Rita Bolt BarkerMEMBER

Rita Bolt Barker is a veteran litigator and counselor with experience in environmental, commercial litigation, and insurance coverage matters.

Environmental

Rita has broad experience helping clients navigate the wide range of laws that protect our natural resources.  She is a trusted, reliable partner for business and individuals who need a steady guide through the ins and outs of environmental compliance and litigation.

Rita delivers results for clients who need assistance in investigating and responding to permitting challenges, as well as in responding to requests for information and enforcement actions before administrative agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

She advises clients on assessing environmental risks and incentives associated with corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and real estate deals.  In the real estate context, Rita has experience securing and enforcing conservation easements and redeveloping brownfield properties through South Carolina’s Voluntary Cleanup Contract program.

Rita has advised clients on matters arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the SC Pollution Control  Act.

Commercial Litigation & Insurance Coverage Disputes

In addition to her environmental work, Rita represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters, including consumer protection, data breach, contractual, and trade secrets disputes.  She has broad experience litigating insurance coverage issues, and routinely assists with assessing adequacy of coverage and securing coverage for defense and indemnification costs.

Rita has taught Administrative Law at Clemson University and Environmental Law at Furman University.  She serves as the chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee.

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  • Big Case Litigation
  • Consumer Product Safety and Risk Management
  • Environmental and Sustainability
  • Governmental Representation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Regulatory and Governmental Representation
  • Whistleblower and False Claims Act Litigation
2004, J.D. Harvard Law School, Harvard Women’s Law Journal, Executive Editor; President, Board of Student Advisers; Legal Writing and Research Teaching Assistant
2001, B.A. Clemson University, Political Science & Speech and Communication Studies, summa cum laude; Student Body President, Norris Medal Winner

Environmental:

  • Representing a governmental entity in a complex dispute arising from expansion of a water infrastructure project
  • Representing a major metropolitan city in water allocation litigation
  • Advising real estate developers to enroll property in the SC brownfields program
  • Advising buyers of potential environmental liabilities associated with purchases of manufacturing assets
  • Assisting businesses to pursue green incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects
  • Representing property owners in litigation to recover diminution of property value caused by contamination
  • Representing clients across all business sectors in DHEC and EPA enforcement actions
  • Assisting manufacturers to comply with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
  • Representing real estate developers in litigation to enforce restrictive covenants
  • Appellate litigation regarding statutory interpretation of coastal development legislation

Insurance:

  • Auditing businesses’ insurance coverage to determine appropriate scope of coverage
  • Advising manufacturing clients in procuring specialized coverage for unique risks
  • Assisting clients to file claims after property and business losses
  • Securing insurance coverage for defense and indemnification costs
  • Representing clients in declaratory judgment actions arising from coverage disputes
2007–Present Wyche, P.A.
2005–2007 Associate, King & Spalding, LLP, Atlanta, Georgia
2004–2005 Law Clerk, Hon. Beverly B. Martin, United States District Court, Atlanta, Georgia
  • South Carolina Bar, 2008
  • Georgia Bar, 2004
  • Haynsworth Perry Inn of Court
  • Green Ribbon Advisory Committee, City of Greenville
  • Leadership Greenville, Class 37
  • Greenville Forward, Board of Directors (Former Chair)
  • Brownfield Task Force, City of Greenville
  • Greenville Bikeshare Steering Committee
  • Upstate Forever Volunteer
  • Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Issues Committee
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Tech Committee
  • Georgia Bar Association, Environmental Section
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Environmental Section
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Environmental Transactions & Brownfields Committee and Environmental Litigation & Toxic Torts Committee
  • Harvard Law School Alumni Association Volunteer
  • Clemson University Library Ambassador
  • Friends of the Reedy River
  • Honorary Chair, South Carolina 4-H Congress
  • Clemson University Center for the Visual Arts Volunteer
  • Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association, Member
2019 Recognized on Pro Bono Honor Roll by Supreme Court of South Carolina
2018 Best Lawyers 2018 Greenville Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year”
2014 – Present Listed in Chambers USA
2012 – Present Named a “Rising Star” by South Carolina Super Lawyers
2013 Received the “Distinguished Environmental Advocacy Award” from the American Bar Association
2012 – Present Recognized as “Legal Elite” by the Greenville Business Magazine
2012 – Present Listed in Best Lawyers in America
2011 Named one of Greenville’s “Best and Brightest 35 and Under” by Greenville Business Magazine
2011 Graduate of Leadership Greenville, Class 37
2010 Connections: Women Leaders of the Upstate, Class of 2010
2004 Harvard Law School Dean’s Award for Community Leadership