InView: Business Advice — Q&A with Gerry Benzinger
The good life: God, family and work
Business Courier of Cincinnati – by Jon Newberry, Staff Reporter
Gerry Benzinger is managing partner of Crestview Hills-based Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc, Northern Kentucky’s largest law firm that’s also known as DBL Law. Benzinger heads the firm’s medical negligence defense section, and he’s also a founding member of the Northern Kentucky Estate Planning Council. A graduate of Xavier University (1966) and the University of Kentucky College of Law (1969), Benzinger is a trustee of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Greater Cincinnati, a director and president of Trinity World Missions Inc. and a director and vice president of Malia’s C.O.R.D. Foundation Inc. He resides in Edgewood with his wife, Linda Metz Benzinger, and has six grown children and 15 grandchildren. He’s a survivor of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Why do you have the career you have?
I have always liked the challenge of problem-solving and helping people work through difficult issues. The law profession is an excellent arena for these endeavors.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Sorting out and prioritizing the real issues in a case.
What advice would you give a new boss?
Question and listen to your employees as a part of making fully informed decisions.
What is your definition of a miserable, unsatisfying life?
A life in which one loses his faith in God and the love of his family and friends, and whose job is not fulfilling.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
In the fall and winter, any venue with a warm, sunny climate with excellent golf courses. In the spring and summer, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana for fly-fishing, hiking and golfing.
You’ve just been given $100,000 to donate to charity. Which and why?
Malia’s C.O.R.D. Foundation Inc. This charity funds medical research to find a cure for debilitating and often fatal spinal cord tumors in children. Because this is a rare disease, affecting only a few hundred children each year, it is difficult to obtain funding for research to find a cure from the large cancer fundraising organizations.
Describe your perfect life.
Faith in God, a loving family and friends and a fulfilling job.
What is the best book you’ve ever read?
“The Power of Now,” by Eckhart Tolle.
What music are you listening to right now?
“The Harp and the Rising Sun,” by Darlene Warton.
What trait do you most value in friends?
How do you most like to spend your money?
On my family, my recreation and those helpless in our society who are the most vulnerable.
What scares you?
There are many people in the world who would do anything at any cost to destroy our wonderful country, America.