Frederick W. Riesen III (“Trip”)
Location: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Trip was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston and law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in California.
Trip was selected into the honors program with the U.S. Department of Justice as a third year law student where he worked for the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco and prosecuted cases in the drugs, guns and explosives unit.
After graduation and upon passing The State Bar of California, Trip worked in the legal department of Siebel Systems, Inc. in Silicon Valley where he negotiated and managed multimillion-dollar software license contracts and handled intellectual property and litigation matters involving S&P 500 companies.
Upon returning to South Carolina and passing the South Carolina Bar, Trip joined the Riesen Law Firm LLP, where he spent the next five (5) years handling auto accident cases, workers’ compensation and family law.
Trip also gained valuable firsthand experience in eminent domain law after a personal experience when the town of Mount Pleasant decided to fill in a portion of his neighborhood’s lake to build a road. Trip helped successfully negotiate a compromise with the town and developers, and the road was re-routed away from his neighborhood’s lake.
Trip left Riesen Law Firm LLP to become a prosecutor. He was hired by the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Charleston. As a Managing Assistant Solicitor, he prosecuted a wide assortment of cases, from serious felonies such as murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, drug trafficking, etc., to less severe cases such as fraud, simple assaults, simple possession of drugs and DUIs.
Trip was a tough but fair prosecutor who not only secured hundreds of guilty pleas but also spent considerable time in court trying cases. During his last year as a prosecutor, Trip had the most cases called for trial out of 31 prosecutors. Trip’s experience as a prosecutor has given him a unique insight into how the system works through the “prosecutor’s eyes.” This experience is a tremendous asset to his clients in representing defendants in all types of criminal prosecutions.
After three (3) years as a prosecutor, Trip returned to the Riesen Law Firm LLP where he practiced criminal defense, plaintiff’s personal injury, workers’ compensation, family law and eminent domain/condemnation land use law. In 2017, Trip, his father, Fred W. Riesen, Jr. and G. Rutledge DuRant relocated offices to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and renamed the firm, Riesen DuRant, LLC. In August 2017, Rhame “Chip” Cannon, a former prosecutor and insurance defense litigator, joined the firm. The firm’s practive focuses primarily on plaintiff’s personal injury, workers’ compensation and criminal defense.
In addition to practicing law, Trip has also taught criminal law and evidence at one of the local colleges and acted as a volunteer coach at Wando High School for students competing in the national “We the People” mock debate held in Washington DC.
In 2013, Trip was elected to a three (3) year term on the Board of Governors for the South Carolina Association of Justice (“SCAJ”), formerly South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association. In 2016, he was re-elected for a second term. He represents the interests of over approximately 260 members of the SCAJ throughout Charleston and Berkeley County.
Outside of work, Trip’s interests include coaching his son’s basketball and lacrosse team. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and just about anything outdoors. Trip played college tennis, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and competed in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon several times. In the summer, you will usually find him with his wife and son at the beach or out in the boat.
Areas of Practice
- 50% Personal Injury
- 30% Workers’ Compensation
- 20% Criminal Defense
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- California, 2000
- South Carolina, 2003
- U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 2003
- U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2003
- Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
- College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
- Major: Business Administration
- Criminal Law, Trident Technical College
- Evidence, Trident Technical College
Professional Associations and Memberships
- South Carolina Association of Justice (“SCAJ”), Board of Governors, 2013 – Present
- American Association of Justice (“AAJ”), Member, 2016 – Present
Past Employment Positions
- Siebel Systems, Inc, Software Licensing Contract Negotiator, 2000 – 2003
- Riesen Law Firm LLP, Member, 2003 – 2008
- Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office – Charleston Division, Managing Assistant Solicitor, 2008 – 2011