Stephen P. Groves, Sr.: Lawyer with Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Stephen P. Groves, Sr.

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Charleston,  SC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Business Disputes
  • Insurance Bad Faith Defense
  • Transportation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Products Liability
University College of Charleston, B.A., 1979
Law SchoolUniversity of South Carolina, J.D., 1986
Admitted1986, South Carolina; United States Supreme Court; United States Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits

Stephen P. Groves, Sr. practices in the Litigation and Insurance Groups.

Mr. Groves practice includes Commercial Litigation, Appellate Practice and International Law.

Mr. Groves has served on the editorial board of the South Carolina Lawyer and as a contributor to South Carolina Jurisprudence. In addition, Mr. Groves has served as a contributor or contributing editor to a number of publications. Among them, South Carolina Civil Procedure and The Law of Domestic Relations in South Carolina, the ABA TIPS' Property Insurance Law Committee's Annotations to the Standard Fire and Homeowners Insurance Policy and Property Insurance Issues in Catastrophe losses.

Additionally, Mr. Groves serves as an editor of the CGL Reporter, a chapter contributor to Misrepresentation in Life, Health, and Disability Insurance Process: A National Survey, a chapter contributor to Superseding and Staying Judgments: A National Compendium, and an editor of the ABA TIPS' Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee's CGL Handbook.

Mr. Groves came to Nexsen Pruet from Young Clement Rivers & Tisdale, LLP where he was a Partner and one of the firm's litigation attorneys.

Reported Decisions

Deerfield Plantation Phase II-B Property Owners Ass'n, Inc. v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, ___ Fed.Appx. ___ (4th Cir 2012) (2012 WL 6685770, filed 26 December 2012);

Too Tacky Partnership v. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, 386 S.C. 32, 686 S.E.2d 194 (Ct.App. 2009), certiorari granted (1 December 2011), certiorari dismissed as improvidently granted, 400 S.C. 469, 735 S.E.2d 240 (2012);

McKenzie v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co., ___ Fed.Appx. ___ (4th Cir. 2012) (2012 WL 5860932, filed 20 November 2012);

Jessco, Inc. v. Builders Mutual Insurance Company,472 Fed.Appx. 225 (4th Cir. 2012) (2012 WL 1035721, filed 29 March 2012), affirming in part, and reversing in part, 2009 WL 3065210 (D.S.C. filed 22 September 2009);

Crossmann Communities of N.C., Inc. v. Harleysville Mutual Ins. Co., 395 S.C. 40, 717 S.E.2d 589 (2011);

Trask v. Beaufort County, 392 S.C. 560, 709 S.E.2d 536 (Ct.App. 2011), certiorari granted (3 October 2012);

AJG Holdings v. Dunn, 392 S.C. 160, 708 S.E.2d 218 (Ct.App. 2011);

Builders Mutual Ins. Co. v. R Design Const. Co., LLC, ___ F.Supp.2d ___ (D.S.C. 2010) (2010 WL 2079741);

Jessco, Inc. v. Builders Mutual Insurance Company, ___ F.Supp.2d ___ (D.S.C. 2010) (2010 WL 419920, filed 29 January 2010);

Builders Mutual Insurance Company v. Kalman Construction Corporation, ___ F.Supp.2d ___ (D.S.C. 2009) (2009 WL 4807003, filed 8 December 2010);

Too Tacky Partnership v. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, 386 S.C. 32, 686 S.E.2d 194 (Ct.App. 2009);

Jessco, Inc. v. Builders Mutual Insurance Company, ___ F.Supp.2d ___ (D.S.C. 2009) (2009 WL 3065210, filed 22 September 2009);

Auto-Owners Insurance Company v. Newman, 385 S.C. 187, 684 S.E.2d 541 (2009);

AJG Holdings, LLC v. Dunn, 382 S.C. 43, 674 S.E.2d 505 (Ct.App. 2009);

Beachfront Entertainment, Inc. v. Town of Sullivan's Island, 379 S.C. 602, 666 S.E.2d 912 (2008); and

Charleston Trident Home Builders, Inc. v. Town Council of Town of Summerville, 369 S.C. 498, 632 S.E.2d 864 (2006)

Schramm, Inc. v. Shipco Transport, Inc., 364 F.3d 560 (4th Cir. 2004)

Robertson v. First Union Nat. Bank, 357 S.C. 191, 592 S.E.2d 625 (2004)

Colleton Preparatory Academy, Inc. v. Beazer East, Inc., 223 F.R.D. 401 (D.S.C. 2004)

Charleston Dry Cleaners & Laundry, Inc. v. Zurich American Ins. Co., 355 S.C. 614, 586 S.E.2d 586 (2003)

Huggins v. Citibank, N.A., 355 S.C. 329, 585 S.E.2d 275 (2003)

Dawkins v. Fields, 354 S.C. 58, 580 S.E.2d 433 (2003)

Sabb v. South Carolina State University, 350 S.C. 416, 567 S.E.2d 231 (2002)

Ness v. Eckerd Corp., 350 S.C. 399, 566 S.E.2d 193 (Ct.App. 2002)

State v. Henderson, 347 S.C. 455, 556 S.E.2d 691 (Ct.App. 2001)

Jackson v. Doe, 342 S.C. 552, 537 S.E.2d 567 (Ct.App. 2000)

Welch v. Epstein, 342 S.C. 279, 536 S.E.2d 408 (Ct.App. 2000)

I'On, L.L.C. v. Town of Mt. Pleasant, 338 S.C. 406, 526 S.E.2d 716 (2000)

Coward Hund Const. Co., Inc. v. Ball Corp., 336 S.C. 1, 518 S.E.2d 56 (Ct.App. 1999)

Ex parte First Charleston Corp., 329 S.C. 31, 495 S.E.2d 423 (1998)

Peoples Program for Endangered Species v. Sexton, 323 S.C. 526, 476 S.E.2d 477 (1996)

Henggeler v. Hanson, 333 S.C. 598, 510 S.E.2d 722 (Ct.App. 1998)


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Nexsen Pruet Attorneys Named to the 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®
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62 Attorneys Named to the 2012 Edition of Best Lawyers®
Nexsen Pruet is proud to announce that 62 of its attorneys have been named to the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers®.

Fifty-nine Attorneys Selected for Best Lawyers in America®; Five Practice Areas Listed Among Top in the Carolinas
Nexsen Pruet is proud to announce that 59 of its attorneys have been named to the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers®.

Fifty-eight Attorneys Selected for Best Lawyers in America®
Fifty-eight Nexsen Pruet attorneys will be included in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

Nexsen Pruet Elects Nine New Members
Nexsen Pruet announced that J. David Black, Amy Harmon Geddes, Stephen P. Groves, Sr., Gregory T. Higgins, Joseph M. Kahn, Christopher A. Ogiba, Brian T. Price, J. Frederick Reames, III, and Jeffrey S. Tibbals have been elected Members (partners) of the firm.

Nexsen Pruet Relocates Charleston Office To Victoria Center
Nexsen Pruet, LLC has relocated its Charleston office to Victoria Center, a 72,000-square-foot Class-A building located in the heart of downtown.

Experienced Attorneys Join Nexsen Pruet
Nexsen Pruet has expanded its Litigation Team for the second time this year, as attorneys H. Michael Bowers and Stephen P. Groves, Sr., have joined the firm's Charleston, S.C., office.


District Court Opines That The Words Used In An Insurance Policy Actually Mean What They Say
Many practitioners, both near and far, assert that a good number of our courts' opinions, whether at the state or the federal level, are simply "result oriented" decisions where the court has decided what result it wants to obtain and them "gerrymanders" the law to "justify" the result. In

GS2 Engineering & Environmental Consultants, Inc. v. Zurich American Insurance Company and Steadfast Insurance Company, 2013 WL 3457098 (D.S.C., filed 9 July 2013), the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, Columbia Division, cannot be chided for a "result oriented" decision.

Appealing Propositions: Appellate Issues in the Law
Nexsen Pruet attorney Stephen Groves, Sr. writes about distinguishing between error and reversible error; recognizing and avoiding the "Bad Facts Make Bad Law" problem; and many (or at least several) others.

Misreprentation Law and Insurance Coverage in South Carolina
Nexsen Pruet attorney Stephen Groves, Sr. writes that an "insurer may use the alleged misrepresentations and/or omissions of an insured in the life, health and disability insurance application process in two ways ...."

Carolinas Insurance Litigation - Legal Review
This edition contains the following articles:
- Bad Faith in Absence of Breach of Insurance Contract?
- Certificates of Insurance and Additional Insureds.

The Carolinas Insurance Litigation Review
This issue of the Carolinas Insurance Litigation Review includes:
- "Challenging Policyholder Claims for Bad Faith and Punitive Damages" for North Carolina
- "Combating Policyholder Bad Faith and Breach of the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Claims" for South Carolina

Recent Developments in Insurance Coverage Litigation
Nexsen Pruet's Stephen Groves co-authored the article for the for Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal.

Equitable Subrogation Principals: The "Made Whole" and "Full Compensation" Rules
Stephen P Groves of the firm's Charleston office authored this article on insurance subrogation for the Spring 2006 issue of the American Bar Association's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Newsletter.

So You've Just Suffered A *!$%=&+^ Catastrophe: Does Your Insurance Cover Anything?
Stephen P. Groves of the firm's Charleston office presented this information at a National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar entitled "Insurance Coverage Trends." It deals with insurance issues for your homes, automobiles, personal property, and businesses.

Supersedeas And Stays Of Judgment: South Carolina
In this chapter for "Stay Of Judgments: A National Survey," a book due out in 2006 from the American Bar Association's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Appellate Advocacy Committee, Stephen P. Groves of the firm's Charleston office writes on exceptions to the "automatic stay" provisions in South Carolina.

Recent Developments in Appellate Advocacy

Important 2002 Revisions to the "Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure"
On December 1, 2002, several important amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure will become effective. These rule changes "shall govern in all proceedings thereafter commenced and, insofar as just and practicable, all proceedings then pending."

Civic & Professional Memberships

· American Judicature Society

· American Trial Lawyers Association

· Christian Legal Society

· Council of Appellate Lawyers

· International Bar Association

· South Carolina Bar


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Stephen P. Groves, Sr.

205 King Street, Suite 400
CharlestonSC 29401


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