Drew Butler

Contact Drew 

Charleston: 843.714.2609

Columbia: 803.576.3706 


Charleston: 235 Magrath Darby Boulevard, Suite 100, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Columbia: 1900 Barnwell St. Columbia, SC 29201

Contact Drew’s Paralegal

Beth Tobul



Practice Areas

  • Construction Law 
  • Products Liability 
  • Personal Injury Defense 
  • Government Liability Defense


  • Rhodes College (B.A., 1999) 
  • Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 2002)

Bar Admissions

  • 2002, South Carolina 
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit


Drew Hamilton Butler is a shareholder at Richardson Plowden. He joined the firm in 2002 at the Columbia office before helping to open the Charleston office in 2012. As a trial lawyer, he focuses his practice on general litigation, including but not limited to construction litigation, products liability defense, government defense, and personal injury litigation. 

Mr. Butler's experience includes:

  • Successfully tried cases in the United States District Court and Circuit Courts of South Carolina 
  • Successfully defended general contractors and subcontractors in large exposure construction-defect claims 
  • Provides insurance coverage opinions for insurance carriers responding to a claim in South Carolina 
  • Defends various government entities in claims brought under the South Carolina Tort Claims Act or 42 U.S.C. §1983

Prior to joining Richardson Plowden, Mr. Butler served as a speech writer for the Pennsylvania legislature and worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission Administrative Law Court.


Scholarly Lectures and Speaking Engagements

  • South Carolina Bar - Leadership Academy Presenter (February, 2022)
  • CLE Presenter: Defending Dram Shop Claims in South Carolina (November, 2021)
  • Strafford National Publications: Dram Shop Liability - Bar, Restaurant and Individual Exposure for Over-serving Customers and Guests (August, 2019)
  • CLM National Construction Conference Speaker: Navigating the Modern Settlement Agreement (San Diego, CA / Fall, 2017)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association, Annual Meeting Speaker: Defending Restaurants and Bartenders from Dram Shop Liability (Summer, 2017)
  • SC Bar CLE: Defending Restaurants and Bartenders from Dram Shop Liability (Winter, 2016)
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Defense Conference: Defending Prisoner Litigation Claims (Fall, 2016)
  • The Hartford Insurance Company: Construction Litigation Defense in South Carolina (Fall, 2014)
  • South Carolina Department of Mental Health: Risk Management and Loss Prevention Tactics (Summer, 2013) 
  • Lorman Education Services, Lecture: Understanding the Current CGL Policy; The Role of Performance Bonds & Additional Insured Issues (Summer, 2012) 
  • Lorman Education Services, Lecture: AIA Contracts - A General Overview/Dispute Resolution & Aribtration (Fall, 2011) 
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association, Annual Meeting Speaker: Punitive Damages and Post-Trial Motions (Winter, 2010) 
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association, Trial Academy Presentation: Jury Charges, Verdict Forms & Special Interrogatories (Spring, 2010) 
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association, Joint Meeting Presentation: Expert Witness Cross-Examination Do's and Don'ts (Summer, 2007)



  • South Carolina Dram Shop Litigation: A Practical Guide: South Carolina Bar – CLE Division, Nov, 2016
  • Understanding the Application of Performance Bonds in Construction Defect LitigationThe Defense Line, Volume 43 (Spring 2015)
  • Attorney General's Office Provides Trial Experience While Supporting A Valuable Community Program, The Defense Line, Volume 34 (Fall 2006)

Other Professional

  • Member, Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • South Carolina Bar 
  • Richland County Bar Association 
  • Charleston Bar Association 
  • President, Young Lawyers Division, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association (2006-2008) 
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association

Awards, Honors, Accolades

  • 2019 & 2017, Lowcountry Legal Elite for Business Litigation by the Charleston Business Journal
  • 2018, Selected as a Charter Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • 2017-2012 South Carolina Super Lawyers for General Litigation, Rising Star
  • 2012, AWR Litigator of the Year Award
  • Rated Distinguished® for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell American
  • 2002, Certificate in Dispute Resolution and Advocacy, Pennsylvania State University
  • 1995-1997, NCAA Baseball and Football Letterman