Jonathan Bench, Attorney

 
Jonathan Bench

Jonathan focuses on international and domestic business transactions and securities. He discovered his love of foreign locales, people, and languages in his early adult years after moving from “small town” Wisconsin, to Hong Kong and then to Sichuan, China. Jonathan is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese and consistently works to enhance his language and business expertise so he can best assist our clients with their varied international and domestic projects.

Jonathan studied international business and international law at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., earning both JD and MBA degrees. He describes himself as a businessperson who went to law school rather than a lawyer who studied business. Jonathan’s business clients value his ability to think like a business owner as he provides sound legal guidance while maintaining key business issues at the forefront of the discussion.

Jonathan has presented to many groups of business owners on legal issues for early stage companies, including entity formation, partnership agreements, corporate governance, equity and debt financing, business contracts, commercial real estate, intellectual property, M&A, executive compensation, and business succession planning. While practicing law in New England, Jonathan was recognized in 2015-2018 by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star,” a designation given to only the top 2.5% of eligible attorneys. Jonathan is admitted to practice in Utah and Maine. He is a regular contributor to the China Law Blog and the Canna Law Blog.

In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his young family, bouncing on their trampoline, playing hide-and-seek, enjoying the outdoors, playing any sport involving a ball, learning guitar, and working on his Spanish.

More About Jonathan

Speaking Engagements

Intoxicles and Mug Buddy Cookies,” Greenlight Maine, November 18, 2018.

Key Legal Issues for Emerging Companies, Center for Entrepreneurs: TopGun, 2017, 2018.

Legal Fundamentals for Businesses, Small Business Bootcamp, 2017.

Governance Issues for Startups. Scratchpad Accelerator, 2015.

Recognition/Honors

Rising Star, Super Lawyers

Volunteer Activities

Junior Achievement USA

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School (J.D.)
  • The George Washington University School of Business (M.B.A.)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Utah State Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association

Languages

  • Mandarin (proficient)
  • Cantonese (proficient)
  • Spanish (basic)