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Douglas Jennings, Jr.

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Firm Name
Douglas Jennings Law Firm, LLC
151 Broad Street
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Bennettsville, SC 29512

Areas of Practice
Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Eminent Domain, Personal Injury Litigation
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151 Broad Street, Bennettsville, SC, USA
Full Biography
Douglas Jennings, Jr. was born on May 15, 1956, in Bennettsville, South Carolina, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Jennings. He attended local schools in Bennettsville, SC and in 1978 received his B.A. degree in Political Science from Clemson University. In May of 1982, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. In 2002, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Francis Marion University.

While at Clemson, Mr. Jennings was a member of the Debate Team, President of the Interfraternity Council, President of Tiger Brotherhood, Charter President of Clemson Young Democrats, and Pi Kappa Alpha. He received the Wofford B. Camp Award given by Blue Key National Honor Fraternity in 1978.

At USC Law School, Mr. Jennings was a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and was the charter president of the Student Chapter of South Carolina Association for Justice.

In 1978 and 1979, he served as a Legislative Assistant in Washington on the House Appropriations Committee and for former Congressman John W. Jenrette, Jr.

From 1979 through 1982, he served as Research Assistant to the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee in Columbia.
In May of 1982, he returned home to Bennettsville and began his practice of law as a full-time Assistant Solicitor for the Fourth Judicial Circuit prosecuting criminal cases in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon and Marlboro counties. He went into the private practice in 1984 and continues to maintain a general practice in Bennettsville at the Jennings Law Firm, LLC.

He is admitted to practice law in South Carolina, in the Federal District Court for South Carolina, in the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and in the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar where he has served as a member of the Young Lawyers Division Executive Council and the Criminal Law Section Council. He served on the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline from 1989 to 1991. He is also a member of the South Carolina Association for Justice, American Bar Association, and American Association for Justice. He also participates in the Pro Bono Program. In 1993, he was given the Compleat Lawyer Award by the University of South Carolina Law School. He has written two published legal articles -"Corporate Litigation: Clarifying Service of Process by Mail" South Carolina Lawyer Sept/Oct 1993 and "ALJ Division Will Be a Big Change," Trial Lawyer Bulletin Fall/1993. He has presented numerous Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs for various organizations over the past 20 years.

Mr. Jennings’ practice consists primarily of civil litigation, and he holds the highest possible peer review rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been included in the “Top Attorneys in SC” list by Columbia Living Magazine and listed among South Carolina's "Super Lawyers" as well as the National Trial Lawyers "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" list.

Mr. Jennings is additionally a “Certified Circuit Court Mediator” by the SC Supreme Court's Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has participated in numerous civil mediations and is a strong believer in mediation as an effective way to resolve civil disputes. He is available to serve as Civil Mediator in all Circuit Courts in South Carolina.

Mr. Jennings was first elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives representing District 54 (Marlboro and Chesterfield counties) in March of 1991 to serve an unexpired term. He was re-elected since then and served on the House Judiciary Committee, where he served as First Vice-Chairman. While on the Judiciary Committee, Mr. Jennings served as Chairman of the Constitutional Laws Subcommittee, the Special Laws Subcommittee and the Criminal Laws Subcommittee. He retired from legislative service in 2010, after serving nearly 20 years, and presently devotes full-time attention to his law practice. Upon his retirement from legislative service, he was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Gov. Mark Sanford in July 2010, and the S.C. General Assembly and SCDOT honored his service by naming a portion of SC Hwy. 38 from Bennettsville to Blenheim as the “Douglas Jennings, Jr. Highway.”

Mr. Jennings has shown a particular interest in rural economic development issues, serving as Chairman of the Governor’s Rural Economic Summit in 1997, and receiving the Governor’s Rural Economic Development Leadership Award in 1999.

Mr. Jennings was named Legislator of the Year in 1995 by the South Carolina Department of Revenue. He was awarded Legislator of the Year by the South Carolina Trooper’s Association in 1997. He received the President’s Award from the Marlboro County Branch of the NAACP in 1998. In June of 2000, he was named Legislator of the Year by the South Carolina Human Services Providers Association. In 2000, he was named Legislator of the Year by the SC Association of School Librarians for his support of school library medical centers and Legislator of the Year by the SC Recreation and Parks Association. He has also received the Community Service Award from the Marlboro County High School Bulldogs Athletic Department.

In June 2001, he received the Marlboro County Board of Education Spotlight award honoring him for his dedicated service to public education on behalf of the citizens of Marlboro County.

In September 2001, he received an Award of Appreciation for his dedicated support of the South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations.

In December 2001, he received the Distinguished Service Award from “Save the Seed Ministry” of The Bennettsville Circuit 1 of the United Methodist Church.

He has been active in the Democratic Party at the local and state level, and served as House Minority Leader from 2001-2003, as well as Chairman of the S. C. Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) from 2001 to 2003.

Mr. Jennings presently serves on the S.C. Bar House of Delegates representing the 4th Judicial Circuit. He also serves as Chairman of the Late Paul Wallace Authority Board, and as a member of the State Board of Trustees for AMI Kids.

He is married to the former Suzanne Cox of Marion and is the proud father of son Douglas Edmund Jennings, who practices law in Charleston, as well as daughter Martha Grace Jennings and step-daughter Shannon D. Young, both of Charleston.
Practice Summary
Awards & Honors
Compleat Lawyer Award, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1993
Legislator of the Year, South Carolina Department of Revenue, 1995
Legislator of the Year, South Carolina Troopers' Association, 1997
Governor's Rural Economic Development Leadership Award, 1999
Honorary Doctorate, Francis Marion University, 2002
Bennettsville Downtown Development Association Public Service Award, 2006
"Corporate Litigation: Clarifying Service of Process by Mail", South Carolina Lawyer, 1993
"ALJ Division Will Be a Big Change", Trial Lawyer Bulletin, 1993
SC House of Representatives, Member, 1991 - 2010
SC House Judiciary Committee, Member, 1992 - 2010
SC House Criminal Law Subcommittee, Chairman, 1998 - 2004
SC Bar - House of Delegates, 2012 - Present
Campaign Chairman, United Way Campaign for Marlboro County (1987-1988)
Chairman, Marlboro County Election Commission (1986-1991)
President, United Way of Marlboro County (1988-1989)
Finance Chairman, Marlboro Civic Center Foundation (1988-1994)
President of Bennettsville Rotary Club (1988-1989)
Francis Marion University, Board of Visitors (1985-1991)
Clemson University, Board of Visitors (1997-2000)
Vice-Chairman, Pee Dee Tourism Commission (1984-1991)
Chairman, Marlboro County Heart Fund (1983)
Chairman, Troop Committee of Boy Scout Troop 625 (1983-1985)
Vice-President, Bennettsville Jaycees (1983-1984)
Elder, First Presbyterian Church of Bennettsville
Chairman, Economic Recovery Committee (1987)
Board Member, Wallace Family Life Center (1990-1991)
Board Member, Legal Services of the Fourth Judicial Circuit (1990-1992)
Advisor and Coach, Mock Trial Team at Bennettsville High School
Member of Advisory Board, Carolina Bank & Trust (1988-present)
Co-Chairman, Marian Wright Edelman Public Library of Marlboro County Finance Committee (2004-2010)
Member of Board and Executive Committee, Northeastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) (2004-2011)
Chairman, NESA I-73 Committee (2004-2011)
South Carolina, 1982
U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1982
Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Circuit, 1988
U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina
J.D., 1982

Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
B.A., 1978
Google Reviews
Google Reviews
Douglas Jennings Law Firm

151 Broad St, Bennettsville, SC 29512, USA

(843) 535-4714

4.7 out of 5 stars

connie ridel

5 out of 5 stars

posted 11 months ago

Fantastic they look out for you. When you need a friend who puts you first. They do a fantastic job for you. Thank you Carol and Doug for all your hard work.

Aiysha Barno

5 out of 5 stars

posted a year ago


Betty Cobb

5 out of 5 stars

posted a year ago

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. This firm also previously represented my son and that's how I found out about them. I would recommend them to anyone! Especially Ms. Tenisha, a hard working staff member.

Jennifer Roberts

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago

Great people treated me as if I was family and showed me they only want the best for their clients. Reviews Reviews
Douglas Jennings Law Firm
Douglas Jennings Law Firm 151 Broad St, Bennettsville, SC 29512

5 out of 5 stars User

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago

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