Joseph Thoensen

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Office: 1900 Barnwell Street 

Columbia, SC 29201

Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 7788 

Columbia, SC 29202

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Vickie Storey 


Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation 
  • Insurance Defense 
  • Products Liability
  • Toxic Tort Defense - Asbestos
  • Premises Liability Defense
  • Retail and Hospitality Defense


  • University of Georgia (B.A., Journalism, 2000) 
  • University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 2004)

Bar Admissions

  • 2004, South Carolina 
  • 2004, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina

Joseph E. Thoensen joined Richardson Plowden in 2007 in the Columbia office. He focuses his practice in civil litigation, insurance defense, and products liability.

Mr. Thoensen's experience includes:

  • Advising insurance clients in products liability, premises liability and other personal injury matters 
  • Routinely appearing in state and federal courts throughout South Carolina on behalf of corporations and insurance companies 
  • Successfully negotiating and mediating a wide variety of personal injury claims 
  • Defending hundreds of asbestos exposure claims throughout South Carolina on behalf of multiple product manufacturers


Scholarly Lectures and Speaking Engagements

  • 2013, Continuing Legal Education course on Asbestos Litigation


Pro Bono/Community Involvement

  • Mentor, The Supreme Court of South Carolina Lawyer Mentoring Program
  • Judge for South Carolina Bar Middle School and High School Mock Trial Program



  • During law school, Mr. Thoensen was the Projects Editor for the Real Property, Probate & Trust Journal.

Other Professional

  • South Carolina Bar 
  • Richland County Bar 
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association 
  • Defense Research Institute

Awards, Honors, Accolades

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  • 2018-2013 Rising Star, South Carolina Super Lawyers for General Litigation 
  • HOPE Scholarship recipient, University of Georgia