In his commercial and business litigation practice, Clinton frequently handles matters involving commercial real estate leases and similar transactions, disputes between and among investors, members, and/or shareholders of corporate entities, and claims alleging breach of contract, unfair trade practices, or fraud in commercial sales settings. Clinton also represents his clients in class action matters arising out of securities litigation, products liability, and claims under the Uniform Commercial Code.
Though Clinton has concentrations in commercial and business litigation, he also maintains a general portfolio based on his robust and varied litigation background. He has considerable experience in representing architects, engineers, developers, and contractors in design and/or construction defect litigation and has handled numerous complex insurance coverage issues in his practice.
Clinton has also litigated personal injury claims, estate disputes, and tax-related issues on behalf of his clients.
Throughout his practice, Clinton has represented clients in arbitration hearings involving multi-million-dollar disputes and at trials involving commercial lease disputes. Clinton has been involved in appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the South Carolina Court of Appeals, and has drafted and argued several successful dispositive motions in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and in South Carolina’s circuit courts. He has also appeared on his clients’ behalf in magistrate, municipal, and family courts in South Carolina.
- Currently representing a big four accounting firm in 1934 Act Section 10(b) claim in public shareholder class action
- Currently representing retail pharmacy companies in state opioid litigation
- Currently representing a steel producer and operator of scrap recycling facilities against a plaintiff’s appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit relating to motions to dismiss granted by the district court in favor of clients
- Represented a credit union in opposing putative class action involving claims alleging defective pre-sale notices relating to collateral secured under Article 9 of the South Carolina UCC
- Successfully obtained ejectment judgments in favor of commercial and residential landlords following bench trials regarding same
- Obtained dismissal in favor of multiple clients in commercial contract suit arising out of an asset purchase agreement
- Represented insured client in successful appeal of insurance carrier’s denial of benefits
- Judicial Extern for the Honorable David C. Norton, United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, 2015
- Teaching Fellow, Charleston School of Law - Legal Research, Analysis, & Writing Department, 2014-2015
- Charleston School of Law CALI Awards (highest class grade): Legal Research, Analysis and Writing I; Civil Procedure; Legal Research, Analysis and Writing II; International Business Transactions; War Crimes & Courts – Martial, 2013-2015
- The Defense Line, Vol. 45, No. 1., 07.2017
Blogs and Resources
- 05.2020MVA COVID-19 Resource Center
- 04.2020MVA COVID-19 Resource Center
- Member, South Carolina Bar Association, 2016-present
- Member, American Bar Association, 2016-present
- Member, Charleston County Bar Association, 2016-present
- Member, Charleston Lawyers Club, 2016-present
- Planning Committee Member, MUSC’s Annual Judges and Attorneys Conference: Substance Abuse and Ethics Seminar, 2016-Present
- Panel Participant, CSKL Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Seminar — "Effective Use of Recorded Statements, EUOs, and the Material Misrepresentation Defense,” Atlanta, GA, 2019
- Moderator, MUSC’s 35th Annual Judges and Attorneys Conference: Substance Abuse and Ethics Seminar — "Gun Violence Panel,” Daniel Island, SC, 2015
- Panel Participant, Carlock Copeland ICBF Seminar — “Protecting the Claims File, Dangers of the 30(b)(6) Deposition, and Walking the Former Employee Tightrope” & “Who Wants to be a Coverage Millionaire?,” Atlanta, GA, 2018
- Editor, Charleston Law Review & The Riley Institute at Furman’s 8th Annual Law & Society Symposium, the Law of Energy — “Why the Law of Energy?,” Charleston, SC, 2016
J.D., Charleston School of Law, 2016, summa cum laude, Presidential Honors Program
B.B.A., University of Miami, 2011, Provost's Honor Roll
- South Carolina, 2016
- U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, 2016
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2017