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R. Bruce Wallace



Bruce Wallace practices in the Torts, Insurance, Products litigation group (TIPS). Representing banks, insurers, and corporate clients in litigation gives Bruce a healthy perspective about today’s complex business world. He employs that perspective to help his clients’ solve their problems.

Bruce represents a variety of banking and financial institutions in real estate litigation, commercial litigation, and mortgage foreclosures. He also represents insurers and corporate clients in bad faith and coverage issues, professional liability, business litigation (including disputes involving partnerships, limited liability companies, and closely held companies), as well as fiduciaries in probate litigation matters (including trusts and estates).

Bruce recently received his mediation certificate from the South Carolina Supreme Court's Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification.  He is a certified circuit court mediator and is on the approved list for the United States District Court.

Bruce actively participates in the Defense Research Institute, where he currently serves as the Professional Liability Committee’s Program Chair. In the past, Bruce served as Online Community chair, Annual Meeting chair, and vice chair of the Lawyer Malpractice SLG of the Professional Liability Committee, and chair of the D&O and E&O SLG of the Commercial Litigation Committee.

In 2017, Bruce was elected to the South Carolina Bar Association's Board of Governors.

  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1996
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1993
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Professional Liability Committee 
      • Program Chair, 2019 
      • Program Vice Chair, 2018
      • Communities Chair, 2016-2017
      • Vice Chair, Legal Malpractice Substantive Law Group, 2013-2015
    • Commercial Litigation Committee 
      • Chair, D&O and E&O Substantive Law Group, 2008-2012
  • South Carolina Bar
    • Board of Governors, 2017-Present
    • Law Related Education Committee
    • House of Delegates, Ninth Circuit, 2004-2017
    • Chair Elect, Trial and Appellate Advocacy Council Section, 2016
    • Nominating Committee, 2012-2014
    • Law Related Education Committee
  • Charleston County Bar Association 
    • Medical Legal Committee
  • Federal Bar Association 
    • South Carolina Chapter Board of Directors, 2008-2012
  • Lowcountry Citizens Committee on Judicial Qualification, 2003-2007
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for "Lawyer of the Yearfor Litigation- Insurance in 2020
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation since 2015; Litigation- Insurance since 2016
  • Included in the South Carolina Super Lawyers list for Business Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Real Estate, Estate & Trust Litigation 2008-2009, 2016-2018
  • Listed, Charleston Business Magazine's Legal Elite of the Low Country - Insurance, 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Bruce recently settled a personal injury case arising out of a general aviation aircraft accident.  Bruce’s client, an FAA-licensed aircraft repair facility, was sued by the widow of a man killed on the beach where a pilot made an emergency landing.  After 3 years of contentious litigation, Bruce settled the claim for less than defense costs. 

Reported Decisions:

RIM Associates v. Blackwell, 359 S.C. 170, 597 S.E.2d 152 S.C.App.2004.  "John Blackwell appeals the trial court's order directing him to make contributions to a debt paid to him by a partnership of which he was a partner. We reverse."  Read more from the SC Court of Appeals.

Regions Bank v. Owens. Op. No. 5113 (SC.Ct.App. filed April 10, 2013)(Shearouse Adv.Sh. No. 16 at 48). "In this appeal from a mortgage foreclosure action, William Owens argues the master-in-equity erred in denying his motion to set aside entry of default. Owens contends the master erred in finding he failed to demonstrate good cause for failing to answer Regions Bank's (the Bank) summons and complaint as required by Rule 55(c), SCRCP." Read more from the SC Court of Appeals.

Related Insights

Bruce is a frequent author and speaker. He is the author or co-author of several CLE publications and speaks at CLE seminars.

Nexsen Pruet Alert

Defending Lawyers in the Age of Cynicism: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in South Carolina Legal Malpractice Actions, March 2019

South Carolina Lawyer

Show me the Money: Collecting Judgments Against the Savvy Judgment Debtor, September 2016

Serving the Master: Challenging the Authority Power or Jurisdiction of the Master-in-Equity, January 2015

"With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies? Getting out of Default is Never Easy", November 2013 

DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar

Strategies to Obtain Early Settlement of General Aviation Claims, Co-author, Skywritings, May 2014

"Going Deeper – South Carolina Expands the pool of Plaintiffs in Estate Planning Malpractice", November 2014

South Carolina chapter on the Collateral Source Rule & Compendium for Professional Liability Insurance, DRI (2012)

Regional Editor, Unfair Trade Practices Compendium, DRI (2005)

Co-author, Using Non-Reliance Clauses in Defense of Fraud Claims, The Business Suit, 2006

Bruce’s Case Notes

SC Court of Appeals Holds that Intervenor Rights Trump Plaintiff's, August 2016


Outside of Nexsen Pruet, Bruce is actively engaged in his church, having previously served on the vestry. He now volunteers in his church’s men’s ministry. When his boys were younger, Bruce held several leadership positions in their Cub Scouts pack. Now, when he gets some spare time, Bruce enjoys hunting, hiking, biking, reading, and traveling. His favorite two hikes so far are (outside SC) Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, and (inside SC) Yellow Branch Falls near Mountain Rest, SC.

Bruce Wallace main bio photoBruce Wallace outside NP photo

“Consistently applied principles by our lawyers produce consistent results for our clients.”