A. Victor Rawl, Jr. is the Managing Partner of the South Carolina and Nebraska offices. He is a litigator with broad experience in numerous areas of complex litigation in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration. Mr. Rawl has a recognized reputation for his defense of large national builders, product manufacturers, hospitals, and other health care entities.
After receiving his Master of International Business Studies and his Juris Doctor degrees, he served as law clerk to The Honorable P. Michael Duffy, U. S. District Judge, District of South Carolina, from 1995 until he joined McNair Law Firm, P.A. in November 1997. Prior to joining Gordon & Rees, Mr. Rawl was with McNair Law Firm for approximately 20 years, where he was the Chair of their Class Action Practice Group. Mr. Rawl utilizes his legal experience and business education to evaluate each case individually and to formulate innovative and creative strategies tailored to client-specific needs and goals.
Mr. Rawl has been highly rated by his peers practicing in his jurisdictions. Mr. Rawl is Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated "AV Preeminent" in Litigation, Construction Law, Health Law and Class Actions. Mr. Rawl is rated as a Super Lawyer for "Class Action / Mass Torts" by Super Lawyers Magazine. Mr. Rawl is also listed in Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation and Construction Law.
Mr. Rawl’s experience includes the following:
Mr. Rawl has considerable experience handling litigation involving general commercial litigation claims, including contract disputes, shareholder disputes, product liability claims, breach of warranty claims, construction defects, real estate disputes, defamation actions, premises liability claims, class actions, franchise disputes, mechanic's liens, unfair trade practice claims, civil RICO, trade secret claims, non-compete claims, corporate unwind, Medicare fraud, qui tam actions, drug and medical device claims, nursing home claims, and certificate of need.
Mr. Rawl devotes a significant portion of his practice to the representation of general contractors. Mr. Rawl has extensive construction experience, including representing some of the country’s largest national builders. He has experience with a diverse spectrum of matters including construction defects, class actions, product defects, breach of contract claims, breach of warranty claims, alleged errors in design and/or workmanship, mechanic’s liens and construction site accidents. He also advises construction entities on employment matters, licensing matters and a variety of other general legal issues.
Mr. Rawl has defended several clients in product liability matters. He has represented large companies in claims relating to tires, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer electronics, and building products.
Mr. Rawl has broad health care litigation experience. He has numerous years of experience defending nursing homes in negligence and wrongful death cases. Mr. Rawl has also represented hospitals and other health care entities in matters ranging from qui tam/Medicare fraud cases to products liability matters, and from certificate of need litigation to shareholder disputes.
Class Action Defense
Mr. Rawl has substantial class action experience. He has defended class actions in a wide variety of matters, including construction claims, product liability claims, lender liability claims and claims arising under consumer protection statutes. He has litigated class actions in federal courts, state courts and in arbitration. He has both defeated class certification in matters and obtained summary judgement prior to class certification. He has removed class actions to federal court pursuant to the Class Action Fairness Act, and he has obtained significant opinions from federal appellate courts blocking class claims in arbitration.
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
Member, South Carolina Bar Association - Board of Governors (2003 - 2005); House of Delegates (2001 - 2010, 2014-2016); President, Young Lawyers Division (2002 - 2003); Articles Editor, South Carolina Lawyer (1997 - 1999)
Member, American Bar Association - Member of TIPS, Litigation, and Health Law sections
Member, Tort Trial and Insurance section of the ABA - TIPS NOW Fellow (2003-05); Vice- Chair, Business Litigation Committee; Former Chair, Outreach to State and Local Bars Taskforce
Member, Nebraska State Bar Association
Past President, John Belton O'Neall Inn of Court
Graduate, Leadership Charleston
Member, Defense Research Institute
Completed National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Rocky Mountain Regional Trial Skills training program in Denver, Colorado.
Completed Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School