Who We Are

The Benson Law Firm provides more than legal representation for clients. We bring our experience, compassion, commitment and knowledge to every individual we serve. Our lawyers and staff are dedicated to helping you feel more comfortable when dealing with the complexities of our justice system.

Our commitment begins with our first case but lasts throughout your lifetime. We welcome client referrals of their family and friends when they may need legal representation as well.

Meet Jay Benson
Jay Benson has been practicing law in northeast Missouri since graduating from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law in 1984. He has served on the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys’ Board of Governors since 1997 and was elected to the organization’s Executive Committee in 2009. In 2016, Jay was elected President of MATA. He is also past editor of The Missouri Trial Attorney.  Jay holds an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and has been selected as a Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer since 2012. Jay was born in Monroe City, Missouri, and holds an undergraduate degree from Truman State University.


Meet Polly Petree Hampton

Polly Petree Hampton joined the Benson Law Firm in June 2021. She has been an attorney for 18 years and practiced in Illinois and Iowa before returning home to Northeast Missouri. Polly served in the United States Air Force Nurse Corps before attending law school at Southern Illinois University School of Law. Polly is an experienced trial lawyer and a former Assistant State’s Attorney (Prosecutor).

Meet Quinn Benson

Quinn Benson returned home to join his father, Jay Benson, in practice in the fall of 2022. Quinn is a 2020 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Quinn has made Kansas City his home since 2017, where he gained a wide range of experience in civil and criminal law with time interning with the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District and the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office and clerking with the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District.

Our Staff
The Benson Law Firm employs a trusted staff of Legal Assistants who assists the firm with criminal cases as well as Workers’ Compensation clients seeking compensation for work-related injuries.

Wanda Burns is the case manager for the firm’s personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, motor vehicle and trucking accident clients. Wanda also assists with general civil litigation clients.

Jody Dovin of Shelby County is a vital part of the Benson Law Firm assisting with our injured worker’s compensation clients and the criminal practice of the firm.