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Douglas Jennings Jr. 
P.O. Drawer 995
151 Broad Street
Bennettsville, South Carolina 29512-4001

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Phone: 843-535-4714
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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, 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, 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 of law in 1984 and Jennings continues a general practice of law in Bennettsville in the Jennings Law Firm, LLC.

Jennings' civic activities have included:

  • 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-present)
  • Chairman, NESA I-73 Committee (2004-present)

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. 

Jennings’ practice consists primarily of civil litigation, and he holds the highest possible peer review rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell.  He also is included in the 2013 “Top Attorneys in SC” list by Columbia Living Magazine (May 2013).

He also is a “Certified Circuit Court Mediator” by the SC Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution on April 16, 2013.

He 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 has been re-elected since then and serves on the House Judiciary Committee, where he currently serves as First Vice-Chairman.  While on the Judiciary Committee, Jennings has 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.”

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.

He 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.  In 2000, he was named 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.

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, daughter, Martha Grace Jennings, and step-daughter, Shannon D. Young, both of Charleston.

Areas of Practice:
Criminal Law
Litigation & Appeals
Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Workers' Compensation Law
Wrongful Death
Parole Board Hearings
Litigation Percentage:
75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
South Carolina, 1982
U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1982
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1988
U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina, 1982

Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 1978

Published Works:
"Corporate Litigation: Clarifying Service of Process by Mail", South Carolina Lawyer, 1993

"ALJ Division Will Be a Big Change", Trial Lawyer Bulletin, 1993

Honors and Awards:
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

Professional Associations and Memberships:
SC House of Representatives, 1991 - Present

SC House Judiciary Committee, 1992 - Present

SC House Criminal Law Subcommittee, 1998 - 2004

Located in Bennettsville, we are proud to represent clients primarily in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, including Bennettsville, Florence, Chesterfield, Cheraw, Dillon, Darlington, Hartsville, Myrtle Beach, and Conway in Marlboro, Chesterfield, Dillon, Darlington, and Horry Counties and throughout the state of South Carolina.

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