Loftis Law welcomes new attorney

March 20, 2024 | Courts|Featured|Headlines

PONCA CITY — Loftis Law is welcoming attorney James Benitez to the practice.

“James has that world beater mentality that I think you need to have when handling the type of cases that our office handles,” said Scott Loftis. 

James Benitez

Benitez, a graduate of the University of Nebraska, earned his law degree at Penn State.

The once aspiring football quarterback found himself knocked off the football field by concussions and into the law field. He landed in Ponca City thinking he was on a path that would lead to Colorado.

“My in-laws live here so we came here while thinking we would later go to Colorado,” he said.

However, a New Jersey moving company assisted in altering his plans.

“They stole our stuff,” said Benitez. “I began looking for a lawyer to take the case and no one would until I called Scott.”

With his stuff gone and his wife expecting a second child, the family decided to stay here. Benitez obtained licensing to practice law in Kansas and Oklahoma and then asked Loftis if he was looking for an assistant. Loftis said yes and added Benitez to the practice in the summer of 2023.

“It has been great,” said Benitez.

“I do a lot of work in Kansas. Some of the places I have practiced are: Lawton, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Bartlesville, Stillwater, Ponca City, Arkansas City, Winfield, Wichita and I have Federal trial experience.”

Benitez specializes in criminal defense but also does family law.

Another skill he brings to the table is his ability to speak Spanish.

“He is the only attorney in our community that will be able to effectively serve and build personal relationships with the Spanish speaking population,” said Loftis. “Overall he is an asset to our firm and has a very bright future ahead of him.”

Benitez said he is happy with his current law career but one day he thinks he would like to be a judge.

Benitez is welcoming new clients and can be reached at the office, 580-762-3661 or at 720-653-0354.