Columbia attorney specializing in whistleblower cases dies

cleblanc@thestate.comFebruary 21, 2014 

Longtime Columbia attorney Ben Mabry, who died suddenly Feb. 17, was known to take on whistleblower cases.

During a 33-year legal career, Mabry, 59, represented clients who filed lawsuits against Boeing Co., SCANA Corp., the state Corrections and Public Safety departments as well as the federal Housing and Urban Development agency.

The son of a World War II Medal of Honor winner, Mabry grew up traveling the world. His father, George L. Mabry Jr., rose to the rank of major general after receiving the nation’s highest military honor for his actions leading his infantry battalion in the Hurtgen Forest near Schevenhutte, Germany. It was the longest battle on German ground during the war.

His son, Ben, spent most of his 33-year legal career with partner Lewis Cromer in Columbia before opening his own firm in 2011.

During the ensuing three years, Mabry enjoyed his happiest professional experience because of the small firm’s staff and its young lawyers, according to Mabry’s obituary in The State newspaper.

Mabry represented former Boeing employees who alleged retaliation for reporting racism at the Charleston plant, former Death Row executioners in a defamation suit against a Corrections Department director, and an ex-state trooper who said he documented 16 years of highway department wrongdoing, among many other lawsuits.

Mabry is survived by wife Shirley Mabry, stepdaughter Brandon Loy of Denver, Colo., sister Abigail Mabry Ferrick of Columbia and brother George L. Mabry III of Columbus, Ga.

Services for Mabry were held Friday.

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