Austin was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Furman University in 1998. As a senior at Furman University, he was admitted into the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. Following graduation from Furman Univerity, he went on to earn a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2001. During law school, Austin served on the editorial staff as an Articles Editor and as Associate Editor in Chief of the ABA Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal, where he was also published.
In his 15 years of practice, Austin has tried over 100 cases to a jury verdict and has handled thousands of cases of all types, primarily in the field of insurance defense. His areas of practice include insurance defense, including personal injury, premises liability, and construction defects.
Austin has lived in Columbia since 1998, where he currently resides with his wife, two children, and his golden retriever Barley. He enjoys spending his spare time with his family, watching his oldest son play soccer and basketball, and spending time with his family on their boat on Lake Murray.
- Construction Defects
- Insurance Defense
- Personal Injury
- South Carolina, 2001
- U.S. District Court, District of of South Carolina, 2004
- Furman University, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, - 1998
- University of South Carolina School of Law - Juris Doctor - 2001
Honors and Awards
- ABA Real Property Probate and Trust Journal - Articles Editor and
- Associate Editor in Chief
- American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Professional Associations and Memberships
- South Carolina Bar
- Richland County Bar Association
- South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
Gerri B. McDill, individually and as Guardian ad Litem for Garrett B. McDill, Appellant, v. Mark's Auto Sales, Inc., J. Mark Lawhon, DMD, James Marion Lawhon, Jr., and Christopher M. Lawhon, a minor over the age of fourteen, Respondents.
COURT OF APPEALS OF SOUTH CAROLINA
367 S.C. 486; 626 S.E.2d 52; 2006
Linda Gail Marcum, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Justin Michael Parks, Appellant, v. Donald Mayon Bowden, Gloria Bowden, and Utility Services Agency, Inc., Respondents. AND Rudolph Barnes, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Doris Ann Barnes, Respondent, v. Cohen Dry Wall Inc., and Aelina Martin, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Orin Tilman Feagin, Defendants, Of Whom Cohen Dry Wall Inc. is the Petitioner.
SUPREME COURT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
372 S.C. 452; 643 S.E.2d 85; 2007
Robert J. Burgess, Respondent, v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Petitioner.
SUPREME COURT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
373 S.C. 37; 644 S.E.2d 40; 2007
AUTO-OWNERS INSURANCE COMPANY; OWNERS INSURANCE COMPANY, Plaintiffs - Appellees, versus ESSEX HOMES SOUTHEAST, INCORPORATED; REX THOMPSON BUILDERS, INCORPORATED; MARC HOMEBUILDERS, INCORPORATED, Defendants - Appellants, and GARRYLE DEAS; VERONICA DEAS; ALMA E. OWENS; TONI C. YARBER; RON THOMAS; CANDACE R. THOMAS; HENRY O. JACOBS BUILDERS, INCORPORATED; VANTAGE BUILDERS, INCORPORATED; JAMES WALDON; LELA WALDON; REGINALD PERRY; JEANETTE PERRY; THEODORE COLE; SUSAN IRWIN; MIKE IRWIN; WEBB THOMPSON; DIANE THOMPSON; CARL BRAZELL BUILDERS, INCORPORATED, Defendants. HARLEYSVILLE MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, Plaintiff - Appellee, versus MUNGO HOMES INCORPORATED; MUNGO COMPANY INCORPORATED, Defendants - Appellants, and DAVID WARREN; RON THOMAS; CANDACE THOMAS; MARC HOMEBUILDERS, INCORPORATED, Defendants. BUILDERS MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY, Plaintiff - Appellee, versus MARC HOMEBUILDERS, INCORPORATED, Defendant - Appellant, and RON THOMAS; CANDACE R. THOMAS, Defendants.
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
136 Fed. Appx. 590; 2005
- Continuing Operation Clauses and Going Dark, ABA Real Property
- Probate and Trust Journal, Summer 2001