Contact Info

Collie (“Trip”) W. Lehn, Jr.
tlehn@davissnyder.com
(864) 335-3500


Trip Lehn represents physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation, including many cases of alleged wrongful death or serious, permanent injury. He has represented physicians in a wide range of specialties and successfully obtained a number of defense verdicts in jury trials. He also enjoys handling appeals. Trip advises hospitals and medical practices on a range of matters, including peer review, privacy laws, personnel matters, and risk management.

In addition to his work in the healthcare field, Trip has broad experience in employment law and business litigation at one of the largest and most respected labor and employment firms in the United States, where he handled cases in state and federal courts in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Arizona involving race discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, wage and hour disputes, non-compete covenants, trade secrets, construction and commercial litigation, and engineering malpractice. He frequently counseled Fortune 500 companies on how to comply with a complex patchwork of state and federal wage and hour laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other employment laws.

Trip and his wife, Kacy, have three children. Trip serves as an elder at Downtown Presbyterian Church and enjoys playing guitar and singing on the worship team. He loves theology and philosophy, music, golf and travel.

EDUCATION

  • Furman University, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, 1998
  • Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando),
    Master of Divinity, 2002
  • Yale Divinity School, Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.), 2004
  • University of Georgia School of Law,
    Juris Doctor, 2007

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • South Carolina, 2007
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent peer review rating [Link]
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2015-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018, 2019
  • South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy, 2014

Successfully defended a trauma surgeon sued by the family of a 24-year-old man who died in the emergency department from internal injuries he sustained when he fell out of a moving vehicle. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant was negligent for failing to take the patient to the operating room very soon after he arrived in the ER. After the surgeon’s deposition, the plaintiff dropped the case against him.

Ashby Davis, Trip Lehn

Successfully represented a physician in a medical board proceeding in which a patient alleged that he had performed “an incomplete and painful” physical examination during her prenatal care. After defense counsel submitted on the physician’s behalf a detailed and well-documented written response to the complaint, the medical board dismissed the complaint.

Trip Lehn

Obtained a defense verdict for an obstetrician sued for medical malpractice and wrongful death after fetal demise was discovered at approximately 32 weeks of pregnancy. The plaintiffs alleged that the obstetrician was negligent in failing to refer her patient to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist for further evaluation after seeing an enlarged placenta on fetal ultrasound. The plaintiffs called three well-qualified experts, including an internationally renowned placental pathologist from Brown University. Despite the impressive experts who testified for the plaintiffs, the jury returned a defense verdict for the obstetrician.

Ashby Davis, Trip Lehn

In federal court, prevailed on a motion to dismiss in a civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against a hospital, a nurse practitioner and a physician, alleging discrimination on the basis of race, disability, and gender, and a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Trip Lehn

Successfully defended a large regional hospital system sued for medical malpractice by the estate of a female patient who suffered respiratory distress and hypoxia after having a total knee replacement, which allegedly retarded her postoperative recovery and physical rehabilitation. One day after defense counsel deposed the plaintiff’s expert, the plaintiff dropped the case.

Ashby Davis, Trip Lehn

Favorably resolved a wrongful death action against a cardiologist who allegedly prescribed an excessive amount of amiodarone to a male patient to keep his heart in normal sinus rhythm after an electric cardioversion. After six months of amiodarone therapy, the patient rapidly developed acute respiratory distress syndrome and did not improve when the amiodarone was discontinued. His workup for possible amiodarone-induced lung toxicity was equivocal. Two experts in cardiology opined that the amiodarone dose prescribed by the defendant was appropriate and within the prevailing clinical guidelines, and experts in pulmonology and pulmonary pathology opined that the patient’s death most likely was not due to amiodarone toxicity but to either a bacterial or viral infection. A few months before trial, the case was favorably resolved at mediation.

Steve Snyder, Trip Lehn

Secured a dismissal for an emergency medicine physician sued for malpractice by female patient who alleged that she should have been treated with tPA, a clot-busting drug, when she presented to the ER with symptoms allegedly due to a stroke. The defense established through expert testimony that the defendant met the standard of care in evaluating the patient in the ER and having her admitted to the hospital for further evaluation, and that administering tPA was not indicated under the circumstances. After full discovery, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed her case against the defendant.

Ashby Davis, Trip Lehn

Successfully defended an orthopedic surgeon sued by a female patient who went blind after a total hip replacement due to postoperative hypotension and an extremely rare occurrence of acute ischemic optic neuropathy (AION). After full discovery and within one month of trial, the plaintiff dropped her case against the surgeon.

Ashby Davis, Trip Lehn

Obtained a defense verdict for a general surgeon sued by the mother of a 43-year-old man who underwent a sleeve gastrectomy procedure for weight loss and died a month later of complications resulting therefrom. Within 24 hours of the surgery, the patient became ill due to a gastric leak. The surgeon timely re-operated and determined that it was necessary to convert the sleeve gastrectomy to a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass to preserve the healthiest part of the stomach. The patient’s postoperative course was complicated by pneumonia, acute renal failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and sepsis, to which the patient eventually succumbed. At trial, the defense proved that the surgeon met the standard of care in every respect and was not at fault for the very unfortunate death of this patient.

Steve Snyder, Trip Lehn