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J. Bennett Crites III

J. Bennett Crites III


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

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.

Listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Personal Injury General – Defense (2015, 2016, 2017), Rising Stars Edition, (2012-2014)
  • Charleston Business Magazine's Legal Elite of the Lowcountry, Business Litigation, Insurance (2017)
  • 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


July 10, 2017
July 1, 2016
DOT Drug Testing: To Test or Not to Test?, Transportation Industry Newsletter
September 30, 2015
Less Can Mean More In The Eyes Of The FMCSA, The Transportation Newsletter
  • 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)
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2003
  • The Citadel - The Military College of South Carolina, B.S., Business Administration, 1998
  • South Carolina
  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • 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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