John Benson develops e-discovery solutions and conducts forensics investigations in Kansas City. Mr. Benson received a business degree from the University of Missouri with an emphasis in finance and banking and a minor in economics in 2003 and went on to attend the UMKC School of Law. While in law school, he was awarded the Young Lawyer's Section President's Award by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, served as president of the law school student recruiting organization and was a student member of the admissions committee. He finished law school and was admitted to the Missouri Bar Association in 2006.
In 2008 he founded the Cowtown Computer Congress, a hacker space in Kansas City and one of the first in the United States outside of a major city. He is also a founding member of SecKC, a community run information security related non-profit.
Mr. Benson is a GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner, passing the certification exam in 2012 with a score in the high 90s and joining the GIAC Advisory Board. He's conducted scores of forensic investigations in cases involving things like theft of intellectual property and digital intrusion. He's also a Relativity Certified Administrator and has a lot of experience with a wide variety of e-discovery tools and processes.
A frequent speaker about topics at the intersection of law and technology, Mr. Benson has spoken at events as large as DEF CON and Blackhat security conferences as well as state and local bar association meetings. He was recognized for his contributions to continuing legal education by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, receiving their Outstanding CLE Contributor award in 2015. He lives in the old Waldo neighborhood of south Kansas City in an old Tudor home where he enjoys cooking and tending to his garden.