William Benner

Bill was born and raised in Lancaster County to hardworking, blue-collar parents. It was from this background that a strong work ethic was instilled in him. Bill graduated from McCaskey High School in 1980 and attended Millersville University where he excelled academically and athletically. Bill was a 3-year starter, 2-year captain and All-Conference performer for the men’s basketball team. He earned numerous academic awards including the AAUP Award, Class of 1895 Award, Class of 1898 Award, Wickersham Memorial Scholarship, John Ross Weaver Memorial Award, Wentzel-Wright Memorial Award, Guy-Kurtz Bard Award, Faculty-Student Athletic Committee Award, and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. In 1984 Bill graduated number 2 in his class from Millersville University, earning summa cum laude distinction.

Following Millersville University, Bill enrolled at Temple University School of Law, and graduated with a J.D. degree in 1988, cum laude. While at Temple University School of Law, he won several awards including Best Paper in Criminal Law, Best Paper in Lawyering Process, the American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law and the Milton C. Sharp Memorial Award for Land Use Planning.

After graduating from law school, Bill returned to Lancaster County to begin his law career. To gain trial experience, he worked part-time in the Lancaster County Public Defender’s and District Attorney’s Offices in the early 1990s. Bill then began his career as a civil law litigator, handling and serving as trial counsel on thousands of cases. For more than a decade, Bill was a member – and then partner – in a Lancaster insurance defense firm. During this time he gained invaluable knowledge with how insurance companies evaluate and defend personal injury claims.

In 2002, Bill joined a Lancaster personal injury firm – where he met and worked with Chad Rankin – and began representing individuals hurt in accidents. For the next 8 years, Bill handled personal injury cases involving complex liability issues and , often, catastrophic injuries. He represented a number of clients whose cases concluded in settlements greater than a million dollars.

During the course of his 30 year career, Bill has been trial counsel on hundreds of jury, non jury cases, judicial arbitrations and UIM/UM arbitrations. He has earned the reputation of being a thorough, thoughtful and tough advocate for his clients. Because of his expertise and fairness, he regularly was asked to serve as an arbitrator or mediator to assist other parties in resolving their disputes. Bill served as an arbitrator/mediator for more than 15 years and conducted hundreds of arbitrations and mediations.

Bill stopped serving as an arbitrator/mediator when he joined Rankin & Gregory, of-counsel, in 2017. He is now back to exclusively representing people who have been hurt in accidents.