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Burl F. Williams

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Overview

Burl F. Williams is an attorney with experience in the trial and appeal of a variety of complex commercial and tort litigation, including shareholder and corporate governance disputes, as well as product liability defense. He also has experience defending individuals and organizations in complex criminal matters.

Burl practices in both state and federal court, and has experience trying significant liability cases to verdict. He also routinely works on appeals to the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, as well as to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Burl is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law where he also served as an Articles Editor of the South Carolina Law Review.

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Education
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., 2005
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • Greenville County Bar Association
Recognitions

Included in the South Carolina Super Lawyers® 'Rising Star' list since 2017 in the area of Business Litigation

Representative Experience:

Corporate and Shareholder Litigation

  • Represent the outside directors of a publicly traded company in a shareholder derivative lawsuit. Among other allegations, Plaintiffs claim hundreds of millions in damages based upon a stock repurchase program.
  • Represent one of the largest self-insurance funds in South Carolina in a derivative lawsuit in which a minority of the members in the fund seek to force a dissolution of the fund and a distribution of its substantial cash reserves.
  • In re International Textile Group Merger Litigation. Member of a team of Nexsen Pruet lawyers that successfully represented the minority shareholder plaintiffs in a class action and derivative case challenging the fairness of a multi-million dollar merger between Safety Components International, Inc. and International Textile Group, Inc.
  • South Carolina Capital Credits Litigation. Member of a team of Nexsen Pruet lawyers that represented seventeen South Carolina electric cooperatives in a class action lawsuit filed by former members that challenged the capital credit retirement schedule of each electric cooperative. The former members sought early retirement of over 250 million dollars.
  • Represented one of the largest electric cooperatives in South Carolina in a purported current member derivative class action challenging the cooperative’s compliance with statute, bylaws, and other corporate governance issues.

Product Liability

  • Represented automotive manufacturers in component part design defect and failure to warn claims.
  • Represented pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in manufacturing, design defect, and failure to warn claims.

Unusual Litigation

  • Utilized the probate exception to subject matter jurisdiction in federal court to defend the James Brown Trust and Estate against claims from an individual seeking to prove entitlement to ownership of the music assets; the venue for this litigation was in California District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth. A later lawsuit was brought in South Carolina, and was dismissed on statute of limitations grounds.
Overview
  • "The Exclusion of Other Incident Evidence in Product Liability Litigation," Co- author, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Product Liability Newsletter, July 2013.
  • "If you don't object, it didn't happen: preserving errors for appeal," South Carolina Bar approved CLE course, Appellate Law, 2012.

Burl is married to his college sweetheart; they have two young children. When he is not spending time with them, you can find him jogging on the Swamp Rabbit Trail or the downtown streets of Greenville.

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