Niles S. Benn

Niles is a graduate of Temple University, where he majored in Business and Accounting and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. He is a 1972 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law where he was Chairman of the Legal Aid Society and a member of the Moot Court Board. He has been admitted to practice before all of the Courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the York County and American Bar Associations.

Niles concentrates his practice in media law, business and corporate law, and real estate transactions. He is a member of the Libel Defense Resource Center and the Newspaper Association of America serving on both the Employee Relations Committee and the Legal Affairs Committee. He is also an Affiliate Member of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and has lectured on their behalf on numerous occasions. He has served as Co-Chairman of the Fee Dispute Committee for the York County Bar Association since 1996 and has acted as a Mediator for the Realtors Association of York and Adams Counties.

Since 1978, Niles has served as a Board Member of Holy Spirit Hospital located in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and from 1995 to 2000 he was Chairman of the Board of that institution. Additionally, Niles was elected as the first Chairman of the Board of Holy Spirit Health System in 2000 and continues to hold that position. The Holy Spirit Health System encompasses seven separate corporate entities. Niles had served as Chairman of the Board of the American Cancer Society, Pennsylvania Division, Inc. from 1988 to 1990 and was also a former Member of the National Board of the American Cancer Society. In 1984, Niles received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the American Cancer Society, Pennsylvania Division, Inc. and in 1993 received the National Award from the American Cancer Society the St. George Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Control of Cancer.

Holy Spirit Health System in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania dedicated its new Cardiac Surgical Center to Niles S. Benn. Esq., for his years of volunteered service as Chairman of the Health System.

Niles is a member of the Harrisburg Area Community College’s Foundation Board of Directors, a member of the Executive Committee and of the Investment Committee. Additionally, he chairs the Allocations Committee, the purpose of which is to authorize the approval of the distribution of endowed gifts to various college departments.

Niles is an adjunct professor at York College of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Legal, Ethical, and Global Environment of Business for candidates pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Niles had served as a Board Member of Access York, an organization that was created to protect those individuals in the battle against domestic violence. He has also served his community as a board member of York Arts, Inc, the Strand Capitol  Performing Arts Center and the Jewish Community Center. Additionally, Niles is an accomplished sculptor, having shown his pieces in juried competitions as well as public exhibits. His works appear in both private residences as well as public facilities.

Niles has had the privilege of serving as lead counsel in various media lawsuits that have had national attention including Dover’s “Intelligent Design” Trial in which he represented two reporters from different newspaper publications. He also was successful in securing public records that were archived for more than thirty years with respect to a Civil Rights murder and the investigation of a public official that led to that individual’s resignation from office. Most recently, he had argued a case involving the release of time response logs under Pennsylvania’s Right to Know legislation on behalf a media client. Because that case was argued at the Appellate level it resulted in new law being created affecting the entire state.

Niles is an AV Rated Attorney and has attained this status through a strenuous Peer Review Rating process that is managed and monitored through the Martindale- Hubbell Peer Review rating system. It is the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Niles can be reached at nbenn@bennlawfirm.com.