Attorney - Terrell W. Benton, Jr.


Terrell W. Benton, Jr.
HBS Athens Office

P: 706-316-0231
F: 706-316-0111
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Terrell W. Benton Jr. was admitted to the Bar December 11, 1962. He has been a partner in the firm of Hall Booth Smith, P.C. since September 2003.

Terrell specializes in the representation of public school districts. Presently he serves as General Counsel to Clarke County School District, Athens, Georgia; Oconee County School District, Watkinsville, Georgia; and Walton County School District, Monroe, Georgia.

In addition to serving as General Counsel to three school districts, Terrell has served as Hearing Officer in Fair Dismissal Cases involving certificated employees of school districts in Berrien County, Cherokee County, DeKalb County, Fulton County, Hall County, Harris County, Madison County, Montgomery County, Newton County, Rockdale County, Towns County, Warren County, and Whitfield County.

Terrell is a member of the Executive Committee of the Counsel of School Board Attorneys, Georgia School Boards Association. He served as President of the Executive Committee in 1998 and 2004.

Terrell is peer rated AV by Martindale Hubbell.

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Terrell has extensive experience representing public school districts as well as certificated employees.  Terrell's personal knowledge of the educational system of Georgia helps Terrell represent his clients with the finest advice and counsel. He has represented elected officials and school administrators on issues related to employment, equity and discrimination, school safety and security, special education, student rights and discipline, and records management.


Terrell has represented the interests of insurers and private businesses in many employment matters including preparation and evaluation of employment agreements, restrictive covenants, independent contractor agreements,  and broker agreements. He has also defended business entities against discrimination claims based on race, religion, national origin, sex disability and age. Terrell has represented employers in claims involving Title VII, FLSA, FMLA, ADEA, and ADA.


B.S.A. Degree, The University of Georgia, (1960) J.D. Degree, The University of Georgia, (1963)


State Bar of Georgia in 1962
The United States District Court of the Middle District of Georgia
11th Circuit Court of Appeals


State Bar of Georgia
American Bar Association
Western Circuit Bar Association
Counsel of School Board Attorneys, Georgia School Boards Association
St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church


St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church


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