Academy Member Inducted 2024

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J. Bennett Crites, III, Mediator, Charleston, South Carolina.

J. Bennett Crites, III

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.
176 Croghan Spur Road
Suite 400
Charleston, SC 29407
Tel: 843.996.1941
Fax: 843.996.1999
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Recognized to South Carolina Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding
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  • Practice Commenced2017
  • # of MEDS (as of 18/7/24)383
  • # of ARBS (as of 18/7/24) 
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Bennett serves as Regional Service Line Leader for the Litigation and Disputes Service Line and as a member of Shumaker’s Finance and Hiring Committees. In practice for over 20 years, Bennett advises businesses and individuals on complex legal issues. His diverse litigation practice focuses on health care, skilled nursing facilities, transportation and commercial trucking, products liability, professional liability, business, commercial and probate disputes, and retail and hospitality. Bennett has litigated cases all over the State of South Carolina, having tried to conclusion an extensive variety of cases throughout his career in state and federal courts. Bennett is also a certified mediator in the State of South Carolina having mediated over 300 cases.

Case Experience

  • Automotive
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • Elder Abuse
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Sports
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Wrongful Death


  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 2003
  • B.S., Business Administration, The Citadel - The Military College of South Carolina, 1998

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member of the Product Liability Advisory Counsel (PLAC)
  • Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates  (ABOTA)
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2019 - 2023
  • AV® Preeminent and Judicial AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Charleston Business Magazine, Legal Elite, Medical Malpractice - Defendant (2023)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyer, by Super Lawyers magazine, Personal Injury General - Defense (2015 - 2023), Rising Stars (2012 - 2014)

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