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Shelby Duffy Benton - Goldsboro, NC

130 S. John St. Goldsboro, NC 27530 - 4831

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Updated: 11/17/2023

Goldsboro Family Law Lawyer

About Shelby Duffy Benton

Practice Areas

  • Family Law

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Attorney


Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1985

Specialties and Certifications

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

Other Affiliations

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


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

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

Classes and Seminars

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


Other Sources of Feedback About Shelby Duffy Benton

Included on the 2024 North Carolina list

Past Lists

  • 2023 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 North Carolina Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Shelby Duffy Benton on Super Lawyers


  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 1996 - 2020
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2020
  • Top 50 Woman Lawyers in NC, North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2011 - 2014
  • Legal Elite in North Carolina in Family Law, Business North Carolina Magazine, 2011 - 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2009 - 2020
  • Citizen Lawyer Award, NC Bar Association, 2012
  • Women of Justice Award, NC Lawyers Weekly, 2012
  • Best Lawyer for the Raleigh Region in Family Law, Best Lawyers, 2013
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2013
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Campbell University, 2015
  • Distinguished Service Award, Family Law Section of the NCBA, May 3, 2019
  • First W.I.S.E. (Women Inspiring Success and Empowerment) Woman of the Year, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, October 18, 2019


Office Information


130 S. John St. Goldsboro, NC 27530 - 4831

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