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Wake County Pro bono attorney helps client get restitution from landlord

Benn A. Brewington, III spent 10 years holding various global account and project management positions with two Fortune 10 companies before he joined the staff at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP. He now represents businesses, local governments and non-profits in all types of civil litigation before federal and state courts and various commissions and boards. Then one day in April 2008, Parker Poe Partner Jay Butler asked Benn to try something just a bit different: representing a mother and her adult daughter get restitution from their landlord for property damage and personal discomfort resulting from [believe it or not] bedbug infestation. (Yes, there really are bedbugs, and they really do bite--hard!) Benn's skill as a corporate lawyer was a real asset on this case. He convinced the company that owns the apartment complex to pay the ladies $3,300 for their trouble and to agree to give them positive references with future landlords if asked. The clients, of course, were delighted. The "bono" in "pro bono" works both ways. Concerning this experience, Benn told the Wake County Volunteer Lawyers Program, "It was a pleasure. I work daily with matters that have multi-millions of dollars at stake, but getting [these ladies] that $3,300 was the most rewarding work I've done. I will definitely be speaking to you again, hopefully before the year is out, as I plan to take on additional work with your team."

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