Mr. Benjamin L. Crump
Principal, Parks & Crump, PA
Benjamin L. Crump (BS '92, JD '95) is a principal with the Tallahassee firm of Parks & Crump, LLC. Ben has been distinguished amongst Florida Trend’s Legal Elite and awarded the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Bootstrap Award in tribute to his enduring pursuit of justice, his outstanding advocacy on behalf of many who are without means of redress and for leaving footprints on the sands of time that others can follow. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1992 in Criminal Justice from Florida State University, where he served as two-term Black Student Union President, President of the Order of Omega and the inaugural President of the Burning Spear. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from the FSU College of Law in 1995 and became the first African-American Chairman of the Law School Board of Directors.
Among his many career successes, Ben recently pursued justice on behalf of the parents of Martin Lee Anderson, the 14 year- old boy who died the day after he was restrained, beaten and suffocated at a Bay County juvenile boot camp. Together with his law partner, Ben has endowed scholarships at Florida A&M University, Livingston College, and Florida State University for minority law students, as well as a scholarship at Bethune Cookman College. He also holds the distinction of being the first African-American to be named Philanthropist of the Year from the Association of Fundraising Professions in recognition of his donation of one million dollars to the Legal Services of North Florida, to insure that poor people could continue to have quality legal representation and access to the courts.