Morgan & Morgan, one of Orlando’s biggest law firms, is partnering with civil-rights attorney Ben Crump to launch a new firm, Ben Crump Law PLLC.
Crump represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Corey Jones, and Tamir Rice – black males who were gunned down in high-profile incidents that sparked anger and protest.
John Morgan, founder of Morgan & Morgan, called Crump a “modern-day Johnnie Cochran” in the announcement of the new firm.
Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, beat a charge of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting. At the time, Crump was credited with bringing about the charges against Zimmerman. He said in 2013 that the Martin case was “very personal to many people. And that’s why the whole world is watching this case. You cannot have people kill unarmed teenagers walking home legally.”
Crump’s new firm will have offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Tallahassee, where he is based half the year. It will focus on civil rights, personal injury, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, mesothelioma and class actions.
Morgan & Morgan has 350 attorneys and a support staff of 1,500, one of the largest plaintiff firms in the U.S. With those resources, Crump is expected to take on cases nationwide. The firm pledged a 24-hour response time for new clients.
Among numerous recognitions, Crump has been named to the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Lawyers and Ebony magazine’s 100 Most Influential African-Americans.
Crump, 47, went to Florida State University for undergraduate and law degrees, according to his bio. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1996.
He was the first black president of the Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of Florida and was the first black chairman of the Florida State University College of Law Board of Directors.
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