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He is a veteran business litigator, with considerable experience in arbitrations. Brent also is a civic leader in his hometown of Greenville.
Brent Clinkscale has nearly 30 years of experience as an advocate in both trials and arbitrations and has tried numerous cases in both federal and state courts. Brent’s concentration is in business litigation, including both domestic and international arbitrations. He has experience in the defense of complex business matters, including class actions. Brent is head of litigation for Womble Carlyle’s Greenville office.
Recently, Brent successfully defended Austrian clients in a major piece of litigation in U. S. District Court in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Brent has also successfully represented these same Austrian clients in a multi-million dollar arbitration. In addition, Brent was part of an international arbitration team which defended a major insurer in a month-long London Arbitration and in preparation for that trial, he monitored and investigated the largest man-made catastrophe in South Carolina history. For several years he represented a world-wide communications company in a matter which included licensing agreements in several countries in Europe, with competing arbitration clauses and the threat of substantial billion-dollar litigation in the U.S. He also represented a major international marketing and sales agency in the breach of a sales contract with a significant hotel development company, which was also subject to international arbitration. Additionally, Brent has defended a number of companies in arbitration pursuant to the AAA Arbitration rules and state rules.
Brent has significant experience on non-profit boards that do great things in the community. He is leading the Upstate Phillis Wheatley Association and their endeavor as a non-profit to become self-sustaining through programs that sustain the organization economically but also have a tremendous impact on the economic progress of underserved families. Through the combination of his non-profit board experience and his arbitration and litigation experience, Brent is a significant member of Womble Carlyle’s Impact Practice.
Brent started his career as Counsel to the Speaker of the House for South Carolina, the Honorable Robert J. Sheheen. In that role, he served as Counsel for the Joint Judicial Screening Committee for the South Carolina House and Senate where he investigated and helped screen judicial candidates for the South Carolina trial and appellate courts, among other responsibilities.
Brent is the former law clerk of the Honorable Matthew J. Perry, United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina, and is formerly the President of the Greenville County Bar Association. Brent is a member of the 2011 class of the Lex Mundi Institute for International Cross-Border Dispute Resolution; a member of the 4th Circuit Judicial Conference and a Life Member of the Duke Law School Board of Visitors. Brent also participated in the 2015 ICDR Miami International Arbitration Conference where he served as a moderator for the Tertulia Session: Drafting Dispute Resolution Clauses: Practices and Trends.
Brent received the Founder’s Award from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in 2009 for his service as outside general counsel for more than a decade. Click here to see his service video.
Brent was named in the 2015 Savoy Magazine 100 Most Influential Black Attorneys and was recently elected as a member of the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.
Additionally, he presently serves as Vice-Chair of the South Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society and as a member of the Washington, D.C. Ballet Diversity Council.
He was named 2004 Greenville Businessperson of the Year and also received the Leon Rice Award for service to the community from Womble Carlyle in 2002. Brent is a graduate of Duke University and Duke University Law School, where he is a Life Member of Duke Law School Board of Visitors.
In addition to his role as a litigation leader at Womble Carlyle, Brent also serves as Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee.
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Defeated claims in excess of $30 million in a real estate arbitration involving breach of contract and fraud
Obtained summary judgment to defeat multi-million dollar breach of contract claims in representation of Austrian citizens and their companies in the U.S.
Obtained complete verdict in AAA arbitration, successfully defeating multi-million dollar counterclaims and obtaining award plus attorney's fees and costs
Successfully represented national insurance company in defeating class certification based upon dual rate premiums and alleged violations of Sections 1981 and 1982.
Successfully represented national media company in dismissal of multi-million dollar breach of fiduciary duty case by past shareholders of an acquired company.
Successfully represented the Governor of the State of South Carolina in three-month reapportionment trial.
Successfully represented national media company in dismissal of lawsuit brought by national personality for the sale of talk show program library.
Successfully represented national radio company in the dismissal of cases brought under the Age Discrimination and Employment Act (ADEA).
Successfully represented county in dismissal of 42 U.S.C.A. § 1983 case based on alleged use of excessive force leading to the death of inmate.
Successfully represented county in dismissal of prisoner class actions based on mistreatment of prisoners.
Successfully brought numerous seizure actions for national apparel manufacturer in trademark infringement actions.
Weaver v. Aegon USA, LLC et al., Civ. A. No. 4:14-cv-03436-RBH, 2015 WL 5691836 (D.S.C. Sept. 28, 2015)
Stillwagon v. Innsbrook Golf & Marina, LLC, Civ. A. No. 2:13-CV-18-D, 2014 WL 4272766 (E.D.N.C. Aug. 29, 2014)
Mauldin Furniture Galleries, Inc. v. Branch Banking & Trust Co., No. CA 6:10-240-TMC, 2012 WL 3680426 (D.S.C. Aug. 27, 2012)
Hege v. Aegon USA, LLC, 780 F. Supp. 2d 416 (D.S.C. 2011)
Belue v. Aegon USA, Inc., No. Civ. A. CA 7:08-3830-GRA, 2009 WL 3757468 (D.S.C. Nov. 6, 2009)
Rosa Belle Thorn, et al vs. Jefferson-Pilot Life Insurance Company , CIV.A. NO. 3:00-2782-10; Order dated December 12, 2004.
Clearwater Trust, et al vs. Media General Communications, Inc., et al. , CIV. A. NO. 02-42-1609, Order dated December 13, 2003.
Phillip J. Donahue vs. Multimedia, Inc., et al. , 362 S.C. 331, 608 S.E.2d 162.
Colleton County Council v. McConnell , 201 F.Supp.2d 618 (D.S.C., Mar 20, 2002)(NO. CIV.A. 01-3581-10, CIV.A. 301-3609-10, CIV.A. 301-3892-10).
Sims v. Greenville County , 211 F.3d 1265, (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished Disposition, 2000 WL 380122 (4th Cir. (S.C.), Apr 14, 2000)(NO. 99-1732).
Kenneth A. Dockins v. Benchmark Communications , 176 F.3d 745, 79 Fair Empl. Prac.Cas. (BNA) 848, 75 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 45,806 (4th Cir.(S.C.), Mar 29, 1999)(NO. 98-1285).
Floyd v. Royal Ins. Co. of America , 993 F.2d 1536, (Table, Text in WESTLAW), Unpublished Disposition, 1993 WL 169019 (4th Cir.(S.C.), May 20, 1993)(NO. 92-2284).
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