Sterling Laney leads the Firm’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation Team, and in such role, he either directly handles or manages individual and class action matters throughout the Firm’s footprint in state and federal court as well as in arbitration. He also represents and counsels creditors and borrowers through dispute resolution alternatives such as loan modifications, forbearance agreements, and other loan workouts. Further, Sterling assists financial industry clients regarding regulatory compliance and a broad range of consumer credit issues. In addition to consumer matters, Sterling regularly assists clients in commercial real estate transactions and disputes, complex business litigation, and general corporate matters.

Civic and Professional Activities

  • Mentor, Federal Drug Court Program
  • Member, Haynsworth-Perry American Inn of Court, 2012 – present
  • Lecturer, Furman University OLLE Program, 2008 – present
  • Member, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Greenville County Bar
  • Spartanburg County Bar (Treasurer/Secretary, 1997-2000)
  • Board Member, Spartanburg County Hospice Foundation (1997-2000; Treasurer, 2000)

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (BL Rankings), Consumer Law (2018 - Present) and Litigation - Banking & Finance (2023 - Present)
  • Recognized in Greenville Business Magazine's Legal Elite, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights, Business Litigation, Banking & Finance, Foreclosure


Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Hudson v SC Dept of Highways and Public Transportation, 324 S.C. 245, 478 S.E.2d 839. (Case involving liability for negligence for DOT).
  • Represented mortgage lender in series of federal and state cases involving origination claims of fraud and fraud in the inducement.
  • Represented mortgage servicer in multiple cases involving alleged violations of the TCPA, FDCPA and FCRA.
  • Represented lenders in multiple cases involving alleged breaches of fiduciary duties.
  • Argued successfully to South Carolina Court of Appeals to uphold verdict from trial court in favor of lender on a contested suit on the note case.