Robert W. Benjamin


Robert W. Benjamin
office New York
phone 212-551-2602


Bob has over three decades of experience as an estate planning and probate lawyer and previously served as Chair of Wiggin and Dana's Executive Committee (2009–2015). He is a Partner in the Private Client Services Department and counsels foreign and domestic clients in matters relating to estate planning, probate, and the taxation and administration of trusts and estates. He often works with clients who have complex estate planning needs, such as family business owners and artists. He is also a resource to other lawyers in situations where difficult family dynamics or complex assets are involved.

He frequently represents charitable organizations, banks, and individuals in contested probate and trust matters in federal and state court. He also counsels tax-exempt organizations and members of charitable boards.

Bob has been recognized as a New York Super Lawyer since 2006. He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in the area of Trusts and Estates for 2018.

Beyond his legal work, Bob served as Chairman of the Manhattan Advisory Board of The Salvation Army from 2000 to 2004. He is the current Chair of the Town of Pound Ridge Board of Assessment Review and a past member of the Board of San Miguel Academy, an inner-city school for boys in Newburgh, New York. He has also served multiple times on the Committee on Trusts, Estates and Surrogate's Courts of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he has drafted numerous reports on proposed legislation affecting New York Surrogate's Court practice.

Bob obtained his J.D. with honors from the Fordham University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Fordham Urban Law Journal. He earned an A. B. with honors from Vassar College.


08.15.2018Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 29 Lawyers from Wiggin and Dana
11.20.2017Super Lawyers Recognize 37 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
09.22.2017Six Wiggin and Dana Partners Recognized as New York Best Lawyers 2018
10.28.2016Super Lawyers Recognizes 40 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
10.20.2015Super Lawyers Recognizes 38 Wiggin and Dana Attorneys
10.01.2015Wiggin and Dana Announces New Managing Partner and Executive Committee Members
07.07.2015Litigation Department Chair Wins Professional Excellence Award
05.11.2015Wiggin and Dana Appoints New Diversity Manager
11.20.2014Former Wiggin and Dana Attorney Confirmed to the Federal Bench by the U.S. Senate
11.17.2014New Haven Legal Assistance Association Honors Wiggin and Dana at 50th Anniversary Celebration
10.14.2014Wiggin and Dana Launches Philanthropy Practice Group
04.28.2014Wiggin and Dana Moves Hartford Office
03.03.2014Wiggin and Dana Expands Intellectual Property Practice
03.03.2014Wiggin and Dana Expands White Collar Group
02.25.2014Wiggin and Dana Announces Chair of Probate Litigation Practice
01.23.2014Former Wiggin and Dana Attorney Named DEEP Commissioner
09.30.2013Wiggin and Dana Expands White Collar Practice
09.09.2013Wiggin and Dana Adds Veteran Federal Prosecutor to its White Collar and Art Law Practice Groups
06.06.2013ADL Honors Wiggin and Dana LLP at 2013 Greater New Haven Torch of Liberty and Centennial Gala
05.20.2013Wiggin and Dana Partner Featured in Connecticut Law Tribune Article
05.18.2013Stamford Advocate Spotlights Wiggin and Dana's China Practice
02.14.2013Wiggin and Dana Announces Leadership Appointments
10.24.2012HSBC Securities Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel Joins Wiggin and Dana
03.01.2012Wiggin and Dana Adds International Insurance Lawyer
10.21.2011Super Lawyers® Recognizes Wiggin and Dana Lawyers
05.31.2011Wiggin and Dana Moves Stamford Office
05.27.2011Wiggin and Dana Opens Greenwich Office
03.14.2011Wiggin and Dana's New Stamford Office Featured in the Stamford Advocate
01.13.2011Wiggin and Dana Expands Philadelphia Office and Adds Investment Management and Broker-Dealer Regulation Practice Group
10.26.2009Partner Robert Benjamin to Manage Wiggin and Dana

office New York
phone 212-551-2602



  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • Vassar College, A.B., 1977


  • Connecticut
  • New York

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