Mary T. Benton, Esq., is a partner in the State and Local Tax Practice Group of Alston & Bird LLP. Ms. Benton concentrates her practice on controversy and litigation matters involving sales/use, income and property taxation. She also maintains a multistate transactional practice involving all tax types. She is a member of the firm’s economic incentives team, which assists clients in obtaining both negotiated and statutory incentives throughout Georgia and the Southeast.
Ms. Benton handles multistate controversy and litigation matters with experience in both bench and jury trials, appellate court arguments, arbitration panels and Boards of Equalization. Ms. Benton has also been involved in numerous multistate transactions as state tax counsel, negotiating tax provisions and planning for state tax minimization.
Ms. Benton is a frequent author and lecturer on state tax topics, with an emphasis on sales/use and income taxation, cloud computing transactions and constitutional issues in state taxation. She has addressed audiences at national conferences, seminars and symposia sponsored by IPT, COST, TEI, the NYU Summer Institute, the National Business Institute, and Interstate Tax Seminar. She is a member of the property, sales/use and income tax sections of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation.
Ms. Benton is a past chair of the National Association of State Bar Tax Sections and a past Chair of the Georgia Department of Revenue Business Advisory Council, and the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Ms. Benton has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2012-2014, the 2010-2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America for Tax and Tax-Litigation, and was selected as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2007. She serves as the Firm’s Pro Bono Partner and chairs the firm-wide Pro Bono Committee.
Ms. Benton received her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law in 1996. She received her B.A. degree, cum laude and with honors, from Southern Methodist University in 1993, where she was made a member of Phi Beta Kappa.