Dilworth Paxson L&E Chair Found Beaten in Southwest Philly

Gino J. Benedetti, the chairman of Dilworth Paxson’s labor and employment group, was found beaten in Southwest Philadelphia Thursday night, according to police.

 

Sgt. Charles Layton of the Southwest Detectives Special Investigation Unit said Benedetti was found at 63rd Street and Passyunk Avenue shortly before 8 p.m. He was lying in proximity to his Acura, the report said.

 

Layton said there was nothing that led the police to believe the car was involved, but he categorized the attack on Benedetti as an “attempted robbery that went bad.”

 

Police believe Benedetti, who suffered chest and severe head injuries, was hit with a blunt object — possibly a rock wrapped in a towel or shirt, Layton said.

 

No arrests have been made in the case, but police are looking into getting as much video surveillance as possible and speaking to witnesses. The beating might have something to do with similar crimes in the area, but Layton said there is nothing definitive relating the attack on Benedetti to any other crime.

 

There was no damage to Benedetti’s vehicle and police have no idea as to why he was in that area, Layton said.

 

According to Dilworth Paxson partner James W. Hennessey, Benedetti underwent neurosurgery Friday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Hennessey said Bendetti has regained consciousness after surgery and is currently recovering. They don’t yet have an idea of recovery time but they are confident he is getting the best of care.

 

Benedetti has been with Dilworth Paxson for less than a year. He came to the firm from Miller Alfano & Raspanti, where he practiced for 13 years.

— Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter

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