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Burl F. Williams


  • (T) 864.370.2211
  • (F) 864.282.1177

Burl F. Williams is an attorney with experience in the trial and appeal of complex commercial litigation, including shareholder and corporate governance disputes. He also has experience defending individuals and organizations undergoing investigations in complex regulatory or 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.


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., 2005
Bar Admissions
  • S.C. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of S.C.

Included in the South Carolina Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list in the area of Business Litigation 2017-2018

Greenville Business Magazine's Legal Elite of the Upstate, 2018

Representative Experience:

  • Represent the independent directors of a publicly traded company in a shareholder derivative lawsuit, involving breach of fiduciary duty claims associated with a stock-repurchase program.

  • Member of a Nexsen Pruet team in the In re International Textile Group Merger Litigation, a class action and derivative liability case filed in Greenville County state court. The case revolved around a breach of fiduciary duty claim related to a merger between two companies controlled by a prominent private equity firm in New York. Our work focused on expert discovery on corporate governance, complex business valuation modeling, investment banking, and econometric projections. We also managed the electronic discovery database, and ultimately obtained a favorable settlement on the eve of trial.

  • 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.

  • Represented seventeen South Carolina electric cooperatives in a class action lawsuit filed by former members that challenged the capital credit (member equity) retirement schedule of each electric cooperative. The former members sought early retirement of roughly 200 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.

  • Represented numerous closely held corporations in shareholder and corporate governance disputes.

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 Circuit. A later lawsuit was brought in South Carolina, and was dismissed on statute of limitations grounds.

"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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