JOHN A. BENEMERITO, ESQ | MANAGING PARTNER
New York Bar, New Jersey Bar
New York Law School, J.D.John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
B.A.Criminal Justice, Min. Criminology
New York State Bar Association, New York County Lawyers Association,
New Jersey Bar Association
ALEJANDRA M. GONZALEZ, ESQ | PARTNER
New York Bar
New York Law School, J.D. University of Puerto Rico,
New York State Bar Association, New York County Lawyers Association
KRISTIN GRANT, ESQ | OF COUNSEL
New York Bar, United States Patent and Trademark Office, US District Court for the SDNY, US District Court for the EDNY
New York Law School, J.D., University of Wales, MBA, Howard University, BS
New York City Bar Association, New York County Lawyers Association, New York Intellectual Property Law Association, National Association of Patent Practitioners
John Benemerito is the Founder and Managing Partner of Benemerito Attorneys at Law. Admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, John represents small business owners and startups in the areas of Business and Securities Law.
John received his Bachelors Degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he majored in Criminal Justice. Afterwards, he attended New York Law School where he focused his studies on Corporate and Securities Law.
John comes from a family of entrepreneurs. From as far back as he can remember he was always involved in his family’s numerous businesses. At the age of fifteen, John entered into a new business venture with his father and managed to grow and maintain that business through high school, college and law school.
After law school, John decided that he wanted to help people like himself. He opened his own law practice and began working primarily with small business owners until he was introduced into the startup world. Ever since that time, John has worked with dozens of startups from all different backgrounds in helping them achieve their goals.
Having been an entrepreneur his entire life, John understands what it takes to create and maintain a successful business. He enjoys sitting down and working with his clients in figuring out each of their unique challenges.
Alejandra Gonzalez is one of the Founders and Managing Partners of Benemerito Attorneys at Law. Admitted to practice in New York, she represents small business owners and startups in the areas of Business and Securities Law.
Alejandra has a Bachelors Degree in Communications from the University of Puerto Rico. After graduating, she moved to New York to attend New York Law School, where she focused her studies on Real Estate and Corporate Law.
She wanted to be an attorney, but had always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur. So after law school, she decided to combine her passion for law and her entrepreneurial spirit and teamed up with one of her classmates to open their own law practice.
Ever since the firm opened, Alejandra has worked with dozens of startups and small business owners to help them establish and grow their companies. She loves being able to spend time with her clients and getting to know their businesses.
Kristin is Of Counsel at Benemerito Attorneys at Law and the managing attorney at Grant Attorneys at Law PLLC. Admitted to practice in New York and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, she represents individuals and companies in the areas of business and intellectual property law.
Kristin received her Bachelor of Science from Howard University, where she majored in Chemistry, and she received her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wales. A graduate of New York Law School, she focused her law school education towards learning about issues in business and intellectual property law.
Kristin previously worked as a patent consultant at AltSchool, Inc. – a community of micro-schools using various technologies to streamline the learning and administrative processes. At AltSchool Kristin worked with several software engineering teams through various stages of the patent process. She provided opinions on the patentability of inventions, conducted prior art searches and drafted search reports, drafted and filed patent applications, and responded to office actions.
Kristin gained valuable experience in intellectual property law and licensing while interning at Ladas & Parry LLP and working with The law firm of Spektor & Tsirkin P.C. Between these two intellectual property law firms, she was exposed to a wealth of legal issues in the areas of patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright law.
Kristin is a member of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, the National Association of Patent Practitioners and she serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Law School Alumni Association.
ANGELA LINHARDT, ESQ | OF COUNSEL
New York Bar
Boston University School of Law, J.D.
Duke University, M.A. in Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Goucher College, B.A. in History, Min. Women’s Studies
American Immigration Lawyer’s Association
Angela is Of Counsel to Benemerito Attorneys at Law and handles all of the firm's Immigration Law matters. Angela first became interested in immigrants’ rights and immigration while attending Goucher College. While there, she and a friend received a Social Justice Award to give greater voice to the experiences of immigrants.
She also developed a strong interest in the history, language, and culture of Russia and the Former Soviet Union. After college, volunteered with underprivileged groups in Yaroslavl, Russia for six weeks. She then went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Slavic and Eurasian Studies from Duke University in 2011.
Recognizing the common intersection of human trafficking and immigration from the Former Soviet Union, she spent a year researching the issue while attending the International University in Moscow for further Russian language study. During and after law school, she advocated for victims of human trafficking through Boston University School of Law’s Human Trafficking Clinic.
MICHAEL JOHNSON, ESQ | OF COUNSEL
New York Bar
University of California, Berkeley School of Law, St. John's University B.A (cum laude)
New York City Bar Association
Michael is Of Counsel to Benemerito Attorneys at Law and handles all of the firm’s Real Estate Law matters. Michael has experience in representing stakeholders, ranging from and including purchasers, sellers, lenders, investors, developers, lessors, lessees, and developers in commercial and residential acquisition, disposition, financing, and leasing transactions.
Michael’s experience also includes fellowships with several state and federal housing agencies, including NY State Housing Finance Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Michael received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and his B.A. (cum laude) from St. John’s University, Queens, NY.