John C. Bruton , Jr. - Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

John C. Bruton , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

A member of the Firm’s insurance and construction practice groups, John Bruton has more than 35 years experience in handling civil litigation matters including numerous jury and non-jury trials, hearings and appeals. He has served as lead counsel for a wide variety of clients in federal and state court and in almost every venue in South Carolina.  He has handled appeals at the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the South Carolina Supreme Court, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Located in Columbia, his practice focuses on the defense of products liability, premises liability, professional negligence, insurance, and construction cases. 

A South Carolina native, Bruton is also deeply involved with insurance regulation and insurance insolvency issues and is counsel to the South Carolina Life and Accident and Health Insurance Guaranty Association.


  • Defense of death and catastrophic injury claims.
  • Defense of claims involving professional negligence of lawyers and other professionals.
  • Complex construction claim on behalf of major developer against several large contractors.
  • Suit on behalf of insurance company in liquidation to collect monies owed by the parent holding company under a consolidated tax return agreement.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, South Carolina, 1979
  • University of South CarolinaBA 1975Washington and Lee UniversityJ.D. 1979
    American Bar Association South Caroline Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association

    Office Location

    1201 Main Street, 22nd Floor
    P.O. Box 11889
    Columbia, SC 29211-1889
    United States

    Lawyer of the Year Awards

    2014 Lawyer of the Year in Insurance Law of the Columbia-SC Metro Area
    John C. Bruton, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

    Practice Areas

    Insurance Law (Construction, Personal Injury)
    Litigation - Construction
    Litigation - Real Estate
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants