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Joshua A. Bennett

Joshua A. Bennett

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Josh Bennett focuses his practice on complex litigation and insurance defense matters, with an emphasis on construction litigation, products liability, toxic tort/personal injury, commercial explosives, professional negligence, and other related areas.

Josh has a passion for guiding his clients through the litigation process from beginning to end.  He has represented a variety of clients, from multinational corporations to small businesses and individuals, in actions brought in state and federal courts across the United States.  As part of Rogers Townsend’s nationally-ranked construction litigation practice, Josh has represented general contractors, subcontractors, product manufacturers, and other construction professionals in construction defect disputes across South Carolina.

Josh is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he received his J.D. and graduated at the top of his class.

While in law school, Josh served as a Student Works Editor for the South Carolina Law Review, was inducted into the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Wig and Robe, and received CALI awards in Contracts I, Property II, Legal Writing II, Civil Procedure II, and Federal Practice. Prior to joining the firm as an associate, Josh served as a Law Clerk for Rogers Townsend & Thomas.

In addition to his legal practice, Josh devotes a substantial amount of time to serving his community.  He serves on the Board of Directors for The Family Shelter and Town Theatre, is a South Carolina Bar Foundation Ambassador, and is a past graduate of Leadership Columbia and Leadership South Carolina. Josh and his family attend First Baptist Church of Columbia where he serves as a Deacon.

 

Education

  • University of South Carolina, J.D., magna cum laude, 2011
    • South Carolina Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Wig and Robe
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., summa cum laude, 2007

Memberships

  • South Carolina Bar
    • Construction Law Section
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • Lexington County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Construction Law Committee
      • Young Lawyer Liaison Vice-Chair
      • Online Community Chair
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • International Society of Explosives Engineers
  • Leadership Columbia Alumni Association

Awards & Recognition

  • American Bar Association “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers” 2017
  • Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, Top 10 Capital Young Professional Award – 2017
  • Columbia Business Monthly‘s “Best & Brightest Under 35” – August 2016
  • The State Newspaper, “20 Under 40” – 2016
  • Leadership South Carolina, Class of 2017
  • Leadership Columbia, Class of 2013
  • Order of the Wig and Robe
  • Order of the Coif
  • CALI (American Jurisprudence) Award:
    – Contracts I, Fall 2008
    – Property II, Spring 2009
    – Legal Writing II, Spring 2009
    – Civil Procedure II, Fall 2009
    – Federal Practice, Fall 2010

Publications, Speeches & Seminars

  • Indemnification in Construction Defect Litigation and Other Related Issues” – Construction Law, Half Moon Education, January 13, 2017
  • “Q. Is My Arbitration Provision Enforceable? A. Maybe” – DRI’s The Critical Path, September 2016
  • “Blasting Claims 101: An Introduction to the Defense of Claims” – DRI’s For the Defense, September 2016
  • “Indemnification in Construction Defect Litigation and Other Related Issues” – Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z, National Business Institute, May 20, 2016
  • “Blasting Claims 101: An Introduction to the Defense of Claims” – 42nd Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique, International Society of Explosives Engineers, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 31 – February 3, 2016
  • “Appearing as a Witness in a Civil Case” – Legal Issues for Professional Engineers, July 22, 2015
  • “Home Inspection Agreements: Do’s and Don’ts” – American Society of Home Inspectors, South Carolina Chapter, Quarterly Seminar, May 2015
  • Carolinas Construction & Environmental Claims Seminar, March 2015, March 2016
  • “Appearing as a Witness in a Civil Case” – Legal Issues for South Carolina Professional Engineers, April 16, 2013
  • Beware of the Prior Knowledge Provision: A Comment on Bryan Brothers, Inc. v. Continental Casualty Co., 63 S.C. L. Rev. (Summer 2012)
  • Case Summary, Lefkoe v. Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc., 61 S.C. L. Rev. 619 (2010).
  • Case Summary, Ostergren v. Cuccinelli, 62 S.C. L. Rev. 545 (2011).
  • Panel Discussion Member, “Generational Differences and How They Impact the Practice of Law and Representation of Clients,” S.C. Bar Convention, 2012.

Non-published Cases

3 Chisolm Street Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Chisolm Street Partners, LLC, Op. No. 2014-UP-128 (S.C. Ct. App. filed March 26, 2014)

Other Representative Cases:

Represented multiple entities in state and federal courts across the United States in the defense of blasting damage claims.

Represented home inspectors in actions arising out of alleged unreported defects.

Represented a general contractor against a civil engineer’s contribution claim arising out of alleged defects in an apartment complex’s storm water management system.

Represented a multinational corporation in a breach of contract action with claimed damages of over $3.4 million arising out of work performed at Savanna River Site.

Represented a product distributor in a construction defect case involving two apartment complexes with alleged moisture and mold damages.

Represented a manufacturer of solvent products in a toxic tort case in federal court arising out of an individual’s alleged benzene exposure.

Represented a roofing subcontractor against claims arising out of alleged defects in a single family home in the coastal area.

Received a verdict for a client with claims for breach of contract and claim and delivery in an action arising out of the sale of a car carrier trailer.

Represented multiple veterinarians in licensing matters and lawsuits involving claims for professional negligence.

Represented a general contractor in a construction defect case arising out of alleged moisture intrusion damages to a single family home in the coastal area.

Represented a playground surfacing contractor in a breach of contract action involving the sale of binder material.

Represented multiple construction professionals in collection matters.

Community Involvement

 

  • The Family Shelter, Board of Directors
    – Secretary, 2014-2015
    – Executive Committee, 2014-2015
  • Town Theatre, Board of Directors
    – Vice President, 2015-Present
    – Executive Committee, 2015-Present
  • South Carolina Bar Foundation, Board of Directors 2015-2017
  • South Carolina Bar Foundation, Ambassador
  • Leadership South Carolina, Class of 2017
  • Leadership Columbia, Class of 2013
  • First Baptist Church of Columbia, Deacon
  • South Carolina Bar High School Mock Trial Competition, Volunteer Judge
  • South Carolina Bar, Young Lawyers Division
    – Backpack Drive Committee
    – Bar Foundation Committee

 

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