March 1st, 2011

COLUMBIA, S.C. – John J. Hearn, a shareholder of Rogers Townsend and Thomas, has been chosen president-elect of the Richland County Bar Association. He will become president of the organization in December.

Hearn has served on the association’s executive board for four years. He’s chaired various committees over the past decade, ever since Rogers Townsend & Thomas founding shareholderEugene Rogers convinced him to lead the Health and Fitness Committee in 2001.

Hearn plans to look to another of the firm’s founding shareholders, Robert Thomas, for inspiration when he becomes president of the association. Thomas is a past president of the association. “I can’t think of anyone’s shoes I’d be more honored to fill, no matter how inadequately, than those of Bob Thomas,” Hearn said.

Though he has almost a year before becoming president, Hearn already is getting geared up. He’ll participate in American Bar Association leadership training to prepare him for the role, and he also plans to consider ways the local association can improve its continuity and multi-year planning.

He says he’d also like to revive programs such as the Big Doggs Breakfast, where small groups of lawyers get together with influential legal leaders for off-the-record sessions.

Hearn is part of RTT’s Litigation Department, where he focuses on title insurance claims, lender litigation, complex mortgage defense, foreclosure litigation, tax sale litigation and commercial/business litigation.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina, cum laude, where he attended the South Carolina Honors College, and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

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