Stephanie Burton

Stephanie has handled civil litigation cases for 27 years. Stephanie has tried more than 50 civil cases in state and federal courts in South Carolina, including complex multi-party high stakes cases. Stephanie has handled cases in counties throughout South Carolina. Given her significant experience as a trial attorney who actually tries cases, she understands and can provide advice about the unique features of South Carolina, potential South Carolina juries, common local practices, and the court system. Stephanie has experience serving as local counsel in cases including construction, commercial, and employment matters.

Stephanie is a frequent speaker on legal topics, particularly issues involving design and construction. Stephanie's recent speaking engagements include:

  • Understanding and Negotiating Contract Terms and a Consultant on a Design/Build Project, presented at the Fall Conference of ACEC, October 30, 2018
  • Minimizing Project Risk, presented to the ACEC-SC/SCDOT Annual Meeting, December 4, 2018
  • Professional Liability Seminar, presented to AIA Grand Strand, June 12, 2018
  • Risk Management Tools So You Can Sleep At Night, presented at Carolinas Engineering Conference and Trade Show, June 8, 2018
  • Risk Management for the Future of Engineering presented to the 2018 ACEC-SC/SCSPE Winter Meeting on February 14, 2018.
  • Risk Management for Geotechnical Engineers, presented to the International Association of Foundation Drilling on November 9, 2017.
  • Selling Expertise: Practical Tips, Risk Management, and Ethics, in-house presentation by Gibbes Burton, LLC on May 5, 2017
  • Managing Risk to Build Success, presented at the SCSPE Fall Symposium in Charleston, South Carolina on November 17, 2016.
  • Managing Risk to Build Success, presented at the SCSPE Fall Symposium in Greenville, South Carolina on November 16, 2016.
  • Risk Management Issues for Design and Construction Projects, in-house presentation by Gibbes Burton, LLC on May 20, 2016.
  • Cutting Edge Design and Construction - #AreYouReady?, presented by Gibbes Burton, LLC and BB&T Insurance Services on May 29, 2015.
  • Speaker at S&ME, Inc.’s Annual Technical Conference regarding professional liability issues on January 31, 2015.
  • Ethical Issues Facing Design Professionals, presented to the American Society of Civil Engineers Greenville, South Carolina Chapter on August 26, 2014.
  • Construction Phase Services and Contract Administration, in-house presentation by Gibbes Burton, LLC on May 2, 2014.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction and Design Law
  • Commercial and Corporate Litigation
  • Employment and Benefits
  • Professional Negligence

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Specialist in Employment and Labor Law, South Carolina Bar (1998-2012)

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1989


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina
    • J.D. - 1989
    • Honors: Order of the Wig and Robe
    • Honors: Robert L. Wagner Labor Law Moot Court Team
    • Law Review: South Carolina Law Review, Member & Executive Editor, 1987 - 1989
  • Sam Houston State University
    • Starting in 2014 pursuing Master's degree in History
  • University of South Carolina
    • B.A. - 1986

Published Works

  • "Lights, Camera, Action: Video-Taping & Closed Circuit Procedures Coyly Confront the 11th Amendment, 40 South Carolina Law Review 693, 1989
  • Labor and Employment Law for South Carolina Lawyers, Contributing Author, South Carolina Bar

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell's Highest AV Rating
  • Listed in Super Lawyers for Construction Litigation
  • Recognized by Greenville Business Magazine in its Legal Elite Edition in Construction Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, Member
  • South Carolina Bar, Member
  • Spartanburg County Bar Association, Member
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association, Executive Committee 2003-2006
  • South Carolina Bar Resolution of Fee Disputes Board, Seventh Circuit Chair
  • National Association of Women
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • Affiliate member of ACEC-SC
  • ACEC Legal Counsel Forum, Member
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America, Fellow

Civic Activities

  • Rotary Club of Spartanburg, member of Board of Directors

If you need local counsel in South Carolina, call us at 864-327-5000.
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