Louis was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 21, 1959. He is a graduate of Clemson University (B.A., 1981) and the University of South Carolina Law School (J.D., 1985) where he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1985, the United States District Court, District of South Carolina in 1986, and the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit in 1987. He is a member of the Charleston County, South Carolina and American Bar Associations and the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association. His practice areas include product liability, toxic torts, and general negligence.
Throughout his career, Louis’ practice has concentrated on representing numerous and varied corporations involved in the asbestos litigation. He also served as National Coordinating Counsel for two corporations that formerly manufactured asbestos containing products. He is well versed in establishing the foundation upon which a corporate defendant’s defenses will be based and in preparing cases for trial by his active participation in discovery and attendance at fact, corporate and expert depositions. Louis regularly gives presentations at various asbestos CLE seminars.
Mr. Herns has the highest available peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Herns is rated Very High to Preeminent for Legal Ability and Very High for Ethical Standards. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV rating and is a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
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