Barrett R. Brewer is a Member of Clawson & Staubes, LLC, practicing in its business and insurance litigation sections. The drive of Barrett’s practice is to provide his clients with aggressive and practical legal representation in all disputes, while working to control costs and to create realistic opportunities for dispute resolution. Barrett has been associated by other attorneys and firms, both local and out-of-state, to help them try their client’s case to a jury.
Barrett’s litigation practice areas focus on business and contract disputes, business property and trade secret disputes, defamation (libel and slander), corporate dissolution, banking and lender liability, professional liability litigation, real estate and property disputes, product liability claims, commercial liability claims, personal injury, and negligence claims. Clients include individuals, medical professionals, local and regional businesses, real property owners, real estate brokers, insurance agents, banks, and insurance companies.
Admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2002, Barrett has litigated cases throughout the Lowcountry, and has represented clients in court in the Midlands and Upstate. He has tried well over 50 cases at all levels of state and federal court, as well as practicing in the appellate courts. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar, the Charleston County Bar, and the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association, where he has served as Chairman of the Business Litigation Section. He has presented business and insurance litigation seminars to both the legal and business community.
Born in North Carolina, Barrett attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and law school at Wake Forest University. Barrett has practiced law with Clawson & Staubes, LLC, since 2002, and currently resides in Charleston with his wife, Jessica, their daughter and their two dogs. He has been a five year volunteer mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of Fields to Families. Barrett is a 2010 member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Charleston class. In 2011, he was a finalist for the SC Lawyers Weekly Emerging Legal Leaders Award. In 2012, he was listed as a South Carolina Super Lawyer/Rising Star in business litigation.
On July 21, 2011, Barrett obtained a $4.5 million jury verdict for a banking client involving the foreclosure of a residential development in the Town of Folly Beach, South Carolina. Barrett was able to dismiss the opposing parties counterclaims and obtained a verdict for his client after four days of trial in Charleston County Court of Common Pleas.
On June 21, 2010, Barrett obtained an $850,000 defamation verdict for his client and defeated all of his opponents’ defamation and conspiracy counterclaims in an eleven day trial in Charleston County, South Carolina. This high-profile case, Glasson v. Miller, was covered daily in the local media.
On September 9, 2009, the South Carolina Court of Appeals found for Barrett’s client, the Defendant Bayshore Concrete, holding that the Plaintiffs were barred from pursuing a personal injury/fatality claim against Bayshore. The Court of Appeals upheld the Georgetown County trial court’s decision that the Plaintiffs, leased employees from a job placement agency, were statutory employees of Bayshore and that Bayshore was immune from civil suit under the Workers Compensation Act after they received workers compensation benefits from the placement agency. The case was dismissed by the trial court on a pre-trial Motion to Dismiss. Poch v. Bayshore Concrete, 386 S.C. 13, 686 S.E.2d 689 (S.C. App. 2009). http://m.sccourts.org/opinions/displayOpinion.cfm?caseNo=4617