Greenville, South Carolina
Phone (864) 250-9780
Fax (864) 250-9784
Areas of Practice:
* Business Litigation
* Business Disputes
* General Litigation
* Contract Law
* Trade Secrets
* Non-Compete Agreements
* Sports Law
* Fire, Cause and Origin
* Contract Disputes
* Unfair Trade Practices and Competition
* Medical Malpractice Litigation
* Franchise Law
* South Carolina, 1993
* U.S. District Court of South Carolina, 1994
* U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 1997
* U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1997
* University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1993
Honors: Order of the Wig and Robe
Order of the Coif
Editorial Board, ABA Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal
* Wake Forest University, BA Economics, cum laude, 1989
Honors and Activities
* Leadership South Carolina, Graduate 2003
* Leadership Greenville, Graduate 2000
* Board of Directors, St. Francis Hospital Foundation
* Chairman, Board of Directors, Center for Developmental Services
* Advisory Board, American Diabetes Association, Carolinas Chapter
* Team USA Long Distance Triathlon 2004, 2005, 2006
* Professional Motivational Speaker, www.finishlinevision.com
Past Employment Positions:
* Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP, 2008-2010
* Leatherwood Walker Todd & Mann, PC, 1993-2008
* U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, 1989-1990
Jay Hewitt has practiced law in Greenville, SC since 1993. He is a Greenville native. Before
joining Pfeiffer Gleaton Wyatt Hewitt, PA, he practiced for 17 years at a large Greenville law
and southeast regional firm. He has handled business negotiations and litigation and appeals in
state and federal court throughout South Carolina and the United States. He has negotiated
employment agreements and real estate transactions and handled all aspects of business
litigation, products liability, insurance coverage, premises liability and general litigation. Mr.
Hewitt has been lead trial counsel for several Fortune 500 companies, including a Unisys
Computer Corporation regarding a $50 million dollar computer software development
government contract, Choice Hotels International, Inc. regarding a hotel fire and 21 lawsuits, and
a $330 million international racketeering and bribery class action lawsuit and settlement
involving a Japanese automobile manufacturer. He has also experience in general franchisor-
franchisee relations and between the automobile dealer and manufacturer. Mr. Hewitt has
argued appeals to the South Carolina Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for
the Fourth Circuit.
Anson Street LLC v. Ameriquest Mortgage Company – Defended mortgage company against
claims for breach of contract and fraud by purchaser of $300 million of bundled mortgages.
Herron v. CarMax Auto Superstores, Inc., et al. Defended multiple automobile dealerships
against a consumer class action lawsuit alleging improper charging of document process fees.
Deloitte & Touche LLP v. Unisys Corporation, 358 S.C. 179, 594 S.E. 2d 523 (Ct. App. 2004).
Co-lead counsel for Unisys Computer Corporation in dispute with subcontractor involving a $50
million software application development contract. Bench trial verdict for client.
Unisys Corporation v. South Carolina Budget and Control Board, 346 S.C. 158, 551 S.E. 2d 263
(2001). Co-lead counsel for Unisys Computer Corporation involving a $50 million software
application development contract with the state of South
Carolina. Argued appeal to South Carolina Supreme Court.
In re American Honda Motor Co. MDL 95-1069, 958 F. Supp. 1045 (D. Md. 1997). Class
counsel in $330 million class action settlement involving racketeering, fraud, and bribery
between automobile dealers and representatives of the manufacturer.
Southern Water Treatment v. Cherokee Chemical Company, Inc., et al. Counsel for defendants
in lawsuit involving employee non-compete agreements and misappropriated trade secrets.
Allen v. Choice Hotels International, Inc., 276 Fed.Appx. 339, 2008 WL 1925110 (4th Cir. 2008).
Lead counsel for hotel franchisor in 21 lawsuits for personal injury and death arising out of an
arson hotel fire. Argued appeal to United States Court of Appeals for 4th Circuit. Allen v.
Greenville Hotel Partners, Inc. 409 F. Supp. 2d 672 (D.S.C. 2006).
Insurance Defense, Insurance Coverage, Fire Cause and Origin and Product Liability
Wright v. Universal Furniture LTD – Lead counsel for manufacturer of upholstered furniture in
products liability litigation arising out of house fire resulting in multiple deaths and serious
Owens v. Zippo Manufacturing Company – Co-lead counsel for manufacturer of a cigarette
lighter in lawsuit regarding child safety features.
Johnson v. Peoploungers, Inc. Lead counsel for manufacturer of upholstered furniture in
products liability litigation arising out of a house fire.
Reyes v. Sealand Contractors Corp. Counsel for general contractor regarding dispute with
owner and architect for school construction project.
Hanson v. Mathis Plumbing Co., Inc. Counsel for commercial plumbing company in lawsuit
over alleged faulty construction and installation of copper pipes. Tried case to jury resulting in
complete defense verdict.
Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Malpractice and Medical Products
Blanding v. Rowitz. Defended surgeon in medical malpractice wrongful death action against
claims arising out of death of patient with lacerated spleen.
Estate of Page v. Ellenburg Nursing Center. Defended nursing home in malpractice action
alleging wrongful death.
Newman v. Kilgore. Counsel for physician in medical malpractice wrongful death action
regarding patient released from hospital emergency department.
In re Sulzer Hip Prosthesis and Knee Prosthesis Product MDL No. 1401. Counsel for patients
and surgeon in medical device product liability litigation involving contaminated artificial hip
and knee implants.
Madding v. MG Industries, Inc. Counsel for cryogenic liquid nitrogen and oxygen production
plant regarding 18-wheeler collision on an interstate highway.
Pardi v. Ingles Markets. Lead counsel for a large southeastern grocer in lawsuit regarding
alleged sale of alcohol to a minor.
Howard v. Bankhead’s Restaurant. Defended restaurant in a dram shop case where the plaintiff
was killed by an intoxicated motorist alleged to have consumed alcohol at the restaurant.