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.

More specifically, Chip’s construction litigation experience includes mechanics liens, 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.

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.*

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

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). He currently serves on the South Carolina Bar Fee Dispute Resolution Committee and the Supplier Council of the CAGC.

  • Represented a group of former and current employees of South Carolina based ArborGen, Inc. in a breach of fiduciary duty case where clients were awarded damages of $53,508,288. This verdict was included as one of the Top Verdicts in South Carolina in 2015 and one of the Top 50 Verdicts in the U.S. in 2015.
  • Represented architect in mechanic’s lien case where he did not receive payment for work performed during the design and construction phase of a plantation home. The ruling acknowledged that construction administrative services performed by an architect are considered labor and are lienable under the mechanic’s lien statute.
  • Represented a commercial framing contractor that was named as a defendant in a construction defect lawsuit arising out of the construction of a Myrtle Beach condominium project. The framer should have been covered under its subcontractors’ insurance policies but when one failed to defend the framer—its additional insured—the framer sued for bad faith. The ruling recognized that additional insured under an insurance policy has standing to bring a bad faith claim against the carrier if it is not meeting its obligations under the policy, even though they are not a named insured.
  • 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
  • AV Preeminent® rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected to the South Carolina Rising Stars list, 2012 – 2018
    (Construction Litigation)*
  • Graduate, Leadership South Carolina, 2012
  • Graduate, Leadership Charleston, 2007
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • 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)