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Firm Overview

A national firm with South Carolina roots

Three reasons to choose RPWB

Experience.

We have worked together as partners and as collaborators on some of the most significant litigation in America’s history. Our attorneys possess the practical skills, legal knowledge and tenacity to ensure every client receives the very best representation possible. Our collective experience touches nearly every aspect of plaintiffs’ litigation and we have an extensive network of co-counsel, experts and investigators to take on cases regardless of location and legal jurisdiction. Our clients benefit from our experience, seasoned understanding of complicated matters and winning reputation.

Innovation.

We like to be first. Our attorneys focus on new and evolving areas of the law. The firm has put in place an advanced technological infrastructure that provides comprehensive data analysis and management. State-of-the-art presentation software provides jurors with the very best opportunity to understand our clients’ cases.

Determination.

We know that holding big business accountable takes a willingness to relentlessly fight for the rights of those who have been wronged. When RPWB takes a case, the firm and all of its resources are committed to fighting for that client. Our contract of representation is our promise to put in the work necessary to bring every case to its best possible conclusion.

Our history

Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman is a law firm with extensive experience representing plaintiffs in complex litigation across a diverse array of practice areas. We are frequently selected to hold leadership positions in class actions and MDLs. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in 14 states and territories. (CA, DC, FL, GA, IL, KS, MD, MI, MO, NC, SC, TX, US-VI and WI.) With a network of co-counsel partners across the country, we have the knowledge, skill and resources to investigate and litigate throughout the United States.

While we take pride in our work to help large groups of people, our foundation remains to help individual clients by litigating catastrophic personal injury cases, truck accidents, railroad accidents, construction defects, medical malpractice, occupational lung disease and mesothelioma claims.

RPWB was formed in 2002 by a group of attorneys who had built the reputation of being skilled, principled and tenacious. Their experience included working on the most significant litigation against what was then our nation’s biggest health crisis: tobacco use. The cases led to the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, which has compensated states for healthcare costs and funded nationwide anti-smoking campaigns.

Our firm’s attorneys pioneered asbestos litigation in the early 1970s when we were among the first to successfully litigate product liability claims against the manufacturers of asbestos and asbestos products. We have since helped thousands of workers throughout the country who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and asbestosis.

RPWB’s pharmaceutical team has been named lead counsel of seven nationwide cases against drug and medical device manufacturers. They have held leadership positions in many others. Other RPWB attorneys have made names for themselves by litigating catastrophic personal injury, products liability and and consumer class action cases.

The result is a law firm that is skilled and experienced enough to take on complex cases in our home state of South Carolina and behind.

Our Areas of Practice and Legal Teams

A tradition of giving back to the community

RPWB recognizes that its team is composed of individuals with a wide array of values, passions and backgrounds. This attitude is what drives the firm’s focus on community service. Whether it is painting nursing homes, donating school items for children or collecting food items for the local food bank, RPWB is committed to giving back to our community.

We support organizations that align with our firm’s mission. This includes groups that help children and the less fortunate as well as those that advance civic engagement and otherwise contribute to the strength, well-being and vibrancy of our communities.

Listed below is just a small sample of RPWB’s community service efforts.

Trident United Way Day of Caring

Each fall, the firm participates in Trident United Way’s Day of Caring event. Day of Caring provides an opportunity for corporate volunteer teams to partner with schools and agencies in the Charleston area to increase community engagement. Past projects have included building a café for an elementary school, painting buildings, picking up roadside litter, and planting gardens and landscaping.

Lowcountry Food Bank

When a statistic revealed that 1 in 4 children in the Charleston area experiences hunger, RPWB knew it had a job to do. The firm teamed up to collect healthy, non-perishable food items for Lowcountry Food Bank. As an office, over 500 items were donated to replenish the food bank’s shelves.

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding

RPWB sponsored Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding’s annual fundraising event, In the Company of Horses. The event benefits CATR’s Scholarship Program that provides therapeutic horseback riding lessons to mentally and physically disabled children and adults.

Share Our Suzy

Share Our Suzy was created by friends of Suzy McGrane, a local photographer who was diagnosed with breast cancer. The organization’s initial intention was to raise money to help with McGrane’s medical expenses. Ultimately, breast cancer claimed her life, but her friends continued Share Our Suzy to support breast cancer patients financially so that their focus may be solely on recovery. RPWB is proud to sponsor an organization that has helped so many women battling this terrible disease.

Lowcountry Orphan Relief

Each year, RPWB partners with Lowcountry Orphan Relief to gather donations for area-children, many of whom have experienced abuse and neglect.  School supplies, backpacks and uniforms are donated to ensure children of the Lowcountry are prepared to return to school.

Barnwell County United Way Stuff the Bus Event

RPWB employees in Barnwell volunteered at the Barnwell County United Way Stuff the Bus event. Stuff the Bus collected school supplies and monetary donations for the three school districts in Barnwell County. Guidance counselors distributed the supplies as the need arose to students in each school RPWB employees collected, sorted and organized donations. Overall, more than $700 was raised along with 10 carts of school supplies.

Lung Force Walk for American Lung Association in South Carolina

Lung Cancer is the number one cancer killer of American women, but very few women see lung cancer as a threat to their health. The American Lung Association’s Lung Force initiative is working to change that and make lung cancer in women a public health priority. When Lung Force launched in 2014, RPWB was one of the first corporate sponsors to join the movement as a local sponsor of the Lung Force Run/Walk Charleston.

Barnwell County United Way’s Project Care Day

Annually, the firm sponsors, donates and participates in Barnwell County United Way’s Project Care Day. Barnwell County residents and employees come together to perform community service projects to advance the common good in the area. Past projects have included landscaping, painting, installing flooring, constructing wheelchair ramps and building a born to learn trail.

If you believe RPWB can help your organization, please contact marketing director Daniel Brownstein at dbrownstein@rpwb.com.