Beni Surpin is a partner and transactional lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where his focus is on global technology and commercial transactions. Beni counsels international and domestic companies on legal and business issues relating to technology, intellectual property and commercial deals across a wide range of industries, including in the life sciences, medical devices, health care, wireless, high-tech, fintech, automotive, aviation, food and beverage, and fashion and apparel sectors. His practice focuses on collaborations involving technology transfer between companies to enhance product lines and services through access to new technologies. He works closely with his clients in creating and setting strategic direction and then structuring relationships and negotiating deals to implement these goals.

Beni’s experience covers a broad spectrum of deals and structures through collaborations, licenses and acquisitions, service-based platforms, manufacturing, supply and distribution arrangements, clinical, research and development agreements, royalty monetizations, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships and alliances. He also works with private and public companies to maximize value and revenue from intellectual property and technology portfolios and in settling IP disputes and litigation in a way that allows them to optimize their assets, advising them on a variety of related legal and business issues.

With additional experience in the areas of corporate governance and business, private equity, leveraged debt financing, and real estate investments and funds, Beni also guides emerging growth entities, middle market companies, and multinational corporations in their strategic planning, development and growth.

Prior to joining Foley, Beni was a partner with an international law firm where he headed the global technology, intellectual property and commercial transactions group, and the China intellectual property team. He has also resided in the UK, Brazil and Israel.


  • Voted Global Technology Transactions Expert of the Year in California by The Lawyer Network
  • Voted Technology Licensing Lawyer of the Year in California by Corporate INTL Global Awards
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business notes that Beni wins plaudits for his brilliance as a practitioner, and is a growing presence in the legal community. Chambers also notes that “sources compliment his ‘amazing command of the law,’ which ‘is blended with practical consideration of what drives business.’”
  • The Legal 500 for large M&A deals ($1bn+), technology transactions, M&A deals (venture capital and emerging companies), technology in both outsourcing and data protection and privacy, healthcare and life sciences and patent licensing (Tier 1)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®
  • Voted Best of the Bar by the San Diego Business Journal
  • Winner of the Finance Monthly Deal Maker of the Year Award
  • Voted one of the Best Lawyers in San Diego by LegalForce
  • Voted San Diego Top Attorney by the Daily Transcript for IP Transactional and Corporate Transactional

Thought Leadership

Beni regularly speaks, authors and teaches on a variety of technology transfer and collaboration related topics, covering the most recent business strategies, legal debates, challenges and solutions on maximizing value and revenue from intellectual property both in the U.S. and globally.


Beni earned his LL.M, with honors, in 1997 from the University of Cambridge, Jesus College. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree, also with honors, in 1995 from the University of Oxford, St. Edmund Hall.

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Beni is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the American and San Diego County Bar Associations, and the Law Society of England and Wales (Member of the Roll).

He has been involved with San Diego BIOCOM, CommNexus San Diego, the California Israel Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Venture Group, San Diego World Trade Center, Connect, Brazil-California Chamber of Commerce, British-American Business Council and the Lawyers Club of San Diego.


Beni is fluent in Portuguese, Hebrew and French.