C. Pierce  Campbell

C. Pierce Campbell

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Pierce Campbell advises established businesses on any kind of problem they may encounter and is skilled at keeping those issues from becoming bigger legal hurdles.

He counsels clients involved in business and commercial litigation, probate litigation, real property litigation, banking litigation and commercial collections. A lifelong Florence resident, Pierce represents well-known small to midsize businesses in the area, as well as regional market leaders and national companies. His banking experience includes all types of banking litigation as well as special assets work, where he helps lenders collect on bad debts and commercial foreclosures. In addition to his legal practice, Pierce serves the firm as its Chief Executive Officer, chairing the Executive Committee and directing the work of the practice group leaders. 

Pierce takes to heart the firm’s philosophy of exceeding expectations, and he prides himself on being accessible and responsive to his clients. His clients recognize his drive to get the job done as efficiently and effectively as possible, as well as the benefits of his practical approach. From the beginning, Pierce’s focus is on the resolution of whatever matter his client faces. By clearly understanding the business objectives, he can reassess and explain options as situations change. Adept at putting together a collaborative team that may be scaled up or down as the need requires, Pierce recognizes not every matter calls for the same resources and provides solutions that are the best fit for his client’s needs.

Deeply rooted in the community he serves, Pierce chairs the City of Florence Design Review Board, which is geared towards the revitalization of the city’s downtown core. He also serves on the board of trustees of the McLeod Foundation, an independent, charitable foundation supporting and perpetuating medical excellence at McLeod Health.

Banking Litigation

  • Represented all large banks in South Carolina as part of a team that successfully dismissed a challenge to the state’s mortgage recordation system, protecting the ability of residents to continue obtaining mortgages in South Carolina.

Business Litigation

  • Served as lead trial counsel and continuing adviser for more than a decade for three family members in a series of corporate, probate and partition cases related to a large family-owned farming and development business with assets of more than $15 million.
  • Successfully defended a trial for the board of stewards of a local church involving issues of corporate, property and ecclesiastical law.
  • Achieved favorable resolutions through mediation and motion practice in four pieces of litigation arising out of a failed, multimillion-dollar water-bottling business venture.
  • Successfully represented large regional bank in series of lawsuits regarding collection of more than $1 million operating debt against a local farming operation. The case involved very unique allegations of fraudulent signatures, missing guarantors, collateral sold without lien releases and claims of improper provision of information.
  • Obtained dismissal of lawsuit, upheld by South Carolina Supreme Court, brought by governmental entities against lenders, alleging improprieties with the lenders’ mortgage recording practices. The novel question in South Carolina lead to the court upholding the system in use, and thus preserving the mortgage lending market in South Carolina.

Administrative and Regulatory Law

  • Successfully represented a developer of a construction and demolition debris landfill in the South Carolina Administrative Law Court. A group of area residents challenged a permit granted by the Department of Health and Environmental Control after eight years of litigation and reviews. At trial, the developer's motion for an involuntary nonsuit (non-jury directed verdict) was granted on all alleged technical deficiencies of the permit. After the trial, the court ruled that the permit was compliant with the governing regulations, local ordinances and solid waste management plans. The case involved several unresolved questions related to the demonstration of need requirement for waste facilities and consistency with state and local solid waste management plans under newly enacted regulations.

Probate Litigation

  • Represented a beneficiary in arguing several novel issues of South Carolina law and obtained a successful outcome upheld on appeal.
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 2004
  • University of Georgia, B.B.A., 2001
  • South Carolina Bar, 2004
  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina, 2004
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, 2005
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Division Director 2014-present; Business Torts Committee co-chair, 2012-2014, vice chair, 2010-2012, journal editor 2008-2010; First Chair Press Book Publishing Board co-chair, 2009-2012; Technology Committee, 2009-2010; LexisNexis Advisory Board, 2007-2013; Young Lawyer Leadership Program, 2007-2009; Section Annual Conference Host Committee, 2009.
  • South Carolina Bar, 12th Judicial Circuit Young Lawyer Steering Committee, 2009-2011.
  • Florence County Bar Association, member, 2004-present.
  • Young Professionals of Florence, member, 2006-2015.
  • City of Florence Design Review Board, chair 2017-present; vice chair 2016-2017; member 2013-present.
  • McLeod Foundation Board of Trustees, 2016-present.
  • Kiwanis Club of Florence, president, 2011-2012.
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™-AV®
  • Florence Kiwanis Club, Kiwanian of the Year, 2008
  • Super Lawyers, South Carolina Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2012-2018
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016-2017

Articles

  • SC Business Review Radio, “Lawyers Helping Entrepreneurs,” July 2017
  • ABA Section of Litigation, “When Associates Gain Trial Experience, Everyone Wins,” 2016
  • ABA Section of Litigation Business Development Video, “Handwrite Notes to Clients for a Personal Touch,” 2016
  • ACC Docket, “Succession Planning: A Joint Primer for the GC and Outside Lawyer,” July/August 2016
  • Rantings of a Partner and Pushback from the Associate, ABA Section of Litigation First Chair Press, Bart Greenwald ed., “The Client Relationship: Associates Care, Too,” 2011
  • Rantings of a Partner and Pushback from the Associate, ABA Section of Litigation First Chair Press, Bart Greenwald ed. “Trial Experience: Give it to Me!,” 2011
  • The Young Litigator: Tips on Rainmaking, Writing and Trial Practice, ABA Section of Litigation First Chair Press, “Introduction & Introduction to Writing” section, 2011
  • Business Torts Journal, Vol. 16, Number 2, ABA Section of Litigation, “HIGH ALERT!: Attorneys Must Be Aware of Potential Abuses of Email Technology,” Winter 2009
  • Expert Alert, Vol. 1, Number 2, “Expert Witness Fees: What is Reasonable,” ABA Section of Litigation, Summer 2005

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

  • “Business Torts CLE Seminar: Fiduciary Duties - Limiting Their Scope and Explaining Them to Others,” South Carolina Bar, October 2014
  • “Lender Liability to Municipalities in Subprime Foreclosure Crisis,” American Bar Association, 2008 

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