University of the South, School of Law,
Juris Doctor, 1989.
Order of the Coif (top 10% of class).
Order of the Wig and Robe.
University of South Carolina,
Bachelor of Arts (History), 1985.
South Carolina Bar, 1989.
U.S. District Court, SC Division, 1990.
U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 1991.
Mr. Aiken is an accomplished trial attorney who has taken over 50 cases to verdict in both state and federal courts. He has also handled over 20 appeals in front of the South Carolina Supreme Court (video) and Court of Appeals as well as the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. In his 24 years of practicing law, his many accomplishments include admission into peer-reviewed organizations such as the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This prestigious organization is limited to the top trial lawyers in the country who have attained a verdict/settlement in excess of $1 million dollars. Less than 1% of all lawyers in America are members of this group. Art was also recently inducted into the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 for South Carolina as well.
As part of his trial practice, Mr. Aiken handles complex litigation cases, including automobile and large truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, products liability cases, premises liability, nursing home neglect and abuse, closed head and brain injury accidents as well as workers compensation and legal malpractice cases. In addition to personal injury, he also practices criminal law defending serious charges from drug possession / trafficking to attempted murder / murder. Mr. Aiken is also licensed in U.S. District Court to represent defendants charged with federal crimes, including government fraud and drug charges. He is also experienced in fighting state and federal gun laws violations.
Mr. Aiken and his wife Bea (also a partner in the firm) live with their two children in Columbia, South Carolina.
Columbia attorney Art Aiken argues case before the South Carolina Supreme Court.
SC Judicial Department’s Case of the Month – October 2011