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  • Badge Humphries
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Badge Humphries represents individuals and institutional investors in securities fraud and shareholder litigation, plaintiffs in products liability and other personal injury cases, landowners in eminent domain and land-use cases, and parties engaged in business disputes.

In representing investors in public companies, he has served as lead counsel in cases alleging securities fraud or breach of fiduciary duty against defendants in the financial, pharmaceutical/medical device, healthcare, mining, and consumer retail sectors. Mr. Humphries also regularly handles other types of complex litigation on behalf of individual plaintiffs, particularly cases involving alleged defective products and professional malpractice. He also represents landowners in eminent domain and other property rights matters, including cases involving the October 2015 floods in Columbia, South Carolina.

Mr. Humphries has been an invited guest speaker at numerous conferences across the country and consulted on a variety of legal matters by various news outlets and publications. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) and has received an SCAJ President’s Award for his service to the organization. A native of Columbia and graduate of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, he currently serves as the managing partner of the Charleston office of Lewis Babcock. He is licensed to practice in Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Texas and can be reached directly at 843-883-7444.

Education

Tulane University, 1996

  • B.A. summa cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa

The University of Texas School of Law, 2001

  • J.D. with honors
  • Texas Law Review

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Texas, 2001
  • South Carolina, 2004
  • Kentucky, 2009
  • West Virginia, 2011 (inactive)
  • Georgia, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (General Bar), 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 2014
  • James L. Petigru American Inn of Court
  • South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ)
    • Ninth Judicial Circuit Representative to the Board of Governors, 2018 to present
    • Consumer and Securities Law Section Chair, 2011-2017
    • Board of Governors 2014 President’s Award Recipient
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar, Torts and Insurance Practices Section
  • Public Justice

Professional Experience

  • Attorney, Motley Rice LLC, 2002-2005, 2007-2014
  • Director of Land Protection, South Atlantic Region, Ducks Unlimited, 2005-2007
  • Law Clerk, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Honorable Thad Heartfield, 2001-2002

Recent Articles and Presentations

  • Ponzi Victims’ Third-Party Claims: Law and Practice, The Justice Bulletin, Summer 2014
  • 8/14 – SCAJ Annual Convention – Halliburton and Chadbourne: All You Need To Know (Hilton Head, SC Aug. 7, 2014)
  • 1/13 – Opal Financial Group, Public Funds Summit – Panelist, Legal Issues Facing Public Pensions (Scottsdale, AZ Jan. 9, 2013)
  • 8/13 – SCAJ Annual Convention – Moderator, Arbitrate This: A Compelling Panel Discussion (with Senior U.S. District Judge Norton, S.C. Circuit Judge Newman, Bill Narwold, Brian Boger, and Stephen Suggs) (Hilton Head, SC Aug. 1, 2013)
  • 3/12 – Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (TEXPERS) Annual Conference – Panelist, The Importance of Litigation in Protecting Plan Assets (Corpus Christi, TX Mar. 27, 2012)
  • 8/12 – Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association, Annual Conference 2012 – Asbestos and Securities Litigation Developments (San Diego, CA Aug. 23, 2011)
  • 8/12 – SCAJ Annual Convention – Moderator, Fee Awards: Ethics and Practice (with Senior U.S. District Judge Duffy, Chief Judge Few of the S.C. Court of Appeals, Cam Lewis, Jim Griffin, and William Applegate) (Hilton Head, SC Aug. 2, 2012)
  • 6/11 – National Summit on the Future of Fiduciary Responsibility – Panelist, Fiduciary Responsibilities: The New Role of Institutional Investors as Private Regulators and Agents of Change (New York, NY – June 9, 2011)
  • 2/11 – Opal Financial Group’s Investment Education Symposium in Conjunction with the Louisiana Trustee Education Council (LATEC) – Legal Issues in Equity Investing (New Orleans, LA Feb. 28, 2011)

Selected Representative Cases

  • California State Teachers’ Retirement System v. Blankenship, No. 10-C-715 (W. Va. Cir. Ct.); and Manville Personal Injury Trust v. Blankenship, No. 07-C- 1333 (W. Va. Cir. Ct.) (regarding Massey Energy Co.).
  • Hill v. State Street Corp., C/A No. 1:09-cv-12146-NG, 2011 WL 3420439 (D. Mass. Aug. 3, 2011) (order denying MTD); (case settled for $60 million in July 2014).
  • City of Sterling Heights General Employees’ Retirement System v. Hospira, No. 11-C-8332, 2013 WL 566805 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 13, 2013) (order re MTD) (case settled for $60 million in March 2014)
  • Brown v. Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., C/A No. 2:07-cv-03852-DCN, 2009 WL 4809426 (D.S.C. Dec. 9, 2009) amended, C/A No. 2:07-CV-03852DCN, 2010 WL 424031 (D.S.C. Feb. 1, 2010) (class cert order) (Non-ETC Subclass settled Sept. 17, 2010, order entered Nov. 9, 2010; ETC Subclass settled June 1, 2011, order entered July 27, 2011)
  • Hays v. Pearlman, C/A No. 2:10-cv-01135-DCN (D.S.C.), 2010 WL 4510956 (D.S.C. Nov. 2, 2010) (order denying MTD); (case settled June 1, 2011; order entered Oct. 24, 2011)
  • Beard v. Dixon Hughes, PLLC, No. 2010-CP-08-0776 (Berkeley Cty. Ct. Com. Pl., 9th Judicial Cir. Aug. 2, 2011)
  • Stevenson v. Kavanaugh (regarding Force Protection, Inc. shareholder derivative action), No. 2008-CP-10-1735, (Charleston Cty. Business Ct. Feb. 10, 2009), order available at https://www.judicial.state.sc.us/courtOrders/displayOrder.cfm?orderNo=2009-02-10-01
  • Mercier v. Whittle (regarding The South Financial Group, Inc. shareholder derivative action), No. 2008-CP-23-8395 (S.C. Ct. Com. Pl., Greenville Cty. Business Ct.)
  • In re Lear Corp. Shareholder Litigation, No. 2728-N, 926 A.2d 94 (Del. Ch. 2007)

* Please remember that every case is different. Any result achieved for one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

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