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John F. Beach

Partner
Litigation
  • P 803.343.1269
    F 803.799.8479

John F. Beach joined Adams and Reese in 2013 as a Partner at the time of the firm’s expansion into South Carolina.

Practicing law since 1982, John represents businesses in disputes and litigation arising out of contractual, regulatory, trust, estate, and property conflicts. He regularly appears as lead trial counsel in state and federal courts, and before various administrative tribunals. John was also on the vanguard of alternative dispute resolution, having regularly represented clients in commercial arbitrations and mediations since the 1980s. John has been certified as a mediator by the South Carolina Supreme Court since 2002.

John’s additional representative experience includes:

  • Representing businesses of all sizes, ranging from small companies to Fortune 500 companies; working closely with business owners and their immediate management team to accomplish their unique goals related to the subject dispute.
  • Litigating complex, technical business disputes, often involving government-regulated industries.
  • Combining experience in business law and investment fraud to address complex trust, estate, fiduciary, and securities litigation involving assertions of fraud, mismanagement, breach of fiduciary duty, validity of estate plans, and enforcement and modification of trust provisions.
  • Using an in-depth economics and financial background in large condemnation disputes to successfully address complex valuation issues.
  • Addressing large non-compete, confidentiality, trade secret, and trademark infringement matters.

John honed his administrative practice skills before numerous state and federal agencies and commissions. He represents broker-dealers and registered representatives before the South Carolina Securities Commissioner; health care clients before the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation; and utilities before the South Carolina Public Service Commission. John also addresses zoning and land-use matters for landowners and developers and procurement matters for businesses before state, city, and county governments.

John has served on the Board of South Carolina’s Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and he is an active member of the South Carolina Bar, Richland County Bar Association, and International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).

John is a long-time supporter of Columbia’s Nickelodeon Theater, South Carolina’s only independent film theatre. John helped with the Nick’s recent move to a prominent Main Street location, an important component of Columbia’s current downtown renaissance. John has also provided advice and guidance, through various committees and task forces, to help advance the recent development of Columbia’s central business district.

John particularly admires Vince Lombardi, who, among other things, said: “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

When he’s not working, John enjoys spending time with his wife and twin daughters. He has a passion for travel, tennis, classic sports cars, and all kinds of active outdoor adventures.