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J. Bennett Crites, III

176 Croghan Spur Road
Suite 301
P.O. Box 22207 (29413)
Charleston, SC 29407


Wendy Price

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.


  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 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)

Alternate biographies




  • 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