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F (803) 231-7885
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
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1976
    – President, Student Bar Association
    – South Carolina Law Review
  • Clemson University, B.A., 1973
  • American Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
    – Former Chair, Dispute Resolution Section
    – Former Member, House of Delegates
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina Certified Mediator
  • 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.
  • South Carolina Bar C.C. “Cotton” Harness III Peace Award (2017)
  • South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Honoree (2016)
  • Best Lawyers in America
    – Bet-the-Company Litigation (2009-2018), Lawyer of the Year (2013)
    – Commercial Litigation (2001-2018)
  • Chambers U.S.A. America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2006-2017)
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer”
    – General Litigation (2008-2017), Top 25 List (2011)
    – Business Litigation and Top 25 List (2010)
  • Benchmark Litigation Local Litigation Star (2009-2014, 2016)
  • Benchmark Appellate Local Star (2012)
  • Litigation Special Report Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation (2012)
  • 20 Years Strong Service Project:  Free Legal Advice for Hollywood, SC Residents
  • Midlands Technical College
    – Former Commissioner
    – Former Foundation Member
  • Communities in Schools-Columbia
    – Former Member, Board of Directors

TFS 2017  Best Lawyers - Biff SowellBest Lawyers Lawyer of the Year - Biff Sowell 2013Chambers USA - Biff Sowell  Super Lawyers - Biff Sowell