Graham Newman joined Chappell, Smith and Arden in June of 2014 to add his experience in complex civil litigation to the firm's repertoire of practice areas. For most of the last decade, Graham's work has focused on commercial class actions, contractual litigation, insurance bad faith, and products liability in both state and federal court. His trial court victories have included a $14.5 million insurance bad faith verdict, an $8 million class action judgment, and a $4.75 million verdict products liability verdict. Graham has briefed numerous appeals before the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court. He has also argued four cases before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and one case before the South Carolina Supreme Court.
Originally from Sumter, South Carolina, Graham graduated from Sumter High School in 1997. He attended the University of South Carolina Honors College where he graduated in 2001 with a double major in History and English, magna cum laude. While at USC, Graham also was a three-year letterman in Track and Field and was named an Outstanding Senior and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, he received the J. Strom Thurmond Scholarship to the University of South Carolina School of Law where he was awarded a Juris Doctor in 2004.
After law school, Graham clerked for the Honorable Howard P. King, Circuit Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit prior to joining the Sumter County Public Defender's Office. As a public defender, and within one year of becoming a member of the Bar, Graham served as a first chair attorney trying felony indictments to a jury verdict before the South Carolina Court of General Sessions. Graham practiced for eight years with the law firm of Richard A. Harpootlian, P.A. Alongside Dick Harpootlian, he litigated many of the firm's most complex civil and criminal cases.
Graham has one child, a four year-old boy, and one pet, a two year-old Portuguese Water Dog. He enjoys spending his free time with the two of them on Lake Murray, watching sports, or just plain having fun.
Kirven v. Central States Health & Life, __ S.C. __, Op. No. 27403 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed June 25, 2014) (Shearhouse Adv. Sh. No. 25 at 15).
Stevens & Wilkinson of South Carolina, Inc. v. City of Columbia, 396 S.C. 338, 721 S.E.2d 455 (S.C. Ct. App. 2012).
Keeter v. Alpine Towers Int'l, Inc., 399 S.C. 179, 730 S.E.2d 890 (S.C. Ct. App. 2012).
Ward v. Dixie Nat. Life Ins. Co., 595 F.3d 164 (4th Cir. 2010).
Temp. Services, Inc. v. Am. Int'l Group, Inc., 388 S.C. 348, 697 S.E.2d 527 (S.C. 2010).
Bovain v. Canal Ins., 383 S.C. 100, 678 S.E.2d 422 (S.C. 2009).
Edwards v. State, 383 S.C. 82, 678 S.E.2d 412 (S.C. 2009).
Ward v. Dixie Nat. Life Ins. Co., 257 F. App'x. 620 (4th Cir. 2007) (unpublished).
Areas of Practice:
Breach of Contract
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"Alone in the Valley of the Shadow of Death: A Frank Discussion about Survival." South Carolina Association of Justice Convention, August 2014.
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"Mixing Oil and Water: Combining Trial and Appellate Practice." South Carolina Bar Convention, January 2013.
"The Complete Young Lawyer's Guide on How Not to Write." South Carolina Association of Justice Convention, August 2012.