Edward W. Laney, IV
Eddie Laney was admitted to practice in 1985 and has been trying cases in state and federal court throughout his career. He also has argued cases before the South Carolina Supreme Court, South Carolina Court of Appeals and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Eddie currently concentrates his practice on complex personal injury cases, coverage issues, bad faith actions and trucking accidents. He also serves as the firm’s chief executive officer.
Eddie has deep ties to South Carolina and the law firm. He is a native of South Carolina and has lived in the state his entire life. Eddie’s late father, E.W. Laney, was one of the firm’s early partners. Eddie was employed as a law clerk by the firm during law school and has been employed with Turner Padget as a lawyer since he was admitted to practice.
“I strive to provide my clients with practical and sensible advice. I also believe in providing clients an early and honest assessment of a matter. If a claim needs to be settled, I will tell a client that. If not, I am ready to take the case to trial.”
- Obtained summary judgment on a claim for underinsured motorist coverage for injuries sustained in a drive-by shooting.
- Prevailed on summary judgment with the court ruling the operator of the insured vehicle did not have permission to use the vehicle at the time of the accident.
- Granted summary judgment that the insurance company made a meaningful offer of underinsured motorist coverage.
- Reversed trial court on appeal and obtained a ruling that reporting an accident eight months after it occurred did not satisfy the statutory requirement for an uninsured motorist claim that the accident be reported to authorities within a reasonable time.
- Obtained a reversal of a trial court on appeal and established precedent in South Carolina that a life insurer is not required to show a causal connection between the insured’s death and the matter misrepresented to rescind a policy for fraud.
- On a wrongful death claim where liability was admitted, held firm to the pre-trial settlement offer, and the case settled at the offer after two days of trial.
- Successfully defended a trucking company and its driver on a wrongful death claim in a multiple-day trial in federal court.