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Duke R. Highfield

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Duke R. Highfield is a partner at Young Clement Rivers, LLP, where he serves as chair of four of the Firm’s Practice Groups: Educational Institution Liability, Products Liability, Retail Liability and Trucking and Transportation.  Duke represents a wide array of nationwide and local clients, primarily with an emphasis on defending those clients in pending or threatened litigation in South Carolina and the Southeast.  Duke and his team are also available, 24/7, to handle catastrophic losses and accident investigations.  In addition to the team’s attorneys, we provide a network of experts, investigators and field adjusters, all available at any time.

Duke is an experienced and successful trial attorney, having tried to conclusion an extensive variety of cases over the past 20 years and was selected in 2016 for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Duke has received the AV Preeminent™ Rating Judicial Edition, which is the highest possible rating an attorney may receive for both legal ability and ethical standards.

Duke is also the chair of the Firm’s Marketing Committee.

Admitted to practice

  • South Carolina, 1991


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1991
  • Emory University, B.A., 1988



  • South Carolina Bar
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Committee, Products Liability Subcommittee, Transportation Committee
  • ALFA International: Member, Transportation Practice Group Steering Committee (1997 – present); Member, Products Liability Practice Group Steering Committee (2000 – present); Member, Hospitality Practice Group Steering Committee (2010 – present)
    • ALFA International Board Member (2007 – 2010)
    • Chair, ALFA Transportation Practice Group (2006 – 2007)
    • Program Chair, ALFA Transportation Practice Group (2004 – 2005)
    • Former Editor and co-Editor, ALFA International “Transport Update”
  • American Trucking Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy
  • Defense Research Institute
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • South Carolina Trucking Association

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