James Elliott

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Office: 235 Magrath Darby Boulevard, Suite 100

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Mailing: P.O. Box 21203

Charleston, SC  29413

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Marcy Mayden



Practice Areas

  • General Litigation 
  • Construction Law 
  • Construction Defect 
  • Asbestos and Toxic Torts 
  • Professional Liability 
  • Products Liability 
  • Transportation Law 
  • General Civil Litigation


  • University of South Carolina (B.S., 1989) 
  • University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 1997)

Bar Admissions

  • 1997, South Carolina 
  • 1997, U.S. District Court District of South Carolina 
  • 1997, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

James H. Elliott, Jr. joined Richardson Plowden in 2012 as a shareholder in the Charleston office. He focuses his practice in general litigation, professional liability, construction law, products liability, and insurance defense. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Elliott was a licensed insurance adjuster, handling property and casualty claims. While attending law school, he clerked at the South Carolina Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation.

Mr. Elliott has extensive experience in civil trial practice as well as experience in appellate practice. He has tried over 50 cases to verdict and has handled numerous appellate matters. His additional experience includes:

  • Recovery of $675,000 for Plaintiffs in Construction Defect cases in 2012-2013. 
  • Lead counsel in successful defense of international tire manufacturer in automobile rollover case. 
  • Summary Judgment dismissal of automobile air bag component manufacturer in catastrophic injury litigation. 
  • Obtained dismissal of client in antitrust class action in federal court in which total damages exceeded $40,000,000. 
  • Successfully defended Homeowners Association gaining dismissal of class action and derivative action for breach of fiduciary duty in which damages allegedly exceeded $10,000,000. 
  • Obtained defense verdicts in jury trials for asbestos manufacturer.


Scholarly Lectures and Speaking Engagements

  • 2008, Complex Case Handling Strategies, The Hartford Insurance Co., Property & Casualty Adjusters, St. Mary, Fl. 
  • 2007, South Carolina Construction Defect Coverage Under CGL Policy, CNA Insurance Co, Brea, Calif. 
  • South Carolina Construction Defect Insurance Coverage after L-J, Inc. v. Bituminous Insurance Co., Inc. – South Carolina Defense Lawyers Joint Meeting, Asheville, NC



  • Co-author, "High Hurdles: Proving Duty in Claims Against State Licensing Boards," South Carolina Lawyer Magazine, November/December Issue, 1996.


Major Verdicts/Settlements 

  • Seay v. John Crane, Inc. – Defense Verdict
  • O’Neal v. Stanley Access Technologies – Summary Judgment
  • D.R. Horton v. Frisbie Framing Co. – Defense Award
  • Lenz v. John Crane, Inc. – Defense Verdict
  • Murray v. John Crane, Inc. – Dismissal 
  • Davenport, individually, and as class action representative v. Dataw Homeowners Association, et al. – Summary Judgment 
  • Kelly, individually and as class action representative v. Dataw Homeowners Association, et al – Summary Judgment 
  • Henderson v. Pnuemo Abex, Summary Judgment and Appeal –established current asbestos product exposure standard for South Carolina

Other Professional

  • Member, South Carolina Bar 
  • Member, Charleston County Bar Association 
  • Member, CLM; Construction Law Committee 
  • Member, Defense Research Institute 
  • Member, American Bar Association, Construction Law Section; Tort and Insurance Practice Section 
  • Member, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association

Awards, Honors, Accolades

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  • Rated AV Preeminent® for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell American