150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601

Shelby Duffy Benton

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Benton Family Law

Contact Information

130 South John Street, Suite A
Goldsboro NC 27530-4831
Work (919) 736-3076
Fax (919) 736-1830

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 947
Goldsboro NC 27533

Practice State

North Carolina


Traditional Client Representation and Litigation


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  • Greene, North Carolina
  • Lenoir, North Carolina
  • Wayne, North Carolina


1982, BA in Political Science/Criminal Justice, North Carolina State University, cum laude.

1985, JD, Campbell University School of Law.

Legal Organizations

Past Chair North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Family Law Council, 2009-2010; Past Board Member, NCBA Board of Governors, 2010-2013; Chair, Nominations Committee NCBA Board of Governors 2012-2013; Committee Member, NCBA Legislative Advisory Committee, 2011-present; Committee Member, NCBA Military/Veterans Affairs Committee, 2013-present; Chair, NCBA Family Law Military/Veterans Pro Bono Project, 2011-present; Board Member, North Carolina Veterans Po Bono Network, 2012-present; Committee Member NCBA 4-All Committee, 2012-present; NC State Bar 8th Judicial District Councilor, 2013-2016; Board Member, 8th Judicial District Family Court Advisory Board 2004-present; 8th Judicial District Bar, BarCares Coordinator 2010-present; Past President 8th Judicial District Bar Association, 1993-1994; Past President Wayne County Bar Association, 1991-1992.


2013 Lawyer of the Year in Family Law-Raleigh Region by Best Lawyers; 2012 NCBA Citizen Lawyer Award; 2012 NC Lawyers Weekly Women of Justice Award in Litigation; 2009-2014 Best Lawyers in America; 2011-2014 Best Law Firms in America; 2010-2014 Super Lawyers in NC; 2011-2014 Legal Elite Top Tar Heel Lawyers-Business North Carolina; 2011 & 2014 Top 50 Women Attorneys in NC; 1996-2014 AV rated Martindale-Hubbell.

CLE Presentations

Testing the Limits:  Jurisdictional and Ethical Issues in Family Law, 09/26/08, Asheville, NC, NCBA,. Prepared a manuscript and presented at this seminar  on Jurisdictional Issues Regarding Military Personnel.

Family Matters:  2008 Basics of Family Law, 11/13/08, Cary, NC NCBA, Prepared a manuscript and presented at this seminar on Post Separation Support, Alimony & Fees.

Modern Family, 2010 Basics of Family Law, 11/10/10, Cary, NC, NCBA, Revised my prior manuscript and presented at this seminar on Post Separation Support, Alimony & Fees.

The Modern Family, 2012 Basics of Family Law, 11/09/12, Cary, NC, NCBA, Prepared a manuscript and presented at this seminar for one hour on Managing An Equitable Distribution Case.

Managing Military Cases: A Broad Overview, 12/4/13, Cary, NC, NCBA, Prepared a power point and presented at this webinar on Family Law Issues with military clients.

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