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Passion. Experience. Excellence.

 

History

Bentley Law Offices, P.A. is a law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of persons with regard to negligent medical treatment, motor vehicle crashes, unsafe products, premises liability, and inadequate security. The firm is based in Durham but handles cases in other parts of North Carolina. In addition, we handle cases in Alabama. We are dedicated to protecting the Federal and State Constitutional Rights to a Jury Trial for persons who have been injured by the acts of others.

 
 

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At Bentley Law Offices, we know that finding the right attorney to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly.

 

 

Attorneys

 
 
 Charles A. Bentley, Jr.

Charles A. Bentley, Jr.

ATTORNEY

Charles A. Bentley, Jr.

Charles A. Bentley, Jr. has been an active trial lawyer since 1971. He has practiced law in Durham since 1974. He is licensed in North Carolina and Alabama. Charles has devoted his professional life to helping clients who have been injured as the result of negligence. Charles devotes 100% of his professional time to trial practice and each client receives his personal attention. Charles received his B.A. from Auburn University where he was the President of the Student Body and a sprinter on the track team. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia.

 

Education 

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Juris Doctor

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
B.A., HIstory

Military Service

UNITED STATES ARMY RESERVES
Honorable Discharge, Rank of Captain

Certified Legal Specialties

Board Certified Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Certified Mediator, North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission

Honors and Awards

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Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates - National Board Representative, Life Fellow
  • ABOTA Eastern North Carolina Chapter President 2013
  • SEABOTA Treasurer, 2017-2018
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Member, Health Law and Litigation Sections)
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Alabama State Bar
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • Board of Governors 2013-2017
    • Civil Rights Section Chair 2013
    • Nursing Home Section Chair 2014
    • Professional Negligence Section
    • Auto Torts Section
  • American Association for Justice
    • State Delegate 2013-2017
    • Member:
      • Birth Trauma Litigation Group
      • Inadequate Security Litigation Group
      • Schools: Violence, Misconduct, and Safety Litigation Group
      • Professional Negligence Section
      • Nursing Home Litigation Group

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia
 

 
 
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attorney

Colleen J. Janssen

After many years of working with crime victims, Colleen Janssen is now a compassionate advocate for people who have been hurt by the negligence of others.  She draws on over a decade’s worth of trial experience, including numerous jury trials, to help our clients find justice. 

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, Chapel Hill
B.A., English

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Durham Bar Association, Member
  • Fourteenth Judicial District Bar
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • Professional Negligence Section

Bar Admissions

  •  North Carolina
 

 
 Beth Thompson

Beth Thompson

LEGAL ASSISTANT

Elizabeth Thompson  

Beth Thompson joined Bentley Law Offices in May of 2010 as a legal assistant, and she has been a treasured member of our team since then. She received her B.S. in Health Information Administration from Western Carolina University. She enjoys working with the firm's clients and the team. Beth is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (Legal Assistants Division), and she is a Paralegal Affiliate Member of the American Association for Justice.

Beth is a North Carolina native who was born here in Durham, and she lives in Raleigh with her dog, Ace.

 
 

 
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NORTH CAROLINA LICENSED INvestigator

Carolyn J. Bentley

Carolyn Bentley is a Licensed North Carolina Investigator.  She began her career as an investigator working in Colorado with the preeminent investigator Jane Cracraft in 1988. She has been licensed as a private investigator in North Carolina for over twenty years. Her first two clients in North Carolina were legendary attorneys, Bill Thorp and Howard Twiggs.  She is a member of the National Association of Legal Investigators and the North Carolina Association of Investigators. She is a Legal Assistants Division Member of NCAJ and a Paralegal Affiliate Member of AAJ. She is also a member of the Inner Circle of Investigators.

 

 
 Sam Bentley

Sam Bentley

Director of Client Relations

Sam Bentley

Sam Bentley joined Bentley Law Offices in October of 2016 when he rescued the Bentleys after the loss of their beloved fifteen-year-old lab rescue, Sundance Bentley. Having been on his own, living through some rough times, and fighting injuries and other maladies, Sam is uniquely qualified to be empathetic to our clients and to the other team members. He is always available to provide love, comfort, and support to anyone he meets.