Albert M. Benshoff

Al Benshoff graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in
Natural Resources. He briefly worked as a contractor for the U.S. Department of the
Interior, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation (now the National Park Service) before working in
environmental compliance for National Steel Corp. He later received a Master’s Degree in
Regional Planning from the University of Michigan.

For many years, he worked as a planner, first for the Beaufort County, S.C. Planning
Commission, and then for the City of Cary, N.C. where he oversaw the adoption of the first
Unified Development Ordinance, the construction of the first five miles of greenway, and
several comprehensive plans. While working in Cary, he attended the evening law program
at N.C. Central University School of Law, in Durham, NC.

After receiving his law degree, Mr. Benshoff became the City Attorney for Lumberton,
N.C. and then served as the City Attorney for Concord, N.C. Some of his accomplishments
in Concord include litigating a major zoning challenge to the new Cabarrus County jail, re-
writing the Concord Development Ordinance, obtaining and defending Inter-Basin Transfer
Permits from the Yadkin and Catawba Rivers to Concord and Kannapolis, assisting with the
redevelopment of “Brownfield” sites, and organizing community development and the
construction of the joint Albemarle-Concord- Kannapolis water pipeline.

Mr. Benshoff provides general legal counsel to the Towns of Oakboro, Mocksville and
Stanfield, as well as the City of Sanford Board of Adjustment and Historic Preservation
Commission. He has worked with other local government clients, including the Towns of
Aberdeen, Carthage, Carrboro, Creedmoor, Selma, Holly Springs, Pinebluff, Robbins, the
Lumberton Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Cities of Kannapolis and Roxboro, and the
Village of Pinehurst. He practices in the areas of real estate development, code enforcement,
contracts, economic development, annexation, land use and zoning, eminent domain,
housing authorities, personnel, and community development, including U.S. Housing and
Urban Development programs.

Mr. Benshoff is licensed in the North Carolina state courts and U.S. District Courts of the
Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina, as well as the U.S. Fourth Circuit
Court of Appeals. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, where he is a
member of the of the Zoning, Planning and Land Use section and on the Board of Directors
of the Government & Public Sector section. He also serves as the President of the Board of
Directors of two non-profit corporations providing housing to low income seniors in
Cabarrus County, the Methodist Episcopal Senior Housing, Inc. and Housing Episcopal
Methodist Presbyterian, Inc.