Local. Family-Oriented. Compassionate

Shelby Duffy Benton

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  • Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Buies Creek, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1985
  • North Carolina State University
    • B.A. - 1982
    • Major: Political Science/Criminal Justice

Classes & Seminars

  • Frequent Speaker, Family Law Field, Continuing Legal Education seminars for fellow attorneys

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Advisory Board, Salvation Army of Wayne-Sampson
  • Active Member, First Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro
  • Co-Chair, Teens and Attorneys Partnership for Success of Wayne County (TAPS-WC)
  • Deacon, First Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro
  • Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Board, 2019 - 2022
  • NC Domestic Violence Commission, Victim Services Sub-Committee, Chair

Professional Associations

  • Wayne County Bar Association, President
  • Eighth Judicial District Bar Association, President
  • Eighth Judicial District Family Court Advisory Board, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chair, 2009 to 2010
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Board of Governors, Member, 2010 to 2013
  • 8th Judicial District, State Bar Counselor
  • State Bar Ethics Committee and LAMP Committee, 2012 to 2014
  • North Carolina Bar Association, President-Elect
  • North Carolina Bar Association, President, 2015 to 2016
  • North Carolina Bar Association, 4All Committee, Member, 2011 to Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Legislative Advisory Committee, Member, 2010 to Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Nominating Committee, Chair, 2013
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Audit and Finance, Chair, 2014 to 2015
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Talent Development Committee, Chair, 2017 to 2019
  • NCBA, Past President
  • NCBA, Leadership Academy, Co-Chair, 2017
  • Ninth Judicial District Family Court Advisory Board, Member
  • NC State Bar Ethic Committee, Member, 2017 to 2019

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Specialist in Family Law, NC State Bar, 1995

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney

Practice Areas

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1985


  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Top 50 Woman Lawyers in NC, North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Legal Elite in North Carolina in Family Law, Business North Carolina Magazine
  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law
  • Citizen Lawyer Award, NC Bar Association
  • Women of Justice Award, NC Lawyers Weekly
  • Best Lawyer for the Raleigh Region in Family Law, Best Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Campbell University
  • Distinguished Service Award, Family Law Section of the NCBA
  • First W.I.S.E. (Women Inspiring Success and Empowerment) Woman of the Year, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce