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E rtyson@sowellgray.com

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F (803) 231-7888
Rob is a member of the firm and practices in the areas of business litigation, administrative and regulatory law, and election law. Rob has represented clients before the South Carolina Supreme Court and other levels of state and federal courts, and has appeared before many local and state government entities.

Rob has litigated complex constitutional issues, election law issues, and numerous business disputes. Rob has substantial experience representing clients on ethics matters before the South Carolina Ethics Commission and the House and Senate Ethics Committees.

Rob has litigated redistricting cases and numerous election disputes, with clients including incumbents, challengers, county election commissions, and other interested stakeholders. Rob also has appeared before numerous local government councils, boards, and commissions on issues ranging from procurement to annexation matters.

Rob also has extensive experience in matters involving utility companies. Rob has represented clients in rate proceedings and other regulatory matters before the South Carolina Public Service Commission.

Rob currently serves on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association. He is a member of the South Carolina House of Delegates and has been active on various bar committees for years. Also, Rob was twice elected to the School Board for the Richland One School District.

Rob is also a member of the Mississippi Bar and is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Mississippi. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Rob is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the University of Mississippi School of Law.
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Mississippi Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court of Mississippi
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • University of Tennessee, B.A., 1983
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 1987
  • American Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • South Carolina Administrative and Regulatory Law Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina Certified Mediator
  • Board of Directors, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association (2013-present)
  • Member, House of Delegates of the South Carolina Bar (2008-2016)
  • Chair, Government Law Section of the South Carolina Bar (2008-2010)
  • Backus v. South Carolina, 133 S. Ct. 156 (2012).  In this direct appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court affirmed the decision of the three-j0udge court rejecting the constitutional and Voting Rights Act challenges to the South Carolina House of Representatives’ redistricting plan.
  • S.C. Public Interest Found. v. S.C. Transp. Infrastructure Bank, 744 S.E.2d 521 (S.C. 2013).  Decided by the Supreme Court of South Carolina in its original jurisdiction, and after reviewing the public interest exception to the requirement of a particularized injury for standing, the Court ruled that the statute governing the composition of the board of directors of the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank does not violate the state constitution’s dual office holding prohibitions or the separation of powers doctrine and therefore is constitutional.
  • Commissioner, Richland County School District One (2006-2012)