Terry Bentley Hill

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Dallas, Texas

Law Office of Terry Bentley Hill
Terry Bentley Hill
Law Office of Terry Bentley Hill

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 2009

Education: Texas Wesleyan University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2019
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Law Office of Terry Bentley Hill

3131 McKinney Avenue
Suite 800
Dallas, TX 75204


Attorney Terry Bentley Hill is the founder and owner of the Law Office of Terry Bentley Hill in Dallas, Texas. A top-rated and award-winning trial lawyer, Ms. Bentley Hill focuses her practice exclusively on criminal defense, and she has achieved notable success representing the rights and liberties of those who stand accused or are under investigation for virtually any type of felony or misdemeanor offense.

A staunch advocate for the rights of others, particularly those suffering from mental illness, Ms. Bentley Hill devotes a lot of her time and resources to raising awareness for mental health conditions and treatment. She understands that incarceration is typically not the best situation for those struggling with mental disorders and substance abuse, and she works hard to help find alternative solutions for those similarly affected who have been charged with criminal offenses.

In all cases, Ms. Bentley Hill takes the time to get to know her clients and fully understand the circumstances surrounding their legal problems so that she can devise the most effective defense strategies possible for their unique situations. Through this high level of client commitment, she has earned numerous awards and honors throughout her career, including the State Bar of Texas Presidential Citation, several Best Lawyers designations by D Magazine as well as a Top 100 Trial Lawyers rating by The National Trial Lawyers.

A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Ms. Bentley Hill attended Texas A&M University School of Law formerly Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2008. The State Bar of Texas admitted her to practice the following year, and she also practices before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

Highly active in her legal community, Ms. Bentley Hill is a member of several local, state and national bar associations. Recognized as a leader in her field, she has written extensively and conducted lectures and seminars across her region on a variety of topics related to criminal defense and mental health awareness.  She is the recipient of the Texas Bar Foundation's Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award for excellence in the legal profession.

Ms. Bentley Hill is a life fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and she is a graduate of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's Trial College. As advocate of attorney wellness, she serves as Chair of the State Bar of Texas' committee of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program.  She also gives back to her local community through her involvement with various civic and charitable organizations, e.g. Dallas Assembly,Girl Scouts of North East Texas, Advisory Board; CARE Dallas, Advisory Board; Dallas Doing Good, Advisory Board, Grace Loncar Foundation, Board; TEB Foundation, Board President; Resource and Recovery, Advisory Board.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Probation, Theft

  • 100% Criminal Defense

First Admitted: 2009, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.terrybentleyhill.com/new-page/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Chair of the  Texas Lawyers Assistance Program, State Bar of Texas
  • Board Member, Grace Loncar Foundation, 2016 - Present
  • Board Member, TEB Foundation, 2014 - Present
  • Advisory Board Member, Recovery Resource Council, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2015 - Present
  • Advisory Board Member,  Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas, 1998 - Present
  • Lifetime Fellow, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Trial College Graduate
  • Dallas Bar Association, Criminal Justice Committee
  • State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Texas Lawyers Assistance Program, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Dallas Women's Lawyers Association - Board of Director
  • Dallas Bar Association, Peer Assistance Member, Chairman
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2010
  • Dallas’ Best Criminal Defense Lawyers, Mental Health, Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2015 - 2018
  • Best Lawyers, D Magazine, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022, D Magazine Best Lawyers, D Magazine
  • Presidential Citation, State Bar of Texas, 2011
  • Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015 - 2018
Educational Background:
  • University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Journalism
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Texas Bar Foundation's Terry Lee Grantham Award., 2021
  • Woman That Soars Honoree, 2016

Office location for Terry Bentley Hill

3131 McKinney Avenue
Suite 800
Dallas, TX 75204

Phone: 214-740-9955


5 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2016 - 2019

Top Lists

Up-and-Coming 100: Texas Rising Stars: 2019 Up-and-Coming 50: Women Texas Rising Stars: 2019

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