Edward G. Benes, JD, PE, is Promoted to General Counsel

(OMAHA, Neb. – Feb. 06, 2013) Edward G. Benes, JD, PE, has assumed the role of vice president and general counsel of international architecture/engineering firm LEO A DALY. Benes will handle all the legal issues of LEO A DALY and its subsidiary Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN).

Benes will succeed Jerry L. Norris, JD, who served in this role for 30 years. Norris will stay with the firm as special counsel on a part time basis.

Benes, who joined LEO A DALY in Aug. 2012 as deputy general counsel, has nine years of experience as an attorney in the construction industry. Before joining the firm, Benes served as senior counsel at Newmont Mining Corporation, providing legal support for the company’s capital construction projects group. Prior to that position, Benes was vice president and senior counsel at AECOM Technology Corporation, where he supported its Midwest region and North American design-build group.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Benes worked as a professional engineer and project manager for seven years. As an engineer, he worked for several consulting firms in Chicago, where he designed numerous civil engineering and infrastructure projects.

“In the short time Ed Benes has been here, he has become invaluable to our firm, and I am pleased that he will serve as our general counsel for many years to come,” said Charles Dalluge, LEO A DALY’s executive vice president. “There is no one better qualified to succeed Jerry Norris, whose contributions to the firm have been immeasurable.”

Benes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University in Chicago. He also took graduate courses in engineering and construction management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Benes is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel. He is currently licensed to practice law in Arizona, Colorado and Illinois and as a patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Benes is also a licensed professional engineer in Illinois.
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