Aliana King Benford


Alaina Benford is a skilled negotiator, trusted advisor and trial-tested litigator with nearly two decades of experience trying cases in state and federal courts where she has first-chaired jury trials to verdict.  She has represented clients of all sizes in multi-party cases involving energy disputes, eminent domain and condemnation matters, pipeline safety, real estate and land use litigation, construction disputes, maritime and admiralty matters, and defense of wrongful death and catastrophic energy-related personal injury claims.  Alaina has helped clients navigate all aspects of litigation, including fact and expert discovery, temporary and permanent injunctions, alternative dispute resolution, dispositive motion practice, arbitration and trial.

Alaina joined the Houston office in 2000 and has been a partner since 2011.  A graduate of the American Board of Trial Advocates National Trial Academy, she serves as a faculty member of the firm’s Trial Training Program for all first year litigation attorneys in the firm.

Alaina serves on a number of firm committees and previously served as the Hiring Partner responsible for attorney employment in the Houston office. She is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education programs across the country and serves in leadership positions on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

Alaina was one of five recipients of the firm’s 2016 Global Inclusion Award in recognition of her embodiment of the firm’s business principles of quality, unity and integrity and her contributions to the firm’s diversity inclusion strategy, programs and employee networks.