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Bruton Named Columbia Lawyer of the Year

Bruton Named Columbia Lawyer of the Year John C. Bruton, Jr. named Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America®

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 30 years experience in handling civil litigation matters including numerous jury and non-jury trials, hearings and appeals.  He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® - Insurance Law; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Real Estate; 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 (Public Regulations of Insurance Law Committee)
South Caroline Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
The Defense Research Institute, Inc.
Judicial Conference for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Permanent member)



Phone 803.540.7861

Fax 803.765.1243

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