Ron Motley Dead
Ron Motley – one of South Carolina’s wealthiest and most powerful trial lawyers – is dead.
The founding partner of the Motley Rice law firm – based in Mount Pleasant, S.C. – passed away Wednesday evening, according to an email from the S.C. Association for Justice (SCAJ), a group of trial lawyers.
“It is with heavy heart that I tell you, SCAJ Member and Past President, Ron Motley passed away last night,” SCAJ president Rod Jernigan wrote in an email obtained by FITS. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Motley Rice family at this time.”
Details regarding the circumstances of his death were not immediately available, although sources tell FITS Motley had been experiencing “numerous health issues” for several years.
Motley, 68, built his legal empire going after asbestos and tobacco companies – and made news in recent years by suing the financiers of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He was portrayed in Michael Mann’s 1999 thriller The Insider by actor Bruce McGill.
“He was a brilliant and visionary lawyer, and I was proud to be his partner,” said John Herrick, a partner at Motley Rice.
Earlier this month SCAJ honored Motley with its highest honor, hailing him as “an integral and influential part of the national and South Carolina legal profession for more than forty years.”