Senior Counsel

Ann K. Ritter


Ann Ritter is a multi-faceted litigator and negotiator with more than 35 years of experience in complex litigation involving matters as varied as securities, products liability and consumer protection.

Ann is actively involved in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation MDL targeting alleged deceptive marketing and overdistribution that is believed to have fueled the opioid crisis. Ann also joined Motley Rice co-founder Joe Rice in negotiations in the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Fraud class action for consumers whose vehicles were designed to bypass regulations. The nearly $15 billion settlement for 2.0-liter vehicles is the largest consumer auto-related consumer class action in U.S. history, and among the fastest reached of its kind. She also engaged in negotiations throughout Takata Corp.’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy process and helped secure a pair of favorable resolutions for current and future personal injury victims. 

After playing key roles in many areas of the firm, including occupational diseases and transportation,  Ann helped establish the firm’s securities fraud practice more than a decade ago, which has since held as many as 49 lead or co-lead positions in litigation. 

Ann serves as a frequent speaker on legal topics such as worker safety, shareholder rights and corporate governance. In 2007, she addressed leading German institutional investors as a keynote speaker on the impact of U.S. class actions at the Deutsche Schutzvereinigung für Wertpapierbesitz e. V. Practical Workshop for institutional investors in Frankfurt, Germany. Additionally, Ann has served for many years as the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association (SMWIA) occupational disease counsel, and participated in the early work that led to Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT). She also served on the Executive Advisory Council of the International Pleural Mesothelioma Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. 

Ann is the co-author of Asbestos in Schools, published by the National School Boards Association. Ann previously served on the Advisory Committee for the Tobacco Deposition and Trial Testimony Archives (DATTA) Project and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the South Carolina Special Olympics, the Advisory Board of the Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center, and the Advisory Board of The University of Mississippi School of Law. She is recognized as a BV® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®.

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.


J.D., University of Tennessee, 1982

B.S., Florida State University, 1980

Licensed In

  • South Carolina

Admitted to Practice Before

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Eleventh Circuits


South Carolina Association for Justice