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J. Bennett Crites, III

Partner
176 Croghan Spur Road
Suite 400
P.O. Box 22207 (29413)
Charleston, SC 29407
Direct843.996.1911
Fax843.996.1999
bcrites@slk-law.com

Assistant

Wendy Price
Direct843.996.1917
wprice@slk-law.com

In practice for 15 years, Bennett is a member of the firm's Litigation group, advising businesses and individuals on complex legal issues. His practice focuses on transportation and commercial trucking law, products liability, professional liability, and retail and hospitality where he is experienced in 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
  • Sporting goods

Bennett handles professional liability cases for a variety of licensed professionals, including health care providers, pharmacists, and lawyers. His retail and hospitality practice includes defense of retail establishments in premises liability and alcohol liability actions.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a national convenience store/fuel supplier in connection with the defense of an alleged alcohol liability dram shop lawsuit.
  • Represented commercial trucking company in connection with the defense of an automobile negligence wrongful death claim.  
  • Represented a medical transport company in connection with the defense of an alleged medical professional liability wrongful death claim.
  • Represented a national convenience store/fuel supplier in connection with the defense of various alleged premises liability lawsuits.
  • Represented an international firearms supplier in connection with the defense of an alleged product liability lawsuit.

Honors

  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • South Carolina Super Lawyer, by Super Lawyers magazine, Personal Injury General - Defense (2015 - 2018), Rising Stars (2012 - 2014)
  • Charleston Business Magazine, Legal Elite of the Lowcountry, Business Litigation, Insurance (2017)

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member of the Product Liability Advisory Counsel (PLAC)
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Trial Attorneys' Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Professionalism & Ethics Committee - Marketing Chair (Present)
    • Professionalism & Ethics Committee - Retention Chair (2013)
    • Professionalism & Ethics Committee - Blog Chair (2012)
  • South Carolina Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • City of Charleston Recreation Department Volunteer Youth Coach (Football, Basketball, Baseball and Soccer)
  • Greater Charleston Cannon Street YMCA (2010)
    • Chairman of Board of Directors (2012-2013)
    • Vice Chairman of Board of Directors (2011-2012)

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Education

  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 2003
  • B.S., Business Administration, The Citadel - The Military College of South Carolina, 1998

Bar and Court Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • United States District Court District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit

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