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As part of his securities fraud and shareholder litigation experience, he has successfully represented Ponzi scheme victims in cases against broker-dealers, accountants and attorneys for their involvement with the underlying scheme. In this capacity, he, Jim Griffin, and Maggie Fox successfully certified a class of investors pursuing claims against a major brokerage firm in one of the first cases to interpret the most recent version of the Uniform Securities Act as adopted by South Carolina. As part of that case's eventual resolution, the majority of class members received 100 percent of their losses in the Ponzi scheme. The group has also successfully tried a Ponzi scheme victim's claims and secured a verdict that included punitive damages against an accounting firm.
In representing investors in public companies, he has served as lead counsel in cases alleging securities fraud or breach of fiduciary duty against defendants in the financial, pharmaceutical/medical device, healthcare, mining, and consumer retail sectors. Currently, he represents the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), the world's largest educator-only pension and nation's second largest public pension fund, in claims against officers and directors of Massey Energy arising out of the most deadly mining disaster in the United States since 1970.
Mr. Humphries also regularly handles other types of complex litigation on behalf of individual plaintiffs, particularly cases involving alleged defective products and professional malpractice. He has prosecuted several multi-week trials involving claims of defective products, including an eight-week consolidated trial in Virginia involving more than 1,200 asbestos plaintiffs. Mr. Humphries has also represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky's Division of Workers' Compensation Funds in subrogation claims against the manufacturers of allegedly defective dust masks.
He also represents landowners in eminent domain and other property rights matters. Working with landowners, appraisers, biologists, tax attorneys, and partners in the conservation community, Mr. Humphries served for two years as Ducks Unlimited's Director of Land Protection for its South Atlantic Region (SC, NC, GA, FL). In that capacity, he negotiated conservation easements, worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state entities (DHEC and OCRM) on environmental regulations, and represented the organization on foundation and land-protection task forces. In 2006, he and others received Ducks Unlimited's Wings of Innovation Award for their work on a multi-landowner, multi-partner conservation deal that protected 13,000 acres in the Ashley River Historic District.
Mr. Humphries has been an invited guest speaker at numerous conferences across the country and consulted on a variety of legal matters by various news outlets and publications. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) as Consumer and Securities Law Section Chair and recently received an SCAJ President's Award for his service to the organization. A native of Columbia and graduate of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, he currently serves as the managing partner of the Charleston office of Lewis, Babcock & Griffin. He is licensed to practice in Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.
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James L. Petigru American Inn of Court
South Carolina Association for Justice, Consumer and Securities Law Section Chair.
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