Rita Bolt Barker is an experienced litigator and counselor, focusing primarily on environmental, commercial litigation, and insurance coverage matters.
Rita has broad experience helping clients navigate the wide range of laws that protect our natural resources. She is a trusted, reliable partner for businesses, governmental entities, 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 United States 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 losses as well as 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.