Steven A. Benefield

Steven A. Benefield: Attorney with Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal LLP AV stamp icon
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Steven A. Benefield is a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in 2006 -2017 in the field of tax law, in the field of business organization in 2012- 2017, and in the field of trusts and estates in 2013 — 2017. He was named the 2014 Birmingham Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) “Lawyer of the Year.” Mr. Benefield received the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell. He has been certified as a Merger & Acquisition Advisor by the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors. Mr. Benefield is an Expert Trial Witness (regarding legal standards of practice for attorneys in estate and trust matters) and the Treasures of the Alabama Academy of Attorney Mediators (membership by invitation only). He is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Birmingham and was the Chair for the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution from 2000 — 2002. Mr. Benefield is a member of the Alabama Bar Association (ABA) including the Tax Section, the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Sections and the Center for Professional Responsibility. He is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association and he was a member of the Grievance Committee from 1985 to 1995, serving as Chairman in 1995. He is a registered general and appellate mediator in state and federal courts. From 1983 to 1984, Mr. Benefield served as law clerk for the Honorable James H. Hancock, United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama. He is active with the Boy Scouts of America and serves on the Vulcan District Committee and was the recipient of Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit and is an Eagle Scout. Mr. Benefield has been an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham for over 30 years.Mr. Benefield spoke at the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors Seminar: Getting to 8x and Beyond — How are High Multiple Transactions Created in Good Markets and Bad? He is the author of “No Plan for the Succession of Your Business? Plan for the Business to Fail,” in Family and Business Succession Planning Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Navigating Key Tax Issues, Dealing with Family Concerns, and Avoiding Potential Pitfalls for Closely Held Businesses, 51. Mr. Benefield has been both the speaker and author at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars too numerous to list on business formation, business exit strategy planning, estate planning and administration, ethics, professional liability and related matters.

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Trusts and Estates
  • Trust Planning
  • Wills
  • Tax Planning
  • Probate
  • Business Planning
  • Business Organization
  • Elder Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-716-5245  Phone
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 830612, Birmingham, AL 35203-4804
University Attended:
Birmingham-Southern College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1980
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama, J.D., 1983; University of Alabama, LL.M., Taxation, 1995
Year of First Admission:
1983, Alabama; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle & Southern Districts of Alabama
Birmingham and American Bar Associations; Alabama State Bar (Chairman, Committee on Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution, 1996-1998; Chair, Alabama Supreme Court Committee on Dispute Resolution).
Birth Information:
Ozark, Alabama, February 12, 1958

Peer Reviews

4.9/5.0 (2 reviews)
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