John C. Bruton, Jr.

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Meet John

With more than 35 years of experience handling civil litigation matters, John Bruton's work at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd includes numerous jury and non-jury trials, hearings and appeals. 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.

His practice focuses on the defense of products liability, premises liability, professional negligence, insurance and construction cases. John is also deeply involved with insurance regulation and insurance insolvency issues, serving 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
  • Washington and Lee University, J.D., 1979
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., 1975
  • South Carolina, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, South Carolina, 1979
Honors and Awards
  •  Best Lawyers® 2018 Litigation - Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year” Columbia
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Insurance Law (2010-2018), Litigation – Construction (2013-2018), Litigation – Real Estate (2013-2018) and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2013-2018)
Professional and Civic Activities
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America, Fellow
  • South Carolina Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • South Caroline Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Judicial Conference for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Permanent Member

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