Kelly Bennett serves as one of Southern California’s most experienced, effective mediators, handling cases through the elite justice experience, Smart Court. The unique combination of Ms. Bennett’s legal knowledge and courtroom expertise is a boon to people who need immediate, quality justice, which the traditional court system cannot deliver. Ms. Bennett provides custom, high-level solutions on each case she presides over. Ms. Bennett also provides government and organizational consulting (having served and led in large organizations – courts, cities and private companies). Ms. Bennett is and engaging keynote speaker on women’s issues, leadership and conflict-related topics.
Ms. Bennett has been practicing law and serving as a private judge, mediator and arbitrator since 1991. Ms. Bennett founded the Temecula law firm Bennett & Bennett, APC, after graduating with her husband and law partner Greg, from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. Ms. Bennett has over 26 years of trial and professional dispute resolution experience representing individuals in family law cases, and resolving divorce, real estate, business, homeowner association, construction defect and employment disputes as an arbitrator, private judge and mediator. Ms. Bennett is a two-time bar association president, and is an appointed Judge Pro Tem for the Riverside County Superior Court serving on temporary assignments for the Family Law bench. Ms. Bennett is the first woman ever elected to the Murrieta City Council, where she served from 2006 to 2014 as Mayor, Vice Mayor, and co-chaired the International Relations, Higher Education and Healthcare Subcommittees. Ms. Bennett’s government leadership grew to a regional level, where she served as Chairwoman of the Western Riverside Council of Governments, among other corporate and non-profit boards. A native Californian, in her free time Ms. Bennett can be found surfing the waters of California and Hawaii with her husband, advancing her skateboarding skills, and hanging out with her family. Ms. Bennett and her husband Greg have two grown daughters, one an up-and-coming attorney with Bennett & Bennett, the other serving as the Client Liaison and Operations Manager for Smart Court®.