Brandon R. Gottschall is a member in the firm’s Columbia, South Carolina office. His practice focuses on insurance coverage and civil litigation, including cases in South Carolina state and federal trial courts, the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Brandon handles a variety of insurance coverage issues, insurance coverage litigation, and extra-contractual and bad faith litigation, as well as defense issues including pesticide and environmental matters, transportation matters, and construction defect matters.
Brandon joined the firm following a three year judicial clerkship under the Honorable Terry L. Wooten, Chief United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina. During his clerkship, Brandon developed experience in a range of federal issues, including insurance declaratory judgment and bad faith actions, civil trials, and general civil litigation, which experience has proved invaluable in his current practice.
Brandon graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served as an Articles Editor for the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal. Brandon also served in leadership positions for several law school organizations. Brandon has appeared as a speaker on several panels for the law school and as an Honorary Faculty Member for the school’s inaugural Legal Writing Academy.
Brandon is a native of Greenville, South Carolina and is married to Erin Marie Gottschall. They have three children and are active members at Grace Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. While not practicing law, Brandon enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, snowboarding, and home restoration projects.
B.A., University of South Carolina Upstate
J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law
■ BAR ADMISSIONS
U.S. District Court District of South Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
"Helmets, Seatbelts, and Comparative Fault." USLAW Magazine. Spring 2019.
"Stopping It Before It Starts: Heading Off Discovery Abuse At The Earliest Stages." USLAW Magazine. Fall 2020.
“Peeking Behind the Curtain: The Federal Six-Month List”, DRI Raising the Bar Newsletter, March 2021.
■ FORMER/CURRENT INDUSTRY MEMBERSHIPS
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Richland County Bar Association
South Carolina Bar Association
South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
■ PRACTICE AREAS
Insurance Bad Faith/Extra-Contractual Exposure
State and Federal Appeals
"Using Jury Lists and Directed Verdict Effectively at Trial," September 13, 2019
"Understanding Insurance Bad Faith: It's Not Just for Coverage Attorneys," May 22, 2020
“South Carolina: Coverage Trends in Construction Defect Litigation,” March 15, 2021
“React Early And Often – Defending Under a Reservation of Rights,” April 1, 2023