Scott Benner, J.D.
Scott helps entrepreneurs, professionals and other clients bring transparency, coherence and careful attention to their financial affairs. Common challenges for these clients involve obtaining liquidity for private businesses, understanding the full value of their human capital, reducing concentrations in employer equity, and when and how to distribute deferred compensation. Scott’s particular strength is helping entrepreneurs and executives wrestle with these issues in the context of career fulfillment and financial security.
After many years’ organizing investment funds, structuring venture capital deals, and advising on equity compensation arrangements, Scott plays a distinctive role in assisting our clients with the integration of their restricted stock, stock options, and real estate and other alternative investments into their overall financial picture. He also takes a lead role in examining private funds and other alternative investments for the firm in his role as chair of the investment committee.
Scott graduated magna cum laude from Pacific Lutheran University in 1988 with departmental honors in economics and significant coursework in finance. He went on to law school at New York University and graduated cum laude in 1991. He commenced his law practice in Seattle at Bogle & Gates LLP and joined Heller Ehrman LLP in 1994. His practice then included public company work, venture capital financings, mutual fund organization and investment advisor compliance. After briefly serving as general counsel of Ride, Inc., he returned to Heller Ehrman in 1996, served clients from its Singapore and Hong Kong offices, became a partner, and concentrated his practice on hedge funds and venture capital formation and investment. Scott returned to the U.S. in 2003 to practice in Heller’s Seattle and San Francisco offices, where he concentrated on organizing venture capital, real estate, buyout and hedge funds. In 2006, Scott joined KBBS with a view to integrating financial, tax and legal considerations in the service of the unique needs of entrepreneurs and business owners.
Scott has served in leadership of several community organizations, including as a board member and treasurer of Vashon Allied Arts, the performing and visual arts hub for Vashon, and is a past trustee and chair of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network and trustee of MS Society of Washington. Scott has given of his professional time to the endowment efforts of the Vashon Schools Foundation and Gage Academy of Art. Scott continues to practice law through KHBB Law PLLC to handle client legal matters related to his work as a financial advisor.
Scott and his wife Kimberly live on Vashon Island, where they raised two children (who still come home!) and are active in support of the arts, cooperative farming and public health.