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Frederick A. Crawford

1900 Barnwell Street
Columbia, SC 29201

P.O. Drawer 7788
Columbia, SC 29202

Contact Details
Direct: 803.576.3711
Fax: 803.779.0016

Practice Areas
Accounting Malpractice Defense
Business, Contract and Corporate Law
Estate Planning and Probate Administration
Healthcare Law
Mergers & Acquisitions (including Asset and Stock Purchase Agreements)

University of Virginia (B.S., Commerce, major in accounting, 1976)
University of South Carolina (J.D., 1979)

Passed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination (1978)

Bar Admissions
1979, South Carolina
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Other Professional
Certified Mediator
Law Clerk to South Carolina Circuit Court Judge James H. Price, Jr. (1979-1980)

South Carolina Bar

  • Commercial Law Committee, Chairman of Section on Corporations, Banking and Securities Law (1991-1992)
  • Hospital and Healthcare Law Committee

Richland County Bar Association
American Health Lawyers Association
Columbia Estate Planning Council

Consistently listed in Best Lawyers in America® since 2009 for Health Care Law
AV rating by Martindale Hubbell since 1994
Selected as one of the Columbia area Legal Elite in Business Law by Greater Columbia Business Monthly - October, 2011 and 2012
American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law, 1976 & 1977

Author, "Appeals Court Weighs In on Stock Valuation," SC Lawyer, March 2000.

Seminar Presentations
8/27/13 - Standards of Conduct per S.C. Code §33-8-300 and Fiduciary Duties and the Consequences of Breach

9/16/10 - Medical Practice Sales Issues. Sponsored by: South Carolina Association for CPAs (SCACPA). Click here to view notes from this presentation.

10/20/09 Risk Management for Accountants with Personal Financial Planning Practices. Sponsored by: SCACPA

9/7/09 Mitigating CPA's Malpractice Risk in Expert Witness Testimony.
Sponsored by: SCACPA

Community Involvement
Rotary Club of Columbia: Member 25 years; Paul Harris fellow
American Heart Association: Executive Leadership Team for the Heart Ball 2011-2013
Grandfather Mountain Golf and Country Club, Linville, NC: President 2010-2011; Board Member 2008-2013
Boy Scouts of America: Eagle Scout; Former Troop Leader

Mr. Crawford's experience includes:

  • Representation of the largest healthcare system in South Carolina since 1980.

    He served as a principal member of the legal team that successfully "merged" Baptist Healthcare System of South Carolina, Inc., and Richland Memorial Hospital into Palmetto Health, a 1,247-bed nonprofit hospital system, in 1997. The transaction involved anti-trust analysis, contract, CON, Certificate of Public Advantage, constitutional and regulatory issues.
  • Successful representation of Governor Carroll A. Campbell in decennial reapportionment of the S.C. House, Senate and Congressional Districts from 1990 to 1993.
  • Successful prosecution of collection action in the case R.C. McEntire and Company v. Eastern Foods, Inc., 702 F.2d 471 (1983). The case reaffirmed doctrine of "defacto merger" in South Carolina.
  • Successful representation of former Athletic Director of the University of South Carolina in breach of contract against the University in 1989.
  • Successful representation of University Athletic Director before National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 1990.
  • Representation of accountants across South Carolina in the defense of malpractice claims, peer review and subpoena compliance.
  • Representation of numerous physicians and medical groups in the sale of their practices to hospitals and organizations.
  • Successful procurement of two OIG Advisory Opinions
Frederick Crawford is a shareholder of Richardson Plowden in the Columbia office. He focuses his practice on accounting malpractice defense, business, contract and corporate law, estate planning, probate administration, hospital/healthcare law, and mergers and acquisitions. He also represents dentists, hospitals and physicians and provides counsel on matters including, but not limited to, Anti-kickback Safe-harbors, Certificate of Need (CON), Corporate Compliance and Stark exceptions. He has substantial experience in estate planning, financial transactions and contract negotiations, including exclusive service contracts and joint ventures with an emphasis in healthcare.

Mr. Crawford earned a bachelor's degree in commerce with an emphasis on accounting from the University of Virginia in 1976. In 1979, he received his juris doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.