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Benjamin Crump

Ben Crump Law - Tallahassee
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Benjamin Crump
Ben Crump Law - Tallahassee
Tallahassee,
 FL

Listed amongst the Most Influential People of 2021 by TIME100, Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 Most Influential African Americans, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, and the 2014 NNPA Newsmaker of the Year, Attorney Ben Crump is referred to as Black America’s Attorney General. Through a steadfast dedication to justice and service, renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Benjamin Crump has established himself as one of the nation’s foremost lawyers and advocates for social justice. His legal acumen has ensured that those marginalized in American society are protected by their nation’s contract with its constituency. He is the founder and principal owner of Ben Crump Law.

Crump’s tireless advocacy has led to legislation preventing excessive force and developing implicit bias training and policies. He has represented families in several high-profile civil rights cases including Trayvon Martin, who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida, in 2012; Michael Brown, who was killed by a law enforcement officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014; and Stephon Clark, who was killed by police officers in Sacramento, California, in 2018. Crump represented 9 of the 13 black women who were victims in the Holtzclaw Oklahoma City Police rape case in 2015 and worked on the precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court case involving excessive police force against Robbie Tolan in 2008. Most recently, Attorney Crump has represented the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, the residents of Flint, Michigan, who were affected by the poisoned water of the Flint River, as well as the family of Henrietta Lacks in a landmark reparations case. Crump has helped reach historic settlements and verdicts for families that have faced injustices. Crump won a $411 million verdict for Duane Washington who was horribly injured in a truck accident, he helped reach a $641 million settlement for the children of Flint, Michigan, he reached a $27 million settlement for the family of George Floyd, a $12 million settlement for the family of Breonna Taylor, and over $200 million in settlements in banking while Black cases, among others.

Crump is the President of the National Civil Rights Trial Lawyers Association and previously served as President of the National Bar Association. He was the first African-American to chair the Florida State University College of Law Board of Directors and is the founder and director of the Benjamin Crump Social Justice Institute. In 2023, the College of Law at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, became the Benjamin L. Crump College of Law. As one of the most diverse law schools and the first in the country named after a practicing Black attorney, this partnership will open doors for minority students pursuing law degrees.

Among dozens of accomplishments, Attorney Crump has been recognized with the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award, the SCLC Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award, the American Association for Justice Johnnie Cochran Award, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Eleanor Roosevelt Medallion for Service.

He hosted the critically acclaimed legal docudramas “Evidence of Innocence” on TVOne and “Who Killed Tupac: The Search For Justice” on A&E, and served as executive producer and writer for the documentary, “Woman in Motion,” about Nichelle Nichols, one of the first African-American TV actresses. He is a frequent contributor to MSNBCCNN, and USA Today.

Crump’s book, published in October 2019, Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People, reflects on the landmark cases he has battled, and how discrimination in the courthouse devastates real families and communities.

Crump graduated from Florida State University and received his law degree from FSU College of Law. He is married to Dr. Genae Angelique Crump.

Awards

  • 2016 Freedom Award Recipient – National Civil Rights Museum
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Medallion of Honor – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Henry Latimer Diversity Award – The Florida Bar
  • William Robert Ming Advocacy Award – NAACP
  • Whitney Young Award – National Urban League
  • Ebony Magazine Power 100 – Ebony
  • Root 100 Top Black Influencers – Named 2012
  • Role Model of the Year – 100 Black Men
  • Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year
  • Nation’s Best Advocate – Activism – National Bar Association
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Servant Leader Award – Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • AAJ Minority Caucus: Johnnie Cochran Jr. Soaring Eagle Award
  • NBA Impact: 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocate – Activism
  • NBA Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights: Distinguished Advocate
  • NBA Small Firm/Solo Practitioner Esquire Award
  • 5x NBA President Award Winner
  • AAJ: Steven J. Sharp Award
  • Root 100: Top Five Most Influential African-Americans (2012)
  • Root 100: Most Influential African-Americans (2013)
  • Ebony Power 100 Awardee (Top 25) (2012)
  • Omega Psi Phi Centennial Achievement Award (Law)
  • Southern Legal Counsel Lawyer of the Year
  • National Urban League: Leader of Justice Award
  • NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Outstanding Global Leadership Award
  • Delta Sigma Theta Economic Lifetime Township Award
  • 100 Black Men Role Model of the Year
  • SCLC Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award
  • NBLSA Excellence in Activism Award
  • The Florida Bar: Henry J. Latimer Diversity Award
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life: Chairman’s Award (FL)
  • American Constitutional Society: Lawyer of the Year Award (FL)
  • Florida Civil Rights Association Lawyer of the Year
  • National Black Chamber of Commerce: Advocate of the Year
  • African Methodist Episcopal Sons of Allen: Man of the Year

Memberships

  • National Bar Institute
  • National Bar Association (Life Member)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Constitutional Society
  • Federal Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Washington, D.C. Bar
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • NAACP (Life Member)
  • National Urban League (Life Member)
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Life Member – State, District & Natl.)
  • Sigma Pi Phi Boule
  • Southern Christian Leadership Council
  • 100 Black Men of America (Tallahassee)
  • The Innocence Project
  • Southern Legal Counsel
  • The Children’s Defense Fund
  • Tallahassee Barristers Association
  • African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael R. Moore, Lodge 764
  • Free and Accepted Masons, PHA
  • Boys & Girls Club of America
  • The Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc.

National Bar Association & Community Involvement

  • NBA Vice-President of Finance (2013-2014)
  • Chaired “NBA Stand Your Ground” Symposium (2012)
  • NBA Board Member-at-Large (1997-1998, 2012-2013)
  • National Bar Institute Board Member (2013 – 2014)
  • NBA Region XI Director (2004)
  • NBA Board of Directors (2000-2002)
  • NBA Chair of the Nominations Committee (2001-2002)
  • NBA Chair of the Elections Committee (1998-2000)
  • Past BLSA Representative to NBA Convention (1995)
  • Past NBA Assistant Parliamentarian
  • 2X Past President of the Tallahassee Barristers Association (NBA Affiliate)
  • 2X Past President of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the NBA (Chapter of the Year, 2005)
  • Past Director, NBA Region XI (Atlanta Convention)
  • Past Chair, Legal Services of North FL Capital Campaign (Donated $1 million dollars)
  • NBA Crump Law Camp Board Member
  • Past Chairman of the Big Bend Fair Housing Commission
  • 1st African-American President – Fed. Bar Assoc. for the Northern Dist. of FL
  • 1st African-American Chairman of the FSU Law School Board of Directors
  • 1st African-American Chairman of the Tallahassee Airport Authority
  • 1st African-American Chairman, Tallahassee Citizens Utilities Commission
  • 1st African-American recipient of the Philanthropist of the Year from the Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • President of the William Stafford Inns of Court
  • Florida Bar Foundation Board Member
  • Past Chairman, Tallahassee Housing Authority
  • Past National President of FSU Black Alumni Association
  • Past St. and 7th Dist. Counselor for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (AL, FL, GA, MS)
  • Inaugural Board Chairman of the Internationally Renowned Tallahassee Boys Choir
  • Chaired the ABA National Stand Your Ground Symposium
  • Co-Chaired the Hispanic Bar Association’s Stand Your Ground Committee
  • Has contributed over $250,000 to the NBA through Parks & Crump, LLC

Practice Areas

  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Personal Injury
  • Labor & Employment
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Negligent Security
  • Securities Litigation
  • Talcum Powder/Ovarian Cancer

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