Liam Duffy is a dynamic, high-motor trial lawyer with significant experience in complex, high-stakes injury and wrongful death cases. In the last few years alone, he has obtained over $80 million in jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients.
Liam’s practice focuses on representing people who have suffered catastrophic injuries—or families who have lost a loved one—because of negligent conduct. He has handled a variety of cases involving issues of workplace safety, products liability, tractor-trailer collisions, power line safety, dram shop liability, and more. And he has faced off in courtrooms against some of the world’s largest corporations including electrical utility companies, consumer and automotive product manufacturers, trucking companies, road construction contractors, and retail and hospitality enterprises.
Today’s world is technology-driven, and Liam’s practice is no different. He has a creative and forward-thinking approach to his cases and has spent hundreds of hours working to master and incorporate the latest, cutting-edge trial and case management technologies to better communicate with juries and advance his clients’ interests in (and out of) the courtroom.
Because of his experience and commitment to his craft, Liam has been sought-out as a speaker on litigation and trial strategy. Since 2020, he has presented at numerous seminars hosted by the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Association for Justice, the Injured Workers Advocates, the Kentucky Justice Association, and the Louisiana Association for Justice. He has also authored several published articles in AAJ’s Trial Magazine and SCAJ’s Justice Bulletin. Year after year, Liam has been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of South Carolina’s “Rising Stars.”
Liam is also active in legal and community organizations. He is a member of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG), the American Association for Justice (AAJ), serves as the Young Lawyers Chair for the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ). In addition, he is the 9th Circuit Representative for the SC Bar Young Lawyers Division and is a former chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s Law Practice Management Committee. Liam has given back to his community by volunteering with Special Olympics South Carolina, The Green Heart Project, Make-A-Wish South Carolina, and other organizations.
Charleston, SC 29401
T (843) 972-0150 F (843) 277-6691[email protected]
Charleston School of Law, summa cum laude
College of Charleston
Attorneys Information Exchange Group
American Association for Justice
South Carolina Association for Justice
Verdict in Wrongful Death of Landscaper
After a week-long trial, a jury awarded $21 million to the family of a 41-year-old landscaper who died after being shocked by a South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) power line while trimming a palm tree in Edisto Island, South Carolina.
Settlement for Injured Louisiana Worker
Just days before a multi-week trial was set to begin in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, our team secured this settlement on behalf of a worker who was seriously injured on the job when she fell 20 feet from a scaffolding.
Dram Shop Settlement
Wrongful death of a young woman killed by a drunk driver who was overserved alcohol by a national restaurant chain then purchased more alcohol at a convenience store.
Commercial Motor Vehicle Collision
A rear-end collision with a commercial motor vehicle caused catastrophic injury to our client.
Hit and Run Settlement
The estate of a bicyclist killed by a drunk driver settled its wrongful death claims with two Charleston-area drinking establishments.
Dram Shop and Drunk Driver Settlement
Two people who were injured when their vehicle was hit head-on by a heavily intoxicated late-night driver who was going the wrong way on an interstate.
A motorcyclist who was injured after a driver stuck him while making an abrupt left turn settled a claim against the driver for $2.75 million.
Construction Site Settlement for Injured Drywall Worker
This settlement was reached after our client, an undocumented Mexican immigrant and drywall worker, fell 15 feet through a set of shoddily constructed stairs while carrying construction materials and landed on the concrete below. The stairs were built by a subcontractor and were noncompliant with the building code, lacked the required bolts, bracing and ledgers, and were unable to support a reasonable and expected load during the course of construction. As a result, our client suffered severe injuries, including a spinal cord injury, persistent bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunction, right-lower extremity weakness, knee instability, a traumatic brain injury and post-concussive disorder. We recovered all available insurance policy limits.
Settlement for Improperly Parked Truck Collision
This settlement was achieved for a client who suffered injuries after crashing into an improperly parked truck on the shoulder of the road. The truck had been illegally parked on the shoulder for approximately ten minutes, with its trailer sticking out about six feet into the road. In addition, the truck had not placed reflective triangles or flares around the truck, as the law requires.
$875,000 Premises Liability Settlement
This recovery was made for a 60-year old woman who fractured her hip when she fell over an unsafe, unmarked curb that was negligently placed in the middle of a walkway outside at TJ Maxx store in Indian Land, South Carolina.
Adulterated Food Case Jury Verdict
Yarborough Applegate attorney Liam Duffy recently secured a $315,000 jury verdict on behalf of a client who required emergency surgery after ingesting a metal wire that was embedded in a grilled chicken dish from Outback Steakhouse. In a major win, the lawsuit has led to a safety change across the entire Bloomin’ Brands family of restaurants, a move that will protect customers worldwide.
The seminar was devoted to sharing and collaborating on strategies for discovery, depositions, and trial and included a star-studded lineup of trial lawyers recruited by Duffy from across South Carolina and the country.
An annual tradition, the Best & Brightest 35 and Under Awards celebrates the women and men who are rising stars in our local business community.
This recognition comes on the heels of Liam’s central role in the firm’s record-setting, $21 million-dollar jury verdict last year in a powerline electrocution and wrongful death case.
The organization’s motto, “Advocates for Fairness Under the Law,” illustrates the simple mission of trial lawyers serving those who they have sworn to protect.
Five of our seven attorneys have been named as 2020 Super Lawyers Honorees or Rising Star Honorees, and our founding partner, David Yarborough, has been selected to the Top 10 in Charleston and Top 25 in South Carolina.
His talk provided attendees with practical tips for spotting these kinds of cases, working them up aggressively to improve results, and ultimately trying them to a jury.
His talk focused on trial advocacy, motions practice and presenting persuasive arguments to a judge and jury.
Yarborough Applegate attorney Liam Duffy continues his thought leadership amongst trial lawyers in his latest published article, “The Golden Rule in Opening Statement and Closing Argument: What It Is and What It Isn’t.”
Duffy revisited several third-party injury and death cases in which he and the Yarborough Applegate team have sought and obtained significant recovery outside of the workers compensation system.
Listen to how they obtained the largest jury verdict in Colleton County history for the wrongful death of 41-year-old landscaper Jose Larios.
His talk, “Third-Party Premises Liability in Workplace Injuries & Deaths,” addressed handling premises and products liability in workplace injury settings.
Duffy’s presentation detailed the ways workers compensation attorneys can push to obtain full justice for their clients by identifying workplace injury cases that involve the negligence of a third-party.
Duffy’s presentation covered our team’s strategic approaches that proved to be difference-makers in a recent workplace injury case.
Duffy drew on his professional experience as he detailed best practices on working with experts, including how to select the right experts and maximize their involvement, from early case investigation all the way through trial.
Confidentiality in court proceedings can have harmful consequences. In some instances, it can be deadly. Yarborough Applegate attorney Liam Duffy tackles this topic in the latest SCAJ Justice Bulletin magazine.
In the latest issue of Trial Magazine, Yarborough Applegate’s own David Yarborough, David Lail, and Liam Duffy detail ways our team has hit the ground running and mined for evidence while working up dram shop cases.