John’s practice focuses on construction and commercial law – including bankruptcy law – for which he has served as lead counsel in numerous cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts. He is experienced in jury trials, non-jury trials, mediation and arbitration.
His 29 years of experience includes cases related to construction defects, fidelity and surety, mechanic liens, product liability, Uniform Commercial Code, bankruptcy and insolvency, debtor and creditor, appellate advocacy, insurance coverage, torts, dispute avoidance and resolution, contract documents, real estate litigation and class actions.
John has represented parties in residential and commercial construction cases involving single-family houses, multi-family buildings, high-rise condominiums, hotels and commercial office buildings. He has also represented insurance companies in disputes involving commercial general liability insurance, business property and casualty insurance, construction defect and bad faith claims. His experience also includes representing creditors in commercial and debtor/creditor law cases including bankruptcy.
Prior to forming Rogers Lewis, John was a partner at Ellis Lawhorne & Sims, P.A. With an AV® Preeminent Rating™ with Martindale-Hubbell®, John is currently a member of the South Carolina Bar Construction Law Section, Richland County Bar Association (Past President) and the South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association (Past President). He currently serves as a member of the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates. John is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and is on the steering committee for the DRI Construction Law Committee- currently serving as the Publications Chair. John has been selected from 2010-2017 by Best Lawyers in America® (Construction Litigation, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Bankruptcy Litigation) and from 2009-2014 by South Carolina Super Lawyers® (Construction Litigation).
In re Berry, 189 B.R. 82 (Bkrtcy.D.S.C.,1995)
Auto-Owners Ins. Co., v. Zurich US, 377 F.Supp.2d 496 (D.S.C. 2004)
Fields v. J. Haynes Waters Builders, 376 S.C. 545, 658 S.E.2d 80 (2008)
Auto-Owners Ins. Co., Inc. v. Newman, 385 S.C. 187, 684 S.E.2d 541 (2009)
Auto-Owners Ins. Co., Inc. v. Rhodes, 405 S.C. 584, 748 S.E.2d 781 (2013)
Bennett & Bennett Const., Inc. v. Auto-Owners Ins. Co., 405 S.C. 1, 747 S.E.2d 426 (2013)
The FAA vs. The U.S. Bankruptcy Code? For the Defense, Defense Research Institute (September 2011)
Bankruptcy Law: Fundamentals for the Construction Law Practitioner, For the Defense, Defense Research Institute (June 2009)
Converging Product Liability, Sales and Construction Law, For the Defense, Defense Research Institute (August 2008)
Co-Author (South Carolina), Construction Litigation Desk Reference: A State-By-State Compendium, Defense Research Institute (2010)
Contributing Author, Builder Negligence, Construction Law Digests, WEST
Current Issues in South Carolina Construction Law, South Carolina Bar 2009