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Dennis J. Crawford

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Dennis Crawford is a trial attorney, having started his own firm in 2000. He has spent the last 25 years trying cases in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties as well as throughout the State of New Jersey. Of the attorneys admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey, approximately two percent are sanctioned by the New Jersey Supreme Court as Certified Civil Trial Attorneys. Mr. Crawford has been a Certified Civil Trial Attorney since 1996. He was recertified in 2013. He has tried over 50 jury trials to conclusion.

Some of his trial results are as follows:

• In the first case of its kind in New Jersey, Mr. Crawford represented four of eight homeowners in an abuse of process case against a developer who had filed a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) suit. After the SLAPP suit was dismissed, Mr. Crawford tried a six-week SLAPP-back suit. His clients were awarded $1.5 million.

• Mr. Crawford also won a $2.2 million verdict in a Philadelphia trial relative to a subrogation case.

• In Lingar v. Live In Companions, Mr. Crawford represented a woman whose home health care provider’s employee abandoned her paralyzed husband. After creating new law in Lingar, Mr. Crawford won a verdict for his client during a second trial. The case has been featured in the Boston Globe, Newark Star Herald, New Jersey Law Journal and the Camden Courier Post.

• Recently, Mr. Crawford obtained a $500,000.00 jury trial verdict in Camden County, New Jersey, and a $400,000.00 verdict in federal court, relative to fires which destroyed luxury homes. Both cases were subrogation matters.

Today, Mr. Crawford’s cases focus on larger subrogation cases and insurance issues. He is admitted to the New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Bars; the U.S. Federal Courts for the Districts of New Jersey, Eastern and Middle Pennsylvania; and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He also has been admitted pro hac vice in the States of Delaware and Maryland.

Mr. Crawford earned his J.D., with Dean List Honors, from Rutgers Law School-Camden in 1987 and his B.A. from Dickinson College where he was captain of his college basketball team. He was awarded the South Jersey Small College Basketball Player of the Year Award in 1980 and continues to play competitive basketball today, when he is not coaching one of his four sons, or his daughter.


Recently, Mr. Crawford has been a speaker at the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals on the subject of the measure of damages (actual cash value vs. replacement costs). He also conducted a 3-hour seminar on various subrogation topics for National Forensic Consultants, Inc.

Email: dcrawford@cmlawfirms.com