Danny C. Crowe
Danny Crowe has practiced law in his native South Carolina since his admission to the Bar in 1975. After two years as an attorney for the Social Security Administration in Columbia, South Carolina. Danny began focusing his practice on representing local governments and their employees. From 1977 to 1980, Danny served as assistant city attorney for the City of Columbia, defending the city and its employees in civil litigation and prosecuting in municipal court.
After joining Turner Padget in 1980 and undertaking a broad civil trial practice, Danny continued his representation of the City of Columbia, and he also began representing other local governments as special retained counsel or as appointed counsel. He has served as the appointed municipal attorney for seven municipalities, including the Town of Saluda since 1997 and the City of Cayce since 1998. Danny also was a substitute municipal court judge for Columbia for 20 years, and served as general counsel for the Municipal Association from January 2003 through July 2005.
Danny’s interest in mediation and arbitration began in the early 1990’s. He is certified as a circuit court mediator and arbitrator by the South Carolina Supreme Court, and as a mediator by the U.S. District Court for South Carolina. He has served as a mediator in hundreds of cases.
Danny’s extensive experience with local government enables him to understand the interests and goals of his municipal clients. Effective municipalities are required to act in the public interest with limited powers and resources and within the constraints of state law. This balance demands knowledge and skill. Similarly, Danny’s broad experience and quiet confidence allow him to work effectively as a mediator assisting the parties in fashioning a resolution to their case or controversy.
“The municipal lawyer ultimately serves not only the municipal entity, but also the public interest. I enjoy the opportunity to help make government work as it should work.”
- On assignment from the Municipal Association, Danny currently is representing 82 municipalities across South Carolina that are being sued for alleged constitutional deficiencies in their business license tax systems.
- Represented municipalities in cases affirming the rights of municipalities to impose higher out-of-city rates for public utilities and to impose franchise and consent fees on private utilities using city rights-of-way.
- Frequently represents municipalities and their zoning boards in contested zoning cases.