, NY Law School, Rutgers Law School, among many others. For the last 6 years, in his spare time, he performed as a stand-up comic in the NYC area under the name Steve Carl, writing original material for each set. He appeared at Caroline's and the Broadway Comedy Club, among other venues, and organized private event comedy nights bringing in other comics. Steve is survived by his wife Suzanne Telsey, his daughters Danielle and Nicole, his sister Patty Andersen (Dale Andersen), his sister-in-law Dr. Aimee Telsey (Dr. Richard Friesner) and seven nieces and nephews. A memorial gathering will be held at the Macalester College Chapel at 3 PM on January 18, 2020, with a reception to follow. A memorial in NYC will occur later in the year. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to Macalester College for the "Steven Carl Bennett Memorial Fund" either online at Macalester.edu/… or c/o Advancement, 1600 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105, to carry on Steve's passion for public speaking and critical thinking.
Published on January 15, 2020
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