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Dr. Phil Welcomes Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump has represented the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor and more. “All we’re trying to do is get people to see the humanity in people of color,” he says.

Dr. Phil welcomes the man some refer to as “Black America’s Attorney General” to the “Phil in the Blanks” Podcast. It’s an episode not to be missed!


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Documentary Film on Netflix: Civil

Began as a collaboration between Crump and Kenya Barris (“black-ish”), who considered working on a scripted series together.

But as Crump puts it, Barris felt people would want to see “this real-life superhero,” so they asked director Nadia Hallgren (“Becoming”) to make a documentary about Crump himself.

Follows Crump as he attends church, debates the merits of getting a dog with his adorable daughter and talks respectfully to his loving mother. He meets distraught clients who have lost loved ones to racially-motivated violence, leads mock-trial exercises and holds press conferences when his team at Ben Crump Law wins a civil case. As we learn, he is exceptionally good at his job; he has won record millions, multiple times.

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Ben Crump:

  • Attorney Ben Crump is referred to as “Black America’s Attorney General.”

  • Through a steadfast dedication to justice and service, renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben has established himself as one of the nation’s foremost lawyers and advocates for social justice.

  • His legal acumen has ensured that those marginalized in American society are protected by their nation’s contract with its constituency.

  • Listed amongst the Most Influential People of 2021 by TIME100

  • Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 Most Influential African Americans

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, and the 2014 NNPA Newsmaker of the Year,

  • Crump’s tireless advocacy has led to legislation preventing excessive force and developing implicit bias training and policies.


Car Accidents

$8.7 Million: An honor student at Florida A&M University was paralyzed when the rental van he was riding in flipped over on the interstate. The rental car company failed to verify the age of the driver of the van, who was under the minimum age required by law. The case was settled during the course of federal litigation for $8.7 million.

$5 Million: A popular church leader in Southern Georgia was killed by a drunk driver in a company car. The company told the victim’s family that the life of an African-American man in South Georgia wasn’t worth more than $1 million. The widow was eventually awarded $5 million, the largest recovery for a single wrongful death case in Southern Georgia County.

Confidential (Seven Figure Amount): The head usher of a Central Florida Baptist church was driving with her pastor and his wife to a church conference on Interstate 95 when the vehicle they were in collided with a rental van driven by a college lacrosse team. Everybody in the crash was injured, but the head usher died from her injuries. Liability between the two drivers was heavily contested. An eyewitness said that the college driver was speeding and that the pastor did seem to change lanes suddenly. The day before jury selection, both the church insurance company and the rental car company entered into a confidential seven-figure settlement with the head usher’s family.

$875,000: Mr. Crump recovered $875,000 on behalf of a 19-year-old whose mother was killed at an intersection when another motorist made a left-hand turn and hit the side of the pick-up truck, where she was sitting as a front seat passenger. Liability was contested.

$800,000: Two young women were driving home from Atlanta, Georgia, to Tampa, Florida, for a holiday. While driving on I-75 South, a tractor-trailer truck came over the middle line into the two young women’s lane, causing the first of several collisions. Both young women were killed. The case went to trial in federal court in Tampa. Because liability was disputed, and there were no witnesses to speak on behalf of the decedents, the parties reached an agreement for $800,000.

$650,000: A woman was driving a school bus and came to a complete stop to let one of her students off the bus. There was one car that was stopped behind the bus when a man driving a tractor-trailer truck fell asleep, causing his truck to run into the car and the bus. The bus driver was ejected from her seat and was thrown to the back of the bus, hitting her head on the roof of the bus. After the lawsuit was filed, the parties reached a settlement at mediation for $650,000.

$550,000: A woman and her two daughters were returning home from church when another vehicle suddenly pulled out in front of their vehicle. The woman did not have time to stop and the two vehicles collided. The other driver claimed the woman was speeding. The woman suffered a fractured wrist and one of her daughters suffered a mild head injury. The case settled for $550,000.

$424,000: A man sustained injuries when a UPS truck ran into his car. The company said the damages were worth no more than $600. Mr. Crump took the case to trial, and the jury awarded his client $424,000. Confidential: A middle-aged gentleman who worked in the Volusia County, Florida school system for approximately 35 years as a classroom teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, principal, area director, and area superintendent, was instantly killed when his car was struck by a speeding vehicle. The speeding vehicle was allegedly being pursued by the police in a high-speed chase. After years of complex litigation, the case settled for the statutory limits.

Burn/Fire Injuries

$2 Million: A house fire claimed the life of a father and his son, while his wife received third-degree burns to 30 percent of her body. Mr. Crump joined a co-counselor and sued a furniture manufacturer for using non-fire repellent material that easily caught fire. Lawyers for the manufacturer claimed the fire started due to a space heater placed too close to the curtains. The case settled for $2 million.

Civil Rights

$10+ Million: The case of Martin Lee Anderson captured headlines around the world when the 14-year-old teen was killed at a Florida boot camp hours after he arrived. When Mr. Crump took the case, a videotape was uncovered and revealed several camp guards beating the teen to death while a nurse watched. Mr. Crump generated widespread public outcry in this case with marches and demonstrations. The teen’s family ultimately received over $10 million from various governmental entities.