Leonard E. Benade

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Dr. Benade is a professional mediator and arbitrator with more than twenty-five years of experience in alternative dispute resolution. He is both an arbitrator and mediator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Association (FINRA), an arbitrator for the National Futures Association, a Certified Mediator, U. S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, and a North Carolina DRC- certified Superior Court mediator serving in thirty Districts.

He approaches every case with the confidence that if it can be settled, he can settle it – and the conviction that he’ll settle it faster and at a lower hourly rate than anyone else.

Unlike others, he waives the admin fee if it goes away before mediation. He does the busy work, files the designation, does the scheduling, confirmation letters, filing for extension if necessary. He has conducted nearly 800 mediations with an 85% settlement rate.

He is very proficient in divorce, equitable distribution, and child custody mediation, and has extensive experience with cases involving alienation of affection and criminal conversation. He is one of 9 AACR Advanced Family Practitioners in the state.

He also represents parties in securities litigation and represents veterans appealing their claims in federal court.


Scientific Background

Formerly a research scientist, Dr. Benade served for seven years as Chief of Developmental Virology and Genetics at the American Red Cross, where he directed research on inactivation of the AIDS virus in blood products and was Principal Investigator on an NIH grant for research on the isolation and characterization of human "anti-cancer genes"and mechanisms of cellular transformation.

Genome Research

Prior to that he served as a Department Head in an internationally recognized repository for germplasm, where he directed basic research and maintained the largest collection of viruses in the world. He obtained support for and initiated a collection of molecularly cloned cancer genes and subsequently competed successfully for a government contract to establish the first repository for cloned human genes. This gene bank soon played a role in the Human Genome Project resulting in the mapping of all human genes.

He is the author of numerous scientific papers and reviews, has served as a referee for various scientific journals, as a member of government review panels and study sections, and as an expert witness at congressional hearings.

  • 2425 N. Center St.
  • Box 127
  • Hickory, NC 28601-1320