Bernie W. Ellis

Bernie W. Ellis

Burr & Forman LLP

Recognized since 2013

Greenville, South Carolina

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Insurance Law

Litigation - Municipal

Litigation - Real Estate

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Bernie Ellis has more than 27 years of experience litigating in state and federal courts in South Carolina representing clients in a wide range of breach of contract and business tort cases. He has also been involved in the successful defense of class action and proposed class action cases.

He has considerable experience in employment litigation, particularly in the area of covenants not to compete, and extensive experience defending insurance agencies and agents against errors and omission claims.

He has also successfully represented copyright holders in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina in enforcing their copyrights and has served as co-counsel in successfully representing the rights of trademark holders.

Bernie is experienced in both mediation and arbitration and is a certified mediator.

Contact & Links


  • Poinsett Plaza, Suite 700
    104 South Main Street
    P.O. Box 447
    Greenville, SC 29601


  • University of Virginia , J.D., graduated 1990
  • University of the Southwest, B.A., graduated 1982

Bar Admissions

  • New York, Member
  • South Carolina, Member


  • Litigation Counsel of America - Fellow, (2010-present)
  • Litigation Counsel of America - Member, Order of Veritas

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – South Carolina

Burr & Forman LLP
Birmingham, Alabama

180 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

34 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Municipal
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation - Real Estate

Special Focus

  • COVID-19


  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2020)
  • Listed, South Carolina Super Lawyers, General Litigation (2015-2018)
  • Awarded, Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Named, Legal Elite of the Upstate, Greenville Business Magazine (2014-2015, 2017-2018)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

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