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Kate Beneviste

Kate L. Benveniste

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About

Kate Benveniste is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on real estate disputes.  Kate holds an Arizona real estate salesperson license (inactive), and she regularly represents clients in matters involving real estate transactions, commercial leases, and related matters.

A significant portion of Kate’s practice also includes complex commercial disputes in the health and wellness space.  Kate has represented clients engaged in the following industries:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Nutraceuticals and dietary supplements
  • Skincare
  • Medical and aesthetic spas
  • Physician groups 
  • Medical devices
  • Related consumer goods, food, and retail

Kate’s experience extends to regulatory matters and franchise issues, which often arise with businesses operating in these sectors. 

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EXPERIENCE

Representative Matters

Real Estate

  • Defended post-secondary school against commercial eviction action
  • Represented mortgage lender in serial actions brought by borrower asserting claims for quiet title and wrongful foreclosure
  • Represented commercial landlord against restaurant tenant and related entity for breach of lease and fraudulent transfer
  • Defended seller of and real estate broker for luxury properties against claims brought by buyer for alleged violations of the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act and state consumer protection act
  • Counseled homeowner in connection with short-term rental rights under state law and governing homeowner’s association documents
  • Represented founder of SaaS company in HOA collections and association management space in action against business partner asserting claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty 

Health & Wellness 

  • Defended pharmaceutical manufacturer in multiple actions brought in state and federal courts asserting nuisance, RICO, and consumer fraud claims
  • Represented drug inventor and shareholder in action against pharmaceutical company asserting tort claims arising from reverse stock split
  • Defended national spa franchisor in class-action litigation asserting claims under California’s Unfair Competition Law
  • Defended manufacturer of skincare line in arbitration action brought by international distributor
  • Represented aesthetic spa franchisor in dispute with franchisee for breach of franchise agreement
  • Defended online retailer of dietary supplements in Lanham Act case brought by patent troll
  • Represented medical device manufacturer in connection with civil investigative demand brought pursuant to the False Claims Act 
Education
  • J.D., Arizona State University
  • B.A., University of Washington

Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Southwest Rising Star, 2013

Prior Experience

Prior to practicing law, Kate was the Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid for USC Law School.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • The Sedona Conference
  • Phoenix Women’s Sports Association, Board Member, 2013-2015

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