Kristy L. Bennett obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1999. She is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and Tennessee. Ms. Bennett has spent the majority of her legal career handling employment and civil rights cases in federal court. In 2002, she represented three plaintiffs in a race discrimination case in Aberdeen, MS that resulted in a $1.7 million dollar jury verdict. Ms. Bennett served as Legal Director of the ACLU of Mississippi from 2008 through 2010, where she represented Constance McMillen in her lawsuit against the Itawamba County School District to allow Ms. McMillen to take her girlfriend to prom. Ms. Bennett has obtained jury verdicts and settlements for, or in excess of, $1 Million, as well as other satisfactory resolutions for her clients. In June 2016, Ms. Bennett joined with Tressa V. Johnson to open Johnson & Bennett, PLLC, in Memphis. The two formed one of few all-female firms and female owned firms in Memphis. Ms. Bennett and Ms. Johnson have been practicing together for over 13 years. The firm practices employment law in the Western and Middle District Courts of Tennessee and both the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi. Ms. Bennett was named as one of Memphis Magazine’s Women to Watch in 2017 and 2018 and has been recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2018, selected for Best Lawyers in America® since 2020, and the firm is recognized as one of the Best Law Firms in America® for the last several years. Ms. Bennett is a native Memphian who lives with her husband and 3 children in Desoto County, MS. Ms. Bennett is an active parishioner at Christ the King Catholic Church in Southaven, MS.