Gene M. Connell, Jr. has been a member of the law firm since 1983. With his vast experience in many legal areas, he has received an “AV” rating with Martindale Hubbell, the most prestigious lawyer rating service in the country.

He has been involved in some of the largest class action suits ever brought in South Carolina, one of which (Bass v. State of South Carolina) went all the way to the United States Supreme Court before it was successfully settled. He has also argued numerous appeals before the South Carolina Supreme Court, the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission Appellate Division, the United States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Additionally, he has served as an expert witness in class actions on the issue of attorneys’ fees in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Connell’s trial practice has included being a Mediator for other lawyers and being appointed by the Circuit Court as a Special Referee (Special Judge) to hear cases. He was also selected as the “National Trial Lawyers Top 100” in 2014 and chosen ” Best of The Beach” Lawyer.

Significant Cases & Settlements

Bass v. State of South Carolina (1994)

Civil Action No. 89-CP-26-1136; The largest class action settlement ever against the State of South this case involved 64,000 Federal retirees who brought an action against the South Carolina Department of Revenue for return of state taxes which had been collected on Federal pensions. This case went to the South Carolina Supreme Court on two occasions and the United States Supreme Court on two occasions. Eventually, a class action settlement was reached in 1994 in which approximately $89 million was refunded to Federal retirees throughout South Carolina.

Bronnie Bowen v. US Capital Corporation (1985)

This case involved purchasers of condominiums who did not receive interest on their presale deposits. It was certified by the Circuit Court after an appeal to the South Carolina Court of Appeals and later settled.

Timothy L. Phillips and Andrea L. Phillips v. GSWSA

Civil Action No. 95-CP-26-1805; a class action brought by the Plaintiffs against Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority for collection of improper water and sewer fees which was certified by the Circuit Court.

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Represented many indigent clients for civil and criminal matters in S.C.
  • Serves on the South Carolina Supreme Court Fee Dispute Committee.
  • Appointed mentor to young lawyers by the S.C. Supreme Court.
  • Advised lawyers in S.C. on the handling of their claims.

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina State Bar
  • Georgetown County Bar
  • Horry County Bar
  • United States Federal Court Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals (Fourth Circuit)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • United States Federal Court of Claims


College of Charleston

Graduated College of Charleston in 1980 with Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of the Arts.

University of South Carolina School of Law

Graduated University of SC School of Law in 1983.

University of SC Public Administration

Graduate Work at University of South Carolina Public Administration