Mr. Marlon Emil Kimpson

Mr. Marlon Emil Kimpson: Attorney with Motley Rice LLC
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Marlon Kimpson represents victims of corporate malfeasance, from investors in securities fraud cases to people injured or killed in catastrophic incidents.

Building upon the firm’s relationships with unions and governmental entities, Marlon represents individuals, state and municipality pension funds, multi-employer plans, unions and other institutional investors in securities fraud class actions and mergers and acquisition cases to help recover assets and improve corporate governance.

Marlon has worked on shareholder derivative litigation and on mergers and acquisitions cases that include: In re Atheros Communications, Inc., Shareholder Litigation; In re Celera Corporation Shareholder Litigation; In re RehabCare Group, Inc. Shareholders Litigation; In re Coventry Healthcare, Inc., Shareholder Litigation; and In re Big Lots, Inc., Shareholder Litigation. He also represents World Acceptance shareholders and in 2017 helped secure a proposed settlement to resolve claims that the corporation misled investors about its lending practices and its compliance with federal law in Epstein v. World Acceptance Corp. et al., Civil Action No. 6:14-cv-01606-MGL. More recently, Marlon has taken an active role as local counsel for institutional investors in In re SCANA Corporation Securities Litigation, 3:17-cv-02616-MBS, a complex securities fraud matter related to alleged misrepresentations and omissions concerning the design, construction, and abandonment of SCANA’s nuclear construction project in South Carolina.

In addition to securities fraud litigation, Marlon is part of the opioid crisis team working with dozens of jurisdictions in litigation alleging deceptive marketing of highly addictive opioid prescription painkillers by drug manufacturers. The firm’s representation includes the City of Chicago and Santa Clara County, two of the first jurisdictions to file in the current wave of opioid litigation. He has also represented victims of catastrophic personal injury, asbestos exposure, and aviation disasters. He has litigated commercial and charter aviation cases with clients, defendants and accidents involving multiple countries. He has also represented people and businesses that need help filing their claims under the new claims programs established by the two Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill settlements.

Marlon currently serves as South Carolina State Senator of District 42, representing citizens of Charleston and Dorchester Counties. A frequent speaker, Marlon has presented at seminars and conferences across the country, including the Public Funds Summit, the National Association of State Treasurers, the South Carolina Black Lawyers’ Association, the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS) and the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP).

After five years in commercial banking, Marlon entered the field of law and served as a law clerk to Judge Matthew J. Perry of the U.S. District Court of South Carolina. His legal work and volunteer service also earned him the University of South Carolina School of Law bronze Compleat Award. Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Marlon as a BV rated attorney.

Marlon is active in his community and formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Peggy Browning Fund. He has also held leadership roles with the University of South Carolina Board of Visitors, the Charleston Black Lawyers Association and the South Carolina Election Commission. In 2017, the American Association of Justice Minority Caucus awarded Marlon with its Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Soaring Eagle Award reserved for lawyers of color who have made outstanding contributions to the legal profession and paved the way for others. In 2018, Marlon was chosen as a Leadership in Law Honoree by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP and a member of Sigma Pi Phi Boule and Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Awards and Accolades

•American Association for Justice

2017 Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Soaring Eagle Award

•The Best Lawyers in America

2015-2019 Mass tort litigation/class actions - plaintiffs

•United Food and Commercial Workers

2016 Legislative Activist of the Year

•Coastal Conservation League

2016 Coastal Stewardship Award

•Benchmark Plaintiff

2012 National Litigation Star: mass tort/product liability
2012-2014 South Carolina “Litigation Star”: environmental, mass tort, securities

Related Content

Recent Blog Posts

May 18, 2017

Shareholder Activism: An Investment Opportunity

by: Marlon E. Kimpson

Related News

December 4, 2018

Volkswagen Mitigation Plan will upgrade South Carolina to more environmentally friendly school buses

June 4, 2018

Takata airbag personal injury victims may now access claims process

May 21, 2018

Motley Rice ranked 23 of 50 in ISS 2017 Securities Class Action Services report

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Aviation
  • Consumer Fraud Protection
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Public Client
  • Securities Class Actions
  • Transportation
  • Whistleblower

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
843.216.9180  Phone
(843) 216-9440  Fax
University Attended:
Morehouse College, B.A., 1991
Law School Attended:
University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1999
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Courts for the District of South Carolina, Eastern District of Michigan; 1999, South Carolina


•American Association for Justice
•South Carolina Association for Justice
•National Association of Public Pension Attorneys
•National Bar Association
•American Bar Association

Reported Cases:
Casework: Facebook Data Breach Lawsuit: Facebook has notified users their private information was taken without their knowledge or permission. It is believed that more than 87 million users had their personally identifying information exposed to Cambridge Analytica in this breach.; Opioid Litigation: The growing opioid epidemic crosses virtually all demographics, and with more than half a million related deaths recorded in the U.S. since 2015, the crisis has officially been declared a public health emergency.; Bus Passenger Injury Lawsuits: When regulations and safety measures are not followed, catastrophic bus accidents can occur, leaving passengers injured or even dead.; Tractor-Trailer Truck Accident Lawsuits: Accidents involving commercial trucks, semis, 18-wheelers or tractor-trailers are complex and devastating tragedies. Whether it is caused by a distracted driver or a truck not meeting regulations, it's important to know your rights.; Train Crash Lawsuits: The train industry impacts all Americans. Commuter trains transport people and cargo trains moving raw materials and consumer goods across the country. However, train crashes happen and can be devastating and fatal.; Vehicle Defect Lawsuits: Victims of car crashes are often unaware that a defective vehicle or component part may have contributed to or caused their accident.; Catastrophic Injuries related to GM Ignition Defects Recalls: GM vehicles with defective ignition parts have caused serious injuries and even deaths; BP Medical Benefits Settlement: Settlement information for people exposed to oil, or the dispersants used to clean up the oil from the BP Oil Spill who became sick with certain acute or chronic illnesses.; BP Deepwater Horizon Business and Economic Loss Settlement: Helping people and businesses financially hurt by the Gulf oil spill that may be eligible for compensation through the settlement agreement.; IRS, CFTC and Other Whistleblowers: Whistleblower protection programs exist for an ever-growing range of industries and we work to ensure that those wishing to come forward with valuable information are protected to the full extent of the law.; Qui Tam Whistleblower: By suing on behalf of the United States government for acts of fraud, a qui tam whistleblower may potentially share in a significant portion of the funds recovered by the government.; Childhood Injuries: Every year, hundreds of thousands of children are permanently injured due to traumatic events that can lead to devastating yet preventable injuries.
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