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Giles M. Schanen, Jr.

Partner

Poinsett Plaza
104 South Main Street
Suite 900
Greenville, SC 29601
giles.schanen@nelsonmullins.com

Giles Schanen is a litigation partner in the Firm’s Greenville, South Carolina, office. He focuses his practice primarily in the areas of complex business litigation, product liability defense, and discovery counseling.

Giles Schanen is a litigation partner in the Firm’s Greenville, South Carolina, office. He focuses his practice primarily in the areas of complex business litigation, product liability defense, and discovery counseling.

Giles Schanen is a litigation partner in the Firm’s Greenville, South Carolina, office. He focuses his practice primarily in the areas of complex business litigation, product liability defense, and discovery counseling.

Experience

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Experience

  • Represents clients in state and federal court in litigation involving product liability disputes, contract disputes, construction disputes, insurance coverage disputes, business torts, trade secrets, securities law, shareholder law, employment law, and consumer law
  • Has coordinated discovery and technical issues on a national basis for a leading product manufacturer in the automotive industry
  • Advises clients on the legality under state and federal law of various sweepstakes and other business promotions
  • Has taught and published in the areas of electronic discovery, litigation awareness, gaming law, trade secret law, and construction law

Representative Cases

  • State and federal lawsuits alleging negligence in the design and manufacture of consumer and commercial products resulting in serious injury or death
  • Claims that insufficient warnings by product manufacturers and distributors contributed to serious injury or death
  • Lawsuits alleging that insufficient internal safety procedures resulted in the death of an independent contractor
  • Jury trial on claims by the former employer of the founder of a start-up company that the start-up's valuable fiber technology was invented on the former employer's time and therefore belonged to the former employer
  • Jury trial on claims that a company's activities concerning the design and development of a commercial product violated the South Carolina Trade Secrets Act and constituted conversion
  • Requests for injunctive relief based on alleged violations of the South Carolina Trade Secrets Act
  • Arbitrations of claims alleging violations of federal and state securities law
  • Claims that faulty installation of synthetic stucco in the construction of a large commercial property caused severe moisture intrusion issues
  • Claims that the alleged mismanagement of a company by directors and officers resulted in losses of more than $10,000,000.00
  • Claim that an insurance company wrongfully denied coverage of large claim stemming from the assault of a customer outside of a grocery store
  • Claim that a company's termination of a distributorship agreement violated federal RICO statue

Previous Professional Experience

  • Intern, The Honorable John C. Few, former Circuit Judge for South Carolina's Thirteenth Judicial Circuit and current Chief Judge, South Carolina Court of Appeals

Educational Activities

  • Furman University
    • Varsity baseball team

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law, JD, cum laude (2002)
    • Journal of Intellectual Property
  • Furman University, BA, History (1999)
    • Phi Alpha Theta

Admissions

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

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association
  • Greenville Bar
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders
  • Vice President, Executive Committee, Covenant United Methodist Church
  • Former Chair, Staff Parish Relations Committee and Former Chair, Finance Committee, Covenant United Methodist Church
  • Former member, Membership, Golf, and Board of Governors Nomination Committees, Thornblade Club
  • Member, Board of Directors, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association
  • Former Chair, Commercial and Business Litigation Substantive Law Committee, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association
  • Former Chair, Nelson Mullins Greenville Office Recruiting Committee
  • Member, United States Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel (2011 and 2014)
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