Eric S. Bland, Esquire


Eric graduated from University of Tampa as an Honor’s graduate summa cum laude and was ranked number two in his graduating class in 1985. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1988 where he was a regular Dean’s List member each semester and graduated as an Order of the Coif member for those that graduated in the top ten (10%) percent of the graduating class. Eric was selected for inclusion in the South Carolina Super Lawyers in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 list for excellence and recognition as a Super Lawyer in Professional Liability. He was one of two in the entire State of South Carolina with this honor. Additionally, Eric successfully completed national testing in Legal Malpractice and received board certification as a diplomat in the field of Legal Malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and recorded a score in the top 2% of all attorneys who have ever taken the test in 2013.

 

Eric is licensed to practice law in South Carolina, Florida and Pennsylvania and is a member of the South Carolina, Florida and Pennsylvania bar associations. Eric and his law partner Ronnie Richter have achieved verdicts and/or settlements in excess of $105,000,000.00 on behalf of their clients since 1998.

 

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in August of 1991, Eric decided to return to South Carolina for good after practicing law with the two of the largest law firms in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Quickly upon his return, Eric began establishing his practice of representing small to mid-size corporations throughout South Carolina and North Carolina. Since opening his practice, Eric has gained the reputation of being a tenacious litigator who provides cost efficient and effective representation to his clients. From approximately 1991 through its sale in 2004, Eric was primary counsel for Ducane Gas Grills, Inc., which manufactured and distributed high-end gas barbecue grills and HVAC and furnace units through its furnace division. From the early 1990s through the present, Eric has represented many physician groups in selling their practices or taking on new physicians, some of the country's largest residential homebuilding and land development companies in South Carolina, North Carolina and throughout the United States in land development matters, acquisitions (Stock and Asset Sales) and litigation and arbitration disputes with land developers and customers as well as the top video entertainment and gaming companies in South Carolina.

 

Eric is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum which has as its members some of the top trial lawyers in America and only admits attorneys who have obtained verdicts for their clients which exceed $2,000,000.00. Eric was selected by his peers as one of the top ten most outstanding Business Law attorneys in the Midlands of the state of South Carolina in October 2011, 2012 and 2013; published in the October 2011, 2012 and 2013 Greater Columbia Business Monthly Second Annual Legal Elite of the Midlands. Eric is also a member of the South Carolina Bar’s Professional Responsibility Committee that makes recommendations to the Supreme Court about existing and proposed rules contained within the South Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct which govern the practice of law.

 

Eric is a member of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In his career, Eric along with his partner Ronnie Richter have tried, arbitrated and argued appeals in excess of 150 cases in state, federal and courts of appeal for the State of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and with the American Arbitration Association. In 2005, Eric was appointed as a member of the South Carolina Bar's Resolution of Fee Disputes Board and continues to serve. As a board member, Eric investigates, analyzes and forwards to the Circuit Chair his findings and rulings on fee disputes filed by clients against their attorneys.

 

In addition to his partner Ronnie being his best friend, Eric has been trying cases with him since 1997. In fact on the day Eric's son was born, Eric and Ronnie had just completed closing arguments in a medical malpractice trial which returned a verdict for their clients that, at the time, was one of the largest verdicts in that particular county in South Carolina.

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Eric has been married to his wife Renee since 1988 and has two children Sydney and Davis. Eric's hobbies include golf, snow skiing, triathlons and daily weightlifting and cardiovascular exercise.