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B. Rush Smith III

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
rush.smith@nelsonmullins.com

Rush Smith concentrates on complex civil litigation, primarily consumer class actions. He serves as leader of the Firm's consumer financial services litigation practice group.

 

Rush Smith concentrates on complex civil litigation, primarily consumer class actions. He serves as leader of the Firm's consumer financial services litigation practice group.

 

Rush Smith concentrates on complex civil litigation, primarily consumer class actions. He serves as leader of the Firm's consumer financial services litigation practice group.

 

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • The defense of consumer class actions in state and federal courts in a number of industries
  • The representation of financial institutions in litigation, including mortgage lenders and servicers
  • The defense of businesses accused of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law

Representative Cases

  • Defended online loan lead generator in multiple coordinated actions involving application of S.C. Mortgage Lending Act
  • Represented a provider of online legal forms and services, defending unauthorized practice of law claims in the original jurisdiction of state supreme court
  • Coordinated the Firm's defense of numerous class actions arising under the South Carolina "attorney preference" statute
  • Served as lead counsel for hospitals in a bilateral class action arising under a tax refund "debt set-off" statute
  • Represented a state utility in a class actions arising from allegations about rates and disposition of property
  • Represented lenders accused of violating the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) in connection with the payment of broker compensation
  • Represented retailers accused of collecting sales taxes from consumers in violation of state law in a bilateral class action
  • Represented lenders accused of violating the UCC's "notice of sale" provision
  • Represented lenders accused of violation The State's rules governing the unauthorized practice of law
  • Represented mortgage insurance company accused of "adverse action" and lender accused of sending unlawful prescreened solicitations under the FCRA
  • Represented regulated entity sued by the State for alleged violation of mortgage brokerage laws

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, cum laude (1989)
    • Order of Wig and Robe
    • Order of the Coif
    • Articles Editor, South Carolina Law Review (1988-89)
  • Clemson University, BS, Engineering Analysis (1980)

Admissions

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

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • The Best Lawyers in America® -- Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions (2003-2019)
  • Business Law Section, Consumer Financial Services Committee, American Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • John Belton O'Neall Inn of Court
  • Richland County Bar Association
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