Rhett D. Burney

Rhett joined Turner and Burney in 1995 and became partner in 1999. He has handled many types of cases in his legal career, ranging from successfully defending clients in murder cases to handling complex divorce issues to advising hospitals in their legal needs. He has also won various arguments before the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Rhett has been involved in several noteworthy cases, including Lyons v. Johnson and Foster v. Foster. Lyons v. Johnson recorded one of the highest judgments in Laurens County history, and the court upheld South Carolina law on indemnification.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Appointed by the Supreme Court to assist the Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel Appointed by the Supreme Court to assist the Lawyer Fee Dispute Board

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Chairman for Board of Directors Laurens Main Street Association
Board of Director, Laurens Academy
Board of Director, Laurens Family YMCA
Board of Director and past Chairman, Laurens County Hospice
Past President, Simpsonville Golden Strip Sunrise Rotary
Club President, Laurens County Bar 1999-2008
Elder, Presbyterian Church of Laurens
Member, Simpsonville First Baptist Church
Member, Simpsonville Golden Strip Sunrise Rotary Club
Founding member, The Love Monkeys (formerly Smokey and the Love Monkeys)

HONORS/AWARDS/PUBLICATIONS

Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary
Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell.
The 2013 Domestic Attorney’s Handbook to the South Carolina Employee Health Insurance Program, by Rhett Burney

EDUCATION

University of South Carolina, J.D., 1995 Presbyterian College, B.A., honors, 1992

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • American Trial Lawyers
  • South Carolina Association for Justice

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Litigation, Personal Injury, Divorce, Social Security Disability, Worker’s Compensation, Adoptions, Automobile Accidents, Truck Litigation, Dog Bite cases.

SIGNIFICANT CASES

Foster v. Foster, 711 S.E.2d 878, 393 S.C. 95 (S.C. 2011). Rhett successfully argued this case before the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of South Carolina. The court ruled for Rhett’s client and gave him his home back and required his children to refund some of the money that they took from his bank accounts. This case established new law in South Carolina on the issue of voiding a deed for lack of a grantee.

Laurens Emergency Medical Specialists, PA v. M.S. Bailey & Sons Bankers, 584 S.E.2d 375, 355 S.C. 104 (S.C. 2003). Rhett argued this matter before the Supreme Court of South Carolina. The court ruled for our client, Laurens County Health Care System, and upheld the law on indemnification. Previously, the Court of Appeals ruled against Rhett. The Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals.

Simpson v. World Finance Corp. of South Carolina, 644 S.E.2d 723, 373 S.C. 178 (S.C. 2007) & Aiken v. World Finance Corp. of South Carolina, 644 S.E.2d 705, 373 S.C. 144 (S.C. 2007). Rhett successfully argued this matter before the trial court. Matthew then successfully argued before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of South Carolina as to why the trial court was correct in its previous decision. All three courts agreed with Rhett and Matthew and decided that it would not interpret an arbitration agreement to apply to outrageous torts that are unforeseeable to a reasonable consumer in the context of normal business dealings.

BAR/COURT ADMISSIONS

South Carolina, 1995
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1996