Christopher M. Benjamin
Bar admissions: Texas - 1984
University of Texas (B.S. - With Honors, 1977)
University of Texas (J.D., 1983)
Practice Areas: Real Estate, Business Transactions, Entity Selection, Contracts, Real Estate (commercial and residential), Estate Planning, and Probate
While not a native Texan, I got here as soon as I could. I originally resided in Dallas, Texas upon arriving in Texas with my family in 1965. I graduated from St. Marks School of Texas before commencing my higher education at the University of Texas in 1973. Upon graduation from UT in 1977 I moved out to California to pursue a career in the savings and loan and banking industries. On that path I became a Branch Manager at State Savings and Loan in the Berkeley, California area. After two years on the west coast I returned to attend UT School of Law graduating in 1983.
Along with my background in financial institutions, I, along with three business partners, was one of the founders of Toy Joy an iconic Austin toy store which originally opened in 1985 and which is currently located in the warehouse district of downtown Austin. In addition, I have assisted in various charitable endeavors including the creation and formation of the Hearts and Hooves organization which specialized in bringing miniature horses to hospitals and nursing homes.
My law practice commenced by working with Jack W. Ledbetter at Jack W. Ledbetter & Associates. Through persistence and hard work the firm eventually became Ledbetter & Benjamin, PC. After more than 13 years together Jack moved on into semi-retirement and I merged by practice with my best friend Bill Alberts. The law firm of McLeroy, Alberts & Benjamin, PC existed for over 20 years and served client needs in the area of family law (by Bill) and other areas by me. Bill has recently retired from the practice of law so my work continues in my new space.
I am the proud parent of two amazing children and am also blessed with two grandchildren. In my spare time my interests include: cycling, hiking, reading, music, and enjoying the company of friends.
Rates and Billing Philosophy
Rates charged by me are generally lower than other practicing attorneys with similar experience in the Austin market. In addition, my firm does not generally charge for long distance, or routine postage in an effort to keep things simple. You will never be charged for the time that it takes to make an appointment, create a fee agreement, or send you a bill. As your legal representative, I certainly expect my clients to pay a fair and reasonable fees, but, notwithstanding that, I try to keep the “big picture” in mind as it relates to long term client relationships. I always have and always will recognize the value of repeat business and word of mouth referrals by satisfied clients. That remains the lifeblood of my firm. I pride myself on attentive service and on promptly returning communications from my clients. I welcome you as a client.