Bruce Wallace practices in the business and consumer litigation group. Representing banks, insurers, and corporate clients in litigation gives Bruce a healthy perspective about today's complex business world. He employs that perspective to help his clients' solve their problems.
Bruce represents a variety of banking and financial institutions in real estate litigation, commercial litigation, and mortgage foreclosures. He also represents insurers and corporate clients in bad faith and coverage issues, professional liability, business litigation (including disputes involving partnerships, limited liability companies, and closely held companies), and probate litigation matters (including trusts and estates).
Bruce actively participates in the Defense Research Institute, where he currently serves and has served in several capacities. He is the current Annual Meeting chair, as well as the vice chair of the Lawyer Malpractice SLG of the Professional Liability Committee. In the past, Bruce served as chair of the D&O and E&O SLG of the Commercial Litigation Committee.
Bruce also serves as a delegate to the South Carolina Bar's House of Delegates and sits on the Bar's Nominating Committee.
Bruce recently settled a personal injury case arising out of a general aviation aircraft accident. Bruce's client, an FAA-licensed aircraft repair facility, was sued by the widow of a man killed on the beach where a pilot made an emergency landing. After 3 years of contentious litigation, Bruce settled the claim for less than defense costs.Reported Decisions:
RIM Associates v. Blackwell, 359 S.C. 170, 597 S.E.2d 152 S.C.App.2004. John Blackwell appeals the trial court's order directing him to make contributions to a debt paid to him by a partnership of which he was a partner. We reverse. Read more from the SC Court of Appeals.
Regions Bank v. Owens. Op. No. 5113 (SC.Ct.App. filed April 10, 2013)(Shearouse Adv.Sh. No. 16 at 48). In this appeal from a mortgage foreclosure action, William Owens argues the master-in-equity erred in denying his motion to set aside entry of default. Owens contends the master erred in finding he failed to demonstrate good cause for failing to answer Regions Bank's (the Bank) summons and complaint as required by Rule 55(c), SCRCP. Read more from the SC Court of Appeals.
Outside Nexsen Pruet
Bruce is actively engaged in his church, serving on the vestry and working in its men's ministry. He volunteers at soup kitchens. When his boys were younger, Bruce participated in the leadership of his sons' local Cub Scouts pack.
Speaking & Writing
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November 15, 2013Overview
Bruce has served as both an editor and an author for two DRI compendia of state law. First, Bruce served as a regional Editor for the Unfair Trade Practices Compendium and the of published by DRI in 2005. Then Bruce authored the South Carolina chapter on the Collateral Source Rule and the Compendium for Professional Liability Insurance, published by DRI in 2012. Most recently, Bruce authored an article in the South Carolina Lawyer magazine summarizing the procedure for setting aside entry of default in state court.
Author, With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies? Getting out of Default is Never Easy,South Carolina Lawyermagazine, November 2013