Burr & Forman

Wm. Grayson Lambert

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  • J.D., magna cum laude, Mordecai Scholar, Duke University School of Law (2012)
  • B.A., with honors, Jefferson Scholar, University of Virginia (2009)

North Carolina

South Carolina

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – South Carolina

  • Leadership Council, Columbia Lawyers' Chapter, Federalist Society
  • Secretary, Trial & Appellate Advocacy Section Council, South Carolina Bar (2019-present)
  • Chair, Advisory Committee on Rules and Procedures, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2021-present); Member (2017-2020)
  • Member, Practice and Procedure Committee, South Carolina Bar (2014-present)
  • Community Law Week Committee Co-Chair, South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers, Executive Council (2019-present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch: Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation (2021)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, "Super Lawyers Rising Star," Business Litigation (2018), "Super Lawyers Rising Star", Appellate (2019-2020)
  • Leadership South Carolina Class of 2019
  • Youth Basketball Coach, First Presbyterian Church (2017-present)
  • Chair, Jefferson Scholars Foundation, Central and Upstate South Carolina Regional Selection Committee (2014-present)
  • Public Policy Committee, Columbia Chamber of Commerce (2017-present)
  • South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy Class of 2018
  • Represented a national bank in the trial and appellate court in a putative class action involving a lender’s obligation under a federal statute. The Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment for the national bank.

  • Represented a large financial institution in the trial and appellate court on a novel jurisdictional question. The Fifth Circuit adopted the client’s position and affirmed the district court’s conclusion that federal subject-matter jurisdiction existed.

  • Represented a national bank on appeal in a case involving allegations of wrongdoing with the recording and transfer of mortgages. The South Carolina Supreme Court reversed the trial court’s decision and dismissed the claims.

  • Represented a financial institution on appeal in a case involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. The North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of the claims.

  • Represented State officials in obtaining emergency stay of preliminary injunction from U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Obtained favorable ruling in S.C. Supreme Court’s original jurisdiction in lawsuit challenging election law in light of COVID-19.

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Appellate Commercial / Corporate Litigation Class Action

Grayson focuses his practice on appellate proceedings and major trial court motions. He represents both private and public entities in cases involving novel or complicated legal questions and complex procedural issues. From his clerkship experience and his own practice, Grayson understands that strong reasoning and clear writing are essential to presenting a client‘s most effective argument to the court.

Grayson has drafted appellate briefs and trial court motions on a wide range of issues, ranging from novel questions of law, federal and state constitutional questions, statutory interpretation, jurisdictional questions, class certification, evidentiary issues, breach of contract, fiduciary duty, employment discrimination, administrative law, and procedural issues. Among his work was representing South Carolina election officials in the 2020 election, defending South Carolina and ultimately prevailing in the United States Supreme Court to ensure the general election was conducted according to South Carolina’s longstanding election code. Grayson has also represented more than 100 members of Congress, including congressional leaders, in the U.S. Supreme Court.

In addition to representing clients, Grayson has written law review articles and articles in other legal periodicals on open legal questions or issues on which courts are divided. Grayson’s scholarship has been cited in both merits and certiorari briefing in the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as in other federal and state appellate courts.

Before joining Burr Forman McNair, Grayson clerked for the Honorable Dennis W. Shedd on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. While in law school, Grayson served as an executive editor of the Duke Law Journal and as a member of the Moot Court Board.