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Charles R. Norris

Partner

Liberty Center
151 Meeting Street
Suite 600
Charleston, SC 29401
charles.norris@nelsonmullins.com

Charles R. Norris is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP who practices in Charleston in the area of litigation with a focus on defending extra contractual claims against insurers.

Charles R. Norris is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP who practices in Charleston in the area of litigation with a focus on defending extra contractual claims against insurers.

Charles R. Norris is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP who practices in Charleston in the area of litigation with a focus on defending extra contractual claims against insurers.

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 

  • Areas of practice include:
    • Toxic tort litigation
    • Qui tam
    • Product liability
    • Class action lawsuits
    • First party insurance claims
    • Insurance regulatory practices
    • Appellate practice
  • Author of articles on the defense of insurance agents and real estate agents
  • Has had published opinions from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the South Carolina Supreme Court, and the South Carolina Court of Appeals

Representative Matters

  • American Bankers Life Assur. Co. of Florida v. Frederick, 431S.E.2d 636 (1993) (Insurance Agent did not breach insurance agency contract.)
  • Axson v. A. Mort. Co., Inc., 449 S.E.2d 491 (1994) (Whether insurer's offer to issue a homeowner's policy constituted a renewal of the policy.)
  • Carolina Production Maintenance, Inc. v. U.S. Fidelity and Guar. Co., 425 S.E.2d 39 (1992) (Whether insurance agent was negligent in obtaining a liability policy containing a care, custody, or control exclusion.)
  • Childers v. State Farm Life Ins. Co., Slip Copy (2014) (Interpleader to deposit into Court life insurance proceeds.)
  • Cleveland Ridge Homeowner's Ass'n, Inc. v. State Farm..., Not Reported in S.E.2d (2006) (Trial Court properly granted summary judgment to State Farm on denial of coverage and on bad faith.)
  • Collins v. Auto-Owners Ins. Co., 759 F.Supp.2d 728 (2010) (Holding of Trial Court granting summary judgment to Auto Owners concerning its handling of Plaintiff s uninsured motorist claim.)
  • Collins v. Auto-Owners Ins. Co., 438 Fed.Appx. 247 (2011) (Fourth Circuit Comi of Appeals affirms Trial Cami's grant of summary judgment to Auto Owners concerning handling of uninsured motorist claim.)
  • Cox v. Woodmen of World Ins. Co., 556 S.E.2d 397 (2001) (South Carolina Arbitration Act does not apply to fraternal benefit associations.)
  • Dorman v. Campbell, 500 S.E.2d 786 (1998)(Real Estate Agent entitled to summary judgment based upon statute of limitations.)
  • Employers Reinsurance Corp. v. Marsh, 972 F.2d 339 (1992) (Fourth Circuit reversal of Trial Court and entry of judgment for insurer on issue of insurance coverage.)
  • Green v. United States Auto. Ass'n Auto and Property Ins. Co., 756 S.E.2d 897 (2014) (Supreme Court affirms Trial Court's grant of summary judgment to USAA based upon family member exclusion.)
  • Griffith v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d (2012) (Trial Court's grant of summary judgment to State Farm concerning date by which insurer has to pay property damage claim.)
  • Griffith v. State Farm Fir and Cas. Co., 509 Fed.Appx. 248 (2013) (Fourth Circuit affirms Trial Court's grant of summary judgment to State Farm.)
  • Gunnells v. Healthplan Services, Inc., 348 F.3d 417 (2003) (Fourth Circuit decision concerning class certification.)
  • Heaitley v. Brittingham, Dial & Jeffcoat, 465 S.E.2d 763 (1995) (Affirmance of order concerning ERISA preemption.)
  • Jones v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 612 S.E.2d 719 (2005) (Affirmance of grant of summary judgment to State Farm where Plaintiff's claim was based upon representation of coverage by insurance agent.)
  • King v. Shorter, 354 S.E.2d 402 (1987) (Affirmance of decision of Trial Court that Plaintiff waived right to jury trial.)
  • Liberty Life Ins. Co. v. Employers Reinsurance Corp., 73 F.3d 358 (1995) (Affirmance of District Court order granting summary judgment to Liberty Life concerning exclusion in professional liability policy.)
  • Liberty Mut. Ins. Co. v. Year Round Pool, Inc., 104 F.3d 359 (1996) (Fourth Circuit affirmance of jury verdict for Liberty Mutual to collect unpaid workers compensation premium.)
  • McCall v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 597 S.E.2d 181 (2004) (Affirmance of Trial Court's grant of summary judgment to State Farm concerning insurance coverage.)
  • MGC Management of Charleston, Inc. v. Kinghorn Ins. Agency, 520 S.E.2d 820 (1999) (Affirmance of grant of summary judgment to insurer for commercial general liability policy.
  • Mullen v. State Farm Cas. And Fire Co., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d (2010) (Affirmance of summary judgment granted to State Farm concerning its duty to advise policy holder.)
  • Owners Ins. Co. v. Clayton, 614 S.E.2d 611 (2005) (Affirmance of summary judgment in favor of insured concerning employment related practices exclusion.)
  • Plemmons v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., Not Reported in S.E.2d (2014) (Affirmance of grant of summary judgment to State Farm concerning coverage under auto policy.)
  • Pollock v. Goodwin, Not Reported in F.Supp.2d (2008) (Order on motion to remand concerning fraudulent jointer.)
  • Snyder v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 586 F.Supp.2d 453 (2008) (Order granting summary judgment to State Farm concerning its handling of underinsurance motorist claim.)
  • State Farm Fire and Cas. Co. v. Paden-Adams, Not Reported in S.E.2d (2013) (Affirmance of Trial Court's grant of summary judgment to State Farm that insured was not entitled to under insurance motorist coverage.)
  • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Ghent, Not Reported in F.Supp.2d (2006) (Grant of partial summary judgment to State Farm in holding that underinsurance motorist carrier entitled to credit for any amount of liability coverage not exhausted in settlement with insured.)
  • Stewart v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co., Slip Copy (2013) (Grant of summary judgment to State Farm on Plaintiff s claim of bad faith for handling of Plaintiff s underinsurance motorist claim.)
  • Stringer v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 687 S.E.2d 58 (2009) (En banc decision of South Carolina Court of Appeals reversing Trial Court's decision against State Farm and entering judgment in favor of State Farm.)
  • Taylor v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d (2013) (Grant of summary judgment to State Farm on Plaintiff's claims for breach of contract and bad faith.)
  • Vanderhall v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., Slip Copy (2015) (Grant of summary judgment to State Farm on Plaintiff's allegation of bad faith.)
  • Vanderhall v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., --- Fed.Appx. --- (2015) (Fourth Circuit affirmance of grant of summary judgment to State Farm.)
  • Vessell v. DPS Associates of Charleston, Inc., 148 F.3d 407 (1998) (Affirmance of directed verdict to real estate agent.)
  • Wilkins v. State Farm Mut. Ins. Co., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d (2008) (Grant of summary judgment to State Farm concerning Plaintiff's claim for uninsured motorist benefits.)
  • Willis v. U.S. Auto. Ass'n, Not Reported in F.Supp.2d (2013) (Grant of stay to USAA in Federal Court case until State Court case concluded.)

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (1980)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (1976)

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Practice Areas

Industries

  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • South Carolina Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association
  • Chair, Professional Liability Committee, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar (1999 – 2001)
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