Eugene Benger is a counsel and a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group and Insurance Practice. Mr. Benger’s practice focuses on insurance regulatory matters, including holding company transactions, legislative developments and regulatory compliance and enforcement.

Mr. Benger joined Debevoise from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), where he served as General Counsel for Insurance. During his tenure at the NYDFS, Mr. Benger advised senior officials, examiners and actuaries on insurance regulatory, legislative, employment and litigation matters and participated in developing proposed legislation and regulations. He also played a leading role in reviewing holding company filings in connection with M&A transactions, including a number of high-profile acquisitions of New York insurance companies by private equity firms.

Mr. Benger began his legal career as an associate at a top U.S. law firm and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, before moving to another leading firm. Mr. Benger earned his J.D. summa cum laude in 2001 from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was a member of the St. John’s Law Review. He received his B.A. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brooklyn College in 1998.


  • St. John's University School of Law, 2001, J.D.
  • Brooklyn College, 1998, B.A.

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  • New Jersey
  • New York