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Benjamin Lloyd Crump, Esquire
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.
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 a 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 was nationally recognized as the 2014 NNPA Newsmaker of the Year, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, and Ebony Magazine Power 100 Most Influential African Americans. He was also bestowed the American Association for Justice Johnny Cochran Award, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Eleanor Roosevelt Medallion for Service, the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award and the SCLC Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award. In 2016, he was designated as an Honorary Fellow by the University of Pennsylvania College of Law. Attorney Crump is the President of the National Civil Rights Trial Lawyers Association, he serves on the Innocence Project Board of Directors, he was the first African American to chair Florida State University College of Law’s Board of Directors, and was the 73rd President of the National Bar Association. He also served as Board Chairman of the Legal Services of North Florida.
He has represented and recovered millions of dollars for their clients in some of the most high profile cases in the United States, like Trayvon Martin who was killed in Sanford, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer; Michael Brown who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson Missouri; the precedent setting Robbie Tolan U.S. Supreme Court case; and 10 of the 13 Black women who were the victims in the Holtzclaw Oklahoma City Police rape case in 2015.
Attorney Crump is the host of the critically acclaimed legal docudramas, “Evidence of Innocence” on TVOne and “Who Killed Tupac, The Search for Justice” on A&E. He was also featured on Fox’s “You the Jury.” His CrumpWatch column, which is a legal essay on law, society, and culture, appears on NewsOne.com. He portrays legendary civil rights attorney Z. Alexander Lobby in the Hollywood production of the upcoming movie entitled Marshall. He also appeared in the documentary, Beating Justice, the Martin Lee Anderson case and BET’s I am Trayvon. He serves as host for the Benjamin Crump Social Justice Institute Annual Contemporary Issues in Civil Rights Symposium where national thought leaders gather at Tennessee State University.
Attorney Crump understands that the practice of law is a privilege that carries with it certain responsibilities and obligations to our society and to our democracy. He gives freely and unselfishly of his time and legal talent to represent the poor, the powerless, the defenseless and the oppressed among us. He strives through his work to fulfill the promise of equal justice for all. He is married to Dr. Genae Angelique Crump and is the proud father of Brooklyn Zeta Crump and legal guardian to cousins Chancellor Isiah Crump and Jemarcus Olajuwan Crump.