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Shelby D. Benton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Goldsboro, NC

Benton Family Law
PO Box 947
Goldsboro, NC 27533
Phone: 919-736-3076
Fax: 919-736-1830
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2022
Licensed in North Carolina Since: 1985
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Shelby Duffy Benton has practiced family law in Eastern North Carolina for over 35 years. Ms. Benton is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist and is also certified as a Family and Financial Mediator. She represents clients in litigation, mediation, and arbitration. She is known not only for the superb quality of her analysis, preparation and advocacy skills, but also for conducting her practice with grace, collaboration and consideration for all involved. She has served as the President of the North Carolina Bar Association 2015-2016, as a member of it's Board of Governors 2010 - 2013 and as Chair of the NCBA Family Law Section 2009-2010.  Ms. Benton is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs on family law. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matromonial Lawyers.  In 2012 she was honored by the NCBA with a Citizen Lawyer Award and by NC Lawyers Weekly with a Women of Justice Award. Best Lawyers named her Lawyer of the Year 2013 for Family Law-Raleigh Area. In 2015 she was honored as a Distingished Alumna by Campbell University.  She is a graduate of Campbell Law School and NCSU.

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About Shelby D. Benton

First Admitted: 1985, North Carolina

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Planned, spoken and written manuscripts for many NCBA Family Law seminars

Educational Background

  • BA, North Carolina State University in Political Science/Criminal Justice, 1982

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, 1995

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Board of Governors of North Carolina Bar Association, 2010
  • NC Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates , 2018
  • 2009-2010 Chair of NCBA Family Law Section;2008-2009 Vice Chair NCBA Family Law Section; Past President 8th Judicial District Bar; Past President Wayne County Bar
  • President North Carolina Bar Association, 2015
  • North Carolina Board of Paralegal Certification 2012-2018
  • 8th Judicial District State Bar Councilor , 2013
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matromonial Lawyers since 2013


  • Women of Justice Award - Litigation, NC Lawyers Weekly, 2012
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section Distinguished Service Award, 2018
  • Lawyer of the Year - Family Law - Raleigh Area, Best Lawyers, 2013
  • Citizen Lawyer Award, NCBA, 2012
  • Campbell University Distinguished Alumna, 2015

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Co-Chair - Teens & Attorneys Partnership for Success/Wayne County, 2013
  • Participant NC Free Legal Answers, 2018
  • Participant in Lawyer on the Line program of NCBA, 2018
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Office Location for Shelby D. Benton

PO Box 947
Goldsboro, NC 27533

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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