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Richard S. Dukes

Shareholder | Charleston, SC |

rdukes@turnerpadget.com   |   vcard   |   843-576-2810


Rich Dukes is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer who has served as lead counsel in a wide variety of substantive areas of law, including defense of medical device manufacturers in products liability and regulatory matters; professional liability matters; corporate and business litigation; securities litigation; and employment matters. Rich also has extensive experience representing clients in admiralty and maritime claims including representation of vessel manufacturers in products liability actions, and owners and operators of watercraft of all sizes. Rich has also handled Jones Act claims and cargo damage claims over the years.  Rich has represented many clients in “bet the company” cases that have involved enormous challenges and have required creative approaches to novel legal and factual problems. With that in mind, Rich works with the client and general counsel to determine the most efficient and effective litigation strategy  that suits both the immediate and long-term business needs of the client. Rich also became a certified circuit court mediator in 2016.

Rich is a leader in innovative uses of technology to streamline information management in complex business litigation. He has successfully implemented strategies to employ advanced technology to maximize efficiency and to facilitate collaboration and effective division of labor with counsel in multiple states who are working on multiple related matters. In developing strategies to coordinate parallel litigation across several states, Rich has found that by embracing technological advances, the litigation team can work together to achieve favorable results.

Representative Matters

Admiralty and Maritime

  • Regularly defends vessel owners and operators in litigation over injuries suffered by passengers and charter parties and successfully prosecuted actions under the Limitation of Liability Act on behalf of owners while defending individually-named captains and vessel operators in attendant negligence actions.  Rich has also defended vessel manufacturers in unexplained sinking cases.  Rich has also been called upon to represent clients in vessel arrest proceedings.

Class Actions

  • Serves as lead defense counsel in numerous class action cases. In so doing, Rich has represented a developer of timeshare resorts; several large real estate development companies; electric cooperatives; and golf course developers in class action suits dealing with a wide range of fraud, fiduciary duty, and unfair trade practices claims.

Drug and Medical Device Litigation

  • Serves as lead counsel for medical device manufacturers with cases in several states and has worked with local counsel to present a coordinated defense strategy.  Rich has served as regional and national counsel for manufacturing clients as well as local counsel assisting a team of lawyers coordinating far flung litigation.  He has represented clients in both litigated matters and has successfully negotiated pre-suit resolution of serious injury cases.

Products Liability Litigation

  • Regularly defends manufacturers, sellers, and others in the stream of commerce in litigation over allegedly defective products in a range of industries, including turf care and fertilizer products, medical devices, and golf course maintenance products.

Professional Liability

  • Defends professionals in malpractice and professional negligence claims. Rich has successfully defended a wide variety of attorneys, appraisers, investment professionals, physicians and other professionals.

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