At Rosen Hagood, Tim’s work focuses on construction law and litigation, government and utilities law, condemnation, business and commercial litigation, and securities litigation.  In addition to representing clients in litigation, Tim regularly counsels businesses and local governmental entities on transactional and non-litigation legal matters.

In his construction practice, Tim represents private and public owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and architects in construction defect claims, mechanic’s lien claims, payment disputes, bond claims, and surety indemnification claims.  He also works with clients to prevent disputes by developing contracts that address areas of potential conflict and providing legal advice on complex business issues that arise.  Tim also has experience working with homeowners and homeowner associations in disputes involving residential construction.

Tim’s government and utilities practice includes representing county, municipal, and special purpose district utilities in litigation, easement acquisitions, contract negotiation and development, and providing guidance on a variety of legal matters that public utilities encounter.  He has extensive experience in counseling governmental entities on implementing actions and policies within the context of Federal and South Carolina law and attends public hearings on their behalf.

Tim enjoys being involved with and improving the local community.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Charleston Peninsula Neighborhood Consortium and as an appointed member of the City of Charleston’s Town and Gown Committee. He has previously served on the Planning and Zoning Committee of the Preservation Society of Charleston, as President of the Cannonborough Elliotborough Neighborhood Association, and as an appointed member of the City of Charleston’s Late Night Activity Charter Commission.

Tim received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Grand Valley State University in Michigan.  After graduation, Tim worked in sales, design, and project management for Herman Miller, Inc. and its distributors for several years.  In these roles, Tim was involved with the process of commercial architecture and construction.

Tim received his J.D. with honors from the Charleston School of Law, having served as Articles Editor and on the Editorial Board of the Charleston Law Review. During his final year as a law student, he worked for the Honorable Patrick M. Duffy, District Court Judge for the United States District Court of South Carolina.

Areas of Practice

Tim’s government and utilities practice includes representing county, municipal, and special purpose district utilities in litigation, easement acquisitions, contract negotiation and development, and providing guidance on a variety of legal matters that public utilities encounter.  He has extensive experience in counseling governmental entities on implementing actions and policies within the context of Federal and South Carolina law and attends public hearings on their behalf.

  • Represented general contractor in the settlement of a construction defect on a multi-family, 84-unit condominium project.
  • Successfully represented local government entity in resolving a land condemnation dispute which allowed the government entity to keep the land as-is.
  • Serves as general counsel to multiple general contractors and subcontractors and to several local governmental entities, including municipal bodies and special purpose districts, responsible for providing water, sewer, sanitation, and fire services.
  • Represented a general contractor in the settlement of a construction defect lawsuit on a multi-family, 84-unit condominium project.
  • Participated in the successful prosecution and appeal of a mechanic’s lien case acknowledging that construction administrative services performed by an Architect are considered labor and lienable under the South Carolina mechanic’s lien statute.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a surety in a construction defect lawsuit based on the application of South Carolina’s statute of repose.
  • Successfully defended a local government entity in an eminent domain challenge action filed by a real estate developer.
  • Prosecuted and defended numerous condemnation cases involving utility easements and fee simple acquisitions on behalf of landowners and local governmental entities.
  • Achieved numerous just compensation verdicts at trial and defended the ruling of an eminent domain case in the South Carolina Court of Appeals involving the interpretation of the South Carolina Eminent Domain Procedures Act.
  • Attained summary judgment on behalf of a governmental entity in Federal District Court against a real estate developer that brought constitutional claims related to the extension of sewer service to a property.
  • Represented numerous property owners, contractors, subcontractors, and architects in resolving construction defect complaints and mechanic’s liens.
  • Recovered more than 1.15 million in the context of a FINRA arbitration for a family when their investment broker’s negligence and deceitful advice caused them substantial investment fund losses.
  • Successfully negotiated the resolution of a claim involving a commercial fishing vessel destroyed by fire against a third-party insurer.
  • Defended and resolved a personal injury mold case filed against a general contractor.
  • South Carolina Bar
    • Member, Construction Law Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Carolinas Associated General Contractors (CAGC)
  • Charleston Contractors’ Association
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) Charleston
  • South Carolina Association of Special Purpose Districts
  • Utility Easements and Eminent Domain for Special Purpose Districts (SC Association of Special Purpose Districts Annual Conference, 2018)
  • “Oppression of Shareholders, Good Faith and the Duty of Loyalty” in Paradigm
  • Contributing editor, “South Carolina Children’s Law Resource Manual” (South Carolina Bar, 2014)
  • Editorial Board, “South Carolina Construction Law Desk Book” (South Carolina Bar, 2013)
  • “I Am An Owner Of My Company, What Does That Mean” in Catalyst Surety Partners Construction Journal (2019)
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina
  • AV Preeminent® rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Legal Elite of the Low Country (Charleston Business Magazine) – Construction, 2019
  • Chairman, Charleston Peninsula Neighborhood Consortium (2014-present)
  • Member, City of Charleston Late Night Activity Commission (2014-2016)
  • Member, City of Charleston Town and Gown Committee (2012-present)
  • Member, Planning and Zoning Committee of the Preservation Society of Charleston (2013-2014)
  • President and Officer, Cannonborough Elliotborough Neighborhood Association (2009-2014)
  • Commission Member, City of Charleston Central Business District Commission (2020-present)
  • Member, City of Charleston Hotel Task Force (2019)
  • Grand Valley State University (B.A., International Relations, 1998)
  • Charleston School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2008)