Barrett R. Brewer is a Member of Clawson & Staubes, LLC. His practice areas focus on corporate counsel matters, business and contract disputes, business, intellectual property and trade secret disputes, defamation (libel and slander), employment, corporate dissolution, banking and lender liability, professional liability litigation, real estate and property disputes, zoning and regulatory issues, product liability claims, commercial liability claims, transportation and logistics disputes, personal injury, and negligence claims. Clients include individuals, medical professionals, local and regional businesses, real property owners, real estate brokers, construction professionals, 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 two daughters and their two dogs. He has been a five year volunteer mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and has sat 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 through 2016, he has been listed as a South Carolina Super Lawyer/Rising Star in business litigation. Barrett holds an AV Rating from Martin-Hubble, the highest peer review rating available to attorneys.
Between 2014-2015, Barrett obtained several business litigation and personal injury settlements for his clients exceeding $1.75 million.
On August 28, 2013, the Supreme Court South Carolina 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://www.judicial.state.sc.us/opinions/HTMLFiles/SC/27304.pdf
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.
In May of 2011, Barrett obtained a $5 million dollar Charleston County judgment for fraud and negligent misrepresentation, on behalf of a regional corporate client.
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.