Robert B. Ransom
Mr. Ransom was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. He spent his childhood growing up in the City of Cadillac, where his father was the probate judge, and his mother was the office secretary for the circuit court judge.
In 1978, Rob’s family moved to Charleston, West Virginia. During his senior year in high school, Rob was elected Class President and was named Senior of the Year by his classmates.
Rob attended college at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree in May 1985, graduating with highest honors and distinction.
In the spring of 1985, Rob was accepted into the University of South Carolina School of Law. He graduated in the spring of 1988 and passed the bar exam later that summer. Rob was sworn in as a member of the South Carolina Bar in November 1988. He has since been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina and the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals. Over the years, he has also been admitted pro haec vice (on a limited basis) to handle cases in North Carolina, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Michigan.
Beginning as a summer clerk in 1985, Rob went to work for Wise & Cole, PA in Charleston, South Carolina (now known as Pratt-Thomas, Walker) and joined the firm as an associate upon graduation from law school.
During his years at Wise & Cole, Rob gained experience in asbestos personal injury work, admiralty, construction, and administrative law. He also served on the South Carolina Bar’s Ethics Advisory Committee and as a Special Municipal Court Judge for the City of Goose Creek, South Carolina. He was elected to serve as Charleston Harbor Master for the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute.
In 1997, Rob resigned from Wise & Cole and together with his best friend from law school, Jim Leventis, formed the Leventis & Ransom law firm. For several years, the firm maintained offices in both Columbia and Charleston.
To consolidate the firm’s offices, Rob moved from Charleston to Columbia in 2001. Since that time, he has served on the South Carolina Association for Justice’s Legislative Steering Committee; been a member of the American Association for Justice’s President’s Club; been named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the American Trial Lawyers’ Association; and been selected as a South Carolina Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiffs’ medical malpractice each year since 2009.
Rob married his wife, Chris, in August 1999. They have two children, Kelsey and Brooks. The family attends Kilbourne Park Baptist Church in Columbia, both he and his wife participate in humanitarian and relief work in India.
Reported Cases Include
Thomas v. Dootson
Cooke v Palmetto Health
Braswell v Faircloth
Proveaux v MUSC
Sierra Club v Kiawah
Tisdale v Pruitt
Weaver v Coastal Council
Yarmouth Sea Products v Scully
Areas Of Practice Include
Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Unsafe Premises – Slip & Fall
South Carolina, 1988
U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1990
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1992
Over 30 Years Of Legal Service
Rob has been involved in the legal services industry since 1983. He started out as a file clerk, became a paralegal, went to law school, worked as a summer research clerk, spent ten years as a litigation associate in a defense firm and then became a plaintiffs’ trial lawyer. He used to work for the defense bar and now works for the plaintiffs’ bar. He has done virtually every job at every level in the legal services industry. His father was a judge; his mother was a law clerk for a federal judge, and his step-father ran one of the largest law firms in the state. The breadth of his exposure to the legal profession is pretty unique. His experiences give him the insight into all the subtle nuances, tricks and tactics employed by his opponents and enable him to design and deploy effective counter-tactics to advance his client’s interests.
Rob is dedicated to all who cross his path in life. He has ridden his bike across the United States to help out regional blood centers before starting Leventis & Ransom. Some of his community support can be seen below:
Five Points of Life Bicycle Ride in 1997, 1998 and 2000
Elected Deacon at Kilbourne Park Baptist Chruch in 2013
Elected Deacon Chairman at Kilbourne Park in 2014, 2015
Five Trips to South Asia to do humanitarian and relief work
Financial Supporter of the Forest Acres Cycling Team for Students at A.C. Flora High School Since 2004
University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina Juris Doctor (1988)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, B.A. in Philosophy (1985)
Summa Cum Laude, with Distinction
James B. Angel Scholar
Blue Key National Honor Society
Honors And Awards
South Carolina Super Lawyers Medical Malpractice Selection – 2009 – 2015
National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers selection – 2009 – 2016
American Association for Justice President’s Club
5-time South Carolina State Time Trial Medalist in Bicycle Road Racing
Professional Associations And Memberships
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association
Amicus Curiae Committee
Legislative Steering Committee
South Carolina Association for Justice
American Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice President’s Club
The National Trial Lawyers Association
The Leventis & Ransom law firm is available to serve people in Columbia, the Midlands and throughout South Carolina including the Upstate and Low-country. Our attorneys each have over 29 years of experience that we can put to work for you. To discuss your concerns or schedule a meeting, please call 803.765.2383 or Contact us.
1913 Bull Street Columbia, SC 29201
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