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Bruton Listed in Best Lawyers

John Bruton is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Insurance Law; Litigation – Construction; Litigation - Real Estate; and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

John C. Bruton, Jr.


1201 Main Street, 22nd Floor
Columbia, SC 29201-3226

A member of the Firm’s insurance and construction practice groups, John Bruton has more than 35 years experience in handling civil litigation matters including numerous jury and non-jury trials, hearings and appeals.  He is included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 in the fields of Insurance Law; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Real Estate; and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.  He has served as lead counsel for a wide variety of clients in federal and state court and in almost every venue in South Carolina.  He has handled appeals at the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the South Carolina Supreme Court, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Located in Columbia, his practice focuses on the defense of products liability, premises liability, professional negligence, insurance, and construction cases. 

A South Carolina native, Bruton is also deeply involved with insurance regulation and insurance insolvency issues and is counsel to the South Carolina Life and Accident and Health Insurance Guaranty Association.


  • Defense of death and catastrophic injury claims.
  • Defense of claims involving professional negligence of lawyers and other professionals.
  • Complex construction claim on behalf of major developer against several large contractors.
  • Suit on behalf of insurance company in liquidation to collect monies owed by the parent holding company under a consolidated tax return agreement.

South Carolina Bar
American Bar Association
South Caroline Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
The Defense Research Institute, Inc.
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Judicial Conference for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Permanent member)