Kathleen B. Benesh, Partner

Email: kbb@orblaw.com
Direct Dial: 585-263-9530

Practice Focus:
Kay blended her previous career as a practicing Registered Nurse and Assistant Professor of Nursing with law to focus her litigation interests on the defense of medical malpractice matters, as well as professional discipline matters.  For over twenty-five years, Kay has represented all of the health care systems in Rochester and has demonstrated a passion for her work.

Before law school, Kay worked as a Registered Nurse in Boston and taught nursing for Keuka College.  Kay worked as a summer clerk for the Firm in 1987, and continued working part-time until completing law school. Thereafter, Kay accepted an associate attorney position and became a Partner in 1995.  

Kay’s professional background and expertise provides a unique combination of skills to master the science of medicine and law; the strategic analysis of liability and causation issues; and, the presentation of formidable defenses and resolution strategies for medical malpractice matters.  Kay’s practice is entirely devoted to the defense of medical malpractice claims and professional discipline matters, and has provided a wealth of opportunities to network with the leading experts in numerous medical specialties.
Bar Admissions:
  • New York, 1989
  • Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing, 1975
  • Alfred University, BS, Magna Cum Laude, 1977
  • Boston College, MS, 1980
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, JD, 1988
 Court Admissions:
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York
Awards & Commendations:
  • Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing, Alumni Association Award, 1975
  • Best Lawyers, 2013
Professional/Civic Activities:
  • DRI
  • Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys (“GRAWA”)
 Speaking Engagements:
  • “Legal Implications in Nursing Practice,” Sponsored by The Genesee Hospital, Rochester, NY  (1990)
  • “The Nurse Practice Act,” Regional Staff Development Coordinators, Rochester, NY  (1991)
  • “The Nurse, The Law and You,” Sponsored by The Genesee Valley Nurses’ Association (1991)
  • Presenter at local Hospital programs regarding medical malpractice topics (1992 – present)
  • Presenter at PACE Program, University of Rochester (2011)
Published Article:
  • “Restitution For The Non-Smoker,” In The Public Interest (Spring 1987)
Patrick LaJuett,
Jul 17, 2014, 11:51 AM