Douglas E. Leadbitter

Practice Areas

  • Automobile personal injury litigation (liability, UM, UIM)
  • Premises Liability
  • Torts
  • Insurance Coverage


Doug began his legal career in November 2000. For the last 13 years, his practice has focused on insurance defense, including: automobile personal injury matters, insurance coverage, and premises liability. 

Doug brings a wealth of diverse legal experience to Crowe LaFave, LLC.  He has extensive experience in all Courts of South Carolina.  Doug began his legal carrier as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of South Carolina litigating hundreds of Post Conviction Relief (PCR) matters.  In 2004, he went into private practice in a general litigation practice.  He litigated personal injury cases, construction defect cases, contract disputes, and Probate matters.  

Doug earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and a Bachelor of Music Education, with a Performance Certificate in Trumpet from the University of South Carolina.  Doug is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.  He was a bandsman in the Air Force Band of the Golden Gate/America’s Band in Blue.  He was stationed at Travis AFB in California where he toured extensively performing concerts throughout the western United States and made several recordings with the band during his USAF career.

As an accomplished performing musician, Doug stays active in the music community in South Carolina. He is a founding member of the Capital City Brass Quintet and the Palmetto Concert Band.  Doug is also an avid bowler and tennis player.

Doug can be reached by telephone at 803.766.4207 or by email at

Bar and Court Admissions

  • All South Carolina State Courts

  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2000

  • University of South Carolina, Bachelor of Music Education, 1987

Professional Affiliations

  • South Carolina Bar Association

  • Richland County Bar Association

  • American Bar Association