Bess DuRant

Bess DuRant


Sowell & DuRant, LLC

Recognized since 2020

Columbia, South Carolina

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

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Bess DuRant is a litigator engaged in complex business disputes on both the trial and appellate level. Her practice includes corporate governance issues, shareholder disputes, derivative actions, along with other business torts and contractual disputes. Additionally, Bess focuses on Constitutional issues, Freedom of Information Act matters, and election disputes. Bess has been recognized by the South Carolina Bar for her pro bono work and contributions to the citizens of South Carolina.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Federal Bar Association
  • South Carolina Federal Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Supreme Court Certified Mediator
  • Trial and Appellate Advocacy Section Council Member for the SC Bar

COMMUNITY + RECOGNITION

  • Best Lawyers in America- Commercial Litigation (2020-2023)
  • America's Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators® (2020-2022)
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® (2021-2022)
  • Listed in Premier Appellate Lawyers (2022)
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer”- Business Litigation (2022)
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer”- Rising Stars (2019, 2020)
  • Columbia Business Monthly Legal Elite of the Midlands - Business Litigation (2020, 2021)
  • University of South Carolina School of Law Adjust Professor, Spring 2021, Spring 2022
  • Washington & Lee University, Palmetto Chapter Alumni Association- Executive Committee, Past President
  • Wilson Hall Distinguished Alumna, 2012

Location

  • 1325 Park Street, Suite 100
    Columbia, SC 29201

Education

  • The University of South Carolina, J.D., cum laude, graduated 2009
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A., cum laude, in politics with special attainment in commerce, graduated 2002

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 2009

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Federal Bar Association - Member
  • Richland County Bar Association - Member
  • South Carolina Bar - Member
  • Trial and Appellate Advocacy Section of the SC Bar - Council Member

Court Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation

Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation (2020-2023)
  • America's Top 100 Bet-The-Company Litigators (2020-2022)
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® (2021-2022)
  • Listed in Premier Appellate Lawyers (2022)
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer”- 2022 South Carolina Super Lawyers for Business Litigation
  • South Carolina "Super Lawyer" Rising Stars (2019, 2020)
  • Columbia Business Monthly Legal Elite of the Midlands- Business Litigation (2020, 2021)
  • Washington & Lee University, Palmetto Chapter Alumni AssociationExecutive Committee, Past President
  • Wilson Hall Distinguished Alumna, 2012

University of South Carolina School of Law Adjust Professor

- Spring 2021, Spring 2022 and Spring 2023

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