Eric S. Bland

Eric S. Bland

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in Columbia, SC

Bland Richter, LLP
 | 1500 Calhoun Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-256-9664
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter started trying cases together in 1997 and subsequently established Bland Richter LLP with offices in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina. Bland Richter is a boutique litigation firm which specializes in taking complex cases and high-risk cases that other firms either can’t handle or won’t handle. 

Bland Richter’s practice areas are concentrated in legal and professional malpractice. Partners, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, have nearly 50 years of combined legal experience. Both Mr. Bland and Mr. Richter successfully completed national board testing in legal malpractice and received recognition as diplomats in the field of Legal Malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. In addition, Bland Richter prosecutes other forms of professional malpractice, including accounting malpractice, and frequently litigates complex commercial, transactional and business disputes. 

Bland Richter serves the entire State of South Carolina and beyond. In addition to its members being admitted to practice law in South Carolina, Mr. Bland is also a member of the Pennsylvania and Florida bars. Bland Richter is available for association anywhere in the Country where its services may be necessary. Both Mr. Bland and Mr. Richter are members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This organization has as its members some of the top trial lawyers in America and only admits attorneys who have obtained verdicts for their clients in excess of $2,000,000.00.

Bland Richter’s mission is to provide our clients with tenacious, single-minded, principled and timely representation with results that count. Our central philosophy is simple - we fight hard for our clients and we fight within the rules. We believe in being honest and providing candor to the Court and recognize that we cannot effectively represent any client if we do not maintain credibility and integrity in the eyes of the court. Our hard-charging style may occasionally offend the opposition, but we rarely receive complaints from our clients. An attorney for an adverse party once described litigating against Bland Richter as like "being in Fallujah every day at the start of the Iraq war."  The bottom line: we fight hard for our clients, very hard, but always between the lines.

About Eric Bland

Admitted: 1991, South Carolina

Professional Webpage: http://www.blandrichter.com/ericbland.html

Honors and Awards:

  • Selected by peers as one of the top ten most outstanding Business Law attorneys in the Midlands of South Carolina, published in the October 2011 Greater Columbia Business Monthly Second Annual Legal Elite of the Midlands., Top Ten Most Outstanding Business Law Attorney, Greater Columbia Business Monthly, 2011
  • Wig and Robe Honor Society, 1988
  • Member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified as a Diplomat in Legal Malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and scored in the top 2% of all attorneys., 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Appointed to South Carolina Bar Professional Liability Committee for the July 1, 2013 thorugh June 30, 2014 term.
  • Member of South Carolina Bar Resolution of Fee Disputes Board
  • Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Moderator , NBI Legal Malpractice and Ethics Seminar, 2010

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Corporate Director and Fiduciary Litigation: Bland Richter is pleased to announce a defense verdict on all causes of action asserted against the board of directors of a horizontal property regime in a lawsuit which sought the removal of the board and repayment of alleged damages totaling more than $673,000.00. In the matter of COC Corporation, et al. vs. The Bohicket Yacht Club Marina Council of Co-Owners, et al., 2012-CP-10-8214, Bland Richter prevailed on all causes of action ranging from breach of fiduciary duty and self-dealing to accounting and removal of the board of directors. After two days of trial, the trial court found no violations of the Horizontal Property Regime Act and Master Deed as alleged, and further found that the Defendants’ actions were protected by the business judgment rule. To view more Verdicts and Settlements, visit our website., 2014
  • Legal Malpractice: After two years of contested litigation, Bland Richter obtained a jury verdict totalling $5,508,000 from a Richland County jury on all but one of the causes of action which were submitted to the jury for their consideration against the law firm of Nexsen Pruet Jacobs & Pollard, LLP and some of its individual attorneys. The core issue of the litigation was whether our client, the Plaintiff, received an incorrect patent opinion from the Defendants, which he relied upon in conducting his business affairs after he left employment with his former employer and later caused him to be sued. The jury verdict is believed to be one of the top three legal malpractice jury verdicts in South Carolina history. Following post-trial motions, the verdict was reduced to approximately $4,900,000 before the matter was ultimately appealed by our clients and the Defendants. To view more Verdicts and Settlements, visit our website., 2006
  • Medical Malpractice: Bland Richter is pleased to announce a $3,000,000.00 settlement of a medical malpractice case involving a physician who had allegedly failed to diagnose and manage a patient who suffered a debilitating stroke due to high and unregulated blood pressure following surgery. Fall 2014. To see more of Bland Richter's Verdicts and Settlements, visit the website. 
  • Legal Malpractice:Bland Richter achieved a six figure settlement in a legal malpractice case involving the alleged violation of the statute of limitations. (Summer, 2014). To read more of Bland Richter's Verdicts and Settlements, visit our website

Representative Clients:

  • •Southeastern ENT, Allergy & Sleep Disorders Institute •JPS Elastomerics Corporation and JPS Industries, Inc. •SCIO Diamond Technology Corporation •Verde Biofuels, Inc. •Basic Concepts, Inc. •London I, LLC d/b/a Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel •Sejwad, III, LLC, Sejwad, V, LLC, and Sejwad, VI, LLC d/b/a Holiday Inn Hotels and Holiday Inn Comfort Suites •SMH, LLC, d/b/a Comfort Suites, Lexington, SC, Crowne Plaza World Resorts, Homewood Suites/Hilton, D.V. Corporation and AC Property Management Corp. •Roper Mountain, LLC, d/b/a Crowne Plaza, Greenville, SC •Infinity Seal, LLC - Gaskets and Seals •Peerless Surgical, Inc. •Aqua Seal Manufacturing and Roofing, Inc. •South Carolina Internal Medicine Associates and Rehabilitation, LLC - Surbjinder Guram, M.D., Managing Member •Brennan Group, LLC and Affiliates - Architects •SCAPI - South Carolina Association of Physicians of Indian Origin •HHHUnt Homes, Inc. •Rajeev Vasudeva, M.D., FACC - Gastroenterologist •Lowcountry National Bank •Harrell Industries •Collins Holding Corporation •Palmetto Paper & Specialties, Inc. d/b/a Palmetto Bingo Systems •American Builders and Contractors Supply Co., Inc. •PGA Tour Golf Professional - J. Brian Gay •Ben Arnold Sunbelt Beverage, L.P. (a division of Charmer Sunbelt Group) •KC Transport, Inc. •The Grill Company •Medi-Fare Drug and Home Health Center, Inc. •Sea Turtle Entertainment, LLC •Lundberg Windows & Siding, Co

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Selected by peers, for the second year in a row, as one of the top ten most outstanding Business Law attorneys in the Midlands; published in the October 2011 and 2012 editions of Greater Columbia Business Monthly "Second Annual Legal Elite of the Midlands the Best in Ten Categories.", 2012

Educational Background:

  • Graduate with honors of the University of South Carolina School of Law -graduated in the top 10% of class.  Member of Wig and Robe Honor's Society, 1988
  • Magna Cum Laude graduate from University of Tampa.  Made Dean's List every semester.  Graduated 2nd in class., 1985
Office Location for Eric S. Bland

1500 Calhoun Street
Columbia, SC 29201

 

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Last Updated: 2/10/2017

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