Jay is a partner in the law firm of Clement Rivers, LLP. Jay is chair of the firm’s Professional Liability and Business Litigation practice groups and serves on its Management committee. He practices primarily Professional Liability, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home, Business, and Real Estate litigation. He is a member of the South Carolina State Bar, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, the Charleston County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association and the Defense Research Institute.
Jay is a Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (”ABOTA”). He is also a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (“FDCC”) and has been named in South Carolina Super Lawyers for professional liability defense. He also serves on the Executive Board of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s section on Business Law. Jay has served as an adjunct professor of law at the Charleston School of Law where he has taught litigation. He has also been certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution as a certified mediator.
Jay grew up in Charleston and graduated from Porter Gaud School in 1984. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia in 1988. He earned a Masters Degree from the College of Charleston in 1993. In 1996, Jay graduated cum laude from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar that same year.
Jay has also been a frequent speaker and presenter on issues related to litigation and insurance defense including medical malpractice, trial techniques, cross examination, risk management, lender liability, and professional malpractice issues. He has presented to the South Carolina Medical Association, The South Carolina Hospital Association, the Medical University of South Carolina, Roper Hospital, Richland County Hospitals, The South Carolina Dental Association, and the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association. He has also served as a lecturer on behalf of the National Business Institute on Medical Malpractice. He is a member of the American Law Firm Association’s Professional Liability Steering Committee. He is a past vice-chair for the Young Lawyers Subcommittee of the Toxic Tort Committee of the Defense Research Institute. Jay has published articles in the South Carolina Law Review, The Professional Lawyer, For the Defense: The Magazine for Insurance and Corporate Counsel, the Federation of Regulatory Council Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation, and The Defense Line.
While in law school, Jay was a member of the Order of the Coif, Order of the Wig and Robe, an editor for the South Carolina Law Review, a member of the South Carolina Moot Court Bar, and listed in the Who’s Who of American Law Students. Jay also served as the Associate Editor for the South Carolina Law Review Symposium on the “Restatement (Third) of Unfair Competition.”
Jay has been active in community organizations in the Charleston area. He has been appointed to the First Citizens Bank advisory board. He is also a current member of the Board of Directors of Charleston Day School and of the South Carolina Maritime Foundation. He is a past member of the Low Country Children’s Museum Board and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Economic Advisers. He has served on the Communities in Schools Board of Directors, as a United Way Account Executive, as a member of the Youth Service Charleston Advisory Council, a graduate of Leadership Charleston, and as a Junior Achievement Volunteer. He is an active member of St. Philips Episcopal Church and a former member the Vestry. Jay is a member of the Clergy Society, Widows and Orphans Society, and the Charleston Club.