Academy Member Inducted 2019

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Ralph E. Tupper, Mediator, Beaufort, South Carolina.

Ralph E. Tupper

Tupper, Grimsley, Dean, & Canaday
611 Bay Street
Beaufort, SC 29902
Tel: (843) 524-1116
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Recognized to South Carolina Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Mini-Trial Judge
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  • Practice Commenced1994
  • # of MEDS (as of 22/7/24)1500
  • # of ARBS (as of 22/7/24)30
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Ned has served as a part-time Municipal Court Judge for the City of Beaufort since 1987, and is widely known for bringing a human and sensible touch to that position. Even those not attorneys, defendants, plaintiffs or jurors, have been known to spend an afternoon or evening watching his court. He has been recognized by the The New York Times as “known for dispensing justice in cases of minor offenses with a puckish, lighthearted humor.”

In 2014, Ned was honored by the City of Beaufort by having his portrait commissioned and hung in his honor, recognizing his time and work in that position. Ned has also served as a Beaufort County Magistrate since 2010 and was appointed by Chief Justice Donald Beatty to serve MultiJurisdictional Court Judge.

Case Experience

  • Automotive
  • Business Dissolution
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Elder Abuse
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • Newberry College. 1970
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD 1974

Memberships & Affiliations

  • All South Carolina Courts
  • U.S. District Court, District of S.C.
  • All New York State Courts
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorney's Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator and Arbitrator
  • Certified Federal Court Mediator

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