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Biff is an experienced litigator in both trial and appellate venues and has argued approximately twenty cases in the United States Court of Appeals. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He was most recently presented the C.C. “Cotton” Harness III Peace Award by the South Carolina Bar in recognition for his leadership in developing alternative dispute resolution in South Carolina. An honoree for the South Carolina Leadership in Law Awards, Biff has been consistently recognized by Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Chambers USA. He is a Supreme Court of South Carolina Certified Mediator and in the last twenty-two years has mediated approximately 600 cases. He was the 2014-2015 Chairman of the Dispute Resolution Section of the South Carolina Bar.
  • South Carolina Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • Clemson University, B.A., 1973
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1976
    • President of the Student Bar Association
    • South Carolina Law Review
  • American Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • Former member, South Carolina Bar House of Delegates
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • Former Chair, South Carolina Bar Dispute Resolution Section
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina Certified Mediator
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Former Chair, South Carolina Bar Dispute Resolution Section
  • C.C. “Cotton” Harness III Peace Award, South Carolina Bar (2017)
  • Leadership in Law, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly (2016)
  • Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, 2001-2017), Commercial Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, 2009-2017), Bet-the-Company Litigation, Bet-the-Company Lawyer of the Year (2013)
  • Chambers U.S.A. America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2003-2016)
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer” General Litigation (2008-2016), Top 25 List (2011)
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer” Business Litigation and Top 25 List (2010)
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star (2009-2014, 2016)
  • Benchmark Appellate, Local Star (2012)
  • Selected as a Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by Litigation Special Report (2012)
  • State v. Evans, 2015 WL 7075490 (S.C. Ct. App. 2015).  This was an appeal from a life sentence imposed for convictions of armed robbery, attempted murder, kidnapping, and grand larceny.
  • S.C. Dep’t of Soc. Servs. v. Joy J., 2013 WL 8507813 (S.C. Ct. App. 2013).  Handled by the firm pro bono, this was an appeal from an order terminating parental rights.
  • Boiling v. United States, 220 F.3d 1365 (Fed. Cir. 2000).  This case involved the question of whether erosion along the Intracoastal Waterway in Horry County, in areas where the government altered the land to create a continuously navigable channel, resulted in an unconstitutional taking.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the district court applied the incorrect legal standard for determining when the claims accrued.
  • Garris v. Governing Bd. of S.C. Reinsurance Facility, 511 S.E.2d 48 (S.C. 1999).  The Supreme Court of South Carolina held that the Reinsurance Facility was an administrative agency and therefore required to comply with procedural due process protections and the constitutional prohibition against prosecution and adjudication of the same person.
  • 20 Years Strong Service Project:  Free Legal Advice for Hollywood, SC Residents
  • Former Commissioner, Midlands Technical College
  • Former Member, Midlands Technical College Foundation
  • Former Member, Board of Directors of Communities in Schools-Columbia

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