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James Atkinson "Chip" Bruorton, IV

James Atkinson “Chip” Bruorton, IV began at Rosen Hagood as a law clerk while earning his J.D. at the University of Tennessee. He returned to the firm after graduation and has since built a practice focused on the areas of construction litigation, employment litigation, commercial business litigation, condemnation, and surety law.

During his time with the firm, Chip has represented private and public owners, architects, contractors, construction managers, subcontractors and bonding companies, as well as both plaintiffs and defendants in construction litigation matters, employment litigation matters, and commercial business litigation matters. He has six times been named to the South Carolina Rising Stars list.*

More specifically, Chip's construction litigation experience includes mechanics liens, contract disputes, payment and performance bond claims, construction defect claims and surety indemnification claims. Chip is involved on behalf of several municipalities in acquiring easements and right of ways and has also acquired experience in personal injury, premise liability, and defamation matters.

He is admitted to practice in both Federal and State Court for the State of South Carolina and is a member of the Charleston County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar and the American Bar Association. He is actively involved in the American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry and the Carolinas Associated General Contractors (CAGC). 

Chip was born in Greenville and remained in the Upstate for college, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management from Clemson University. Outside of his law practice, he volunteers his time as a youth sports coach of Mount Pleasant, group leader for mission trips, Sunday school teacher, and serves on his church's International Missions Team Committee.

Areas of Practice

Admitted to Practice

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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • South Carolina Bar
    • Construction Law Section 
    • Fee Dispute Resolution Committee
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Charleston Contractors Association
  • Carolinas Associated General Contractors (CAGC)
    • Supplier Council
  • International Society of Primerus Law Firms

Awards & Achievements 

  • AV Preeminent® rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected to the South Carolina Rising Stars list, 2012 - 2017
    (Construction Litigation)*
  • Graduate, Leadership South Carolina, 2012
  • Graduate, Leadership Charleston, 2007

Community Involvement & Charitable Support

  • Youth Sports Coach, Town of Mt. Pleasant
  • Member of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church 


  • Clemson University (B.S., Financial Management, 2000) 
  • University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D., 2003)

Recent News

4/26/2017 Rosen Hagood is pleased to announce that five of the firm...


3/10/2017 Chip Bruorton of Rosen Hagood recently obtained a favorab...


11/4/2016 Rosen Hagood is pleased to announce that the firm was ran...


4/22/2016 Rosen Hagood is pleased to announce that five of the firm...


12/17/2015 A group of former and current employees of South Carolina...


4/27/2015 Four attorneys from Rosen Hagood have been named by South...