Norra Pe Benito
Davone Norra Pe Benito is senior associate attorney at the Law Offices of Anne Schmidt, LLC. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. She serves as a board member for the Military Spouse JD Network, a national bar association. Her practice areas include: Domestic Relation Orders for plans subject to ERISA and the Federal Regulations, Employee Benefits subject to ERISA, and Federal Government and Military Benefits.
Norra graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a major in political science and minor in finance. She obtained her Juris Doctor cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. In 2019, she studied cross cultural mediation and negations for a summer semester at Zhejiang University Guanghua College of Law in Hangzhou, China.
During law school, she focused her education on Employment Law, Legal Writing and Research, and Negotiation Strategy and Theory. She led her peers as President of the Women’s Law Association (WLA), President of the exclusive Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society (ADRHS) and served as Senior Editor of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review Journal.
In ADRHS, she led the team to rank 2nd in the region for ABA Client Counseling competition and fostered a community that led the team to rank 1st in the region for ABA Mediation (the two team members went on to compete in Nationals). In WLA, she grew membership and provided career development workshops. The San Diego Lawyer’s Club and Thomas Jefferson School of Law honored Norra with the Women in Law Project Scholarship Award in 2020 for her contributions to the local legal community.
Norra began her 13-year legal career in Nashville. She started her career as a paralegal for a private law practice handling insurance subrogation and contract breach litigation. Additionally, she served as the firm’s office manager to develop the firm’s business operations. She also served as a tutor for Nashville’s Adult Literacy Council during her time with the firm.
As a military spouse, the Navy has moved Norra and her family across the US several times. She understands the emotional demands of military families as they navigate through complex military benefit rules and regulations.
Norra lives with her husband and their 3-year old German Shepherd Dog, Leia. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and snowboarding. She has visited 15 national parks and strives to visit them all. You can find her at the office with K-pop or Taylor Swift tunes playing in the background.