Benjamin C. Bruner


A native of Columbia, Ben graduated from Woodberry Forest School in Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was awarded the Robert McCormick Figg, Jr. Trial Advocacy Award and the Claud Sapp Award for scholarship, industry, and leadership.  Ben also served as president of the USC School of Law Pro Bono Board while in law school and is currently a member of the Pro Bono Advisory Council. After law school, Ben served as a law clerk for the Honorable G. Thomas Cooper, Jr. of Camden, South Carolina before joining Bruner Powell as an associate and becoming a partner.

Understanding that no two companies or projects are alike, Ben takes a practical approach to each client based on that client’s goals and circumstances.  During his practice, Ben has gained experience in both trial and appellate courts in South Carolina, federal court, arbitration, and administrative proceedings.  He has handled cases involving construction law, professional negligence defense, collection of judgments, commercial collections, as well as business and general litigation.  With respect to the construction industry, Ben has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, builders, and design professionals in a wide array of construction projects ranging from single family homes to commercial buildings to heavy highway construction.  He has represented clients in contract negotiation and drafting, contract default claims, termination claims, delay and acceleration claims, mechanic’s liens, performance and payment bond claims, defective workmanship and construction defect claims, insurance coverage for construction defect claims, and claims on public projects related to bid protests and contract disputes.  Ben is currently a Member of the South Carolina Bar Construction Law Section Council.

Ben is listed in Best Lawyers in the areas of Construction Law and Litigation-Construction. For 2024, Ben has been selected as Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Litigation – Construction.  He is Peer Reviewed on Martindale-Hubbell.  In 2023, Ben was recognized for the sixth consecutive year as one of Columbia Business Monthly’s Legal Elite of the Midlands for construction law.  In 2024, Ben was included in South Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s “The Power List” for construction law.


  • South Carolina Bar
  • District of South Carolina


  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Construction Law Section Council
  • Richland County Bar

Honors & Awards

  • Star of the Quarter Award, South Carolina Young Lawyers Division, 2014
  • Claud Sapp Award, 2008
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, 2008
  • President, Pro Bono Board, University of South Carolina School of Law, 2007-2008
  • Robert McCormick Figg, Jr. Trial Advocacy Award, 2007