James Atkinson “Chip” Bruorton IV is an equity member of Rosen Hagood where he has practiced law for more than twenty years. Chip has extensive litigation experience in construction, employment, personal injury, and administrative government matters. In 2015, he obtained the largest verdict in firm history in representing a group of employees against their employer for breach of fiduciary duty related to an employee equity incentive plan. The verdict of $53,508,288 was one of the top verdicts in South Carolina in 2015 and one of the top 50 verdicts in the United States in 2015.
His construction litigation experience includes mechanics liens, payment and performance bond claims, construction defect claims and surety indemnification claims. He has represented private and public owners, architects, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, and bonding companies, on both the plaintiff and defense side of construction matters. Chip also provides outside general counsel services to multiple residential and commercial contractors as well as local government municipalities.
Chip has successfully litigated claims on behalf of individuals and families of those who have suffered catastrophic injuries or wrongful death, including claims arising out of construction site injuries, pedestrian vehicle collisions, auto accidents, trucking accidents, and premises liability.
His experience, dedication to his clients, and professionalism has led him to be named to Best Lawyers in South Carolina for five consecutive years. Prior to that, he was named to the South Carolina Rising Stars list six times. Chip is also recognized as a Super Lawyer in South Carolina’s Super Lawyer publication based on his high-degree of professional achievement.
Chip was born in Greenville, South Carolina and remained in the Upstate for college, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management from Clemson University in 2000. He then obtained his juris doctorate from the University of Tennessee in 2003. Outside of his law practice, he volunteers his time coaching youth sports, leading and participating in mission trips, and teaching High School Sunday School. He is an active member of Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church where he serves as a Deacon and serves on the International Missions Team Committee and Youth Ministry Committee.
He is admitted to practice in both Federal and State Court for the State of South Carolina and is a member of the Charleston County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar and the American Bar Association. He is actively involved in the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry and the Carolinas Associated General Contractors (CAGC). He currently serves on the South Carolina Bar Fee Dispute Resolution Committee.