In The Beginning…
Morris Rosen, the founding shareholder, began the practice of law in 1947 with an office at 45 Broad Street, located in the heart of downtown Charleston. Thus began the firm that would later become Rosen Hagood.
CITY OF CHARLESTON APPOINTED MORRIS ROSEN AS CORPORATE COUNCIL
During this turbulent period in Charleston, Morris worked with Mayor Gilliard to integrate the city’s golf courses, playgrounds, and swimming pools. In addition to his service to the City of Charleston, Morris Rosen’s work on several high profile murder trials in Charleston and Columbia also garnered significant attention.
MORRIS ROSEN PLAYED KEY ROLE TO INTEGRATE THE CHARLESTON MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE, ONE OF THE FIRST TO BE INTEGRATED IN THE STATE
A federal suit was filed against the City of Charleston because some individuals were refused permission to play on the Charleston Municipal Golf Course. Morris, serving as the city’s corporation counsel, knew that the city couldn’t win. Despite the challenges, Morris worked with the Mayor to prepare the public for change and open the golf course to all citizens. (Source: Rosen’s legal genius, compassion a key legacy)
SOUTH CAROLINA BAR ELECTED MORRIS ROSEN PRESIDENT
Morris Rosen served as President of the South Carolina Bar, expanding his leadership in the state’s legal community beyond the boundaries of Charleston.
NCAA v. Clemson University
Richard Rosen and Brew Hagood served as lead counsel at the 1982 administrative hearing in Chicago before the NCAA Committee on Infractions during which Clemson University defended itself against numerous allegations of misconduct in connection with athletic recruiting. The case resulted in sanctions for Clemson University, a result which was mild given the circumstances.
Rosen, Rosen, & Hagood
Brew Hagood became partner, changing the firm name to Rosen, Rosen, & Hagood.
134 Meeting Street
The firm relocated from its original office on Broad Street to 134 Meeting Street.
Morris Rosen Received the South Carolina Bar’s Durant Distinguished Public Service Award
SC BAR ELECTED RICHARD ROSEN AS PRESIDENT
Richard Rosen served as President of the SC Bar, the second member of the firm to serve in this role.
$1.75 Million Settlement for Brain Injured Cyclist
Richard Rosen acted as lead counsel in a personal injury case representing a New York City stockbroker who suffered a brain injury when his rented bicycle collapsed on Kiawah Island. The case resulted in a $1.75MM settlement just two days before trial. The settlement was the largest brain-damage award in South Carolina at that time.
Morris Rosen Nominated as a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
The American Bar Foundation Fellows is an honorary organization of practicing attorneys, judges, and law teachers whose professional, public, and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Only the top one-third of one percent in the legal profession is eligible for nomination as a Fellow.
Charleston Attorneys Assisted 9/11 Victims
Through the Trial Lawyers Care program and the local chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Richard Rosen signed up to get involved and help those in need during those trying times.
$7.8 Million Jury Verdict Secured for Client in Sea Pines Lawsuit
Richard Rosen and Brew Hagood represented Tom DiVenere, a Florida-based entrepreneur, in a breach of contract dispute with Sea Pines Company of Hilton Head Island. The result was a $7.8MM jury verdict, in which the jury determined that Sea Pines was in breach of contract with Tom DiVenere for a deal to develop and build Tide Pointe, a senior assisted-living community on Hilton Head Island.
Rosen Hagood Obtained $4 Million Settlement for Child with a Handicap
Rosen Hagood attorneys reached a $4 Million settlement with a local hospital and physician group. The claim involved catastrophic injuries caused by the failure to conduct an emergency cesarean delivery to a newborn child which resulted in cerebral palsy.
Grosshuesch v. Cramer, 367 S.C. 1, 623 S.E.2d 833 (2005)
Richard Rosen and Andrew Gowdown represented an elderly couple and subsequently their guardian and personal representative in claims against a former caretaker who had manipulated the couple to obtain millions of dollars’ worth of real estate and personal property. The case resulted in a settlement in which several million dollars of real estate and some cash was returned to the firm’s clients. During the course of litigation, Rosen Hagood’s attorneys were able to obtain an injunction from the S.C. Supreme Court protecting and preserving their client’s assets. Opinion No. 26086
$4.25 Million Jury Award for Clients in Malicious Prosecution Case
Richard Rosen and Andrew Gowdown represented a brother and sister from Hilton Head Island who were wrongfully arrested after relocating seven wild animals a neighbor was allegedly keeping as pets. Richard and Andrew successfully argued during five days of court testimony that the arrest, and subsequent harassment campaign launched by the neighbor, caused their clients severe emotional pain and suffering. The result was a $4.25MM jury award for their clients.
Use of Cutting Edge Technology Lead to $3 Million Settlement for Client with Latent Brain Injury
Richard Rosen, Andrew Gowdown and Beth Palmer (along with Stephen Smith of the Brain Injury Law Center) represented a woman who suffered a closed-head injury, facial cuts, broken teeth and other injuries in a 2004 collision at a Florence intersection. This case may have been the first South Carolina brain-injury dispute involving diffusion tensor imaging, or DTI, a powerful type of magnetic resonance imaging that detects the disruption of water flow through the brain. To read the full SC Lawyers Weekly article, click here.
MORRIS ROSEN ACCEPTED JAMES L. PETIGRU AWARD
Morris Rosen received the James L. Petigru Award by the Charleston County Bar Association at their annual holiday event. The award recognizes individuals who bring honor to the legal profession and is the highest recognition bestowed by the Charleston County Bar Association.
The firm moved to 151 Meeting Street Charleston, SC.
SOUTH CAROLINA BAR ELECTED ALICE PAYLOR PRESIDENT
In May 2013, Alice Paylor became the fourth female president of the South Carolina Bar and the third member of the firm to hold the position.
Richard and Robert Rosen established the Morris D. Rosen Endowed Scholarship
Morris Rosen, who passed away in 2012, will continue shaping the lives of future lawyers. The scholarship provides the essential funds, making it possible for University of South Carolina law students to realize their dreams of becoming lawyers. “My father came from humble beginnings, but through his law degree, he was able to accomplish so much to better our city and our state,” said Richard Rosen. “Creating this scholarship in his memory is our opportunity to ‘pay it forward,’ and make it possible for others to follow in his footsteps.”
TWO PROMINENT SOUTH CAROLINA BUSINESSES FOUND LIABLE FOR MILLIONS IN DAMAGES
Chip Bruorton and Alice Paylor represented a group of former and current employees of South Carolina based ArborGen, Inc. in a breach of fiduciary duty case where their clients were awarded damages of $53,508,288. This verdict was included as one of the Top Verdicts in South Carolina in 2015 and one of the Top 50 Verdicts in the U.S. in 2015
Alice Paylor and Richard Rosen Represented The Beach Company in a Major Planning and Zoning Appeal against the City of Charleston
Alice Paylor and Richard Rosen successfully challenged the City of Charleston Board of Architectural Review’s attempt to “rezone” the Sergeant Jasper site in Charleston and to prevent its redevelopment.
ALEX CASH ELECTED TO SERVE AS PRESIDENT
Alex Cash served as President for the South Carolina Association of Justice
Unveiling of Portrait of Morris Rosen
Painting of Morris Rosen was unveiled at the Charleston County Bar Association Annual Meeting. Honorable Joseph Mendelsohn and Honorable Irvin Condon spoke about Morris’s significant contributions to Charleston and the legal community.
Celebrating 75 Years
The firm celebrates 75 years of South Carolina legal experience and leadership. The firm also relocates to 40 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC.