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J. Bennett Crites III

J. Bennett Crites III

Partner

T (843) 300-6653
F (843) 300-6753
Overview

Bennett Crites is a member of the firm's litigation group advising businesses and individuals on complex legal issues. His practice focuses in transportation and commercial trucking law, products liability, professional liability, and retail and hospitality where he is experienced litigating cases from minor injury to wrongful death and catastrophic injury. In Bennett's products liability work he represents clients in industries as diverse as heavy equipment, consumer products, chemicals, firearms, food products, and sporting goods. Bennett handles professional liability cases for a variety of licensed professionals including health care providers, pharmacists, and attorneys. His retail and hospitality practice includes defense of retail establishments in premises liability and alcohol liability actions. Bennett graduated from The Citadel and University of South Carolina School of Law.

Achievements
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Personal Injury General – Defense (2015, 2016), Rising Stars Edition, (2012-2014)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Business Edition list, Personal Injury Defense (2015) 
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *
  • * CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Thought Leadership
Community
  • Greater Charleston Cannon Street YMCA (2010)
    • Vice Chairman of Board of Directors (2011-2012)
    • Chairman of Board of Directors (2012-2013)
  • South Carolina Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • City of Charleston Recreation Department Volunteer Youth Coach (Football, Basketball, Baseball and Soccer)
Education
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2003
  • The Citadel - The Military College of South Carolina, B.S., Business Administration, 1998
Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Affiliations
  • South Carolina Trial Attorneys' Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Professionalism & Ethics Committee – Blog Chair (2012)
    • Professionalism & Ethics Committee – Retention Chair (2013)
    • Professionalism & Ethics Committee – Marketing Chair (Present)
  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Charleston County Bar Association
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