Jason G. Benion, Esq.

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Jason G. Benion, Esq. is the Chair of Saxton & Stump’s Death Care Group and a member of the Commercial Litigation and Business and Corporate GroupsWith nearly 15 years of legal experience, Jason counsels clients through complex litigation, business and contract disputes and regulatory matters.

In his Death Care practice, Jason represents funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories and cremation societies, preneed marketers, insurance agents, merchandise companies, pet cemeteries and industry associations. He litigates commercial and contract disputes, trade secret and non-compete claims, consumer protection matters as well as fraud and defamation claims. He also represents clients before licensing boards and regulatory agencies and advises clients on business formations and acquisitions.

Jason previously served as federal law clerk to Hon. John E. Jones III in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. After he received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, Jason began his career with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, a national law firm, as an associate in their Washington, D.C. office. Most recently, he was a principal in the business law and litigation practice group in the Harrisburg office of Post & Schell, P.C.

EDUCATION

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude

George Washington University, B.A. International Affairs, summa cum laude 

BAR ADMISSIONS
Pennsylvania

District of Columbia

Massachusetts

COURT ADMISSIONS
U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

MEMBERSHIPS
Federal Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Dauphin County Bar Association

James S. Bowman American Inn of Court

Community Involvement
State YMCA of Pennsylvania, Board of Directors

Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, Board of Directors

Speaking Engagements and Publications

 Funeral Service Insider, “Be Our Guest: Pennsylvania Board Opens the Door to Offering Food,” 2019

Testified before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Local Government Committee Public Hearing on Access to Cemeteries, 2017

International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, Fall Management Conference, Federal Court & the Political Quagmire of Unconstitutional Laws, Speaker, 2013

Northampton County Community College, Funeral Service Education, U.S. and Pennsylvania Funeral Law, Guest Lecturer, 2013

New Jersey Cemetery Association Annual Conference, Before and After: How Heffner v. Murphy Changed the Pennsylvania Funeral Director Law, Keynote Speaker, 2013

“Legal Challenges to Regulations in Federal Court,” for Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Creating, Influencing and Challenging a Regulation, Author, 2012

Long Time Coming:  Pennsylvania’s Antiquated Funeral Director Law, Death Care Management Council Conference, Author, 2012

 

Relevant Experience

 Successfully represented funeral homes, cemeteries, and crematories in a challenge to the constitutionality of the Pennsylvania Funeral Director Law

Enforced non-competition agreement for a funeral home chain and collected $500,000 in compensation for the client

Defended an insurance agency against consumer protection claims brought by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office, resulting in a favorable settlement

Testified before the Pennsylvania General Assembly regarding cemetery access legislation

Changed Pennsylvania law by successfully defending a funeral home against disciplinary charges alleging the illegal service of food

Obtained a cease and desist order, which shut down an unlicensed online cremation marketer

Litigated a dispute between funeral homes concerning the transfer of preneed contracts, which was favorably resolved

Negotiated a favorable resolution of a shareholders’ dispute arising from the split of a medical practice

Successfully defended a firearms and military surplus dealer from minority shareholder claims

Advised funeral homes on acquiring multiple locations, the use of trade names, online arrangements, crematory regulations, and facilities requirements

Drafted and reviewed preneed contracts, trust agreements, and insurance contracts for funeral homes and preneed marketing companies

Advised a statewide non-profit association on impact of Pennsylvania budgetary legislation and regulatory changes to state funding

Frequently acted as local counsel litigants in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

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