Rusty is a Founding Member of MGC.  He has been representing business interests in workers’ compensation and related employment matters exclusively for 31 years. He is hands-on for his clients and prides himself in understanding their products, services, and industry. He is an active member in key national professional organizations devoted to workers’ compensation issues. In addition, Rusty has served the bar and community as President of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association, Treasurer of Kids Chance of SC and Chair of the SC Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Section. He regularly lectures before various organizations on issues related to workers’ compensation and employment law and frequently appears before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission and in state courts representing employers, self-insureds and insurance carriers.

When he’s not representing his clients, Rusty can be found spending time with his family, including his wife and three daughters. He and his family enjoy college football together, spending time at the beach and traveling. Rusty enjoys fishing and flying. He has been a licensed pilot since age 17 and frequently volunteers to support medical air transport missions for Mercy Flight.

Practice Areas

  • Employment
  • Workers' Compensation

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law (JD)
  • The Citadel (BSBA)

Professional Memberships

  • South Carolina Bar Association (Past Chair and Board Member of Workers' Compensation Section; Member of Workers' Compensation and Labor and Employment Law Sections)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association
  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association (Past President and Board Member)
  • Defense Research Institute (Committees on Workers’ Compensation Law and Employment Law)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Bar Admissions

  • 1986 South Carolina
  • 1987 US District Court, District of South Carolina
  • 1987 US Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

Awards

  • The Best Lawyers In America© (2005-2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Columbia, SC Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers “Lawyer of the Year” (2014)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers (2009-2018)
  • Leadership in Law Award Recipient, given by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly (2012)
  • Lifetime Service Award Recipient, given by the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association (2012)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ - AV®
  • Columbia Business Monthly’s “Midlands Legal Elite” - Workers' Compensation Law Top Attorney Vote (2016)

Community Involvement

  • Kids' Chance of South Carolina (Past Treasurer, Past Board Member)
  • Richland County Airport Commission (Former Commissioner)
  • Mercy Flight