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Commercial Litigation & Appeals

Our Practice

The Commercial Litigation and Appellate Practice Group at Clement Rivers, LLP represents corporations, businesses, and individuals providing experienced advice and advocacy on appeals in both state and federal courts for the firm’s own clients and many clients referred by other attorneys.


The group has a wealth of trial experience and a track record of success litigating commercial disputes and defending class actions, including those involving:

Contractual disputes
Construction disputes
Developer defense
Disputes among business partners
Shareholder disputes
Negligence claims
Intentional tort claims
Unfair trade practices claims
Unfair competition claims
Warranty claims
Business torts
Environmental claims
Insurance defense
Self insured defense
Intellectual property disputes
Patents, trademarks, and copyrights
Other allegations of liability
Defamation defense

Complex Litigation

Clement Rivers, LLP is an established leader in complex litigation representing South Carolina, national, and international clients. The group has extensive experience handling multi-million dollar contractual and business disputes.

The group has an extensive practice in the insurance defense and coverage areas, providing coverage opinions and representing insurance companies and self-insured companies in declaratory judgment actions and defending against allegations of bad faith.

The group’s lawyers work closely with carriers to streamline litigation processes and efficiently resolve claims. Two of the group’s attorneys are licensed in North Carolina and handle cases there as well.

The group also has extensive experience representing corporate clients, in complex business transactional matters.

Appellate Practice

The firm’s appellate practice lawyers have an established reputation for successfully representing hundreds of clients before South Carolina’s state and federal courts, including

South Carolina Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

The group’s attorneys handle appeals for all of the firm’s practice groups, as well as handling numerous appeals from cases originating outside of the firm.

Whether a client’s goal is to reverse an adverse judgment, or protect a favorable one, the group’s appellate attorneys give each appeal a fresh perspective, carefully analyzing the record on appeal, advising clients on the advisability of appealing, and creating a successful strategy.

The group is regularly sought out to initiate actions in the original jurisdiction of the South Carolina Supreme Court, and to prepare briefs as amicus curiae on issues of public importance being heard in the state’s appellate courts.

In addition to representing clients at the appeal stage, the group’s appellate lawyers often advise clients at the trial stage to help prepare and preserve potential appellate issues. This holistic approach to litigation not only ensures a greater potential for success on appeal, should an appeal be required, but is also a useful tool in negotiating favorable settlements for the firm’s clients.

Our Clients

The firm represents clients in both the public and private sectors, including those involved in

broadcast media

The firm represents several major national and international corporations, insurance companies, and self-insured companies.


Each of the group’s experienced trial lawyers are careful to bring a business-based perspective to dispute resolution, never losing sight of the fact that often avoiding litigation is the best way to meet the client’s goals. The group’s attorneys make active use of negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution methods where appropriate to provide efficient, effective resolution of client disputes.

Our Attorneys


Declaration honoring Molony

Wilbur E. Johnson’s IAAM legacy