Name: Ben Crump
Organization: Parks & Crump, LLC
What Makes This Person a Game Changer: Shortly after Trayvon Martin’s parents learned about their son’s death, they hired Parks & Crump, LLC to represent them. Since February 2011, Attorney Benjamin Crump has advocated tirelessly to have Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, arrested and brought to trial. Crump is one of the founding attorneys of the Tallahassee, Florida-based Parks & Crump, LLC. The firm has served as legal counsel for a number of high-profiled cases, including but not limited to, Zaniyah Hinson, the two year old who died in 2001 after being left in a Daycare van for four hours in 104 degree temperatures, a story featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show; the case of Leeronnie Ogletree, a 39-year old former ball boy for the Boston Red Sox, who was sexually molested for nine years by the teams clubhouse manager; and Martin Lee Anderson, the 14 year- old boy who died the day after he was restrained, beaten and suffocated at a Bay County, Florida juvenile boot camp in 2006.Recently, Attorney Crump received the distinction as the first African-American to be named Philanthropist of the Year from the Association of Fundraising Professions in recognition of his donation of $1,000,000.00 to the Legal Services of North Florida. Attorney Crump was distinguished amongst Florida Trend’s Legal Elite and awarded the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Bootstrap Award in tribute to his enduring pursuit of justice, his outstanding advocacy on behalf of many who are without means of redress, and for leaving footprints on the sands of time that others can follow.