Marlon Kimpson represents victims of corporate malfeasance, from investors in securities fraud cases to consumers harmed by large data and privacy breaches, as well as people injured or killed in catastrophic incidents.
Building upon the firm’s relationships with unions and governmental entities, Marlon represents individuals, state and municipality pension funds, multi-employer plans, unions and other institutional investors in securities fraud class actions and in mergers and acquisition cases, seeking asset recovery and improved corporate governance.
Marlon has litigated securities cases including: In re Atheros Communications, Inc., Shareholder Litigation; In re Celera Corporation Shareholder Litigation; In re RehabCare Group, Inc. Shareholders Litigation; In re Coventry Healthcare, Inc., Shareholder Litigation; and In re Big Lots, Inc., Shareholder Litigation. In 2017, he helped secure a $16 million settlement to resolve shareholders’ claims in Epstein v. World Acceptance Corp. et al., which alleged that World Acceptance misled investors about its lending practices and compliance with federal law. More recently, Marlon was local counsel for institutional investors in In re SCANA Corporation Securities Litigation, a complex securities fraud matter related to alleged misrepresentations and omissions concerning the design, construction, and abandonment of SCANA’s nuclear construction project in South Carolina. The case resolved in 2020 with a $192 million settlement. It is the largest securities class action recovery ever obtained in the District of South Carolina, the fifth largest securities class action recovery in the history of the Fourth Circuit, and among the top 100 securities class action recoveries nationwide.
Marlon is co-lead counsel and a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for multidistrict litigation, In re: Blackbaud Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, filed in the District of South Carolina for consumers affected by a 2020 ransomware attack and resulting data breach that targeted software company Blackbaud. He also represents Facebook users who allege the social media network violated privacy laws by allowing political data firm Cambridge Analytica to harvest private information from more than 87 million of its users without their knowledge or permission.
In addition to securities and consumer fraud litigation, Marlon is part of the team representing dozens of governmental entities, including states, counties, cities, towns, and townships in litigation targeting the alleged deceptive marketing and over-distribution of highly addictive opioid drugs, a contended cause of the nationwide opioid crisis. He has also represented victims of catastrophic personal injury, asbestos exposure, and aviation disasters. He has litigated commercial and charter aviation cases with clients, defendants and accidents involving multiple countries. He also represented people and businesses in the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill settlements claims programs.
Marlon currently serves as South Carolina State Senator of District 42, representing citizens of Charleston and Dorchester Counties. A frequent speaker, Marlon has presented at seminars and conferences across the country, including the Public Funds Summit, the National Association of State Treasurers, the South Carolina Black Lawyers’ Association, the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS) and the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP).
After five years in commercial banking, Marlon entered the field of law and served as a law clerk to Judge Matthew J. Perry of the U.S. District Court of South Carolina. His legal work and volunteer service also earned him the University of South Carolina School of Law bronze Compleat Award. Martindale-Hubbell® recognizes Marlon as a BV® rated attorney.
Marlon is active in his community and formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Peggy Browning Fund. He has also held leadership roles with the University of South Carolina Board of Visitors, the Charleston Black Lawyers Association and the South Carolina Election Commission. In 2017, the American Association of Justice Minority Caucus awarded Marlon with its Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Soaring Eagle Award reserved for lawyers of color who have made outstanding contributions to the legal profession and paved the way for others. In 2018, Marlon was chosen as a Leadership in Law Honoree by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP and a member of Sigma Pi Phi Boulé and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1999
B.A., Morehouse College, 1991
American Association for Justice
South Carolina Association for Justice
National Association of Public Pension Attorneys
National Bar Association
American Bar Association
- South Carolina
Admitted to Practice Before
U.S. District Courts for the District of South Carolina, Eastern District of Michigan
Litigation AreasAviation Consumer Fraud Protection Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Public Client Securities Class Actions Transportation Whistleblower
Awards and Accolades
2015–2021 Mass tort litigation/class actions – plaintiffs
2019–2021 Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers
2019–2020 Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Financial Lawyers
2017 Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Soaring Eagle Award
2012 National "Litigation Star": mass tort/product liability
2012–2014 South Carolina “Litigation Star”: environmental, mass tort, securities
2016 Coastal Stewardship Award