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Benton has a diverse practice which includes private equity, mergers and acquisitions; corporate, partnership and limited liability companies; various transactions; tax advice on all matters; entity formation; joint ventures; public and private securities offerings; venture capital transactions; tax controversy work; tax exempt financings; public finance; and business advice, as well as commercial and real estate lending and structuring transactions. Benton is listed in the Red Book.

Awards & Recognition

  • Benton was named Super Lawyer from 2007-2009 for his M&A practice by Super Lawyers in its Corporate Counsel Edition.
  • Selected by his peers and the publishers of Virginia Business Magazine's Legal Elite as one of Virginia's best "Business Law" attorneys for 2002, 2005-06, 2008-2014.
  • In 2008, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine named Benton a Super Lawyer for his Mergers & Acquisitions practice.  He was also selected a DC Super Lawyer in 2006 and 2007.  Super Lawyers identifies the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics
  • In 2007, Virginia Super Lawyers named Benton a Super Lawyer for his Mergers & Acquisitions practice.  Super Lawyers identifies the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics.

Credentials

  • Georgetown University Law Center, 1975, LL.M., Taxation
  • Emory University School of Law, 1971, J.D.
  • University of Alabama, 1967, B.S.

  • Alabama
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit

  • American Bar Association - Taxation, Business Law, Real Property, Probate and Trust Sections, Partnership Committee for Taxation
  • Virginia State Bar - Board of Governors, Section of Taxation (1997-2003)