Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP is pleased to announce that Charleston attorney J. Bennett Crites III, as well as Elizabeth Sims Hedrick, Robert S. “Trey” Ingram III, Frankie T. Jones Jr., Brian G. Morrison, and Colin J. Tarrant have been elected to the firm’s partnership effective January 1, 2017. The new additions bring the firm’s number of partners to more than 100 across seven offices throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
“Congratulations to these talented lawyers at this significant milestone in their careers,” said Julie Theall Earp, managing partner. “They have consistently demonstrated the excellence this firm requires to achieve the status of partner, which makes them sought out and trusted by our clients. Their election to the partnership is a reflection of the continuation of the Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP standard of exceptional client service.”
Crites is a member of the firm's litigation group advising businesses and individuals on complex legal issues. His practice focuses on transportation and commercial trucking law, products liability, professional liability, and retail and hospitality where he is experienced in litigating cases from minor injury to wrongful death and catastrophic injury. He was selected for inclusion in South Carolina Super Lawyers for personal injury general - defense (2015, 2016) and as a Rising Star (2012-2014). Additionally, he was also listed to Super Lawyers Business Edition for personal injury defense (2015). Crites graduated from The Citadel and the University of South Carolina School of Law.