Mary T. Benton - Alston & Bird LLP

Mary T. Benton

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 404-881-7255

Mary Benton’s practice is focused on multistate tax controversy and litigation involving all tax types. She handles all aspects of SALT disputes—audits, administrative conferences and hearings, judicial appeals (both bench and jury trials, as well as motions practice) and appellate work. She has a vast amount of experience negotiating with revenue departments to obtain the best resolution for clients, through settlement when possible, or by prosecuting the matter all the way through trial and appeal when necessary.

Ms. Benton also maintains a multistate transactional practice, helping clients navigate through complexities in acquisitions, dispositions and reorganizations. She has extensive experience working with clients in the process of expanding or adding headcount, relocating or opening a new facility to identify, claim and maintain state tax credits that directly benefit a company’s bottom line.

Ms. Benton maintains a robust schedule of speaking on state tax topics at national conferences and symposia, including COST, IPT, TEI and NYU. She is included in Best Lawyers in America for Tax and Litigation – Tax and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2012 and 2013.
Ms. Benton also serves as the Pro Bono Partner and leads all pro bono and community service efforts firm wide.

Southern Methodist UniversityBA 1993The University of TexasJ.D. 1996
Truancy Intervention ProjectGeorgia Appleseed Center for Law and Policy Emory University Atlanta Legal Aid Advisory Board Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Advisory Council Institute for Professionals in Taxation

Case History

  • Litigated the multimillion-dollar assessment of Mississippi income and franchise taxes for a Fortune 500 provider of hospital management services.
  • Represented a national provider of credit services in a procedural issue of first impression at the Mississippi Supreme Court.
  • Represented a construction company in a $3M sales and use tax appeal, achieving settlement for $10,000.00.
  • Represented a national paint manufacturer in securing a refund of sales taxes on the distribution of color cards – Grant of summary judgment was affirmed at the Georgia Court of Appeals.
  • Represented a national nonprofit organization to obtain a property tax exemption – Grant of partial summary judgment was affirmed at the Georgia Court of Appeals and the remainder of the case settled during a one-day mediation.
  • Represented venture capital companies in diligence efforts to determine state tax exposure related to cloud computing issues at the target companies.
  • Represented numerous corporations in multistate voluntary disclosure projects.

Office Location

One Atlantic Center, Suite 4900
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309-3424
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Tax Law (State and Local Tax)