Distinguished lawyers whose names are on the pages of American History books are not there because of their pedigree, their alma mater, or even their affluence--it is because of the landmark cases they won and how their success has changed jurisprudence. As an attorney, among Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall's landmark cases was Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka; Attorney Johnnie Cochran had Geronimo Pratt's case, and civil right attorney James Nabrit had Shuttlesworth v. Birnmingham, all of whom created significant judicial precedence and changed legal history. Attorney Benjamin Crump and his legal prowess and success have created a significant legal legacy that ensures that the promise found in our nation's constitution is indeed real in every state, municipality and neighborhood. His legal acumen as both litigator and advocate has ensured that those most frequently marginalized are protected by their nation’s contract with its constituency. The conspectus of his constitutional battles at both the local, state, and federal levels will be the textbook most frequently referenced by this and future generations of civil rights law and the protection of constitutional freedoms.
Benjamin Crump and his law partner, Daryl Parks have provided legal representation and recovered millions of dollars for their clients in some of the most high profile cases in the United States. In 2001, the firm represented Zaniyah Hinson, a case discussed on the Oprah Winfrey Show where a two year old who died after being left in a Daycare van for four hours in 104 degree temperatures. ESPN Sports Center broadcast another case the firm handled which documented Leeronnie Ogletree, a 39 year old who had been sexually molested by the Boston Red Sox Clubhouse manager when he was a ball boy from the age of 8 to he was 17. Next, the case of Genie McMeans, a 21 year old Black motorist who was shoot in the back in broad daylight by a Florida Highway patrol officer on Interstate 10 a week after he graduated from college. In Mississippi, Jesse Hubbard and Billy Ray Evans both allegedly committed suicide within two months of each other, even though they were reported to tussle and argue with the same arresting officer in both instances. In Texas, the firm represented Xavier Hicks, who was a paraplegia that got killed after being hit by a Dallas police patrol vehicle while he was crossing the street in his wheel chair. In North Carolina, Parks and Crump represents Lorenzo Campbell, who was an innocent bystander that became paralyzed when he was shot in the back by a night club security guard. Also in North Carolina, the firm assisted 86 year old Emma Bryant, who was raped and robbed at the retirement center. Tragically, the firm sought justice for 16 month old Envy Jackson who was killed when she was struck by the ice cream truck as her father watched in disbelief. In January 2006, Crump relentlessly pursued justice on behalf of the parents of Martin Lee Anderson, the 14 year- old boy who died the day after he was restrained, beaten and suffocated at the Bay County juvenile boot camp. The camp’s security cameras captured the incident on videotape. The case was featured on television shows like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s 20/20 and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 as well as chronicled in Essence, Jet, and the Newsweek Magazines. In December, 2009, he served as lead attorney of a class of plaintiffs who were fatally and critically injured when the Berkeman Plaza Parking Garage collapsed in Jacksonville, Florida. Also in 2009, he became co-counsel of a class-action case that had been pending for over a decade on behalf of plaintiffs who sued the St. Joe Paper Company for selling them wetland in Port St. Joe, Florida, which cause their houses to fall apart as they sink into the ground allowing snakes, lizards, and frogs to come though the walls as water pipes cracked, causing them to be without heat or hot water in the winter. The settlement involved all of the Plaintiffs being able to purchase new homes. Crump recently achieved a very critical victory as lead attorney on what has been characterized as a landmark voter’s rights case of this millennium when nine African-American women were arrested with guns drawn for voter fraud in Madison, Florida. Presently, Crump is again leading the fight for justice as the lead attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida while walking home with a bag of Skittles and a can of Iced Tea on February 26, 2012.
In spite of his immense professional responsibilities, Benjamin Crump still finds time to serve his local community. He readily shares his professional and personal talents with local, statewide and national causes and charities. Mr. Crump was appointed as the inaugural Board Chairman of the Florida’s Big Bend Fair Housing Center, Inc., a Federal Grant organization dedicated to eradication of housing discrimination that operates on a $3,000,000.00 bi-annual budget, and was recently appointed to the National Football League’s Youth Education and Mentorship Advisory Board. Attorney Crump believes in fighting to preserve the justice that minorities have achieved throughout the civil rights era and therefore served as General Counsel to the Tallahassee Chapter of the NAACP. Mr. Crump was elected as the Board Chairman of the Internationally Renowned Tallahassee Boys Choir, and he is the Past President of the National Florida State University Black Alumni Association. Mr. Crump is a Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the NAACP. He is also a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Michael R. Moore Lodge 764 PHA, Free and Accepted Masons. Furthermore, Attorney Crump and his law partner Daryl Parks share their firm’s largesse with the community that has embraced them--most notably, they have endowed scholarships at Florida A&M University, Livingston College, and Florida State University for minority law students, as well as Bethune Cookman University. As Board Chairman of the Legal Services of North Florida, Attorney Crump donated $1,000,000.00 to the organization’s Capital Campaign to insured that poor people would continue to have quality legal representation and access to the courts.
Over the years Mr. Crump has dedicated his areas of practice in serious personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice matters. Throughout his career he has handled civil litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout the State of Florida. Mr. Crump is admitted to practice in all Florida courts, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Southern District of Mississippi, the Combined Districts of South Carolina, the Northern District of Texas, the Northern District of Illinois and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Crump is a Past President of the Tallahassee Barristers Association. He is the Past-President for the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association. He is currently serving as a Vice President of Finance for the National Bar Association as well as a Board Member of the Florida Bar Foundation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, The Florida Justice Association, American Board of Trial Advocates and William Stafford Inns of Court. He recently served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for North Florida Legal Services and past Chairman of the Board for the Florida State University College of Law Board of Directors.
Mr. Crump is a frequent author and speaker. He is a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church where he serves on the Board of Trustees.
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