Benjamin Crump represents clients in some of the most critical and contentious cases of our time, taking place in legal history with his pursuit of justice.
His role in the Trayvon Martin, Martin Lee Anderson Boot Camp, Jannie Ligons (the State of Oklahoma vs. Daniel Holtzclaw), and Robbie Tolan cases shows a legacy built around the idea the Constitution applies to everyone, at every level of society.
Mr. Crump has broken barriers in several legal organizations, serving as the first African-American President of the Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of Florida and the first African-American Chairman of the Florida State University College of Law Board of Directors. He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, The Florida Justice Association, and many other groups dedicated to the law and the pursuit of justice.
Mr. Crump is a highly acclaimed speaker and author. He is featured in documentaries like National Public Radio’s (NPR) “How Lawyer Got Nation Talking About Trayvon Martin” and BET’s “I Am Trayvon Martin: A Family’s Fight for Justice.” Mr. Crump is also a frequent contributor to Time Magazine, discussing many of the civil rights and criminal justice issues African-Americans face today. Mr. Crump will also appear on a television show called “Evidence of Innocence,” highlighting stories about wrongfully imprisoned individuals.
He’s received significant recognition for his service in pursuit of civil rights and justice for minorities. Attorney Crump is named among The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Lawyers and Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 Most Influential African Americans. He has also received the National Urban League’s Whitney Young Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Eleanor Roosevelt Award, the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award, and the SCLC’s Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award.
Mr. Crump is closely involved in his community, having previously endowed scholarships to Florida A&M University, Livingston College, Florida State University, and Bethune-Cookman University for minority law students. He also serves as the president and co-founder of MyDad360, a mentoring program for fathers endorsed by Colin Powell and recognized by President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. He is a Life Member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, NAACP, and the Urban League.
He previously served as the inaugural Board Chairman of Florida’s Big Bend Fair Housing Center and as General Counsel to the NAACP's Florida State Conference. Additionally, he sat on the Innocence Project boards and the Equal Justice Institute.
Mr. Crump was born and raised in Lumberton, North Carolina, and is the oldest of nine siblings and step-siblings. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Florida State University. Mr. Crump is a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and serves on their Board of Trustees. He is married to Dr. Genae Angelique Crump, is the proud father of Brooklyn Zeta Crump, and the guardian of two adopted cousins, Marcus and Chancellor.