Lewis Cromer retired from the active practice of law in 2021, but he remains a retired member of Cromer Babb & Porter. Lewis served the legal community with dedication and distinction for more than 60 years. Widely recognized as one of the best trial lawyers in the Southeast, Lewis has handled hundreds of jury trials and held state and national leadership positions in many of the distinguished associations and organizations of his profession during his 60-year career. He practices law in Columbia, where he has spent his entire career representing clients in the areas of employment law, governmental law, and communications law.
Over the years, Lewis’ work on behalf of clients earned him dozens of awards and recognitions, especially in the area of employment law, where he has successfully sued state agencies, large corporations, and others, winning six-figure verdicts for clients in numerous cases. Lewis has worked on cases that have received local, state, and national media attention. His representation of government workers particularly has cast light on government corruption and injustice.
In February 2009, as a tribute to Lewis’ precedent-setting work in the past and his ongoing efforts on behalf of the legal profession, the public’s right to jury trial and his clients, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association presented Cromer with its prestigious War Horse Award. The award recognizes Lewis as a top courtroom advocate, leader in the trial bar, a contributor to the teaching of trial advocacy through seminars and educational programs and a true character of his time.
Lewis first attended Clemson University, then graduated from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law in 1959, and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar that same year.
Lewis was the managing partner at Cromer Babb & Porter, LLC when it was formerly known as Cromer Babb Porter & Hi8cks, LLC. He served at the helm of several successful predecessor law firms including J. Lewis Cromer & Associates, LLC and Cromer and Mabry, LLC.
He is married to his college sweetheart, Carolyn. They have a son, Bubba Cromer, who served in the South Carolina Legislature for many years and is presently Reading Clerk of the House of Representatives, and a daughter, Chelle Epps, who retired as the Deputy Registrar in the Richland County Voter Registration Office. Chelle currently works for the firm as our Intake Coordinator. Lewis and Carolyn also have two grandchildren who he works hard to convince to become Clemson Tigers.
Lewis, in his spare time, is an avid bridge player and has participated in competitive bridge throughout his lifetime. He is the present Ethics Chairman for the Columbia Bridge Center and was recently awarded the rank of Silver Life Master by the American Contract Bridge League indicating that he has received over 1000 master points in local, state, and national competitions.