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Benjamin S. Reccius, Esq.

Benjamin S. Reccius, Esq. was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where he currently lives and practices.

Benjamin has a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and earned his Juris Doctor and Certificates in Dispute Resolution and Criminal Law Practice from Pepperdine University School of Law where he was a member of its elite trial team and an ABA National Trial Competition Finalist. Valuing the practical over the theoretical has always been Benjamin's M.O.; throughout law school, he worked at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles where he helped defeat some of Los  Angeles' worst slumlords and international human traffickers as well as represent clients at Section 8  housing termination hearings.  After LAFLA, Benjamin began work at a Los Angeles County Public Defender where he wrote numerous motions in defense of the office’s indigent clients and utilized Proposition 36 to re-sentence prisoners serving 25 years to life on non-violent felonies. A skilled investigator, orator and writer, it's Benjamin's toughness and tireless enthusiasm that sets him apart from other lawyers. 

Before founding Reccius Law, Benjamin was an associate at a prominent criminal defense and medicinal cannabis business law firm in Los Angeles (Shevin Law Group) where he defended countless individuals and businesses on felony marijuana-related charges and zoning violations related to commercial cannabis activity.  An actual boot on the ground in the war on marijuana, Mr. Reccius gained an intimate knowledge of the cannabis industry as well as the black market for cannabis before and after California's Proposition 64  and the dual(state and local) licencing for commercial cannabis businesses (effective January 1, 2018)[SB 94 (The Medical and Adult Use of Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act or "MAUCRSA")].   Aside from his core specialities of cannabis business law and criminal defense, Benjamin has a broad legal skill-set that includes housing litigation (eviction, relocation, habitability, ADA litigation), business law, contracts, asset forfeiture, criminal restitution, and alternative dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation. 

What makes Benjamin different than other lawyers is his genuine care and interest in you and your case. Any lawyer who guarantees you anything should not be trusted; that being said, with Reccius Law--at the bare minimum--you can rest assured that you picked the right lawyer and that we will zealously and tenaciously pursue your interests.

Outside the law, Benjamin's interests include blues guitar, non-fiction books (especially those about Los Angeles history and science), and cooking. 

RECENT RESULTS

Cannabis Business

-Application for Cannabis Business License approved pending official City of Lynwood press release

Criminal Defense

-Felony Manufacturing Controlled Substance (Health & Safety Code § 11379.6) dismissed following preliminary hearing 

-$64,000 criminal restitution request brought by District Attorney denied and ordered at $0

RESUME

EDUCATION 
 
Pepperdine University School of Law                                                                                                  May 2015

Juris Doctor, Certificate in Dispute Resolution, & Certificate in Criminal Legal Practice           

Awards:       ABA Labor and Employment Law Trial Competition, Regional Finalist                                                                   Pepperdine Law Closing Argument Competition, Finalist

Activities:    Trial Team, Member; Closing Argument Competition, Judge; Moot Court Competition,                                       Participant, Advocates for Public Interest Law; Student Ambassador Program; 1L Mentor Program  

University of California, Berkeley                                                                                                        May 2008

Bachelor of Arts, Biological Psychology, manga cum laude  

Awards:        The Daily Californian Annual Editorial Contest, Winner Activities:     The Berkeley                              Political Review, Writer and Staff Member  
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
 
Reccius Law                                             General Partner/Founder                                                         

Advise investors and cannabis experts on business structure, operations and compliance with state and local law regarding commercial and medical cannabis activity • Specially appear on criminal matters and provide “of counsel” support including motion work and investigation
 


Shevin Law Group                               Law Clerk & Associate Attorney                            Feb. 2015 - Aug. 2017

-Appeared on arraignments, pre-trials and trial readiness conferences in misdemeanor and felony matters

-Drafted and argued motions to suppress evidence, return property, terminate probation and dismiss counts --Conducted preliminary hearings and investigated legal and factual matters in preparation for settlement discussions and trial

-Advised clients on compliance with local and state law pertaining to commercial cannabis activity, and drafted compliance sections for permit applications by working with city officials and consulting city ordinances and procedural rules

-Managed corporate division by forming entities, managing and executing required filings and drafting vital company documents including operating agreements and bylaws  
 


Public Defender of Los Angeles County              Law Clerk, Airport Court& PIAS              Jun 2014 - Dec 2014

-Drafted motions in support of suppressing evidence, reducing counts, dismissing cases and retesting DNA in serious felony matters including gross vehicular manslaughter and first-degree murder

-Advocated for the early release of prisoners given life sentences based on non-violent, non-serious felony offenses
 


California Academy of Mediation Professionals (CAMP) & Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR)

-Mediate Superior Court disputes between parties in unlawful detainer and civil harassment matters

 

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles           Law Clerk Unit/Impact Litigation Unit         June 2013 - Dec. 2013

Reviewed complex litigation and discovery for evidence supporting motions, objections and deposition preparation

-Represented clients at informal termination hearings at the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles


 
Public Counsel   
                                                     Law Clerk                                             Summer 2011

-Drafted memoranda regarding nuisance and zoning issues for the Early Childhood Development Project      

 
 
Benjamin Reccius Tutoring  
                           Founder and Tutor                                     Jan. 2007 - Oct. 2012

-Founded private tutoring business and built a client base of over 40 students including on-set academic tutoring for child actors on shows such as Two and a Half Men and Shameless   


 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Languages:     Conversational Spanish

Interests:    Playing Blues Guitar (since age 9); Cooking; Cosmology; History of Los Angeles; Metorology   

Fun fact:     Ran the Los Angeles Marathon at age 14