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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 provides counsel on ethics matters including representation before the South Carolina Ethics Commission and the Legislature’s Ethics Committees. He has litigated numerous election disputes, with clients including incumbents, challengers, county election commissions and other interested stakeholders. He often appears before local government councils, boards and commissions on issues ranging from procurement to annexation matters. After the 2010 Census was released, Rob represented government entities in redistricting challenges. As co-counsel for the South Carolina House of Representatives, he defended the House redistricting plans at the trial court level and through the appeal to the United States Supreme Court.

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 also a SC Certified Mediator. As part of his service to the community, Rob regularly volunteers for the Midlands Mediation Center, a group which provides mediators for small claim matters in magistrate court.

  • 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
    • Member, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section (2009-2015)
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
    • House of Delegates (2008-present)
    • Chair, Government Law Section (2008-2010)
    • Former Member, Professional Responsibility Committee
    • Former Member, Practice & Procedure Committee
    • Former Member, Administrative & Regulatory Committee
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
    • Board of Directors (2013-present)
    • Chair, Legislative Committee
    • Speaker/Breakout Leader, Trial Academy
    • Presenter, Annual Meeting
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina Certified Mediator
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Member, Litigation Committee
  • South Carolina Administrative and Regulatory Law Association
  • 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.
  • Jackie Harris v. Lancaster Cty. Election Comm’n, 2017 WL 4873298 (S.C. 2017). This election appeal involved allegations of absentee ballot fraud and a due process challenge to the state’s procedures for protesting municipal elections. The Supreme Court of South Carolina affirmed the circuit court’s order upholding the election results, as well as the procedures under which the election was contested, and found the challenger failed to preserve various issues on appeal.
  • Richland County School District One
    • Former Commissioner (2006-2012)
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
    • Member, Education & Workforce Committee
  • Shandon United Methodist Church
    • Youth Sunday School teacher
    • Confirmation Mentor
    • Former Committee Chair, Council on Ministries
  • Recognized as Outstanding Volunteer, Leukemia Society, Light the Night Walk (2014, 2015)