Alexandra “Ally” Benevento was born and raised in Western New York. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a paralegal for a small firm. Alexandra Benevento earned her law degree from the University of South Carolina in 2009. Prior to joining the Strom Law Firm team, Alexandra was a solo practitioner, focusing her practice on criminal defense and plaintiff’s personal injury cases.
Since starting with the Strom Law Firm in late 2012, Alexandra has focused her practice on criminal defense in both state and federal court. She strives to provide compassionate representation for her clients, and has successfully represented thousands of defendants in state and federal courts in matters ranging from DUI and traffic matters, to violent and white-collar crimes.
Alexandra is admitted to the South Carolina Bar, as well as the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. She has previously been admitted pro hac vice to, and successfully represented clients in the Northern District of Alabama. She is a member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), the DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA), the South Carolina Bar Association, and the Richland County Bar Association. Alexandra is certified in DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing using the NHTSA curriculum. She is a frequent participant in continuing legal education seminars with SCACDL, presenting on topics involving criminal law.
Alexandra Benevento serves on the board of directors of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as its Treasurer. She also serves on SCACDL’s Legislative Committee. She volunteers as a mentor in the United States District Court BRIDGE Program, a cooperative effort between South Carolina’s U.S. District Court, U.S. Probation Office, Federal Public Defender’s Office, and U.S. Attorney’s Office that provides rehabilitative services to individuals with substance abuse problems who are involved in the federal criminal justice system. She also serves on the board of directors for Milestones—a local nonprofit that benefits children living in foster care. Alexandra is passionate about social justice, restorative justice, sentencing equality and criminal justice reform. She supports numerous organizations and nonprofits benefitting the wrongfully convicted, recently released, and historically disenfranchised.
In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys reading, writing, fondant cake decorating, architectural photography and Cuban and Italian cooking. She and her husband live in Columbia with their two daughters and two blue Shar-Peis