Benjamin Crump, who became a household name after representing the families of murder victims, such as Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice, has turned his law practice into a national law firm, Ben Crump Law. Opening his original practice in Tallahassee, Florida, Crump will now have offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
The first civil rights case Crump took on was his 2006 representation of Martin Lee Anderson’ mother. Anderson was a 14-year-old Black kid that was beaten and killed by guards at a Bay County boot camp. After being rejected by two other lawyers, the distraught mother got in contact with Crump. Realizing the mother needed to receive some kind of justice, Crump took on the case. Remembering the case that launched his career as a civil rights attorney, Crump said, “She told me that people like her don’t get justice and that still stays in my heart to this day. What did she mean, ‘People like her.’”
Since that case, Crump has gone on to represent the Martin, Brown, and Rice families, among others. He has been able to win millions of dollars in wrongful death settlements for the families he’s represented.
In starting his own national firm, Crump has parted ways with his best friend and Florida State University College of Law classmate, Daryl Parks. Together, the two started the firm Parks and Crump Attorneys at Law in Tallahassee. They said they are mutually parting ways and wished each other the best of luck.
Crump has immersed himself in the struggle for justice after racially motivated killings. He’s taken on controversial civil rights cases, marched in protests, and appeared on national news networks alongside the parents of young Black men whose deaths helped spur the Black Lives Matter movement.
Explaining why he keeps fighting, Crump said, “People are facing injustice everywhere. And there’s a desperate need to fight for them. We are not going to be silent. We are going to stand up and fight for our children. What we want is for it to stop happening … Justice equals respect.”