J. Ashley Twombley practices in the areas of complex commercial and serious personal injury litigation, regularly handling cases for clients involving wrongful death, breach of contract, estate and probate contests, and products liability. Mr. Twombley’s clients include plaintiffs and defendants, as well as individuals and corporations.
Mr. Twombley earned his B.A., cum laude, from Clemson University in 2000. He earned his J.D., cum laude, in 2003 from the University of South Carolina School of Law. During law school, Mr. Twombley served as the Managing Editor of the South Carolina Law Review, was a member of the Wig and Robe, Order of the Coif, and the SCTLA Trial Team. Mr. Twombley also received the CALI Award in Contracts.
After law school, Mr. Twombley clerked for the Honorable Margaret B. Seymour in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. While clerking, he assisted in managing one-third of Judge Seymour’s docket, including the judicial resolution of a nation wide class action and various other complex commercial litigation matters.
Following his clerkship, Mr. Twombley joined the Atlanta office of King & Spalding. King & Spalding is an international law firm with over 800 attorneys and offices throughout the world. While at King & Spalding, Mr. Twombley represented Fortune 500 companies in high exposure product liability, toxic tort, and personal injury cases across the country. King & Spalding's tort litigation group is widely knoen as one of the top litigation groups in the nation.
After his time with King & Spalding, Mr. Twombley moved to Beaufort, South Carolina to open Twenge + Twombley, LLC. In his first three years of private practice, Mr. Twombley has represented a variety of litigants across the southeast and has tried cases in state and federal courts as well as represented clients in the Fourth and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Twombley has also represented clients in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association, JAMS and FINRA. Some recent examples of Mr. Twombley experience includes:
· Serving as lead Plaintiff’s Counsel in a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 wrongful death action against twenty-seven defendants which was successfully resolved after four years of litigation. After Plaintiff survived summary judgment on its deliberate indifference and medical negligence claims, the case was settled by the defendants at mediation. The defendants in this case requested that the terms of the settlement agreement remain confidential.
· Obtaining summary judgment in federal court on behalf of a Defendant in an anti-trust suit alleging that the Defendant violated the Clayton Act, Sherman Act and South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act.
· Securing summary judgment on behalf of a Plaintiff in a shareholder stock transfer suit.
· Securing the dismissal of an appeal filed before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the dismissal of a writ of certiorari filed before the South Carolina Supreme Court in a breach of fiduciary case.
· Serving as Plaintiff’s counsel in several wrongful death suits against corporate defendants.
· Serving as appellant counsel for clients before the Fourth and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
· Representing a national bank related to breaches of commercial banking contracts.
Mr. Twombley also has an active pro bono practice, regularly representing clients with civil rights claims related to mistreatment in prison. Mr. Twombley has also received special appointments by South Carolina Federal District Court judges requesting that he represent prisoners proceeding pro se in § 1983 cases.
Areas of Practice:
Complex Commercial Litigation
Serious Personal Injury
Estate and Probate Litigation
South Carolina and Georgia Supreme Courts
United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
United States District Court for the Northern District Of Georgia
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina, 2003
J.D., cum laude
Managing Editor: South Carolina Law Review
Captain: SCTLA Trial Team
Member: Wig and Robe, Order of the Coif
CALI Award in Contracts
Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 2000
B.A., cum laude
Awards and Recognitions
Chariman of the Board of Directors: Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities
United Way Emerging Leaders Steering Committee
President of Distant Island Homeowners Association
Licensed since 2003
Hourly ($225-300/hour), Contingent (30-45%), Free Consultation (60 minutes)
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2003||07/07/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Super Lawyers||Thompson Ruters||2015|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Member||Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2013|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Member||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2013|
|Outstanding Lowcountry Young Professional Award Nominee||Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce||2011|
|Equity Ally||Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities||2009|
|King & Spalding Pro Bono Service Award Recipient||King & Spalding||2006|
|King & Spalding Pro Bono Service Award Recipient||King & Spalding||2005|
|King & Spalding Pro Bono Service Award Recipient||King & Spalding||2004|
|CALI Award - Contracts I||CALI||2000|
|Associate||King & Spalding||2004 - 2006|
|Judicial Law Clerk||United States District Court, District of S.C. The Honorable Margaret B. Seymour||2003 - 2004|
|Summer Associate||Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough||2002 - 2002|
|Summer Associate||Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough||2001 - 2001|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|United Way of the Lowcountry||Immediate Past Chairman||2014 - 2015|
|Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities||Immediate Past Chairman, Baoard of Directors||2011 - Present|
|United Way||Emerging Leaders Stearing Committee||2009 - 2010|
|Resolution of Fee Disputes Board of the South Carolina Bar||Member||2009 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2006 - Present|
|South Carolina Association for Justice||Member||2005 - Present|
|University of South Carolina School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|Clemson University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2000|
|Law School for Non-Lawyers||Torts||2008|