Rita B. Barker - Wyche, P.A.

Rita B. Barker

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 864-242-8235

Rita works primarily in the area of commercial litigation, with an emphasis on environmental and insurance coverage issues. Rita’s varied environmental experience includes advising clients on matters arising under federal and state environmental laws, including the Endangered Species Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the SC Pollution Control Act.  She assists clients in investigating and responding to matters before administrative agencies and has taught Administrative Law for Clemson University's Masters of Public Administration program. Rita advises clients on assessing environmental risks and incentives associated with corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and real estate deals. Rita is also involved in the firm's architectural copyright infringement litigation team. She is currently teaching a course on Environmental Law & Conservation Advocacy at Furman University.

Clemson UniversityBA 2001Harvard Law SchoolJ.D. 2004
City of GreenvilleLeadership Greenville Greenville ForwardFriends of the Reedy RiverCity of GreenvilleSouth Carolina Bar AssociationUpstate Forever American Bar Association Clemson University Harvard Law School

Case History

Rita's recent experience includes
  • Advising real estate developers to enroll property in the SC brownfields program
  • Representation of a major metropolitan city in complex water allocation litigation
  • Appellate litigation regarding statutory interpretation of significant coastal development legislation
  • Assisting various national corporations to secure insurance coverage for defense and indemnification costs
  • Advising a buyer of potential environmental liabilities associated with the purchase of an international manufacturing company
  • Assisting businesses to pursue green incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects
  • Representing property owners in litigation to recover diminution of property value caused by contamination
  • Representing businesses in DHEC and EPA enforcement actions
  • Assisting manufacturers to comply with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
  • Representing real estate developers in litigation to enforce restrictive covenants

Office Location

44 East Camperdown Way
P.O. Box 728
Greenville, SC 29602-0728
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Environmental Law

Other Information

Gender: Female