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Jennifer H. Thiem

Fax +1.843.579.5601
Ms. Thiem is a Partner in the Firm’s Charleston office. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and insurance and risk management counseling.

In her commercial litigation practice, Ms. Thiem has represented a diverse group of clients as plaintiffs and defendants in both state and federal courts. Ms. Thiem has represented clients with a variety of cases, including claims for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, trademark infringement, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with contract, deceptive trade practices and trade secret misappropriation. She also regularly represents consumer financial services institutions in litigation matters in state and federal courts in South Carolina.

Ms. Thiem also provides insurance and risk management counseling for commercial policyholders. Ms. Thiem has counseled clients with respect to coverage or potential claims under a variety of insurance policies, including general liability, directors and officers liability, professional liability, employers liability, representations and warranties and commercial property. With respect to representations and warranties insurance, Ms. Thiem works collaboratively with deal counsel to represent publicly and privately-held companies in the placement and negotiation of representations and warranties insurance policies. Ms. Thiem also works with real estate counsel in drafting and reviewing insurance and indemnification provisions.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Thiem practiced business litigation as an associate at a regional law firm in Charleston.


  • South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star 2013-2015
  • Woodward/White's The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2017-2019

Professional/Civic Activities

  • K&L Gates Firm Committees: Women in the Profession Committee; Pro Bono Coordinator, Charleston Office; Recruitment
  • Porter-Gaud School, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee Member
  • Leadership Charleston, Class of 2012
  • Junior League of Charleston, 2006-2009
  • Board of Visitors, Charleston Southern University, 2009-2012
  • Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Business Development 2007-2008
  • Representation of indigent clients in various pro bono matters, including participation in the Crisis Ministries Legal Clinic (2006-2008), assistance with domestic adoptions, and prosecution of § 1983 cases
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Charleston County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Crisis Management, K&L Gates Conversation Series, Charleston, SC, November 8, 2018
  • Speaker, Preparedness for Natural Disasters, NSSGA Legal Symposium, March, 2018
  • Speaker, Top Five Issues Busy Practitioners Should Know About Insurance, K&L Gates Breakfast Conversation, March, 2018
  • Speaker, Transaction Liability Insurance: A Strategic Approach to Deal Risk Management, October 2017
  • Speaker, Insurance Coverage: The Basics of What You Need to Know, K&L Gates Boardroom Conversation Series, September 2016
  • Speaker, Additional Insured Coverage: Achieving Your Intended Risk Allocation, South Carolina Association of Corporate Counsel Midyear Meeting, June 2016
  • Panelist, Cybersecurity: Managing the Risks, November 2014

Complex Litigation

  • Prosecuted and defended companies in trade secret misappropriation cases
  • Defend hospital system is putative class action in South Carolina alleging improper billing and business practices
  • Represented clients in business disputes involving claims such as RICO, civil conspiracy, unfair trade practices, breach of fiduciary duties and fraud
  • Represented commercial creditors in collection matters, including supplemental proceedings, enforcement of personal guaranties and foreclosure of real property
  • Experience in handling complex commercial contract disputes and lease disputes
  • Experience in aviation defense, including defense of airlines, airports and pilots

Insurance Coverage

  • Represented company in the recovery of insured losses from third parties
  • Represented policyholder seeking coverage for liabilities under numerous commercial liability policies in commercial dispute
  • Counseled company on property loss claims
  • Counseled policyholder regarding coverage for potential employment liabilities under directors and officers liability and commercial liability policies
  •  Counseled company in reviewing and suggesting improvements to existing insurance program
  • Counseled company regarding insurance implications as a result of a corporate transaction
  • Counseled company in reviewing and suggesting improvements to existing insurance program
  • Counseled company regarding insurance implications as a result of a corporate transaction
  • Represented publicly and privately-held entities in connection with the underwriting and placement of representations and warranties insurance in mergers and acquisitions, including advice on modifying policy language and negotiation of coverage
  • Represented client in connection with submission of claims under representations and warranties insurance policies