Justin O’Toole Lucey

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Paralegal:Jennifer Zambriczki

Justin O’Toole Lucey

Justin Lucey enjoys a good professional reputation in the community as a construction and complex transaction litigator. He has served as Plaintiff’s counsel in dozens of defective construction cases, involving large groups of townhomes, condominium complexes, primary and secondary residences, low-rise and mid-rise buildings, and residential and commercial structures. His firm is reputed to have two of the three largest residential construction settlement recoveries in the state of South Carolina. More recently, the firm received a multi-million dollar construction defect recovery on a nine-story research center building on behalf of the State of South Carolina.

Mr. Lucey has also tried a number of large cases to verdict. In 2006, Mr. Lucey led the recovery of a $4,100,000.00 inverse condemnation verdict against the State of South Carolina. Several years later, Mr. Lucey co-led the recovery of a verdict in the amount of $7,700,000.00, on behalf of his condominium clients, which at the time was one of the largest construction verdicts in the state. In September of 2011, the firm obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $12,500,000.00 on behalf of its townhouse clients, which was once again the largest known construction verdict in the state of South Carolina. The firm served as lead counsel it its most recent 2014 verdict of $55,000,000.00 on behalf of condominium conversion clients, which is the third consecutive construction trial in which the firm has set the record for the largest construction verdict recovery in the state. This verdict is reputed to be one of the largest of any type of verdict in the state.

Mr. Lucey has and currently serves as lead, co-lead, or liaison counsel in numerous class action suits, and has played an active role in multi-district litigation involving defective construction products. Prior class actions have resulted in significant monetary recovery for class members.

Mr. Lucey has spoken on numerous subjects including Trial of Complex Multi-Party Litigation at the 2008 South Carolina Bar Convention; and Tort Reform, the New (non) Joint and Several Liability, and Other Current Trial Issues at the 2009 South Carolina Bar Convention.

Practice Areas

Construction defect claims, construction product class action defect claims, and contract/financial/complex transaction claims

Admitted to Practice

State of South Carolina (1990)
United States District Court, District of South Carolina (2001)
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Court of Federal Claims
United States Supreme Court (2004)
District of Columbia (inactive)
Pennsylvania (1986, inactive)


University of Delaware, BS, BA in Finance (1981)
Georgetown University Law Center, JD (1986)

Professional Associations/Memberships

Charleston County Bar Association
South Carolina Bar Association
South Carolina Association for Justice
American Association for Justice

Reported Cases


Contact Information

Paralegal:Jennifer Zambriczki