Elbert S. Dorn - Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Elbert S. Dorn

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Elbert Dorn focuses his practice on defending corporate clients in high exposure cases.  Drawing on vast experience gained from over twenty-five (25) years of defending automotive, pharmaceutical, tobacco and other Fortune 100 companies, Elbert understands how to personalize large corporations and their legal positions before local judges and juries.  Combining his rural South Carolina heritage with sophisticated insight into complex legal and scientific principles, Elbert excels at telling the client’s story in a compelling and convincing manner in the courtroom.

With a thorough understanding of legal issues in product liability, life sciences, and related fields, Elbert knows how to navigate around procedural pitfalls and focus on the substance that helps prevail.  His tireless pursuit of legal arguments at the trial level has culminated in appellate opinions which have transformed product liability law in South Carolina – including the required proof of an alternative feasible design, the exclusive application of the risk-utility test in design defect cases, the enhanced element of reliability for expert opinions, the exclusion of post-manufacture evidence, and the enforcement of the substantial similarity standard for other incident evidence.  He has also worked extensively with the advancement and application of pre-emption defenses.

Additional Information

Court Admissions — U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • University of South Carolina School of LawJ.D. 1986
    South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association

    Office Location

    1101 Johnson Avenue, Suite 300
    Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
    United States


    Practice Areas

    Commercial Litigation
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants