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James T. Irvin III

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
jim.irvin@nelsonmullins.com

Jim Irvin practices complex business litigation, product liability, and class action defense. Many of these matters involved complex electronic discovery challenges, which Jim leverages to advise clients on electronic discovery strategies. He has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts and litigated cases across the country, including Illinois, Ohio, California, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee.

Jim Irvin practices complex business litigation, product liability, and class action defense. Many of these matters involved complex electronic discovery challenges, which Jim leverages to advise clients on electronic discovery strategies. He has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts and litigated cases across the country, including Illinois, Ohio, California, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee.

Jim Irvin practices complex business litigation, product liability, and class action defense. Many of these matters involved complex electronic discovery challenges, which Jim leverages to advise clients on electronic discovery strategies. He has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts and litigated cases across the country, including Illinois, Ohio, California, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee.

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.

Complex Business Litigation

  • Represented consumer product manufacturer in case against component supplier to recover costs of recall and brand damage caused by failure of component part
  • Defended component supplier from claims brought by another supplier whose components had failed, causing damage to suppliers' customer
  • Defense of a lending institution in claims arising from allegedly unauthorized transactions through an internet-based product
  • Represented steel manufacturer for lost production arising from the failure of an industrial transformer
  • Defended a software developer against claims arising from a joint development agreement

Electronic Discovery and Litigation Preparedness

  • Counsels a number of Firm clients on electronic discovery issues
  • Serves on a team of attorneys who advise one of the nation's leading consumer product manufacturers on electronic discovery issues
  • Advised co-counsel on electronic discovery strategy in multiple breach-of-contract cases in insurance industry
  • Defended manufacturers against nationwide, coordinated attempts by the plaintiffs' bar to gain access to sensitive and privileged enterprise databases

Product Liability and Consumer Class Action Defense

  • Defended class actions alleging economic harm arising from allegedly defective products and alleged misrepresentations by manufacturers
  • Obtained defense verdicts in state and federal court and developed experience with complex medical causation, accident reconstruction, and engineering issues
  • Defended product liability claims against manufacturers of automobiles, motorcycles, personal watercraft, all-terrain vehicles, industrial lifts, forestry equipment, recreational products, exercise equipment, ladders and scaffolding, children's products, allegedly adulterated foods, press brakes, and other types of industrial and consumer products

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (1994)
    • Editor in chief, South Carolina Environmental Law Journal
    • Member of the Order of Wig and Robe
    • Received the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law (1991)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, Economics and English (1990)

Admissions

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

Practice Areas

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  • DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, Product Liability & Electronic Discovery Committees
  • Member, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • American Bar Association, Litigation and Business Sections
  • Co-Chair, Advisory Board, City Year Columbia
  • Led the Firm's United Way Campaign for the Columbia Office
  • Led the Professionals Division of the United Way of the Midlands Campaign
  • Board Member, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • Past Chair, Electronic Discovery Substantive Law Group ("SLG") of DRI, Product Liability Committee
  • Past Chair, Trial Techniques & Technology Substantive Law Group ("SLG") of  DRI, Product Liability Committee
  • Past Chair, Product Liability Committee for the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
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