Office of General Counsel

Trent J. Benishek

Trent J. Benishek

Trent J. Benishek serves as general counsel of the U.S. General Services Administration.

As general counsel, Mr. Benishek is the agency’s chief legal officer, overseeing all legal matters and managing a nationwide office of nearly 140 attorneys and approximately twenty support staff. He provides legal advice to the GSA administrator and other senior officials, while ensuring implementation of GSA's statutory responsibilities. Mr. Benishek also serves as the Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO), advises on the formulation and promulgation of GSA policies and regulations, oversees the agency’s litigation, and provides overall direction to the Office of General Counsel.

Prior to joining GSA, Mr. Benishek served in the Office of White House Counsel as special assistant to the president and associate counsel to the president. In that role, he supervised oversight matters involving eight federal agencies and, among other duties, managed matters involving the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Ethics in Government Act, Federal Tort Claims Act, and Freedom of Information Act. Mr. Benishek previously worked as an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Washington, DC for eight years.

A native of Wisconsin, Mr. Benishek holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a Juris Doctor from the William & Mary School of Law.

Last Reviewed: 2020-11-03