Badge Humphries represents individuals and institutional investors in securities fraud and shareholder litigation, plaintiffs in products liability and other personal injury cases, landowners in eminent domain and land-use cases, parties engaged in business disputes, and defendants in white-collar criminal matters.
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 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.
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), in claims against officers and directors of Massey Energy arising out of the most deadly mining disaster in the US since 1970.
Mr. Humphries 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 a consolidated trial in Virginia involving more than 1,200 asbestos plaintiffs.
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 as Director of Land Protection for Ducks Unlimited's South Atlantic Region (SC, NC, GA, FL). During that time he negotiated conservation easements, worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state entities 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 a guest speaker at numerous conferences across the country and consulted on a variety of legal matters by various news outlets and publications. He 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 serves as the managing partner of the new Lewis, Babcock & Griffin Charleston office. He is licensed to practice in Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia and can be reached directly at 843-883-7444.
Tulane University, 1996
-B.A. summa cum laude
-Phi Beta Kappa
The University of Texas School of Law, 2001
-J.D. with honors
-Texas Law Review
Bar Admissions and Memberships
South Carolina, 2004
West Virginia, 2011
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2010
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2002
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 2005
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2009
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2010
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2013
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 2014
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 2014
James L. Petigru American Inn of Court
National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA)
American Association for Justice (AAJ)
South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ)
Member of the Board of Governors
Consumer and Securities Law Section Chair
2014 President's Award Recipient
Charleston County Bar Association
-Attorney, Motley Rice LLC, 2002-2005, 2007-2014
-Director of Land Protection, South Atlantic Region, Ducks Unlimited, 2005-2007
-Law Clerk, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Honorable Thad Heartfield, 2001-2002
Recent Articles and Presentations
-Ponzi Victims' Third-Party Claims: Law and Practice, The Justice -Bulletin, Summer 2014
-SCAJ 2014 Annual Convention Halliburton and Chadbourne: All You Need To Know
-Opal Financial Group, Public Funds Summit Panelist, Legal Issues Facing Public Pensions, 2013