Craig Burgess Named Legal Counsel of SC State

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

BurgesCraig Burgess has been appointed to the position of general counsel of SC State University. In this position, Burgess is responsible for all legal matters impacting the university including, but not limited to, drafting and reviewing legal documents; rendering legal advice and opinions; ensuring compliance with university policies and federal and state legislation; overseeing litigation; coordinating the response to subpoenas and other requests for information; and providing assistance in the formulation and implementation of institutional strategies to prevent legal problems.

Burgess is a skilled litigator and trial attorney with more than 20 years of experience handling complex legal matters as a private attorney and corporate counsel. Burgess first 11 years as a lawyer were in Charleston, S.C., where he rose through the ranks as an associate to become a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, defending corporate clients in the areas of product liability, premises liability, and general personal injury claims. Burgess left the firm in 2003 after accepting a position to work in Atlanta, Ga. as senior litigation counsel for BellSouth Corporation and later for AT&T after a merger between the two telecommunications companies. After leaving AT&T in 2007, Burgess spent 18 months traveling extensively abroad, eventually returning to private practice in Charleston in 2009 to work as special counsel with the law firm of Barnwell, Whaley, Patterson & Helms, specializing in the representation of universities, school districts, and municipalities.

Burgess is married to Rev. Adriane McGee, associate pastor at Bethany United Methodist Church in Summerville, S.C. They have a son, Craig Zachary. A graduate of The Citadel, Burgess was a four-year letterman of the varsity basketball team, voted captain during his senior year, and named to the Southern Conference Second Team All-Conference and All-Tournament squads.