Benjamin Hall III was born into a family of meager financial means, giving him a lifelong understanding of the struggles too many families face. Ben also struggled academically as a child, and many teachers doubted his ability to succeed in college. However, he knew his own potential and refused to compromise his goals.
Ben graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina in 1977. He continued on to Duke University, where he obtained a Master of Divinity degree in 1979 and a Ph.D. in 1985. Ben saw an opportunity to help underrepresented communities as an attorney, and in 1986 received his law degree from Harvard Law School. From there, he began working at the Vinson & Elkins law firm in Houston, Texas. He went on to serve as City Attorney for the City of Houston in Mayor Bob Lanier’s administration. For approximately three years, Ben supervised a legal department of over 200 employees and managed an annual budget of over $12 million.
In 2000, Ben founded the nationally recognized Hall Law Firm, where he fights for average people every day. Ben has used his legal practice and his specialty in personal injury law to speak out on behalf of those who need a strong voice to champion their causes. Ben and the Hall Law Firm also maintain a significant commitment to pro bono efforts on behalf of groups, corporations, and individuals in need of representation.
Ben has been married to his wife, Saundra, for 34 years. They have two sons, Benjamin IV and Zachary. Ben and Saundra are the owners of KCOH Radio (1230 AM), the oldest black talk radio station in the Greater Houston area, and KCOH-TV. Ben has been an ordained Christian minister for over 40 years.
Community Involvement/Professional Accomplishments
- Life Member, NAACP
- Sustaining Member, Harris County Democratic Party
- Former Board Member, Red Cross, Houston Chapter
- Highest Rating by Peers for Legal and Ethical Competence
- Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Saundra Turner Hall was born in Columbia, South Carolina to Clyde Bass and Shirley Turner, both of whom were educators. She attended college at the University of South Carolina, where she majored in Psychology. After a long courtship, Saundra and Benjamin Hall III were married.
Almost immediately, the couple moved to Bonn, West Germany. She studied German at the University of Bonn to enhance her cultural experience in the country. After residing in Germany for a year, Saundra accompanied her husband to Massachusetts following his admission to Harvard University’s Law School.
As the supportive partner she has been throughout their marriage, Saundra held several jobs to make ends meet while her husband attended law school. Upon his graduation from Harvard, Saundra and Ben decided to make Houston their home. Ben opened a law practice and Saundra attended the University of Houston before starting a family.
With the success of her husband’s legal career, in addition to his political and entrepreneurial endeavors, Saundra has remained at his side and lent her own talents to the demands of such a high profile life. She comfortably juggles her roles as wife and mother of their two sons, and co-owner of their business ventures, which now include Houston’s historic black radio station, KCOH-AM and its sister television station, KCOH-TV.
Throughout her years in Houston, Saundra has made her presence felt in the community through her tireless involvement in charitable activities. She has contributed to many causes, such as Breast Cancer Awareness and the Harris County Deputies’ Organization fund to help support the families of slain officers. Saundra is also a lifetime supporter of the 100-Club and through the World Vision organization, she sponsors a young Haitian boy whose progress she continues to monitor.
Saundra has graciously hosted fund-raisers and other gatherings in her home to support wide-ranging civic and humanitarian efforts. Among them a non-partisan event attended by President Bill Clinton and other dignitaries to encourage citizens to become active voters. Deeply moved by Sarah Collins Rudolph, the sole survivor among the young girls killed in the tragic 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Saundra contributed to and hosted a fundraiser to assist Mrs. Rudolph.
The Halls, both deeply rooted in their Christian faith, have long been active in Civil and Human Rights. Saundra opened her home for a fundraiser for Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Coalition, as well as a reception for Martin Luther King III. In fact, her great admiration for his father led Saundra and Ben to underwrite the purchase of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. statue in MacGregor Park as a symbol of the icon’s legacy for generations of Houstonians.
Saundra’s concern for youth inspired her to invite a group of young people, ranging from ages 8-18, to her home for fellowship and sound advice. As a mother, she speaks from experience in her own family. Other than accepting Christ in her life early on, Saundra considers her greatest accomplishments to be her two sons, Benjamin IV and Zachary.
Saundra Turner Hall, a caring and dynamic woman in her own right, is very much devoted to her husband, Ben, and their children. But she prayerfully directs her considerable energies and competencies to making a positive difference in the lives of others – particularly in her beloved city of Houston.