Chance Sturup is an associate attorney with Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks, LLC and has been with the firm since 2019. Practicing law at CBPH gives Chance an opportunity to do three of his favorite things every day: compete, win, and help others.
Chance’s practice focuses on representing workers and employees across the State in issues related to their employment. Chance regularly handles cases including civil rights, wrongful termination, discrimination (race, gender, disability, age, etc.), retaliation, breach of contract, failure to pay proper wages, whistleblowing, family and medical leave, negligence, and various other matters as needed to protect the rights of his clients. Chance fights for his clients in every arena, whether it be in severance negotiations, before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (“SCHAC”), the Merit Systems Protection Board (“MSPB”), in State, County, or Municipal grievance processes, in front of various licensure boards, and of course in lawsuits in both federal and state court, all the way through trial, and even on appeal where necessary.
Clients recommend Chance not only for his aggressive advocacy in public, but also for his honest and unfiltered advice in private. “Clients have to be informed of every aspect of their case, good and bad, so that they can make the decisions that are best for them and their family,” says Chance.
Chance first found his love for the law in the ninth grade, when a knee injury derailed his football career and he was persuaded into trying out for his high school’s mock trial team. Chance says he knew quickly that advocacy was his true calling. Before becoming a real lawyer, Chance was one of the most decorated student-attorneys in the country, having won nearly twenty “top advocate” awards in trial competitions at the high school, college, and law school level for his courtroom talent.
When he’s not zealously advocating for his clients, Chance spends his time helping prepare the next generation of advocates. Chance is a Professor with the University of South Carolina Honors College, where he teaches courses on American Trial Advocacy. Chance is also the head coach for the University of South Carolina’s Mock Trial Program. Having qualified for the National Championship in three of the last four years, Chance’s students rank among the top 10% in the nation. Chance says that while seeing his teams win is always exhilarating, helping his students grow as leaders and individuals is the most rewarding aspect of coaching.
Originally from Pensacola, Florida, Chance completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama on a Presidential Scholarship with degrees in both history and communication studies. Chance is a proud member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. Notably, Chance completed his undergraduate thesis study at the University of Alabama by examining how and why juries reach their verdict, titling his project “Jury Perceptions of Attorneys and the Effects on Verdict Outcomes.”
At the University of South Carolina School of Law, where Chance graduated in 2021, Chance received an Academic Merit Scholarship in the maximum amount. Chance was proud to be selected as an ambassador of the law school, and to receive the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers Award, the D. Reece Williams III Trial Advocacy Award, and the Judge Paul Joseph Kelly Jr. Outstanding Advocate Award.
You are likely to spot Chance around Forest Acres with his wife and college sweetheart, Anna. Chance and Anna share a passion for all things related to food, greek life, college football, and their cat Charleston.