Jesse A. Kirchner was born in Aiken, South Carolina, the only child of Dr. Allen W. Kirchner, Jr. and Kim H. Kirchner. He grew up in Aiken and began college at the University of South Carolina when he was 16 years old. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Kirchner earned his 100 Ton Master Captain’s License from the United States Coast Guard and captained a charter fishing boat out of Hilton Head Island, S.C. Mr. Kirchner also traveled extensively during this time, visiting places such as Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Scandinavia. Mr. Kirchner later returned to the University of South Carolina to earn his Juris Doctorate with honors from the School of Law, graduating in the top five percent of his law school class.

During law school, Mr. Kirchner served as a summer law clerk to the Honorable Sol Blatt, Jr., Senior United States District Court Judge for South Carolina. He also served as a law clerk for the Senate Transportation Committee under the chairmanship of Senator W. Greg Ryberg. After law school, Mr. Kirchner began his legal career with the law firm of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA, practicing primarily construction law out of the firm’s Charleston office.

In August of 2005, Mr. Kirchner joined long-time friends Paul Thurmond and Michael Timbes in forming the South Carolina law firm of Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A., located in the historic district of downtown Charleston, SC. Mr. Kirchner serves as managing partner and is the lead civil litigation and construction attorney at the firm. His successful trial work—resulting in multi-million dollar settlements —has positioned Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes as a leading firm for civil and construction litigation cases. He was named Super Lawyer and Top Forty Lawyers Under Forty by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Kirchner and his wife, Lenna Shirley Kirchner, of Honea Path, South Carolina, live on Johns Island and have a daughter and son, Clara and Colin .

Awards and Recognition

  • 2014 AWR Litigator of the Year
  • Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member of Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • AV Rated
  • Super Lawyers
  • Rising Stars
  • Top Forty Lawyers Under Forty by the National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2L Inductee to the Order of the Wig & Robe
  • Member of the Order of Coif

Results

  • $25,000,000 settlement for a multi-family owner in Charleston County for construction defects in 2016.
  • $14,075,000 settlement for a Hilton Head Island condominium association for construction deficiencies in 2016.
  • $12,140,000 settlement for Beaufort County condo association for construction deficiencies in 2014.
  • $11,835,000 settlement for a Charleston County condominium association due to construction deficiencies in 2013.
  • $9,800,000 in settlements for various community associations as a result of latent construction defects in 2013.
  • $9,300,000 settlement for a Johns Island condominium association as a result of latent construction defects 2011.
  • $7,800,000 settlement for a downtown Charleston condominium association for construction deficiencies in 2016.
  • $7,115,000 settlement for James Island Condo Association for construction deficiencies in 2016.
  • More than $4.65m settlement for a single building condominium association in downtown Charleston for construction deficiencies in 2014.
  • More than $3.0m in settlements for various single-family homeowners as a result of latent construction defects in 2015.
  • $2,733,499 in settlements for various single-family homeowners as a result of latent construction defects in 2014.
  • More than $2.7m in settlements for various single-family homeowners as a result of latent construction defects in 2013.
  • More than $2.5m in settlements for various single-family homeowners as a result of latent construction defects in 2012.
  • More than $2.1m in settlements for various single-family homeowners as a result of latent construction defects in 2011.
  • $1,652,150 settlement for a Orangeburg County condominium association for construction deficiencies in 2016.
  • More than $1.2m for a downtown Charleston condominium project for construction defects in 2014

*DISCLAIMER: Please note that every case is different and presents its own unique set of variables. Thus, no guarantee can me made that you will obtain the same or similar result as a previous client. Achievements by the attorneys at Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, PA on behalf of one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

Practice Areas

Education

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 2002

Court Admissions

  • District of South Carolina

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