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E rtyson@sowellgray.com

P (803) 231-7838
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.

He 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. He has litigated redistricting cases and numerous election disputes, with clients including incumbents, challengers, county election commissions, and other interested stakeholders and 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 representing clients in rate proceedings and other regulatory matters before the South Carolina Public Service Commission.

Rob is a member of the South Carolina House of Delegates and has been active on various bar committees for years.

  • 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 Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 1987
  • University of Tennessee, B.A., 1983
  • American Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
    • House of Delegates (2008-present)
    • Former Chair, Government Law Section (2008-2010)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • South Carolina Administrative and Regulatory Law Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
    • Board of Directors (2013-present)
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina Certified Mediator
  • 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.
  • Richland County School District One
    • Former Commissioner (2006-2012)
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce