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Leslie A. Cotter, Jr. has been certified as a mediator by the S.C. Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina since 1999.  He has been certified as an arbitrator by the S.C. Supreme Court since 2001.  He mediates and arbitrates cases statewide.

Certified mediator David A. Anderson had an extensive military career in Army Aviation.  He has a Commercial Pilots License in both single and multi-engine planes and helicopters.

Frederick A. Crawford, a shareholder, who specializes in business and healthcare law passed the CPA exam in 1978 and was listed in the 2010 Best Lawyers in America®.

David A. Anderson

1900 Barnwell Street
Columbia, SC 29201

P.O. Drawer 7788
Columbia, SC 29202

Contact Details
Direct: 803.576.3702
Fax: 803.779.0016

Practice Areas
Construction Law
Insurance Defense
Premises Liability
Real Estate Litigation

The Citadel (B.A., 1982)
University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 1996)
United States Army Command and General Staff Officer Course (1994)
The United States Army War College (Master of Strategic Studies Degree, 2004)

Certified Circuit Court Mediator for the State of South Carolina
Colonel (retired), South Carolina Army National Guard
Law Clerk to the Honorable G. Ross Anderson, Jr., U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina

Bar Admissions
1996, South Carolina
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Other Professional Memberships
American Bar Association
South Carolina Bar
Richland County Bar Association
Secretary, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association
Life Member, National Guard Association of America
Life Member, South Carolina National Guard Association
Life Member, Army Aviation Association of America
Life Member, American Legion Post 6
Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Professional Liability Defense Federation
Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Member, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

David A. Anderson is a shareholder of Richardson Plowden in the Columbia office. He maintains a civil litigation practice with an emphasis on defending construction, premises liability, real estate professionals, and other insurance related matters.

Mr. Anderson's experience includes:

  • Defending numerous civil actions in both state and federal courts.
  • Participated in over 400 successfully mediated claims, which include construction, premises liability, bad faith, and general insurance defense matters.
  • Earned the Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV, indicating that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
Born in Charleston, S.C., Anderson is a graduate of The Citadel, where he earned a bachelor of arts in psychology. While a student, he received the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution ROTC Award and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Humanitarian Award.

After graduation, Mr. Anderson served in the United States Army in various command and staff positions until 1992, when he left active duty to pursue a career in law while continuing his military service with the South Carolina National Guard. Throughout his military career, Mr. Anderson received many awards and decorations, including The Bronze Star for action in Desert Shield/Desert Storm and the Legion of Merit for service in the National Guard. He retired with the rank of Colonel in 2006.

In 1996, he graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law and clerked for the United States Federal District Judge G. Ross Anderson, Jr. In 1997, Mr. Anderson joined Richardson Plowden and became a shareholder in 2003. In 2004, he received a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. Mr. Anderson is a member of the American Bar Association, as well as the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Professional Liability Defense Federation, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

Mr. Anderson is a member of Washington Street United Methodist Church, where he has served as a trustee, chair of the Staff Parish Relations Committee, and is presently the chair of the Washington Street UMC Foundation. He and his wife Robin have two children.