James G. Long, III is a member in the business and commercial litigation practice group. He serves as Nexsen Pruet’s General Counsel and is a former member of the firm's Board of Directors.
Mr. Long is an experienced trial attorney, having tried cases to verdict in Federal Court, State Circuit Court, the Administrative Law Court and Family Court. In addition, Mr. Long has argued appeals before the South Carolina Supreme Court and South Carolina Court of Appeals.
Mr. Long’s experience includes:
- Certificate of Need litigation
- Defending Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes in wrongful death and negligence actions
- Fiduciary duty and negligent misrepresentation litigation involving trustee liability and professional negligence
- South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act
- Complex domestic relations matters
- Drafting pre-nuptial agreements
Mr. Long received a B.S. degree in business administration from Presbyterian College. He received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Wig and Robe and managing Editor of the ABA Real Property Probate and Trust Journal.
- Former law clerk to The Honorable C. Weston Houck, United States District Judge, South Carolina
- South Carolina Bar - Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in 1997
- Certified Mediator since 1998
- AV rating from Martindale Hubbell
- South Carolina Bar - Past Committee Chairperson
- Instructor at the Orientation School for Newly Elected Judges
- Frequent speaker at legal education seminars
- Former Adjunct Professor at Presbyterian College teaching a Civil Litigation Course
- Mr. Long has been the lead attorney in certificate of need cases involving open heart surgery, linear accelerators, hospital replacement or expansion, ambulatory surgery centers, cyberknife technology, and methadone treatment facilities.
- Mr. Long is well familiar with the State and Federal regulations governing assisted living facilities, nursing homes and day care facilities having been the lead attorney in numerous wrongful death and negligence actions involving elopement, falls, improper medication, improper admission, and lack of supervision.
- Mr. Long was the lead attorney in one of the longest trials in the history of the South Carolina Administrative Law Court in February and March of 2006. See the opinion here.
- Mr. Long argued and briefed in the South Carolina Supreme Court an eight year old case involving competing Certificate of Need applications for Cancer Radiation Therapy Centers. See the opinion here.
- Mr. Long argued and briefed in the South Carolina Supreme Court the case that addressed whether physical therapists may continue to be employed by referring physicians. (i.e. whether POPTS are legal in South Carolina). See the opinion here.
- Mr. Long is one of the lead trial attorneys handling a substantial breach of trust action in Federal Court involving a trust in existence since 1935.
- Mr. Long has represented hundreds of individuals in Family Court cases involving complex financial issues, alimony and children.
- Mr. Long defended a trucking company in a triple fatality wrongful death action pending for over 13 years.
- Mr. Long led a team of attorneys in negotiating the resolution of a multi-million dollar domestic case.
- Mr. Long successfully tried a negligent misrepresentation case involving the partition of a real estate tract at the South Carolina coast.
- After 15 hours of mediation, Mr. Long successfully resolved the defense of a negligent misrepresentation case arising from the multi-million dollar sale of a business.
- Mr. Long was the lead attorney in a complex probate matter that involved simultaneous actions in the Probate Court, Circuit Court and the Court of Appeals.
- Mr. Long has mediated over 50 domestic relations disputes and drafted dozens of pre-nuptial agreements.
- Mr. Long typically has cases pending in the Appellate Courts, Administrative Law Court, Circuit Court, and Family Court each year.
- The Carolinas Insurance Litigation Review
This issue of the Carolinas Insurance Litigation Review includes:
- "Challenging Policyholder Claims for Bad Faith and Punitive Damages" for North Carolina
- "Combating Policyholder Bad Faith and Breach of the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Claims" for South Carolina
- South Carolina presentation at the Third Annual Southeastern Health Planning Symposium – March 19, 2010
- Documentation, Litigation and Enforcement in the Long Term Care Industry - January 27, 2008
- Who Is My Client? Fiduciary Issues and Divorce for Financial Planning Association - October 3, 2007
- Legalities of Documentation - How To Stay Out Of Court For The South Carolina Health Care Association - August 15, 2007
- Presbyterian College, B.S., 1986
- University of South Carolina, J.D., 1991
Bar & Court Admissions
- South Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
Civic & Professional Memberships
- American Health Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association
- Richland County Bar Association
- South Carolina Bar