Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys
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  • B.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999
  • J.D., University of South Carolina, 2002; Articles Editor, South Carolina Environmental Law Journal; Member, Moot Court Bar
  • North Carolina, 2002
  • South Carolina, 2003
  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
78 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Robert E. Sumner, IV

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Sumner’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation for a variety of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, banks, manufacturers, builders, small businesses, property owners, vessel owners, institutional trustees, and private trustees.  Sumner has tried jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts in North and South Carolina.  Additionally, he has handled appeals before the Court of Appeals and Supreme Courts of North and South Carolina, as well as the Fourth Circuit.  Sumner is a regular presenter at industry conferences and continuing legal education seminars.  He is an active member of the Trial Practice Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation and the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association.

Client Services:

  • Pre-litigation consulting and negotiation
  • Full-service litigation representation

Of Note

  • South Carolina Super Lawyer, 2016-2017, Business Litigation

 

Representative Matters

First Southern National Bank v. James R. Rocco, et al., 2008-CP-10-3699; October 31, 2013

Lead trial counsel for Plaintiff in a bench trial in Charleston County, South Carolina.  Plaintiff, the lead bank in a loan participation, sought damages in excess of $20 Million from defendants under personal guaranty agreements arising from the default of a commercial loan for the purchase of a marina located in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.  After two days at trial, the parties entered into a settlement agreement with the principal defendant. 

Lewis Pentecostal Temple v. E.C.C.U.; 2010-CP-27-00598; March 14, 2013

Lead trial counsel for Defendant in a jury trial in Jasper County, South Carolina.  Plaintiff sought damages for defendant’s breach of contract, promissory estoppel, conversion and negligent misrepresentation arising out of an alleged lease agreement.  After multiple days of evidence, the parties settled for a confidential amount.

Claybourn Walters Logging v. J.C. Lanham, et al.; 2011-CP-40-01944; December 20, 2012

Lead counsel for Plaintiff, Claybourn Walters, in binding arbitration in Richland County, South Carolina.  Claybourn Walters sought damages for the Defendants’ breach of a timber contract.  At the conclusion of the arbitration, Claybourn Walters was awarded the full measure of damages under the contract.

Microclean Technology, Inc. v. Envirofix, Inc.; 06-CP-07-2689; February 24, 2011

Lead trial counsel for Defendant in a bench trial in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Plaintiff sought damages in excess of $200,000 for breach of a License Agreement. Defendant was ordered to pay total damages in the amount of $313.00. The South Carolina Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's ruling.

Toomer v. Weeks; 2:07-CV-03458-CWH; March 1, 2010

Trial counsel for Defendant vessel owner in a 3-day bench trial in the US District Court in the District of South Carolina, Charleston Division in Admiralty. Plaintiff, a Jones Act seaman, sought damages for injuries allegedly suffered while working on board a tug boat. The parties entered into a confidential settlement agreement after the trial court’s ruling.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Hospital Authority, et al. v. Amisub of South Carolina, Inc. et al.; 06-ALJ-07-0713-CC; September 2009   

Trial counsel for Petitioner in a four 4 week contested case hearing challenging the grant of a Certificate of Need to a competing hospital. The Administrative Law Judge reversed and remanded the matter to the Department of Health and Environmental Concerns for reconsideration of the competing applications.

Davison v. Wells Fargo; 2008-CP-08-130; June 5, 2009

Lead trial counsel for Defendant in a bench trial in the South Carolina Court of Common Pleas. Plaintiff sought damages for Wachovia's failure to stop payment on a certified check under Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code. The trial court issued a defense verdict on behalf of Wells Fargo Bank. On June 27, 2011, the South Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's ruling in Unpublished Opinion No. 2011-UP-238. 

*Belle Hall v. Nova Modus; 05-CP-10-4957; May 30, 2008

Lead trial counsel for Plaintiff, Belle Hall, in a week-long jury trial in the South Carolina Court of Common Pleas. Belle Hall sought damages for defendants' breach of a lease agreement and fraudulent acts to avoid payment for damages arising out of the breach. The jury issued a verdict on behalf of Belle Hall in the amount of $202,000.00 plus attorney's fees and defeated fraudulent mortgages under South Carolina's Statute of Elizabeth.  

Ratliff v. Crain; 05-CVS-870; April 2007

Trial counsel for Defendant in a 4 week jury trial in North Carolina Superior Court. Plaintiff sought $2.2 Million in wrongful death damages for medical negligence against an emergency room physician. The jury issued a verdict for Defendant.

Scarboro v. Klein; 04-CVS-2071; February 2007

Trial counsel for Defendant in a 3 week jury trial in North Carolina Superior Court. Plaintiff sought $3 Million in wrongful death damages for medical negligence against a plastic surgeon. The jury issued a verdict for Defendant.

Thomas v. Harbury, et al.; 03-CVS-12406; August 2006

Trial counsel for Defendant in a 3 week jury trial in North Carolina Superior Court. Plaintiff sought $2.5 Million in wrongful death damages for medical negligence against a neuroradiologist. The jury issued a verdict for Defendant.

Sowell v. Cross Care, et al.; 03-CVS-5714; February 2006

Trial counsel for Defendant in a 4 week jury trial in North Carolina Superior Court. Plaintiff sought $6 Million in damages for medical negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, constructive fraud, and conspiracy against nursing home medical providers. The jury issued a verdict for Defendant.

Winebarger v. Peterson, 182 N.C. App 510 642 S.E.2d 544; (2007).

The North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed trial court's ruling in favor of Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment on the grounds that Plaintiff had not obtained appropriate expert review prior to filing the complaint.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Trial Practice Committee, Sub-Committee Chairperson
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association
  • Leadership Charleston, Class of 2012
  • Board of Directors, Molasses Creek Homeowners Association
  • Board Member, Charleston Stage