Kenneth M. Suggs, a principal in the firm, has leadership roles
in the firm’s medical negligence and pharmaceutical departments. A
tireless champion of consumers for almost 30 years, Mr. Suggs has
achieved remarkable successes for his clients along the way to becoming
one of the country’s leading trial lawyers.
Mr. Suggs graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in
Economics in 1968. After graduating from Clemson, he served four years
in the United States Navy, including two years in the Vietnam Theater.
Following his return from the Service, Mr. Suggs earned his Juris
Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1975
and began practicing trial law.
Mr. Suggs is the Immediate Past
President of the American Association for Justice. He is also a member of the Legal Affairs Committee and serves as co-chair of the Public Affairs Committee. Mr. Suggs is the 2006 recipient of the
"Advocate of the Year" award presented by the
South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center. He has also attained recognition as a Fellow of the National College of Advocacy. He served as President of the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association in 1981 and currently serves on its Board of Governors and Legislative Committee. Mr. Suggs was also awarded the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Public Citizen Award in 2002.
In 2008, Mr. Suggs was honored by the ABA with an award that recognizes lawyers and judges who have shown outstanding merit and excelled at ensuring access to justice.
Mr. Suggs served as president of the Richland County Bar Association in
1999 and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He
is an Attorney Bencher for the American Inns of Court, John Belton
O’Neall Chapter, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial
Lawyers. He has also served as a member of the US District Court
Advisory Committee and was a co-draftsman of the South Carolina Rules of
Evidence, later adopted by the South Carolina Supreme Court.
His alma mater, the University of South Carolina School of Law, selected
him as the recipient of the Compleat Lawyer Award in 1998. He
served on the Clemson University Board of Visitors (2000 - 2003), and was selected as a
Clemson University Alumni Fellow in 2000.
From 1968 to 1972, Mr. Suggs served as a petty officer in the
U.S. Navy. From 1970 to 1972, he was assigned to the
intelligence branch of the Commander, Seventh Fleet, operating in
the Vietnam theater. During that time, he was awarded the Combat
Action Ribbon, Navy Achievement Medal, Vietnam Service Medal,
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and an award from the
government of South Vietnam, the Vietnamese Honor Medal.
Born September 24, 1946,
Greenville, South Carolina
Graduated T.L. Hanna H.S.,
Anderson, South Carolina 1964
Graduated Clemson University, B.A.
in Economics, 1968
United States Navy, 1968 - 1972
- Student Body
- South Carolina
State Student Legislature
Kappa Sigma Nu social fraternity
Graduated University of South
Carolina Law Center, 1975
- 2d Class Navy
Achievement Medal with Combat "V"
Honor Medal (awarded by government of South Vietnam)
- Combat Action
- Graduated cum
- Order for Wig
- Moot Court
- South Carolina Bar, 1975
- Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Supreme Court
American Association for Justice
- AAJ President
Elect 2004 - 2005
- Vice President
2003 - 2004
- Secretary 2002
- Treasurer 2001
Parliamentarian 2000 - 2001
- Board of
Governors 1989 - 2000
Fellow, American College of Trial
- Legal Affairs
- Public Affairs
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, President,
1980 - 1981
South Carolina Bar, Young Lawyers Division, President, 1980
Richland County Bar Association, President, 1999
South Carolina Bar, House of Delegates, 1982 and 1996 - 1997
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Founding Fellow, Southern Trial Lawyers Association
Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
Executive Committee of the Lawyers Committee for the National Center for State Courts.
Public Service Activities
Board of Directors, Carolina Sunshine Children, Inc.
Team Captain, Trinity Cathedral Free Breakfast Program
Advisory Board, City Year Columbia
Advisory Board, South Carolina Center for Capital Litigation
Advisory Board, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Advisory Board, St. Lawrence Place
Member, South Carolina Commission on Judicial Conduct
Advisory Council, Clemson University
Advisory Board for Best Lawyers in America
Honors and Awards
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association President's Award, 1988
South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association, Compleat Lawyer
Harry Philo Award from American Association of Justice, 2006
Founders Award from South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association,
Advocate of the Year from Appleseed Legal Justice Center of
Best Lawyers in American South Carolina Lawyer of the Year 2010
Author, "The Heart of Darkness:
The Modern Nursing Home,"
S.C.T.L.A. Bulletin, September, 1986
Author, "Failure Analysis of a
Plastic Boat Seat,"
American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pub. 87-DE-8
Author, "Recovery for Emotional
S.C.T.L.A. Bulletin, January, 1984
Author, "Secret Settlements,"
South Carolina Lawyer, November - December, 1993
Co-author, South Carolina
Appellate Practice Handbook
Co-author, Evaluating and
Settling Personal Injury Claims in South Carolina
Co-author, The Law of
Automobile Insurance in South Carolina