University of South Carolina, School of Law,
Juris Doctor, 1989.
Order of the Coif (top 10% of class).
Order of the Wig and Robe.
University of the South,
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 a partner in the independent law firm of Aiken & Hightower P.A. He and his wife Bea Hightower practice in Columbia. On select serious injury cases, Aiken & Hightower P.A. teams up with Robert J. Reeves P.C. to represent families affected by a catastrophic accident. 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 25 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 cases. In addition to personal injury, he also practices criminal law in Columbia SC focusing on DUI, DUAC, and BUI cases. He has handled white collar crimes as well as credit transaction fraud. Mr. Aiken is licensed to practice 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 began his career as an insurance defense attorney and represented carriers for ten (10) years. He now applies those experiences and skills learned to aggressively represent seriously injured parties whether they are hurt on the road or on the job.
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