Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (2023)

Focusing on general litigation, Payne handles a variety of cases including insurance defense, general liability, construction litigation, product liability, dram shop, wrongful death, personal injury, appellate court, automobile wrecks, declaratory judgment actions and insurance defense coverage opinions. Prior to joining McAngus, Goudelock & Courie, she practiced insurance defense in Columbia.

A graduate of Florida State University College of Law and the University of South Carolina, Payne is a recipient of the Junior League of Columbia Kinsey Black Jones Memorial Award and has been among Charleston Business Magazine’s Legal Elite of the Lowcountry for Business Litigation (2019-2022) and received the distinction of Top Attorney Vote.

Payne serves her community through the Lutheran Synod Council (board member), Redeemer Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of South Carolina (former board member). She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, traveling with friends and family and cheering for the Gamecocks.

Robert H. Brunson | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Elliot Condon | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

James Grimsley, III | Tupper, Grimsley, Dean & Canaday, P.A.

David K. Haller | Haller Law Firm

James D. Myrick | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Lyndey R. Z. Bryant | Adams and Reese LLP

Tally Parham Casey | Wyche, P.A.

Reginald P. Corley | Scott & Corley, P.A.

Derrick Jackson | Tobias G. Ward, Jr. P.A.

Meliah Jefferson | Wyche, P.A.

John T. Lay | Gallivan, White & Boyd

James L. McCutchen | McCutchen McLean, LLC

Kathleen McDaniel | Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, P.A.

Jake Moore, Sr. | Moore Bradley Myers

Guyton Murrell | Scott & Corley, P.A.

Nekki Shutt | Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, P.A.

W. Andrew Arnold | Law Office of W. Andrew Arnold, P.C.

Bruce “Bo” Campbell | Horton Law Firm, P.A.

Jim Cox | Wyche, P.A.

Greg English | Wyche, P.A.

James K. Gilliam | Burr & Forman LLP

Wallace Lightsey | Wyche, P.A.

Chris Major | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Hugh McAngus, Jr. | The Carolina Law Group

M. Kevin McCarrell | Fox Rothschild LLP

Randy Moody | Jackson Lewis P.C.

Travis V. Olmert | The Olmert Law Firm, LLC

Henry Parr | Wyche, P.A.

Derrick Quattlebaum | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Kurt M. Rozelsky | Spencer Fane LLP

Jeremy Summerlin | Horton Law Firm, P.A.

Thomas W. Traxler | Carter, Smith, Merriam, Rogers & Traxler, P.A.

Burl Williams | Burl F. Williams, P.A.

Orvin’s practice includes commercial transactions, real estate development, and real estate and business litigation. With extensive experience developing commercial, industrial, and mixed-use properties, handling zoning matters, drafting and negotiating commercial leases, and guiding companies in the acquisition, development, and sale of apartment and multifamily portfolios, he represents clients in the development and establishment of condominium regimes and other common-interest ownership developments.

He leads a team of attorneys in multiple states and has litigated numerous cases in state and federal court. He has also acted as outside counsel for several title insurance companies. Additionally, he has represented developers, lenders, and loan servicers in complex business-litigation matters.

Orvin has held several leadership positions with the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, including serving on the section’s governing council.

A Charleston native, Orvin earned an undergraduate degree from the UofSC before receiving his J.D. from the university’s School of Law. He credits his father, Thomas Clifton Orvin, as his most influential mentor.

His hobbies include fishing and boating with his family, coaching youth sports, and writing fiction. He most recently began reading “Hyperion,” by Dan Simmons.

Scoopmire provides general corporate and business advice with primary emphasis on commercial real estate transactions and financing. She assists in negotiating purchase and sale agreements, coordinating and reviewing due diligence materials and closing transactions. She advises on title matters, permitting and entitlement, financing, leasing, acquisition, and disposition. She has extensive experience drafting and negotiating real estate transaction documents, including purchase and sale agreements, deeds, mortgages, commercial leases, ground leases, easements, estoppels, and subordination agreements.

For borrowers and commercial lenders, Scoopmire advises and documents all aspects of commercial financing arrangements, including asset-based lending, construction financing, real estate financing and equipment financing. She handles the documenting and negotiation of commercial loans, including government-guaranteed programs such as SBA and USDA.

Scoopmire is an approved attorney and agent for several national title companies and is a designated attorney for the US Small Business Administration Development Co. Loan Program (504).

The Greenville native earned a Bachelor of Arts from Furman University before receiving her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

When not practicing law, Scoopmire enjoys a variety of hobbies, including reading, cooking and gardening.

Guy Dabbs | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Anthony Stith, Jr. | Dodds Hennessy & Stith Law Firm

Jeddie Suddeth | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Jennifer Williams | Law Office of Jennifer K. Williams, LLC

Kara Bailey Hamilton | Wyche, P.A.

Thomas Kilpatrick | Murphy and Kilpatrick, P.A.

*William McElveen, Jr. | Adams and Reese LLP

Jake Moore, Sr. | Moore Bradley Myers

Kathleen Muthig | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Matthew E. Rupert | The Dial Firm, LLC

Adam Breaux | Breaux & Callahan, P.A.

Thomas Dugas | Horton Law Firm, P.A.

John Kehl | Horton Law Firm, P.A.

Aimee V. Leary | Fox Rothschild LLP

Josh Lonon | Wyche, P.A.

Megan O’Neill | Wyche, P.A.

Bradley K. Richardson | Bradley K. Richardson, PC

Seth Swan | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

William B. Swent | Fox Rothschild LLP

James D. Smith Jr.

An attorney with McAngus Goudelock & Courie, Smith has practiced insurance defense and litigation for more than two decades. His practice areas include commercial litigation, adulterated food, premises liability, product liability, construction, and transportation.

Smith represents general contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals, and he also defends personal injury matters for individuals and companies.

A graduate of College of Charleston and Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, Smith is a native of Charleston. His most influential mentor is attorney Michael Hopewell.

When he’s not working, Smith follows North Carolina State University sports and enjoys spending time with his wife and children. The last book he read was The Bible.

Robert T. “Tom” Strickland

As a co-managing partner of Barnes Alford Stork & Johnson LLP, Strickland has a diversepractice involving litigation and transactional work.

His primary practice areas are construction law, insurance coverage and litigation, and religious and nonprofit law.

Strickland joined the firm in 1984 after graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served on the South Carolina Law Review.

Gaining extensive experience in insurance coverage and civil litigation during his first 10 years with the firm, he later served as South Carolina coverage counsel for several prominent insurance companies.

Listed multiple times in South Carolina Super Lawyers in the civil litigation-defense category he is also included in the Best Lawyers in America for both construction litigation and insurance litigation.

Currently representing both insureds and insurers, he is a co-author of the South Carolina chapter in “Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law (2014).”

Strickland also counsels churches and charities on legal challenges, helping to draft bylaws and policies, and assisting churches with construction and contract issues.

Powers concentrates his law practice in the areas of design and construction and creditors’ rights.

Before going into the field of law, Powers worked in the construction industry, which gives him insight into the issues faced by construction companies. He often represents contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, equipment rental companies, architects, engineers, and other design professionals.

He has represented clients in matters related to construction and design defects, zoning and land use planning issues, contracts, and payment disputes.

Powers also provides a general business advisory service to contractors, subcontractors and developers in all aspects of construction, including financing, safety, and contract negotiation.

He is member of the Greenville County Zoning Board of Appeals and the MAC Connect Board of the Metropolitan Arts Council.

A Columbia native, Powers earned a Bachelor of Arts from Clemson University and Juris Doctor from University of South Carolina School of Law. His most influential mentor was Art Howson, and Powers’ hobbies including hiking and traveling.

Matthew Byzet | Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A.

Jesse Kirchner | Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A.

Happel Scurry | Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A.

William R. Warnock | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Benjamin C. Bruner | Bruner, Powell, Wall & Mullins, LLC

Kyle McGann | Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.

Caleb Riser | Richardson Plowden & Robinson, P.A.

Jason J. Andrighetti | Culbertson Andrighetti LLC

Bruce Campbell | Horton Law Firm, P.A.

Tom Coker | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Mason A. Goldsmith Jr. | Elmore Goldsmith Kelley & deHoll, P.A.

Townes B. Johnson III | Townes B. Johnson III, LLC

Bryan P. Kelley | Elmore Goldsmith Kelley & deHoll, P.A.

Jay Matthews | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Nick Nicholson | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Josh Spencer | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Ronald G. Tate, Jr. | Gallivan, White & Boyd

William (Bill) M. Wilson III | Wyche, P.A.

Corporate Law – Business Organizations

Lowcountry

Lauren Starkey

Buxton & Collie LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (1)

Starkey is an associate attorney at Buxton & Collie LLC, atransactional law firm in Mount Pleasant. Her practice areas include businessorganization, corporate transactions, and private securities offerings. Sheoften represents clients as they work to start new businesses.

A Stevensville, Maryland, native, Starkey earned her Bachelor ofScience in business administration from East Carolina University and her J.D.from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she graduated cumlaude. While in law school, she served as a contracts tutor and the technologyeditor for the ABA’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal. She alsoreceived the CALI Award for contract law while attending the UofSC.

Starkey is a member of the South Carolina Bar’s Corporate,Banking and Securities Committee and Women in Law.

She lists among her many hobbies baking, traveling, and reading.She most recently began reading “Where the Crawdads Sing,” a novel by DeliaOwens.

Midlands

James L. McCutchen

McCutchen Lean LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (2)

The founding partner of McCutchen Lean LLC, James L. McCutchenworks in a variety of legal issues, including tax resolution, complex estateplanning, and probate conflict and administration. In addition, he serves ascorporate counsel for several small- and medium-sized businesses.

He previously served as the privacy officer of the South CarolinaDepartment of Revenue, where he learned about information technology securitylaw and IT contract law, areas in which he continues to practice.

McCutchen holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from College ofCharleston, Juris Doctor from Charleston School of Law, and a Master of Laws inTaxation from Georgetown University Law Center. His most influential mentor wasRobin R. McLean, Esq.

McCutchen and his wife Allison have three children, and he servesas attorney coach for the River Bluff High School Mock Trial Team.

Upstate

Andrew Merline

Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (3)

Andy Merline of Merline & Meacham focuses on mergers andacquisitions, business and transactional law, succession planning, estateplanning and estate administration, taxation, LLCs, partnerships, familylimited partnerships and corporations, and asset protection planning.

Merline volunteered at Legal Aid as well as working as a personaltrainer and a strength and conditioning coach after earning an undergraduatedegree from Clemson University.

Initially, Merline wanted to become a litigator and had evenaccepted a job with a litigation firm as he was finishing his law degree. Butbefore graduation, he instead opted to join the firm his grandfather started in1970.

In addition to an undergraduate degree from Clemson, Merlineearned a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law, andMaster of Laws in Taxation from Boston University.

Merline lists his most influential mentor as his grandfatherDavid Merline, who founded Merline & Meacham in 1970.

Outside of the office, the Greenville native enjoys playingtennis, fishing, classic cars and craft beer. He and wife Erin are active in

the Greenville community, and he’s currently reading the Bible.

Also Recognized:

Lowcountry

Guy Dabbs | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Jennifer Williams | Law Office of Jennifer K. Williams, LLC

Midlands

Richard R. Gleissner | Gleissner Law Firm, L.L.C.

George S. King, Jr. | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

W. Verne McGough, Jr. | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

R. William Metzger,Jr. | Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Kimberly Raber | Kimberly A. Raber, P.A.

Samuel C. Waters | Finkel Law Firm LLC

Upstate

David Anna | Anna Law

Courtney C. Atkinson | Metcalfe & Atkinson, LLC

Robert E. August | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Bryan De Bruin | De Bruin Law Firm

Gary De Bruin | De Bruin Law Firm

Erika Byrd | Parker Poe

Jim Cassidy | Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, PA

Andy Coburn | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Matthew Couvillion | Wyche, P.A.

Alex Evins | Parker Poe

Tyler Gilliam | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Jordan S. Goewey | Thomas, Fisher & Edwards, P.A.

Eric Graben | Wyche, P.A.

Jo Watson Hackl |Wyche, P.A.

Lee Kiser | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Philip Land | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Jeff Larson | Wyche, P.A.

Eleanor Nordholm | Wyche, P.A.

Douglas B. O’Neal| Merline & Meacham, P.A.

John Perkins | Perkins Law Firm

D. Lesesne Phillips | Moseley Marcinak Law Group

Suzanne Massey Schemm | Brown Massey Evans McLeod &Haynsworth LLC

Zach Weaver | Gallivan White & Boyd

Corporate Law – Mergers and Acquisitions

Midlands

W. Verne McGough Jr.

Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (4)

McGough serves clients in the areas of estate andbusiness-succession planning for high-net-worth professionals and business owners,mergers and acquisitions, and tax controversy and planning.

He is certified as a specialist in taxation law and in estateplanning and probate law by the South Carolina Supreme Court. He is a member ofnumerous legal organizations, including serving as past chairman of the Tax LawSection of the South Carolina Bar.

McGough presents regularly on estate planning, business law, andtaxation topics to attorneys, CPAs, and public groups.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University,an International MBA from the University of South Carolina, a law degree fromthe University of South Carolina Law School, and a Master of Laws in Taxationfrom Boston University.

A native of Morganton, N.C., McGough lists his most influentialmentor as David A. Merline. He enjoys travel, exercise, and spending time withhis family, and the last book he read was Ron Chernow’s “Washington: A Life.”

(Tie) Lowcountry

Graeme Philp

Graybill, Lansche& Vinzani LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (5)

Philp is a tax and corporate attorney who represents commercialreal estate developers, investors and sponsors, manufacturers, and othercorporate clients with their tax, economic development, and other legal needs.

He also helps clients with property tax, income tax, sales anduse tax, and business license reporting obligations. In addition, Philp’spractice also includes representing clients with estate-planning needs, such asdrafting wills, trusts, limited liability company operating agreements, andother aspects of planning.

Philp has extensive experience in helping large and small estatesnavigate the South Carolina probate process.

A native of Scotland, Philp is also a North Carolina CertifiedPublic Accountant, and he is licensed to practice law in South Carolina and NewYork.

He earned his Bachelor of Science at University of NorthCarolina-Chapel Hill, an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School ofLaw, and his Juris Doctor from University of South Carolina School of Law. Heenjoys spending time with his three children.

(Tie) Lowcountry

Stephanie Yarbrough

Womble Bond Dickinson(US) LLP

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (6)

As a partner in Womble Bond Dickinson, Yarbrough works closelywith domestic and international companies seeking to expand or relocateoperations to the Carolinas and the Southeastern United States. Her philosophyis to invest in her clients from the outset to build long-term partnerships forthe future. She has extensive experience advising companies across a wide rangeof industries, including life sciences, retail and consumer, manufacturing, andsoftware and technology.

Yarbrough earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College ofCharleston and a master’s in public administration from the University ofCharleston before receiving her J.D. in 2001 from Southern Methodist UniversitySchool of Law.

Her efforts on behalf of clients have led to the creation ofthousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in new investments. During therecent Covid-19 economic downturn, she worked to help clients stabilize theirbusinesses, including guiding them through the federal PPP loan process.

She is also active in the community: She currently serves onseveral boards, including Upstate Alliance, the S.C. Economic Developer’sAssociation, Charleston Regional Development Alliance, and the S.C. Aquarium.

The Georgia native’s hobbies include Peloton, boating, hiking,and reading.

Upstate

David Merline Jr.

Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (7)

A South Carolina Supreme Court-certified specialist in taxationlaw, estate planning and probate law, Merline is also an American College ofTrust and Estate Counsel Fellow and is a member of many estate planningassociations and community groups.

For 38 years, the graduate of University of Miami and Universityof South Carolina School of Law has advised clients in the Greenville area onmergers and acquisitions, business and transactional law, succession planningand family limited partnerships, corporation, and asset protectionplanning.

His many recognitions and honors include being named a 2020TopVote Recipient in the Upstate for Tax & Estate Law and inclusionin Best Lawyers in America in the over 12 fields including corporate law,employee benefits, closely held companies, litigation and family businesslaw.

He is also the co-author of “The Evolution of Legal Malpractice inEstate Planning in South Carolina, SouthCarolina Lawyer (2016),” and twoSouth Carolina Bar Division books.

He and his wife Barby have four children.

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Lowcountry

Jim Buxton | Buxton & Collie, LLC

Will Dawson | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Carter Grant | Grant & Kuyk

Nathan Johnson | Buxton & Collie, LLC

George Morrison | Burr & Forman LLP

James Wilson | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Midlands

Benjamin Carlton | Richardson Plowden & Robinson, P.A.

Jones Dubose | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Mark Knight | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Tyra McBride | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

James L. McCutchen |McCutchen McLean, LLC

Taylor Peace | Harrel, Martin & Peace

Upstate

David Anna | Anna Law

Robert E. August | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Erika Byrd | Parker Poe

Bo Campbell | Horton Law Firm, P.A.

Andy Coburn | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Matthew Couvillion | Wyche, P.A.

Frank Davis | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Matthew B. Edwards | Thomas, Fisher & Edwards, P.A.

Randy E. Fisher | Thomas, Fisher & Edwards, P.A.

JamieFrancis | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Henry M. Gallivan, Jr. | Fox Rothschild LLP

Eric Graben | Wyche, P.A.

Brooks Haselden | Haselden, LLC

John Jennings | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Chris King | King Kozlarek Law LLC

Lee Kiser | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Philip Land | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Jeff Larson | Wyche, P.A.

Adam Lee | Dobson Law Group

Andrew D. Merline | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Brandon Norris | Burr & Forman LLP

Kristin Nowacki | Moseley Marcinak Law Group

Douglas B. O’Neal| Merline & Meacham, P.A.

John Perkins | Perkins Law Firm

Brian Price | Bell Carrington Price & Gregg, LLC

Jake Rea | Burr & Forman LLP

Bo Russell | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Suzanne Massey Schemm | Brown Massey Evans McLeod &Haynsworth LLC

Joel Stoudenmire | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Frank C. Williams III| Fox Rothschild LLP

Corporate Law – Securities

Lowcountry

James T. H. “Jim”Buxton Sr.

Buxton & Collie LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (8)

Buxton, the founding partner of Buxton & Collie LLC, atransactional law firm in Mount Pleasant, focuses his practice on privatesecurities offerings, business purchase and sale agreements, and deal workinvolving high-net-worth individuals and family-office clients who engage inprivate equity transactions.Buxton & Collie also serves as outsidecorporate counsel for middle-market companies and small businesses, includingclosely held family businesses in a variety of market segments. With respect toprivate securities offerings, Buxton commonly represents issuers in RegulationD, Regulation CF (Crowdfunding), and Regulation A+ offerings.

A native of Charleston, Buxton graduated from PrincetonUniversity and the UofSC School of Law. He has served on the South CarolinaBar’s Judicial Qualification Commission, and currently serves as the vice chairfor the South Carolina Bar’s Corporate, Banking and Securities Committee. Alongwith his law partners, he is a co-author of the 2018 SC Barpublication,“South Carolina Business Law Handbook.”

Buxton is active in the Charleston community, volunteering histime on several boards, foundations, and scholastic athletics.He ismarried to Courtney; the couple have two sons.

Midlands

George "Chip" King

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (9)

King is the senior member of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd's corporatesecurities and financial institution regulatory practices.

He has acted as Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) counselin dozens of IPOs and registered offerings as well as private placements.

King has also been the lead attorney on more than 50 mergers andacquisitions and has helped form more than 16 national and state banks,including federally and state-chartered savings institutions.

He also advises banks and their holding companies on compliancewith state and federal regulations. A former chair of the Corporate, Bankingand Securities Section of the South Carolina Bar, King is also a life member ofthe American Law Institute and served in the U.S. Air Force as a captain(1964-1969).

Upstate

Bo Russell

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (10)

As a partner with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Russelladvises corporate clients, venture and growth-stage companies, private equityfunds, financial institutions, and real estate development companies oncorporate matters.

He has represented clients in mergers and acquisitionstransactions, private placements, and debt financing. In addition, Russelladvises clients on legal and business matters, including equity formation,capitalization issues, capital-raising considerations, equity compensation alternatives,customer and vendor contracts, and license and supply agreements.

Russell is a member of the South Carolina Education LotteryCommission and serves on the board of directors of the Greenville CommunityFoundation.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in European history from Washingtonand Lee University, and his Juris Doctor from the University of South CarolinaSchool of Law.

His most influential mentors were Dr. H. Earle Russell Jr., DavidH. Wilkins, and Charlie Houser. The last book he read was Erik Larson’s “TheSplendid and the Vile.” Russell’shobbies include tennis and watching his sons play football and tennis.

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Lowcountry

Brian C. Duffy | Duffy and Young, LLC

Upstate

Eric B. Amstutz |Wyche, P.A.

David Anna | Anna Law

Morgan Arndt | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Eric K. Graben | Wyche, P.A.

Neil Grayson | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Lee Kiser | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Philip Land | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Jeff Larson | Wyche, P.A.

Criminal – DUI

Midlands

Judah VanSyckel

Saluda Law,LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (11)

Sole proprietor Judah VanSyckel focuses on criminal defense andwhistleblower matters. A graduate of Charleston School of Law, VanSyckel beganhis career in York as an assistant public defender, where he tried more than 20cases to a jury verdict. The position gave him exposure to many different kindsof criminal cases.

VanSyckel found that he particularly enjoyed working onwhite-collar crime cases, especially insurance fraud and securities fraud.

Next, he moved to the state attorney general’s office, where hefocused on health care fraud prosecution in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.While there, VanSyckel became familiar with complex investigations and theinterplay between white-collar criminal and whistleblower matters.

Since going into private practice, he has worked mostly oncriminal defense and whistleblower matters but has also taken on a limitednumber of other civil matters.

VanSyckel says his most influential mentor was C. William “Bill”Gambrell. The last book he read was “Gentle and Lowly,” by Dane C. Ortlund. Hishobbies include hunting, fishing, and golf.

In addition to Charleston School of Law, VanSyckel graduated fromthe University of South Carolina.

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Lowcountry

Scott Bischoff | Adams & Bischoff

*Trey Harrell | Trey Harrell Law Firm

Sean Houseal | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Tim Kulp | Kulp & Elliot

Chris Skipper | Skipper Law Firm LLC

*Jerry Theos | Theos Law Firm, LLC

Paul Thurmond | Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A.

Midlands

Gill Bell | Moore Bradley Myers

Alexandra Benevento | Strom Law Firm

Derek Bush | Aiken Public Defender

Micah Caskey | Caskey & Imgrund

Todd Ellis | Law Office of Todd Ellis, PA

Han Ko | Lexington County Public Defender’s Office

Micah Leddy | Leddy Law Firm, LLC

Victor Li | Li Law Firm, LLC

Neal Lourie | Lourie Law Firm, LLC

Jonathan Milling | Milling Law Firm, LLC

Marion Moses | The Law Offices of Marion M. Moses, LLC

Lori Murray | Law Office of Lori S. Murray

Stanley Myers | Moore Bradley Myers

Dayne C. Phillips | Price Benowitz LLP

Alex Postic | Law Office of Alex Postic

Nick Riley | Moore Bradley Myers

Upstate

Patrick Anderson | Anderson Moore

Mills Ariail | Law Office of R. Mills Ariail Jr.

Beattie Ashmore | Beattie Ashmore, Attorney at Law, PA

Jim Bannister | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Jenny Barwick |Clawson and Staubes

John Bateman | Bateman Law Firm

Ryan Beasley | Ryan Beasley Law

Christopher D. Brough | Cate & Brough, P.A.

Jennings Byford | Byford Law Firm, LLC

Cindy Crick | Cindy Crick Law

*Frank Eppes | Eppes & Plumblee

Jake Erwin | Jake Erwin Attorney at Law

James (Wally) W. Fayssoux, Jr. | Fayssoux & Landis

Brian Johnson | Law Office of Brian P. Johnson, LLC

Alex Kinlaw, III | Kinlaw & Cunningham, LLC

Alex Kornfeld | Alex Kornfeld, Attorney at Law, LLC

Lucas Marchant | Marchant Law Firm, LLC

Andy Moorman | Moorman Law Firm

E. Powers Price | Price Law Firm, P.A.

James H. Price, IV | Price Law Firm, P.A.

Stuart Sarratt | Greenville County Public Defender’s Office

Steve Sumner | Sumner & Todd, Attorneys at Law

Scott Talley | The Talley Law Firm

Scott Todd | Sumner & Todd, Attorneys at Law

Sam Tooker | David R. Price Jr., P.A.

MarceloTorricos | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Adam Touma | Touma and Fedali, LLP

Asher Watson | Watson Law Attorneys & Counselors

John White | KD Trial Lawyers

Criminal –General

Lowcountry

Christopher Skipper

Skipper Law Firm LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (12)

Skipper is the sole practitioner of the Skipper Law Firm in MountPleasant, which he began in 2004. Skipper practices criminal defense in federal,state, magistrate, and municipal courts.

Herepresentsinjured workers before the South CarolinaWorkers' Compensation Commissionand has experience in personal injurylaw.

Skipper was born in Georgetown and grew up along the SouthCarolina coast. He began his legal career while a student at the College ofCharleston in 1990.

After graduating from the University of South Carolina School ofLaw in 1996, Skipper returned to the Lowcountry and went to work as anassistant solicitor in the Berkeley County Solicitor's Office. He prosecutedcases for an additional four years in the Charleston County Solicitor's Office.Throughout his time as a prosecutor, Skipper handled hundreds of cases, rangingfrom driving under suspension to murder.

Prior to opening the Skipper Law Firm, he spent time practicingin the area of workers' compensation insurance defense. The experience hegained as an attorney for insurance companies provided excellent insightintohow they handle claims.

Skipper serves as an associate judge for the Folly BeachMunicipal Court and the city prosecutor for Isle of Palms.He and wife Amyreside in Mount Pleasant with their three children.

Midlands

Jonathan “Jeb” Lewis

The Law Office of Jonathan Lewis LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (13)

With offices in both Columbia and Beaufort, Lewis has dedicatedhis practice to the diligent, fierce, and ethical representation of clientscharged with criminal offenses or dealing with matters in Family Court.

Lewis has served numerous clients and government entitiesthroughout the Palmetto State. He has served as the DUI special prosecutor forLexington County, and as a special assistant solicitor for drug and violentcrimes with the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office. He is appointed as counselfor indigent defendants outside of the Public Defender’s Offices, includingstate grand jury cases, and takes private clients throughout the state.

The Charlottesville, Virginia, native attended Norwich University–The Military College of Vermont, where he earned both his Bachelor of Arts instudies in war and peace and his Master of Arts in international diplomacy. Hereceived his J.D. from the UofSC School of Law.

Lewis is a member of the South Carolina Association of CriminalDefense Attorneys and co-chair for the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyer’s DivisionPro Bono Committee. He has been twice honored nationally by the American BarAssociation for his pro bono work for active-duty military servicemembers.

Upstate

Nihar Patel

The Carolina Law Group

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (14)

Prior to joining The Carolina Law Group, Patel worked for theGreenville County Public Defender’s Office, where he handled cases ranging fromlow-level misdemeanors to high-profile murders.

He co-founded The Carolina Law Group in 2011 with Monty D. Desai.The goal was to create a firm centered on the needs of the client rather thanthe law firm.

Patel is a member of Greenville and South Carolina Bars and theSouth Carolina Association for Justice, and he is past president of theGreenville Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He was named a Super LawyersRising Star in 2013 and a National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 for SouthCarolina.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from College ofCharleston and his Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School inMichigan.

Patel and his wife Olivia have one son. In his free time, heenjoys watching Gamecock sports, listening to live music, and spending timeoutdoors.

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Midlands

Deborah Barbier | Deborah Barbier, Attorney at Law

Alexandra Benevento | Strom Law Firm

Jim Griffin | Griffin & Davis, LLC

Alex Imgrund | Caskey & Imgrund, LLC

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Chris Leonard | Kendrick & Leonard, P.C.

Neal Lourie | Lourie Law Firm, LLC

Joe McCulloch |McCulloch & Schillaci

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Jonathan Lewis | The Law Office of Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan Milling | Milling Law Firm, LLC

Marion Moses | The Law Offices of Marion M. Moses, LLC

Lori Murray | Law Office of Lori S. Murray

Stanley Myers | Moore Bradley Myers

Dayne C. Phillips | Price Benowitz LLP

Alex Postic | Law Office of Alex Postic

Jack Swerling | Law Offices of Jack Swerling

Judah VanSyckel | Saluda Law, LLC

Theo Williams | Williams, Stitely, & Brink

Aimee Zmroczek | A.J.Z. Law Firm, LLC

Upstate

Patrick Anderson | Anderson Moore

Beattie Ashmore | Beattie Ashmore, Attorney at Law, PA

Jim Bannister | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Jenny Barwick |Clawson and Staubes

Ryan Beasley | Ryan Beasley Law

Charles Bondurant | Bondurant Legal LLC

Christopher D. Brough | Cate & Brough, P.A.

Jennings Byford | Byford Law Firm, LLC

Randy Chambers | Chambers Law Firm

Cindy Crick | Cindy Crick Law

Joy Davis | White Davis & White

Perry Buckner DeLoach, Jr. | The Law Offices of Perry B. DeLoach,Jr., LLC

Stephen L. Denton | KD Trial Lawyers

Steve Denton | KD Trial Lawyers

Monty Desai | The Carolina Law Group

Frank Eppes | Eppes & Plumblee

Jake Erwin | Jake Erwin Attorney at Law

James (Wally) W. Fayssoux, Jr. | Fayssoux & Landis

William Grove | Grove Ozment LLC

Christopher L. Jones | Christopher L. Jones, Attorney at Law, LLC

Josh Kendrick | Kendrick & Leonard, P.C.

Alex Kornfeld | Alex Kornfeld, Attorney at Law, LLC

Lucas Marchant | Marchant Law Firm, LLC

Jim May | Wyche, P.A.

Mark Moyer | The Moyer Law Firm, LLC

AnneMarie Haynsworth Odom | Anne Marie Odom Law, LLC

Lauren Davis Price | Anderson County Solicitor’s Office

James H. Price IV | Price Law Firm, P.A.

E. Powers Price | Price Law Firm, P.A.

Scott Talley | The Talley Law Firm

Sam Tooker | David R. Price Jr., P.A.

MarceloTorricos | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Adam Touma | Touma and Fedali, LLP

Billy Wilkins | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Criminal –White Collar

Midlands

Judah VanSyckel

Saluda Law,LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (15)

Soleproprietor Judah VanSyckel focuses on criminal defense and whistleblowermatters. A graduate of Charleston School of Law, VanSyckel began his career inYork as an assistant public defender, where he tried more than 20 cases to ajury verdict. The position gave him exposure to many different kinds ofcriminal cases.

VanSyckelfound that he particularly enjoyed working on white-collar crime cases,especially insurance fraud and securities fraud.

Next, hemoved to the state attorney general’s office, where he focused on health carefraud prosecution in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. While there, VanSyckelbecame familiar with complex investigations and the interplay betweenwhite-collar criminal and whistleblower matters.

Since goinginto private practice, he has worked mostly on criminal defense andwhistleblower matters but has also taken on a limited number of other civilmatters.

VanSyckel sayshis most influential mentor was C. William “Bill” Gambrell. The last book heread was “Gentle and Lowly,” by Dane C. Ortlund. His hobbies include hunting,fishing, and golf.

In additionto Charleston School of Law, VanSyckel graduated from the University of SouthCarolina.

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Midlands

Alexandra Benevento | Strom Law Firm

Jim Griffin | Griffin & Davis, LLC

Han Ko | Lexington County Public Defender’s Office

Neal Lourie | Lourie Law Firm, LLC

Joe McCulloch |McCulloch & Schillaci

Jonathan Milling | Milling Law Firm, LLC

Marion Moses | The Law Offices of Marion M. Moses, LLC

John Moylan | Wyche, P.A.

Lori Murray | Law Office of Lori S. Murray

Dayne C. Phillips | Price Benowitz LLP

Alex Postic | Law Office of Alex Postic

Brianne Steiner | Aiken Public Defender

Jack Swerling | Law Offices of Jack Swerling

Upstate

Beattie Ashmore | Beattie Ashmore, Attorney at Law, PA

Bill Bannister | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Jim Bannister | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Jenny Barwick |Clawson and Staubes

Ryan Beasley | Ryan Beasley Law

Charles Bondurant | Bondurant Legal LLC

Cindy Crick | Cindy Crick Law

Joy Davis | White Davis & White

Monty Desai | The Carolina Law Group

KonstantineDiamaduros | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

*Frank Eppes | Eppes & Plumblee

Jake Erwin | Jake Erwin Attorney at Law

James (Wally) W. Fayssoux, Jr. | Fayssoux & Landis

William Grove | Grove Ozment LLC

Christopher L. Jones | Christopher L. Jones, Attorney at Law, LLC

Josh Kendrick | Kendrick & Leonard, P.C.

Alex Kornfeld | Alex Kornfeld, Attorney at Law, LLC

Lucas Marchant | Marchant Law Firm, LLC

Jim May | Wyche, P.A.

Andy Moorman | Moorman Law Firm

AnneMarie Haynsworth Odom | AnneMarie Odom Law, LLC

Nihar Patel | The Carolina Law Group

Stuart Sarratt | Greenville County Public Defender’s Office

Scott Talley | The Talley Law Firm

Sam Tooker | David R. Price Jr., P.A.

MarceloTorricos | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Asher Watson | Watson Law Attorneys & Counselors

Billy Wilkins | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Economic Development

Lowcountry

Stephanie Yarbrough

Womble Bond Dickinson(US) LLP

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (16)

As a partner in Womble Bond Dickinson, Yarbrough works closelywith domestic and international companies seeking to expand or relocateoperations to the Carolinas and the Southeastern United States. Her philosophyis to invest in her clients from the outset to build long-term partnerships forthe future. She has extensive experience advising companies across a wide rangeof industries, including life sciences, retail and consumer, manufacturing, andsoftware and technology.

Yarbrough earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College ofCharleston and a master’s in public administration from the University ofCharleston before receiving her J.D. in 2001 from Southern Methodist UniversitySchool of Law.

Her efforts on behalf of clients have led to the creation ofthousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in new investments. During therecent Covid-19 economic downturn, she worked to help clients stabilize theirbusinesses, including guiding them through the federal PPP loan process.

She is also active in the community: She currently serves onseveral boards, including Upstate Alliance, the S.C. Economic Developer’sAssociation, Charleston Regional Development Alliance, and the S.C. Aquarium.

The Georgia native’s hobbies include Peloton, boating, hiking,and reading.

Midlands

Will Johnson

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (17)

Johnson leads his firm's economic development practice group andconcentrates on economic development, corporate law and tax matters.

He has helped facilitate over $5 billion in domestic and foreigninvestment in South Carolina. Johnson's work in the economic development areaincludes negotiating and drafting fee in lieu of tax agreements, structuringspecial source revenue credit arrangements, and assisting companies withincentives like job development credits, job tax credits, state and localeconomic development grants.

In the corporate area, he provides counsel on matters includingcontract review, mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, shareholder andgovernance issues, bankruptcy and franchise law. A Lake City native, Johnson'scommunity involvement includes helping to form a partnership between SpecialOlympics South Carolina and the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division in2010.

He serves on the Special Olympics SC board of directors. Agraduate of New York University's LLM program (Tax) with an undergraduatedegree from Wofford College, Johnson was awarded the Dean's Medallion forgraduating first in his class from the University of South Carolina School ofLaw.

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Justin Hoyle | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Ric Tapp | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Midlands

J. Michael “Mike”Ey | Burr & Forman LLP

Edward G. Kluiters | Nelson Mullins

Riley & ScarboroughLLP

Upstate

Ryan Beasley | Ryan Beasley Law

Michael Wasson Burns | Burr & Forman LLP

Richard Few | Parker Poe

Michael Kozlarek | King Kozlarek Law LLC

Philip Land | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Josh Lonon | Wyche, P.A.

Kathleen Crum McKinney | Haynsworth

Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Brandon Tyler Norris | Burr & Forman LLP

James K. Price | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Education

Lowcountry

Alice Paylor

Saxton & Stump

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (18)

Paylor has more than four decades of experience in law,representing businesses, governmental entities, and individuals in complexcommercial litigation, probate and estate litigation, zoning issues, labor andemployment matters, and investigations.

Early in her career, she served as Deputy Corporation Counsel forthe city of Charleston, and she joined a Charleston law firm in 1982.

In the 1980s, she represented the Charleston County SchoolDistrict in one of the last desegregation cases.

Paylor has extensive experience working with school districts, aswell as private schools and charter schools.

She formerly served as president of the National Caucus of StateBar Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates and received the Jean GallowayBissell Award from SCWLA in 2016.

A native of Greenville, Paylor earned a Bachelor of Arts atUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctor at University ofNorth Carolina School of Law. Her most influential mentor was Morris Rosen, andher hobbies include working out.

Midlands

Joseph Bias

Midlands Technical College

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (19)

Bias serves as general counsel for Midlands Technical College, apublic technical college with locations in Richland, Lexington, and Fairfieldcounties.

His practice includes handling all legal affairs for MidlandsTech, including labor and employment issues, policy and handbook reviews,federal and state compliance, Title IX, contracts, internal investigations, andmanagement of outside counsel in litigation.

He also chairs the school’s diversity, equity, and inclusionstrategic planning initiatives.

Bias is a member of the school's executive council, tasked withassisting Midlands Technical College President Ron Rhames in the management andoperations of the institution.

A Columbia native, Bias also serves as an adjunct professor atthe University of South Carolina School of Law, where he teaches a civillitigation capstone course.

He lists his most influential mentor as Judge Alison Lee, and hishobbies include coaching high school and college Mock Trial, and fantasyfootball.

Bias earned a bachelor’s degree from Wofford College and a JurisDoctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Upstate

Doug Webb

Greenville County Schools

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (20)

Webb has served as the general counsel for the Greenville CountySchools, the school district serving the county, since 2009.He overseesall legal aspects of operations for the school district, which has nearly78,000 students and 11,000 employees.

Prior to his employment with the district, Webb was a prosecutorhandling criminal cases ranging from drug trafficking to murder.

He is active in various organizations in the community, and Webbwas selected by the Jefferson Award Foundation as a ChangeMaker for hisdedication to public service. He is also a graduate of LeadershipGreenville.

Webb enjoys teaching current and future school administrators ingraduate programs for Furman University and Clemson University. He has threechildren and spends most of his nonwork hours with his wife at sports and otherkid-related activities.

Webb earned an undergraduate degree in political science fromFurman University and a Juris Doctor from the University of South CarolinaSchool of Law.

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Midlands

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Allison Hanna | Halligan Mahoney & Williams

Connie Jackson | Halligan Mahoney & Williams

Grant Burnette LeFever | Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, P.A.

David Lyon | Duff Freeman Lyon, L.L.C

Kathy Mahoney | Halligan Mahoney & Williams

Jake Moore, Sr. | Moore Bradley Myers

Andrea White | White & Story, LLC

Upstate

John Bell | Greenville Tech

Ted Gentry | Wyche, P.A.

Jack Griffeth | Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, PA

Wade Kolb | Wyche, P.A.

Dick Riley | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Inez Tenenbaum | Wyche, P.A.

Eminent Domain

Upstate

Luke Burke

Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (21)

Burke, a partner at Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey in Greenville,focuses on civil litigation with a primary emphasis on business litigation,eminent domain/right-of-way acquisition, and family law.

A 2011 graduate of the University of South Carolina School ofLaw, he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University ofNotre Dame in 2002. Burke worked as a software engineer and developer forseveral years before entering law school and embarking on a career injurisprudence.

He has been with Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey for nearly 10years, and Burke lists Bill Bannister, the firm’s founding partner, as his mostinfluential mentor.

The Chicago native relocated to Greenville in 2006 afterobserving the exciting revitalization occurring in the Upstate. He and wifeMegan live in Taylors with their daughter.

His most recent reads include “Buckaroo Banzai Against the WorldCrime League, et al.”, by E.M. Rauch, and he counts chess and cooking ashobbies.

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William E. Applegate IV | Yarborough Applegate Law Firm, LLC

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Midlands

Keith M. Babcock | Lewis Babcock L.L.P.

*William C. Dillard, Jr. | Belser & Belser, PA

Sean M. Foerster | Rogers Townsend, LLC

David L. Paavola | Lewis Babcock L.L.P.

Upstate

Max T. Hyde, Jr. | Hyde Law Firm, PA

Ryan McCarty | KD Trial Lawyers

Howard “Pat” W Paschal| Howard “Pat” W Paschal PA

Bill Wilson | Wyche, P.A.

Employee Benefits

Midlands

Jack Cohoon

Burnette, Shutt & McDaniel, P.A.

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (22)

Cohoon is a partner with Burnette, Shutt & McDaniel inColumbia. His practice focuses on helping clients resolve difficult legalchallenges.

Cohoon’s casesinclude whistleblower cases for government workers, discrimination claims, wagedisputes, administrative appeals, and litigation regarding employee benefits.Cohoon primarily represents employees, but he also serves nonprofits and smallbusinesses.

In addition to employment law, Cohoon has represented clients incases brought under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act to promote governmenttransparency, and he represents clients in civil rights cases.

Cohoon said he has had the benefit of having many great mentorsduring his career, but Malissa Burnette is the most significant. He said thelast book he read was “The Daily Stoic,” by Ryan Holiday.

A native of Augusta, Cohoon earned a bachelor’s degree from theUniversity of Georgia and a law degree from the University of South CarolinaSchool of Law.

Outside of work, he enjoys hiking with his family. He also servesas a scout leader for his sons’ Boy Scout troop.

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Midlands

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Frank Shuler | Turner Padget

Upstate

Ashley Bryan Abel | JacksonLewis P.C.

Nathaniel Bax | Foster Law Firm, LLC

*Thomas M. Christina | Ogletree Deakins

Joel A. Daniel | Ogletree Deakins

William L. Dennis | Fox Rothschild LLP

Chris Gantt-Sorenson | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Robert E. Hoskins | Foster Law Firm, LLC

Debbie Kleman | Parker Poe

Camden Massingill |Wyche, P.A.

Marie Monroe | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

John Peace | Perkins Law Firm

Employment – Defendant

Midlands

Stephen Savitz

Gignilliat, Savitz& Beattie LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (23)

Savitz has exclusively practiced labor and employment law formore than three decades, and he is certified by the South Carolina SupremeCourt as a specialist in labor and employment law.

Before going into private practice, Savitz served as AssistantAttorney General for South Carolina.

Savitz is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District ofSouth Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and 11th Circuits, andthe U.S. Supreme Court.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of NorthCarolina and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School ofLaw.

He is a member of the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates andhas served as an adjunct professor in Legal Aspects of Counseling at theUniversity of South Carolina Graduate School of Education.

His most influential mentor was Attorney General Dan McLead, andthe last book he read was “Hard Work” by Roy Williams. His hobbies include golfand spending time with his four grandchildren.

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Elliot Condon | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

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Greg Horton | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

*Amy Jenkins | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Ashley Kutz Kelley |Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Mary Stuart King | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Lucy Sanders | Bloodgood and Sanders, LLC

Midlands

Samantha Albrecht | Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA

Brittany Clark | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Jack Cohoon | Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, P.A.

Blaney Coskrey | Coskrey Law Office

Sarah J.M. Cox | Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, P.A.

Joseph Dickey | Dickey Law Group

Foster Haselden | Gignilliat, Savitz & Bettis, LLP

Christopher Johnson | Gignilliat, Savitz & Bettis, LLP

Regina Lewis | Gaffney Lewis, LLC

Denny Major | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Sheila Willis | Fisher Phillips

Grant Wills | Fisher Phillips

Upstate

Courtney Atkinson | Metcalfe & Atkinson, LLC

Sarah Batson | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Emily Bridges | Parker Poe

Debbie Brown | Gallivan, White & Boyd

John Connell | Burr & Forman LLP

Ashley Cuttino | Ogletree Deakins

Chris Gantt-Sorenson | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

William Gignilliat | Jackson Lewis P.C.

James K. Gilliam | Burr & Forman LLP

Phillip Kilgore | Ogletree Deakins

Stephanie Lewis | Jackson Lewis P.C.

Camden Massingill | Wyche,P.A.

John Merrell | Ogletree Deakins

Randy Moody | Jackson Lewis P.C.

Alexander Paterra | Paterra Law Firm, LLC

John Perkins | Perkins Law Firm

Chase Samples | Jackson Lewis P.C.

*Andy Satterfield | Jackson Lewis P.C.

Giles Schanen | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Josh Smith | Smith Hudson Law, LLC

Tom Stephenson | Stephenson and Murphy

Frank Stern | Jackson Lewis P.C.

Jeremy Summerlin | Horton Law Firm, P.A.

Zach Weaver | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Sandi Wilson | Lockheed Martin

Employment – Plaintiff

Lowcountry

Lucy Sanders

Bloodgood & Sanders LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (24)

Sanders has been practicing employment law for the majority ofher career. Following law school, she worked as a law clerk for the HonorableDeadra L. Jefferson of the Ninth Judicial Circuit.

She has more than a decade of experience representing plaintiffsand defendants in state and federal employment litigation.

Sanders also advises employees and small businesses onemployment-related issues, helps clients understand employment law, and helps clientsseek meaningful resolution of employment claims through mediation andnegotiation.

A native of Russellville, Kentucky, Sanders earned a Bachelor ofArts in Sociology from Furman University and her Juris Doctor from theCharleston School of Law.

She is a board member of Center for Heirs’ Property Preservationand a co-founder of the Compass Collegiate Academy Charter School inCharleston.

Sanders counts her father, a Harvard Law School graduate whotaught her the value of education and giving back to the community, as her mostinfluential mentor.

Midlands

Joseph Dickey

Dickey Law Group

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (25)

Dickey worksas a legal advocate for businesses, governmental entities, and individuals.

Prior toattending law school, he worked at an economic development firm in Fukuoka,Japan, and as a result is conversant in Japanese and knowledgeable of Japanesebusiness practices.

A native ofWellford, Dickey earned his Bachelor of Arts in Japanese and InternationalTrade and Bachelor of Science in Management from Clemson University, and hisJuris Doctor from University of South Carolina School of Law.

During lawschool, Dickey served as associate student works editor for the South CarolinaJournal of International Law and Business, was president of the InternationalLaw Society, and manager of the Black Law Students’ Association’s Moot Court Bar.

He currentlyserves on the boards of the Japan America Association, Midlands Education andBusiness Alliance, and Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina.

Upstate

W. Andrew Arnold

Law Office of W. Andrew Arnold

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (26)

Arnold has practiced law for nearly 30 years, specializing inhigh-stakes cases, starting with a multimillion-dollar verdict against a chainof nursing homes.

He has litigated cases involving employment law, businessdisputes, wrongful death, and serious personal injury. These days, he primarilyhandles employment litigation, business litigation/shareholder oppression,noncompete cases, and nursing home abuse and neglect.

Arnold has been named a Super Lawyer for 10 of the past 12 years,and has been included in our Legal Elite recognition for 10 consecutive years.

He received his Bachelor of Arts from Furman University and hisJuris Doctor from University of South Carolina. Arnold’s hobbies include indoorrowing, reading, weightlifting, and hiking. The last book he read was “A BriefHistory of Equality” by ThomasPiketty.

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Samantha Albrecht | Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA

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Beth Bowen | Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks, LLC

Malissa Burnette | Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, P.A.

Jack Cohoon | Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, P.A.

Sarah J.M. Cox | Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, P.A.

Robin R. McLean | McCutchen McLean, LLC

Elizabeth Millender | Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks, LLC

Paul Porter | Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks, LLC

Kathy Mahoney | Halligan Mahoney & Williams

Jake Moore, Sr. | Moore Bradley Myers

Andrea White | White & Story, LLC

Upstate

Brian Arnold | Arnold Law Firm

Courtney Atkinson | Metcalfe & Atkinson, LLC

Emily Bridges | Parker Poe

Ashley Cuttino | Ogletree Deakins

Jeff Dunlaevy | Dunlaevy Law Firm

Joshua Hawkins | Hawkins and Jedezniak Law Firm

Josh Hudson | Smith Hudson Law, LLC

Phillip Kilgore | Ogletree Deakins

Wade Kolb | Wyche, P.A.

Stephanie Lewis | Jackson Lewis P.C.

Camden Massingill |Wyche, P.A.

John Merrell | Ogletree Deakins

Randy Moody | Jackson Lewis P.C.

Alexander Paterra | Paterra Law Firm, LLC

John Perkins | Perkins Law Firm

Chase Samples | Jackson Lewis P.C.

Andy Satterfield | Jackson Lewis P.C.

Josh Smith | Smith Hudson Law, LLC

Tom Stephenson | Stephenson and Murphy

Fred Suggs | Ogletree Deakins

Jeremy Summerlin | Horton Law Firm, P.A.

Zach Weaver | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Energy and Utilities

Lowcountry

Jamey Goldin

Google LLC

Charleston

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (27)

Goldin is energy counsel on Google’s Global Energy Policy andMarket Development Team. As part of the division responsible for the company’sdata center and global-energy portfolio, he is primarily responsible formanaging Google’s energy policy and markets work in the Eastern andSouth-Central regions of the United States.

Prior to joining Google, Goldin was a partner at Nelson MullinsRiley & Scarborough LLP, where his practice focused on energy and regulatorylaw. He has represented and advised clients in matters before the FederalEnergy Regulatory Commission, multiple state public utility commissions,federal and state appellate courts, and federal and state administrativeagencies. Goldin served as chief counsel to the South Carolina House ofRepresentatives’ Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee before he enteredprivate practice.

A native of Rockmart, Georgia, Goldin received his undergraduatedegree from the University of Georgia and his J.D. from the UofSC School ofLaw.

In his free time, Goldin enjoys hunting, fishing, field trials,and retriever hunt tests. He also enjoys reading, and recently began “TheUnsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture,” by Wendell Berry.

Midlands

Weston Adams

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (28)

Adams practices energy and environmental law.

His work is divided into two areas: energy litigation practicebefore the South Carolina Public Service Commission, North Carolina UtilitiesCommission, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and environmentalpractice before the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, N.C.Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency.

Adams has served as lead counsel on more than 100 appeals to theS.C. Supreme Court, S.C. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals forthe Fourth Circuit.

He is the former chairman of the S.C. Conservation BankCommission, on which he served from 2004-2014, and he currently chairs theboard of directors of the S.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance.

A Columbia native, Adams earned his Bachelor of Arts from theUniversity of the South, a Master of Arts from the University of Florida, andhis Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Upstate

Luke Burke

Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (29)

Burke, a partner at Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey in Greenville,focuses on civil litigation with a primary emphasis on business litigation,eminent domain/right-of-way acquisition, and family law.

A 2011 graduate of the University of South Carolina School ofLaw, he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University ofNotre Dame in 2002. Burke worked as a software engineer and developer forseveral years before entering law school and embarking on a career injurisprudence.

He has been with Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey for nearly 10years, and Burke lists Bill Bannister, the firm’s founding partner, as his mostinfluential mentor.

The Chicago native relocated to Greenville in 2006 afterobserving the exciting revitalization occurring in the Upstate. He and wifeMegan live in Taylors with their daughter.

His most recent reads include “Buckaroo Banzai Against the WorldCrime League, et al.”, by E.M. Rauch, and he counts chess and cooking ashobbies.

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Ashley Cooper | Parker Poe

Midlands

John Boyd | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Jake Moore, Sr. | Moore Bradley Myers

Benjamin Nicholson | Burr & Forman LLP

Matthew Richardson | Wyche, P.A.

Belton Zeigler | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Upstate

Bruce Bannister | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Jim Cox | Wyche, P.A.

David Dill | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Wallace Lightsey | Wyche, P.A.

Ryan McCarty | KD Trial Lawyers

Will Middleton | Parker Poe

Heather Smith | Duke Energy

R. Taylor Speer | Fox Rothschild LLP

Josh Spencer | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Sarah Spruill | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Rivers Stilwell | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Environmental

Upstate

Rita Bolt Barker

Wyche PA

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (30)

Barker is a veteran litigator with experience in environmental,commercial and insurance coverage areas.

Her work includes helping clients navigate the wide range of lawsthat protect natural resources, including compliance and litigation, permittingchallenges and enforcement actions before administrative agencies including theEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The chair of the firm's recruiting committee, Barker has alsotaught administrative law at Clemson University and environmental law at FurmanUniversity.

A native of Anderson, she earned her law degree from HarvardUniversity and her undergraduate degree from Clemson University.

Lowcountry

Newman Jackson Smith

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (31)

Newman Jackson Smith, a partner with Nelson Mullins Riley &Scarborough in the firm’s Charleston office, practices in the areas ofenvironmental law and litigation, administrative law, land-use law, andconstitutional law.

He has experience in several areas, including an environmentalpractice involving hazardous waste-site management and remediation,contaminated property liability negotiation, litigation, redevelopment, andrelated regulatory counseling.

Smith is also experienced in matters of administrative law,land-use planning, and zoning law, and he’s involved in brownfieldsredevelopment, environmental insurance, and environmental regulatorypermitting.

Other focuses include experience with wetlands regulatory issues,compliance counseling, and Superfund site counseling.

Smith is the founding chairman of both the Governing Council ofthe Environment and Natural Resources Section of the S.C. Bar Association andthe Urban Land Institute Coastal Forum.

Smith lists his most influential mentor as Sen. Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings. His hobbiesinclude reading, spending time at the beach, and biking, and the last book heread was “Count Zero” by William Gibson.

The Columbia native earned an undergraduate degree from theUniversity of South Carolina and a law degree from the University of SouthCarolina School of Law.

Midlands

Weston Adams

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (32)

Adams practices energy and environmental law.

His work is divided into two areas: energy litigation practicebefore the South Carolina Public Service Commission, North Carolina UtilitiesCommission, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and environmentalpractice before the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, N.C.Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency.

Adams has served as lead counsel on more than 100 appeals to theS.C. Supreme Court, S.C. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals forthe Fourth Circuit.

He is the former chairman of the S.C. Conservation BankCommission, on which he served from 2004-2014, and he currently chairs theboard of directors of the S.C. Clean Energy Business Alliance.

A Columbia native, Adams earned his Bachelor of Arts from theUniversity of the South, a Master of Arts from the University of Florida, andhis Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

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Ashley McMahan | McMahan & Taylor

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Upstate

Michael Bogle | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

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Michael Corley | South Carolina Environmental Law Project

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Greg English | Wyche, P.A.

Gene McCall | McCall Environmental

Gary Poliakoff | Poliakoff and Associates

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Estate and Trust – Litigation

Lowcountry

Laurel Blair

Womble Bond Dickinson(US) LLP

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (33)

Laurel R.S. Blair is a partner based in the Charleston office ofWomble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP. She is a strategic adviser, negotiator,certified mediator, and litigator, with more than 25 years of experiencerepresenting financial institutions (particularly in fiduciary roles such astrustee and personal representative) in the private wealth, private banking, andwealth management areas, and representing individuals in estate and trustmatters.

A member of the firm's wealth management team serving the privatewealth and financial services sectors, Blair represents clients across SouthCarolina and the Southeast. She has been admitted to practice in the U.S.District Court for the District of South Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals,Fourth Circuit, and the United States Tax Court.

She has received several honors and awards, including beingrecognized in The Best Lawyers in America (BL rankings), litigation – trustsand estates, and trusts and estates from 2013 to present; and receiving theLawyer of the Year Award in the field of litigation – trusts and estates(Charleston) in 2022.

Blair earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginiabefore receiving her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.

Midlands

Thomas Kilpatrick

Murphy & Kilpatrick P.A.

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (34)

Kilpatrick, of Columbia firm Murphy & Kilpatrick, practicesin several areas of law, including estate planning, probate administration andlitigation, guardianships, conservatorships, trust and fiduciary administrationand litigation, elder law, business formation and governance, and real estate.

His duties involve serving as a court-appointed fiduciary,including as special administrator and personal representative for estates, andas conservator for minors and incapacitated adults.

The Charleston native graduated from the College of Charleston in2009, and he earned a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina Schoolof Law in 2012. He earned a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University ofAlabama School of Law in 2020.

After graduating from law school, Kilpatrick served as judiciallaw clerk to the Judge Mary Blunt, judge of probate for Dorchester County.Kilpatrick says Blunt was his most influential mentor. His hobbies includetraveling and eating.

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& Bennett

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George S. Bailey | Sojourner, Caughman

and Thomas

Lyndey R. Z. Bryant | Adams and Reese LLP

A. Bennett Evers | Todd & Johnson, LLP

Amy Hill | Gallivan, White & Boyd

James L. McCutchen |McCutchen McLean, LLC

William G. Newsome III | Newsome Law, P.A.

Greg Parker | Parker Law, LLC

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Jonathan E. Spitz |Todd & Johnson, LLP

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Kenneth B. Wingate | Sweeny, Wingate

& Barrow, P.A.

Upstate

James Anderson | Anderson Law Firm

Mike Bridges | Dobson Law Group

Ian Conits | Gallivan White & Boyd

Perry Deloach | The Law Offices of Perry B.

DeLoach, Jr., LLC

James B. Drennan, III | Dennis Shaw Drennan

& Pack, LLC

Greg English | Wyche, P.A.

E. Zachary Horton | Horton & Horton Law Firm, LLC

Charles Marchbanks | The Marchbanks Law Firm

R. David Massey | Brown Massey Evans

McLeod & HaynsworthLLC

Ryan F. McCarty | KD Trial Lawyers

Tyler E. Mcleod | Brown Massey Evans

McLeod & HaynsworthLLC

Keith G Meacham | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Tanner Riley | Bradley K. Richardson, PC

Jeanmarie Tankersley |Clawson and Staubes

Zach Weaver | Gallivan White & Boyd

Marshall Winn | Wyche, P.A.

Estate and Trust – Planning

Lowcountry

Laurel Blair

Womble Bond Dickinson(US) LLP

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (35)

Laurel R.S. Blair is a partner based in the Charleston office ofWomble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP. She is a strategic adviser, negotiator,certified mediator, and litigator, with more than 25 years of experiencerepresenting financial institutions (particularly in fiduciary roles such astrustee and personal representative) in the private wealth, private banking,and wealth management areas, and representing individuals in estate and trustmatters.

A member of the firm's wealth management team serving the privatewealth and financial services sectors, Blair represents clients across SouthCarolina and the Southeast. She has been admitted to practice in the U.S.District Court for the District of South Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals,Fourth Circuit, and the United States Tax Court.

She has received several honors and awards, including beingrecognized in The Best Lawyers in America (BL rankings), litigation – trustsand estates, and trusts and estates from 2013 to present; and receiving theLawyer of the Year Award in the field of litigation – trusts and estates(Charleston) in 2022.

Blair earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginiabefore receiving her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.

Midlands

Jeffrey Hopkins

Barnes Alford Stork & Johnson, LLP

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (36)

Hopkins practices in the areas of estate planning andadministration taxation, probate litigation, business transactions andcommercial real estate. His primary practice includes the preparation of wills,revocable and irrevocable trusts, and other estate planning documents.

He also guides fiduciaries in the administration of trusts andestates while navigating tax laws. A native of Greenville, Hopkins has receivedthe Compleat Lawyer Award, Bronze for his recognition in professional competence,ethics, and integrity and earned a CALI award for his studies in real estatetransactions.

A graduate of University of South Carolina (B.A. and J.D.)Hopkins also earned a LLM degree in Taxation from the University of AlabamaSchool of Law.

Besides his affiliation with the Lexington County Bar Associationand the Richmond County Bar Association he is also a board member of Columbianonprofit The FriendShip, serving the elderly in the community. Hopkins livesin Columbia with his wife and daughter, where he enjoys running and gardening.

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Maria Averill | Averill Law Firm

Jeffrey Bogdan | Parker Poe

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& Scarborough LLP

J. Aaron Nelson | The Nelson Law Firm

Anne Kelley Russell | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Jennifer Williams | Law Office of Jennifer

K. Williams, LLC

Midlands

Lisa Hostetler Brown | LawyerLisa

Rita Bragg Caughman | Sojourner, Caughman

and Thomas

W. Steven Johnson | Todd & Johnson, LLP

Johnny Kornegay | Todd & Johnson, LLP

James L. McCutchen |McCutchen McLean, LLC

W. Verne McGough, Jr. | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Matt Myers | Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A.

William M. Reynolds, III | Todd & Johnson, LLP

Creighton Segars | Stuckey Fata & Segars, LLC

Jonathan E. Spitz |Todd & Johnson, LLP

Ryan Wallace | Sojourner, Caughman

and Thomas

Upstate

James Anderson | Anderson Law Firm

Robert E. August | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Matthew Couvillion | Wyche, P.A.

Aaron DeBruin | De Bruin Law Firm

Perry Deloach | The Law Offices of Perry B.

DeLoach, Jr., LLC

James B. Drennan, III | Dennis Shaw Drennan

& Pack, LLC

Cary Hall | Wyche, P.A.

Justin Hamrick | Hamrick Law

Michelle H. King | FoxRothschild LLP

Phillip J. Martin | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

R. David Massey | Brown Massey Evans McLeod

& Haynsworth LLC

Mac McLean | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Keith G. Meacham | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Andrew D. Merline | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Marie Monroe | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Hall Provence | Ashmore, Leaphart, Rabon LLC

Neal Rabon | Ashmore, Leaphart, Rabon LLC

Jake Rea | Burr & Forman LLP

Jeanmarie Tankersley |Clawson and Staubes

David A. Thompson | Thomas, Fisher & Edwards, P.A.

Family

(Tie) Lowcountry

Daryn R. Barker

Barker Family Law

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (37)

Barker practices family law in the Charleston tri-county area.She is a fierce advocate for her clients both in and out of the courtroom. Shehas a passion for helping others, and she works with determination to achievethe best possible outcome for her clients.

Barker earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from theUniversity of South Carolina, and received her J.D. degree and children’s lawcertificate from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she washonored as the recipient of the S.C. Bar Foundation’s I.M. Goldberg Award forher demonstrated commitment to family law. While in school, Barker served as aneditor of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal, an extern to theHonorable Judge Dorothy Mobley Jones of the Richland County Family Court, and avolunteer guardian ad litem.

The Mount Pleasant native’s most-influential mentor is Douglas A.Barker. When not practicing law, she enjoys all water-related activities, aswell as spending time with family and friends, and reading. She most recentlyread “Beach Music” by Pat Conroy.

(Tie) Lowcountry

Elizabeth Rast

Family Advocacy Law Firm LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (38)

Rast began her law career in the area of business transactionsbut soon shifted her focus to Family Court cases.

She has worked as an associate attorney in complex cases ofdomestic litigation, served as a guardian ad litem, and spent a year as staffattorney for the South Carolina Department of Social Services working in abuseand neglect cases. Rast joined Family Advocacy Law Firm in 2020, where shehandles matters involving divorce, custody, name changes, abuse and neglect,contempt, and custody and support modifications.

Rast earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Wofford Collegeand her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

She is a member of the Charleston County Bar Association, SouthCarolina Bar Association, and the South Carolina Women Lawyer’s Association.Rast plays competitive USTA League Tennis and volunteers on the Island TurtleTeam.

Her hobbies include outdoor activities, live music, travel, andspending time with her niece and nephews.

Midlands

Peter Currence

McDougall Self Currence & McLeod

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (39)

Currence is a partner at McDougall Self Currence & McLeod,focusing on family law. His areas of practice include property and supportissues, and custody and visitation cases. He also serves as a mediator.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Managementfrom North Carolina State University and a Juris Doctor from the University ofSouth Carolina School of Law.

Currence is a member of the South Carolina and Richland CountyBars, and he was admitted to the South Carolina District Court in 1997.

In addition to his work with McDougall Self Currence &McLeod, Currence is a member of the ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute andthe family law section of the South Carolina Bar Association.

Upstate

Reid Sherard

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (40)

Sherard leads Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd's Family Law practicegroup, representing clients in agreements including divorce, custody,separation, complex financial issues, international jurisdictional disputes,and premarital and postnuptial.

His experience includes a variety of courts and ten appeals, andhis honors include recognized by his peers in our Legal Elite listings forseven consecutive years.

Sherard is consistently listed in The Best Lawyers in America andSouth Carolina Super Lawyers and is a Fellow of the American Academy ofMatrimonial Lawyers as well as a founder of the South Carolina Family LawAmerican Inn of Court.

Currently serving as the president of the Greenville County BarAssociation, Sherard, a certified family court mediator, is also on the SouthCarolina Bar Family Law Section Council.

He also does extensive pro bono work and has served as chair ofthe 2022 AHA Upstate Heart Walk and as president of the board of directors forA Child's Haven.

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Chris Archer | Archer Swearingen Divorce Attorneys, LLC

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Ryan Lane | The Lane Law Firm, LLC

Ken Lester | Ken H. Lester, Attorney at Law

Michelle Matthews | Strom Family Law

James T. McLaren | McLaren & Lee

Robin R. McLean | McCutchen McLean, LLC

Eric Mohn | Eric Mohn Attorney at Law

Amanda Mueller | Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, P.A.

Sandra Parise | Parise Law Firm

Mackenzie Pearson | Cordell & Cordell

Kana Rahman | Kana Law, LLC

Ralph Nichols “Nick” Riley, Jr. | Moore BradleyMyers

Christine Robbins | Cordell & Cordell

Shelia Robinson | Moore Bradley Myers

Tripp Rush | The Rush Law Firm

Stephanie Smith | Cordell & Cordell

Susan Strom | Strom Family Law

Reed Swearingen | Archer Swearingen Divorce

Attorneys, LLC

Douglas Truslow | Truslow & Truslow

Dale Turner | Moore Bradley Myers

Rebecca West | Harling & West

Richard Whiting | Law Offices of Richard G. Whiting

Upstate

Tripp Atkins | Atkins Law Firm, P.A.

Courtney Atkinson | Metcalfe & Atkinson, LLC

Bruce Bannister | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Jenny Barwick |Clawson and Staubes

Carlisle Brice | Offit Kurman

Rachel I. Brough | Cate & Brough, P.A.

Megan Burke | Law Office of Megan Goodwin Burke

Amie Carpenter | Anderson Carpenter LLC

Jessica Christophillis | Christophillis & Gallivan, P.A.

Stephen L. Chryst | Offit Kurman

Will Davis | Davis Law Group

Joy Davis | White Davis & White

Scott Dove | Dover Law Firm

Allison Dunham | KD Trial Lawyers

Jason Elliott | Jason Elliot Law Firm

Leslie R. Fisk | Cate & Brough, P.A.

Angela Frazier | Elliott Frazier Law Firm, LLC

Amanda Gallivan | Christophillis & Gallivan, P.A.

Lydia Angelica Hernandez | Hernandez & Cabra

Attorneys at Work

Chip Howard | Howard Law Firm, P.A.

Zandra Johnson | The Law Firm of Zandra L. Johnson, LLC

Vanessa Kormylo | Vanessa Hartman Kormylo, PA

Alex Kornfeld | Alex Kornfeld, Attorney at Law, LLC

Elizabeth McCool | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Danielle Mitchell | Mitchell Ramseur, LLC

Sidney Mitchell | Mitchell Ramseur, LLC

Jennifer Mook | Law Office of Jennifer Mook

Travis V. Olmert | The Olmert Law Firm, LLC

Jordan Peeler | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

James H. Price | Price Law Firm, P.A.

Joseph Ramseur | Mitchell Ramseur, LLC

Alex Stalvey | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

J. Benjamin Stevens | Offit Kurman

James C. Todd IV | Cordell & Cordell

MarceloTorricos | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Thomas W. Traxler | Carter, Smith, Merriam,

Rogers & Traxler,P.A.

J. Michael Turner, Jr. | Cordell & Cordell

Ashlea White | White Davis & White

David Wilson | Wilson & Englebardt, LLC

Amos Workman | Wyche, P.A.

Foreclosure

Midlands

Jane H. Downey

Moore Bradley Meyers PA

Downey, a partner at Moore Bradley Meyers PA, leads itsbankruptcy section and represents debtors and creditors in consumer andbusiness cases.

Her experience includes litigating and mediating in Chapter 7, 9,11, 12 and 13 cases.

A graduate of Emory Law School, after spending seven years as anassociate at the firm Nelson Mullins she started her own firm and practicedalone for 11 years. Downey joined Moore Bradley Meyers PA in 2008.

For more than 25 years, she has been a certified specialist inboth bankruptcy and debtor/creditor law as recognized by the South CarolinaSupreme Court. She is also board certified in business bankruptcy law by theAmerican Board of Certification.

Downey is on the editorial board of SC Lawyer magazine and amember of the American Inns of Court. She is also on the board ofdirectors of CARE and the IWIRC International Women's Insolvency &Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC).

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Paul Hoefer | Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Upstate

Michael Bagwell | Bradley K. Richardson, PC

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Greg English | Wyche, P.A.

M. Kevin McCarrell | Fox Rothschild LLP

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Bill Wilson |Wyche, P.A.

Government – Relations

Lowcountry

Newman Jackson Smith

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (41)

Newman Jackson Smith, a partner with Nelson Mullins Riley &Scarborough in the firm’s Charleston office, practices in the areas ofenvironmental law and litigation, administrative law, land-use law, andconstitutional law.

He has experience in several areas, including an environmentalpractice involving hazardous waste-site management and remediation,contaminated property liability negotiation, litigation, redevelopment, andrelated regulatory counseling.

Smith is also experienced in matters of administrative law,land-use planning, and zoning law, and he’s involved in brownfieldsredevelopment, environmental insurance, and environmental regulatorypermitting.

Other focuses include experience with wetlands regulatory issues,compliance counseling, and Superfund site counseling.

Smith is the founding chairman of both the Governing Council ofthe Environment and Natural Resources Section of the S.C. Bar Association andthe Urban Land Institute Coastal Forum.

Smith lists his most influential mentor as Sen. Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings. His hobbiesinclude reading, spending time at the beach, and biking, and the last book heread was “Count Zero” by William Gibson.

The Columbia native earned an undergraduate degree from theUniversity of South Carolina and a law degree from the University of SouthCarolina School of Law.

Midlands

Katie Nilges

South Carolina Department of Education

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (42)

Nilges serves as Director of Government Affairs for the SouthCarolina Department of Education, and her main responsibility is to serve asthe legislative liaison for the Department of Education. Each year, shecompletes the agency’s budget proposal and advocate for the budget requests infront of the General Assembly.

She also is in charge of the policy side of the department’s operations.

Nilges earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications with afocus on Interpersonal and Organizational Communication and a Bachelor of Artsin Political Science from East Carolina University and her Juris Doctor fromUniversity of South Carolina School of Law.

During her undergraduate years, Nilges interned with the lateU.S. Congressman Walter B. Jones, and during law school, she worked as lawclerk for the South Carolina Department of Education.

In 2018, she began working as a staff attorney for SCDE, and in2019, she transitioned into her current role.

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Charlie Condon | Charlie Condon Law Firm, LLC

James Goldin | Google, LLC

Stephanie L. Yarbrough | Womble Bond

Dickinson LLP

Midlands

Todd Atwater | Atwater & Associates

Bob Coble | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Dwight Drake | Nelson Mullins Riley &

Scarborough LLP

Linda Edwards | Gignilliat, Savitz & Bettis, LLP

Burnie Maybank | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Kyle Michel | Kyle Michel Law Firm

John Moylan | Wyche, P.A.

Matthew Richardson | Wyche, P.A.

Ted Riley | Riley Pope & Laney

Sally Rogers | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Ronald C. Scott | Scott & Corley, P.A.

Upstate

Bruce Bannister | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Rita Barker | Wyche, P.A.

Ryan Beasley | Ryan Beasley Law

Jim Cox | Wyche, P.A.

Lane Davis | Nelson Mullins Riley

& Scarborough LLP

John Devlin | Devlin & Antley

Jason Elliot | Jason Elliot Law Firm

Frank Eppes | Eppes & Plumblee

Michael Kozlarek | King Kozlarek Law LLC

Michael S. Pitts | Parker Poe

*Amy Snyder | Clawson and Staubes

Rivers Stilwell |Nelson Mullins Riley

& Scarborough LLP

Logan Wells | Greenville City Attorney’s Office

David Wilkins | Nelson Mullins Riley

& Scarborough LLP

Billy Wilkins | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Lowcountry

Stephanie L. Yarbrough | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Midlands

Elizabeth “Beth” Atwater | Atwater & Associates

Todd Atwater | Atwater & Associates

Bob Coble | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Dwight Drake | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Angelia J. Grant | Scott & Corley, P.A.

Ray Jones | Parker Poe

David Jones | South Carolina Office of the

Attorney General

Upstate

Eric Amstutz | Wyche,P.A.

Bruce Bannister | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Rita Barker | Wyche, P.A.

Lane Davis | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Jason Elliot | Jason Elliot Law Firm

Frank Eppes | Eppes & Plumblee

Michael Kozlarek | King Kozlarek Law LLC

Brad Love | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Kathy McKinney | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Michael S. Pitts | Parker Poe

Tyler Smith | Parker Poe

Logan Wells | Greenville City Attorney’s Office

David Wilkins | Nelson Mullins Riley

& Scarborough LLP

Health Care

Lowcountry

Alissa Fleming

Womble Bond Dickinson(US) LP

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (43)

Fleming advises national and regional healthcare providers on abroad range of legal issues.

Fleming is an attorney as well as a registered nurse, and herfirsthand experience enables her to address her clients' industry challenges.Working with large hospital systems, long-term care facilities, home healthagencies, pharmacies and doctors, her counsel extends into nearly every aspectof the healthcare industry.

Regulatory compliance, operations and risk management as well ascertification, reimbursement and Medicare and Medicaid are just some of theareas she regularly addresses for clients. Fleming has litigated jury andnonjury cases at the trial and appellate levels, including trials and hearingson behalf of healthcare providers and professionals.

Additionally, she advises and represents public and privateemployers on employment issues with a concentration in the healthcarefield.

She serves on the board of directors of the South CarolinaBiotechnology Innovation Organization (SCBio) and is a member of the AmericanHealth Lawyers Association, South Carolina Bar, Charleston County Bar and theAmerican Association of Nurse Attorneys.

Midlands

Judah VanSyckel

Saluda Law,LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (44)

Sole proprietor Judah VanSyckel focuses on criminal defense andwhistleblower matters. A graduate of Charleston School of Law, VanSyckel beganhis career in York as an assistant public defender, where he tried more than 20cases to a jury verdict. The position gave him exposure to many different kindsof criminal cases.

VanSyckel found that he particularly enjoyed working onwhite-collar crime cases, especially insurance fraud and securities fraud.

Next, he moved to the state attorney general’s office, where hefocused on health care fraud prosecution in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.While there, VanSyckel became familiar with complex investigations and theinterplay between white-collar criminal and whistleblower matters.

Since going into private practice, he has worked mostly oncriminal defense and whistleblower matters but has also taken on a limitednumber of other civil matters.

VanSyckel says his most influential mentor was C. William “Bill”Gambrell. The last book he read was “Gentle and Lowly,” by Dane C. Ortlund. Hishobbies include hunting, fishing, and golf.

In addition to Charleston School of Law, VanSyckel graduated fromthe University of South Carolina.

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Lauren Gresh | Hall Booth Smith

Lauren Spears Gresh | Hall Booth Smith

Nathan Hughey | Hughey Law Firm, LLC

Charles M. Jordan, Jr. | Moore & Van Allen

Caroline Niland | Copeland, Stair Valz & Lovell, LLP

Kristen Thompson | Copeland, Stair Valz & Lovell, LLP

Midlands

George Beighley |Richardson Plowden

& Robinson, P.A.

John Bradley | Moore Bradley Myers

Emily Brown | Barnes, Alford, Stork

& Johnson, LLP

Wes Jackson | Rogers Lewis

Weldon Johnson | Barnes, Alford, Stork

& Johnson, LLP

Ashley Johnson | Parker Poe

Chandler Martin | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

E. Wade Mullins III | Bruner, Powell, Wall

& Mullins, LLC

Jim Parham | Jim Parham & Associates

David Summer | Parker Poe

Will Thomas | Parker Poe

Upstate

Ben Alexander | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Rachael Anna | Wyche, P.A.

Ella Barbery | Shelly Leeke Law Firm

Walker Barnes | Boulier Thompson & Barnes, LLC

Perry Boulier | Boulier Thompson & Barnes, LLC

Sarah Clemmons | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Harvey Cleveland | Bon Secours Mercy Health

*Anne Culbreath | Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, P.A.

Rachel O. Gilbert | Burr & Forman LLP

Bobby Jones | Bobby Jones Law

Collie W. “Trip” Lehn, Jr. | Huff, Powell

& Bailey, LLC

Sandy Miller | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Joe Mooneyham | Mooneyham & Berry

Brown Parkinson | Holcombe Bomar

Henry Parr | Wyche, P.A.

Clark Price | Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, PA

Sally Purnell | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Meghan Riordan | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Ken Shaw | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Trey Suggs |Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, PA

Matt Utecht | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Catherine Wrenn | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

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Midlands

Trevor Eddy | Eddy Law Firm

Upstate

Aimee V. Leary | Fox Rothschild LLP

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Insurance

Midlands

Brett Bayne

McAngus, Goudelock& Courie

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (45)

Bayne is a partner with McAngus, Goudelock & Courie, workingin the firm’s Columbia office.

His practice focuses on general civil litigation defense,including automobile negligence, premises liability, products liability, andconstruction defects.

Bayne specializes in trial litigation and seeing cases through toverdict. In his spare time, he teaches trial advocacy at the University ofSouth Carolina School of Law, and he has served as the director and head coachof the USC School of Law Mock Trial Bar since 2013. During that time, the MockTrial Bar has won multiple regional and national championships, and the programwas recently ranked sixth in the country.

A native of Dallas, Bayne graduated from Baylor University andthe University of South Carolina School of Law. He named Andy Delaney, anattorney with Williams & Williams, as his most influential mentor.

Bayne enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters. Healso enjoys smoking different varieties of meat, Mexican food, and all thingsBaylor. The last book he read was “Based on a True Story,” the autobiography ofcomedian Norm Macdonald.

Upstate

Amanda Bradley

McAngus Goudelock& Courie LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (46)

Bradley has been a trial lawyer for 25 years, during which shehas focused on litigating personal injury, class action, bad faith, premisesliability, products liability, insurance coverage, and toxic tort cases. Shehas presented seminars on defense litigation strategies, approaches to solvingethical dilemmas in litigation, toxic-mold litigation, and interviewingtechniques.

In her role as a certified mediator, Bradley assists others inidentifying key issues to help resolve cases involving all types of civillitigation. She is a strong believer in mediation and has found it to play avital role in our legal system.

The Greenville native earned her undergraduate degree fromClemson University and her J.D. from Tulane University Law School, where shegraduated cum laude.

When she’s not practicing law, Bradley, who is married with twochildren, enjoys spending time with her family, as well as running, outdooractivities, the beach and reading. She most recently began reading “A ThousandSplendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini. She names Doc Morgan as her most influentialmentor.

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Shawn Bevans | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

*Allison Carter | Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, P.A.

Dawes Cooke | Barnwell Whaley

Ben Davis | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Madelyn Dukes | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Daniel Fuerst | Hall Booth Smith

Blanton O’Neal | Hood Law Firm, LLC

Christie Perrin | Copeland, Stair Valz & Lovell, LLP

Matt Tillman | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Elizabeth Freeman Wieters | Hall Booth Smith

Mary Skahan Willis | Etheridge Law Group

Midlands

Mark Barrow | Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A.

Ward Bradley | Moore Bradley Myers

James Brogdon | Whetstone Perkins & Fulda

Todd Carroll | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Curtis Dowling | Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, LLP

Aaron Hayes | Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A.

Ryan Holt | Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A.

Austin Hood | Clawson and Staubes

Richard McLawhorn | Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A.

Shelley Montague | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Julie Moose | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

John R. Murphy | Murphy & Grantland

Adam Ribock | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Drew Richardson | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Thom Salane | Turner Padget

Samantha Sanders | Smith Robinson

Makenzie Polston Segars | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Daniel Settana | McKay Law Firm

Markey Stubbs | Baker, Ravenel & Bender, LLP

Michael Trask | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Upstate

Adam Bach | Eller Tonnsen Bach

Rita Barker | Wyche, P.A.

Zach Brown | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Andrew Carson | Clardy Law Firm

Langdon Cheves | Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, P.A.

Clay Custer | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

KonstantineDiamaduros |Nexsen Pruet, LLC

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Vernon Dunbar | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Natalie Ecker | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Greg English | Wyche, P.A.

Jennifer Eubanks | Canal Insurance

Nick Farr | Rogers Townsend, LLC

Wally Fayssoux | Fayssoux & Landis

Shelby Herbkersman | Clawson and Staubes

Jennifer Johnsen | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Frankie Marion | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Carter Massingill | Gallivan, White & Boyd

David Moore | Turner Padget

Kristen Nowacki | Moseley Marcinak Law Group

Tim Nowacki | Clardy Law Firm

Nihar Patel | The Carolina Law Group

David Price Jr. | David R. Price Jr., P.A.

Derrick Quattlebaum | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Phillip Reeves | Gallivan, White & Boyd

David Rheney | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Kurt M. Rozelsky | Spencer Fane LLP

Amy Snyder | Clawson and Staubes

Trey Still | Clawson and Staubes

Jeanmarie Tankersley |Clawson and Staubes

Alex Timmons | Moseley Marcinak Law Group

Kyle White | White Davis & White

Matt Whitehead | The Carolina Law Group

Bo Williams | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Catherine Wrenn | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Intellectual Property and Innovation

Lowcountry

John McElwaine

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (47)

As the managing partner of NMR&S’ Charleston office,McElwaine focuses his practice on the fields of intellectual property,internet, domain name and technology litigation. In the area of litigation, hehas been involved with numerous court actions and arbitration proceedings underthe Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers’ Uniform Domain-NameDispute-Resolution Policy.

His work in the area of strategic counseling involves advisingclients on intellectual property matters, including the assignment, licensing,and development of applications and other technology, as well asbrand-protection measures on the internet and within online social medianetworks. McElwaine is an active member of the Intellectual PropertyConstituency serving as its representative to the policy-making council ofICANN since 2020.

In 2015, McElwaine was appointed by the World IntellectualProperty Organization to be a panelist arbitrator for UDRP proceedings. Also,with the International Trademark Association, he has served as chair of theInternet Committee and prior to that was the vice-chair and sub-committee chairof the New gTLD Registry Issues Subcommittee.

The McLean, Virginia, native received his J.D. from theUniversity of South Carolina. He enjoys running and playing bass guitar.

Midlands

Todd Serbin

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (48)

Serbin is a member of Nexsen Pruet’s Intellectual Property Group,working from the firm’s Columbiaoffice.

His practice focuses on matters related to patent, trademark,copyright, trade secret, and entertainment law.

He has more than two decades of experience counseling clientsranging in size from individuals to Fortune 500 companies.

His range of experience includes intellectual property-relatedlitigation; preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent andtrademark applications; negotiation of IP-related agreements such asassignments, license, and joint research/venture agreements; and providingpatentability and infringement opinions.

Serbin, who graduated from the University of Vienna along withthe University of Michigan and Villanova University School of Law, hasconsiderable experience practicing in foreign countries.

Previously, he practiced with a Philadelphia-based firm inColumbia, a large patent boutique in Tel Aviv, Israel, and an intellectualproperty boutique in Miami.

Serbin enjoys cooking, along with an array of athleticactivities, including ice hockey, fly fishing, and cornhole. He also likesspending time with his three children as they participate in a variety ofactivities, including helping him work in the garden.

Upstate

Neil Batavia

Dority & Manning, P.A.

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (49)

Batavia has practiced intellectual property law at Dority &Manning in Greenville for nearly 20 years. His practice includes patentportfolio management and related prosecution, opinion work, and clientcounseling.

He specializes in electrical and computer-implemented subjectmatter and has experience that spans related technical areas, includingcomputer hardware and software, autonomous robotics, computer vision, wearabletechnologies, telecommunications, and data compression/encoding.

He enjoys the opportunity to partner with high-technologycompanies to develop innovative IP strategies.

Batavia serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations,and he is particularly enthusiastic about access to early childhood education.

Prior to law school, he designed and implemented a bioinformaticssoftware for genetic sequencing.

Batavia earned undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and computerscience from Clemson University, and a Juris Doctor from the University ofSouth Carolina School of Law.

He lists his father as his most influential mentor, and he enjoysbeing outdoors with wife Lindsey and their two daughters.

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*David Cox | Barnwell Whaley

Brent Sausser | Sausser Summers PC

Midlands

Meliah Jefferson | Wyche, P.A.

Steve A. Matthews | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Upstate

Thomas W. Epting | Fox Rothschild LLP

Hunter Freeman | Burr & Forman LLP

Amy Hinson | Parker Poe

Heidi Hood | Dority & Manning

Meliah Bowers Jefferson | Wyche, P.A.

Doug Kim | Kim, Lahey and

Killough Law Firm

Allison Ko | Dority & Manning

Wallace Lightsey | Wyche, P.A.

Doug Lineberry | Burr & Forman LLP

Alan Marshall | Dority & Manning

Bennett Mullinax | J.Bennett Mullinax LLC

John Perkins | Perkins Law Firm

Josh Smith | Smith Hudson Law, LLC

Tim St. Clair | Parker Poe

Matthew Sutch | Dority & Manning

Tom Vanderbloemen |Vanderbloemen Law Firm

Zach Weaver | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Rhoades White | Dority & Manning

Parks Workman | Dority & Manning

International

Midlands

Joseph Dickey

Dickey Law Group

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (50)

Dickey works as a legal advocate for businesses, governmentalentities, and individuals.

Prior to attending law school, he worked at an economicdevelopment firm in Fukuoka, Japan, and as a result is conversant in Japaneseand knowledgeable of Japanese business practices.

A native of Wellford, Dickey earned his Bachelor of Arts inJapanese and International Trade and Bachelor of Science in Management fromClemson University, and his Juris Doctor from University of South CarolinaSchool of Law.

During law school, Dickey served as associate student workseditor for the South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business, waspresident of the International Law Society, and manager of the Black LawStudents’ Association’s MootCourt Bar.

He currently serves on the boards of the Japan AmericaAssociation, Midlands Education and Business Alliance, and Goodwill Industriesof Upstate/Midlands South Carolina.

Upstate

Joseph Rohe

6125 Trade LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (51)

Rohe is a licensed United States Customs broker and NCBFAACertified Customs Specialist who represents and advises clients in matterspertaining to international trade, transportation and logistics, and customsand regulatory compliance.

He works with clients to help them reduce import duty exposure,mitigate fines and penalties, and develop in-house trade compliance programs.His experience spans many industries, including cosmetics, automotive, cannabisand cannabis derivatives, food and beverage, and electrical systems andcomponents.

Rohe previously practiced with a national firm, and in March2022, he left to form 6125 Trade LLC, which focuses exclusively oninternational trade law, consulting, and advisory services.

A graduate of The Citadel and the University of Durham inEngland, Rohe is a Charleston native.

He counts Stephen L. Brown of Clement Rivers LLP as his mostinfluential mentor, and Rohe’s hobbies include sailing, mountaineering, andautomotive restoration.

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*OliviaFroncillo | Froncillo Law Firm

Julius H. Hines | Hines & Gilsenan LLC

John H. Wilkinson | John H. Wilkinson ADR

Midlands

Wolfgang Buchmaier |Buchmaier Law Firm

David Dubberly | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Dayton Riddle | Parker Poe

Upstate

Henry Burwell | Nelson Mullins Riley &

Scarborough LLP

Frank Davis | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Eric Graben | Wyche, P.A.

Amy Hinson | Parker Poe

Allen Ladd | Allen C. Ladd, Attorney

Philip Land | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Jay Rogers | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Garrett Steck | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Elizabeth (Betty) Temple | Womble Bond

Dickinson LLP

Knox White | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Billy Wilkins | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Marshall Winn | Wyche, P.A.

Labor

(Tie) Lowcountry

Elliot Condon

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (52)

Condon, an associate with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, focuses onproducts liability and insured defense litigation. She represents clients incontract and bad-faith actions as well as coverage disputes. Condon also workswith employers on employment agreements, wage-payment matters, and other stateemployment-related regulations.

Condon earned an undergraduate degree from Clemson University anda Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Prior to joining Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, she served as ajudicial clerk to Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr., U.S. District Court for theDistrict of South Carolina.

The Charleston native has had many wonderful mentors over theyears, both inside and outside the legal world, including her parents. Shelists her most influential mentor as the late John Tiller, a noted trialattorney.

Condon lists her hobbies as spending time outdoors, traveling,and watching Clemson football. The most recent book she read was “TheImpossible Mock Orange Trial,” by Thad G. Long.

(Tie) Lowcountry

Lucy Sanders

Bloodgood & Sanders LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (53)

Sanders has been practicing employment law for the majority ofher career. Following law school, she worked as a law clerk for the HonorableDeadra L. Jefferson of the Ninth Judicial Circuit.

She has more than a decade of experience representing plaintiffsand defendants in state and federal employment litigation.

Sanders also advises employees and small businesses onemployment-related issues, helps clients understand employment law, and helpsclients seek meaningful resolution of employment claims through mediation andnegotiation.

A native of Russellville, Kentucky, Sanders earned a Bachelor ofArts in Sociology from Furman University and her Juris Doctor from theCharleston School of Law.

She is a board member of Center for Heirs’ Property Preservationand a co-founder of the Compass Collegiate Academy Charter School inCharleston.

Sanders counts her father, a Harvard Law School graduate whotaught her the value of education and giving back to the community, as her mostinfluential mentor.

Upstate

Stephanie Lewis

Jackson Lewis PC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (54)

Lewis is the office managing principal of the Greenville andCharlotte offices of Jackson Lewis. She also serves on the firm’s board ofdirectors and is co-leader of the litigation practice group. She representsemployers in employment litigation and advises businesses on practices andpolicies to foster employee engagement and avoid litigation.

She has handled all aspects of employment law but focuses on payequity, sexual harassment training, investigations, litigation, reductions inforce, and multi-state compliance for Fortune 500 companies in the retail,manufacturing, and pharmaceutical industries.

Lewis served as a law clerk for Karen Johnson Williams of theU.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Patrick Michael Duffy of theU.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.

A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Lewis received her Bachelorof Arts from N.C. State University and her J.D. from UNC. While attending lawschool, she served as articles editor of theNorth Carolina Law Review.

When she’s not practicing law, Lewis enjoys gardening,Orangetheory Fitness, and reading. She most recently began reading “The LincolnHighway: A Novel,” by Amor Towles.

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Amy Jenkins | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Ashley Kutz Kelley |Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Midlands

Samantha Albrecht | Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, PA

Beth Bowen | Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks, LLC

Jack Cohoon | Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, P.A.

Angus Macaulay | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Robin R. McLean | McCutchen McLean, LLC

Elizabeth Millender | Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks, LLC

Paul Porter | Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks, LLC

Stephen Savitz | Gignilliat, Savitz & Bettis, LLP

Sheila Willis | Fisher Phillips

Grant Wills | Fisher Phillips

Upstate

Brian Arnold | Arnold Law Firm

Courtney Atkinson | Metcalfe & Atkinson, LLC

Sarah Batson | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Jennie Cluverius | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Ashley Cuttino | Ogletree Deakins

Chris Gantt-Sorenson | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

William Gignilliat | Jackson Lewis P.C.

James K. Gilliam | Burr & Forman LLP

Joshua Hawkins | Hawkins and Jedezniak Law Firm

Phillip Kilgore | Ogletree Deakins

Camden Massingill |Wyche, P.A.

John Merrell | Ogletree Deakins

Randy Moody | Jackson Lewis P.C.

Alexander Paterra | Paterra Law Firm, LLC

John Perkins | Perkins Law Firm

Chase Samples | Jackson Lewis P.C.

Andy Satterfield | Jackson Lewis P.C.

Josh Smith | Smith Hudson Law, LLC

Tom Stephenson | Stephenson and Murphy

Frank Stern | Jackson Lewis P.C.

Fred Suggs | Ogletree Deakins

Jeremy Summerlin | Horton Law Firm, P.A.

Zach Weaver | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Maritime

Lowcountry

Ryan Gilsenan

Hines & GilsenanLLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (55)

As an experienced litigator, Gilsenan solves problems withcreativity, responsiveness, and diligence. With a maritime practice defendingship owners,charterers, and pilot associations, Gilsenan also drafts andnegotiates transportation agreements, charter parties, and vessel-financingtransactions.In other aspects of his law practice, Gilsenan defendscontractors and building-supply manufacturers in construction-defect casesandlitigates a variety of tort cases and contract disputes.

As a former seagoing engineer in the U.S. Merchant Marine,Gilsenan has firsthand experience in the technical design, operation,maintenance, and repair of a wide range of seagoing vessels. Gilsenan hasrepresented vessel owners and charterers alike hailing from Bermuda and theCaribbean, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New York, Russia,Scandinavia, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Gilsenan received a bachelor’s in marine engineering systems fromthe U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a master’s in journalism and masscommunication from UNC Chapel Hill before earning his J.D. from the Universityof South Carolina School of Law, where he was recognized with a CALI Award forExcellence in Product Liability.

He includes ice hockey among his hobbies. Gilsenan recentlystarted reading “Coming into the Country,” by John McPhee.

Midlands

Rebecca “Becky”Laffitte

Robinson Gray Stepp& Laffitte LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (56)

Laffitte has a diverse practice that includes focus on disputesinvolving alternative resolution, dram shop, health care, product liability,premises liability, and commercial transportation and trucking.

She is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers as wellas the Litigation Counsel of America, and she’s a member of the InternationalAssociation of Defense Counsel and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

She’s also a member of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court andthe National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), among other professionalassociations.

In the community, Laffitte is a former board member of theColumbia College Board of Trustees and has served as a president of the JuniorLeague of Columbia.

A native of Allendale, Laffitte earned her Bachelor of Arts fromColumbia College, an MAT from University of South Carolina, and her JurisDoctor from University of South Carolina School of Law.

Upstate

Joseph Rohe

6125 Trade LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (57)

Rohe is a licensed United States Customs broker and NCBFAACertified Customs Specialist who represents and advises clients in matterspertaining to international trade, transportation and logistics, and customsand regulatory compliance.

He works with clients to help them reduce import duty exposure,mitigate fines and penalties, and develop in-house trade compliance programs.His experience spans many industries, including cosmetics, automotive, cannabisand cannabis derivatives, food and beverage, and electrical systems andcomponents.

Rohe previously practiced with a national firm, and in March2022, he left to form 6125 Trade LLC, which focuses exclusively oninternational trade law, consulting, and advisory services.

A graduate of The Citadel and the University of Durham inEngland, Rohe is a Charleston native.

He counts Stephen L. Brown of Clement Rivers LLP as his mostinfluential mentor, and Rohe’s hobbies include sailing, mountaineering, andautomotive restoration.

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David Collins | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Paul Gibson | E. Paul Gibson, P.C.

Julius Hines | Hines & Gilsenan LLC

Randell Stoney | Barnwell Whaley

Upstate

Mark Bakker | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Stephen Layne | Wyche,P.A.

Mediation

Midlands

Costa Pleicones

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd PA

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (58)

Pleicones, a former Chief Justice of the South Carolina SupremeCourt, advises Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd clients on complex litigation andappellate matters.His practice primarily involves alternate disputeresolution. He is certified as a mediator in both state and federal courts, andas an arbitrator in South Carolina. Since joining HSB in 2018, Pleicones hasconducted hundreds of mediations and numerous arbitrations.

The Columbia native received his undergraduate degree fromWofford College before attending the University of South Carolina, where heearned his J.D. After graduating from UofSC, Costa began a 30-year active-dutyand reserve-service military career in the Army, serving as a captain in theArmy Judge Advocate General’s Corps for four years and as colonel in the ArmyReserve for 26 years.

Pleicones has received a host of honors and awards during hiscareer, including the Richland County Bar John W. Williams DistinguishedService Award and the Wofford College Charles H. Gray ’72 Distinguished ServiceAward.

Pleicones enjoys solving crossword puzzles and reading. Herecently began reading “The War on the West: How to Prevail in the Age ofUnreason,” by Douglas Murray.

(Tie) Upstate

Amanda Bradley

McAngus Goudelock& Courie LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (59)

Bradley has been a trial lawyer for 25 years, during which shehas focused on litigating personal injury, class action, bad faith, premisesliability, products liability, insurance coverage, and toxic tort cases. Shehas presented seminars on defense litigation strategies, approaches to solvingethical dilemmas in litigation, toxic-mold litigation, and interviewingtechniques.

In her role as a certified mediator, Bradley assists others inidentifying key issues to help resolve cases involving all types of civillitigation. She is a strong believer in mediation and has found it to play avital role in our legal system.

The Greenville native earned her undergraduate degree fromClemson University and her J.D. from Tulane University Law School, where shegraduated cum laude.

When she’s not practicing law, Bradley, who is married with twochildren, enjoys spending time with her family, as well as running, outdooractivities, the beach and reading. She most recently began reading “A ThousandSplendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini. She names Doc Morgan as her most influentialmentor.

(Tie) Upstate

Thomas W. Traxler

Carter, Smith, Merriam, Rogers & Traxler P.A.

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (60)

Traxler has practiced law in his hometown of Greenville for morethan 40 years. His work focuses on complex civil litigation and mediation, andhe has worked as a mediator for 25 years.

He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and amember of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates(ABOTA).

Traxler served on the South Carolina Board of Bar Examiners from2001-2009, and he was an adjunct instructor in Business Law at FurmanUniversity from 1981 to 2011.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in German from Davidson College andJuris Doctor from University of South Carolina School of Law.

Traxler has received the Greenville County Bar Tommy ThomasonAward and the South Carolina Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from ABOTA.

He cites his father as his most influential mentor, and the lastbook Traxler read was Lisa Wingate’s “Before We Were Yours.”

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Lowcountry

Christie Allen | Wills Massalon & Allen LLC

*Jack Gresh | Dodds Hennessy & Stith Law Firm

Marvin Infinger | Barnwell Whaley

Todd Manley | Manley& Halverstadt

Marie-Louise Ramsdale | Ramsdale Law Firm

Darren Sanders | Sanders ADR, LLC

Randell Stoney | Barnwell Whaley

Trenholm Walker | Walker Gressette & Linton, LLC

Tom Wills | Wills Massalon & Allen LLC

Midlands

Anthony Charles | Anthony J. Charles

Mediation Services, LLC

Angus Macaulay | Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Robin R. McLean | McCutchen McLean, LLC

Upstate

Steven Buckingham | The Law Office of Steven

Edward Buckingham

*Anne Culbreath | Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, P.A.

Eric Englebardt | Wilson & Englebardt, LLC

Leslie R. Fisk | Cate & Brough, P.A.

Jack Griffeth | Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, PA

Meliah Bowers Jefferson | Wyche, P.A.

Wallace Lightsey | Wyche, P.A.

C. Stuart Mauney | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Henry Parr | Wyche, P.A.

John Perkins | Perkins Law Firm

Joseph M. Ramseur, Jr.| Mitchell Ramseur, LLC

Kurt M. Rozelsky | Spencer Fane LLP

Kenneth P. Shabel | Kennedy & Brannon

Amy Snyder | Clawson and Staubes

Medical Malpractice – Defendant

Midlands

George Beighley

Richardson Plowden

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (61)

Beighley concentrates his practice on medical malpracticedefense. Before joining Richardson Plowden, Beighley was assistant attorneygeneral for the state of South Carolina from 1975 to 1978.

For more than 45 years, Beighley has represented insurancecompanies in major medical malpractice claims; defended physicians, dentists,and practices in medical and professional malpractice cases; and provided legalrisk management services to major hospital networks and physician practices.

He is certified as a mediator and arbitrator by the SouthCarolina Supreme Court.

Beighley earned a Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania StateUniversity and Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School ofLaw.

He is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District ofSouth Carolina, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S.Supreme Court.

Upstate

Sally Purnell

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (62)

With over 30 years of experience defending and litigating medicalmalpractice claims, Purnell has successfully tried many cases, includingwrongful death cases.

She also advises hospitals and physicians on matters of riskmanagement, informed consent, patient confidentiality and peer review.

Purnell has been recognized by Best Lawyers as MedicalMalpractice Law Defendants' "Lawyer of the Year" for 2021 and2017.

She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates SouthCarolina Chapter and the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel andInternational Society of Barristers.

Her community involvement includes having served on the boards ofthe Piedmont Health Foundation and the Greenville County Free MedicalClinic.

An Alabama native, Purnell is a graduate of Auburn University andearned her law degree at the University of Alabama.

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Mary Agnes ‘’Molly’’Hood Craig | Hood Law Firm, LLC

Spencer Craig Gill | Hall Booth Smith

*Jack Gresh | Dodds Hennessy & Stith Law Firm

Lauren Spears Gresh | Hall Booth Smith

Caroline Niland | Copeland, Stair Valz & Lovell, LLP

Midlands

William C. McDow | Richardson Plowden &

Robinson, P.A.

G. Murrell Smith, Jr. | Smith Robinson

Upstate

Ben Alexander | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Jim Cox | Wyche, P.A.

Collie W. “Trip” Lehn, Jr. | Huff, Powell& Bailey, LLC

Ken Shaw | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Trey Suggs |Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, PA

David Williford | Huff, Powell & Bailey, LLC

Medical Malpractice – Plaintiff

Midlands

Kenneth Suggs

Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (63)

Suggs is a litigation principal with Janet, Janet & Suggs andpractices as a trial lawyer, exclusively representing injured people againstnegligent corporations, medical personnel, and manufacturers of dangerousproducts.

Suggs has also argued before the South Carolina Supreme Court inmatters that ultimately changed the law for the benefit of consumers. He hasmore than 40 years of legal experience.

Suggs has held a broad range of leadership positions in manyorganizations devoted to law and education, including serving as president ofthe American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyersof America) from 2005-2006, and president of the South Carolina Association forJustice.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from ClemsonUniversity and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School ofLaw. Prior to law school, he served in the United States Navy, including twoyears during the Vietnam War.

He lists his most influential mentor as Harry Philo, a notedtrial attorney, and said the last book he read was “The 1619 Project.” TheGreenville native’s hobbies include photography.

Midlands

Francis M. “Brink”Hinson IV

HHP Law Group LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (64)

Hinson co-founded HHP Law Group LLC, and for more thanone-and-a-half decades, he has sought justice for individuals who were injuredthrough carelessness, neglect, and indifference.

He focuses his work on catastrophic injury cases, with most casesrelated to medical negligence. Hinson also litigates cases dealing with neglectand abuse in jails and detention centers.

As both a first- and second-chair attorney, Hinson has triedcases and obtained multimillion-dollar jury verdicts and settlements forclients.

In 2014, he was named one of South Carolina’s Top 40 Under 40attorneys by National Trial Lawyers, and he was named to the Super Lawyers listof South Carolina Rising Stars in 2016-2018.

His most influential mentor was Ken Suggs, and the last book heread was “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” by Daniel Kahneman.

A native of Bennettsville, Hinson earned his undergraduate degreefrom Furman University, an MBA from the Darla Moore School of Business, and hisJuris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

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Lowcountry

Bradley Banyas | Hughey Law Firm, LLC

Nathan Hughey | Hughey Law Firm, LLC

Justin Kahn | Kahn Law Firm

*Julie Moore | Duffy and Young, LLC

Mark C. Tanenbaum | Mark C. Tanenbaum, PA

Midlands

John Eric Fulda | Whetstone Perkins & Fulda

Robert Goings | Goings Law Firm, LLC

Randall Hood | McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips LLC

John Moylan | Wyche, P.A.

Robert B. Ransom | Leventis & Ransom

Matthew Richardson | Wyche, P.A.

Upstate

Jennifer Burnett | Harbin Law

Will Davis | Davis Law Group

Bill Dodson | Parham Smith & Archenhold, LLC

William L. Dodson Jr. | Parham Smith & Archenhold, LLC

Meliah Jefferson | Wyche, P.A.

Bobby Jones | Bobby Jones Law

Wes A. Kissinger | KD Trial Lawyers

T. Ryan Langley | Hodge & Langley

Blake Smith | Parham Smith & Archenhold, LLC

Tom Traxler | Carter, Smith, Merriam, Rogers & Traxler, P.A.

Personal Injury – Defendant

Midlands

Richard Thomas

Barnes Alford Stork & Johnson, LLP

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (65)

Specializing in insurance defense, product liability andprofessional liability, Thomas' extensive trial experience includes state andfederal court.

The cum laude honors Duke University graduate received his lawdegree from the University of South Carolina in 1981 and joined Alford, Johnson& Salane in 1982 after clerking with Circuit Court Judge James B.Stephen.

Thomas has been with Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, LLPsince its founding in 1983. He has been a speaker and seminar faculty memberfor insurance companies and continuing legal education organizations,addressing topics like trial and discovery techniques.

Thomas is a member of the American Bar Association, the RichlandCounty Bar Association and has served as a lecturer at the South CarolinaDefense Trial Attorneys Association at its annual trial academy.

A member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Thomasis active with Shandon United Methodist Church, where he has taught SundaySchool for over 15 years and volunteered for local and international missionprojects.

ALSO RECOGNIZED:

Lowcountry

Madelyn Dukes | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Christy Fargnoli |Clawson Fargnoli Utsey, LLC

Lauren Ellison Fox | Helmly & Good

Daniel Fuerst | Hall Booth Smith

Spencer Craig Gill | Hall Booth Smith

*David Haselden | Rosen Law Firm, LLC

Connor Hoy | Barnwell Whaley

Nathan Hughey | Hughey Law Firm, LLC

Chris Kovach | Barnwell Whaley

Mary Linton | Barnwell Whaley

Trey Thompson | Hall Booth Smith

Scott Wallinger | Barnwell Whaley

Midlands

Hank Burris | Burris and Ridgeway

Johnston Cox | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Paul John Coyle | Walker Law, LLC

Rebecca Laffitte |Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Tyler Lee | Lee Injury Law

Stanley Myers | Moore Bradley Myers

Steven Price | Clawson and Staubes

Jerry Reardon | Law Office of Jerry Reardon

Wayne Ridgeway | Burris and Ridgeway

Michael Trask | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Upstate

Andy Arnold | Horton Law Firm, P.A.

Drew Bradshaw | White Davis & White

Zach Brown | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Mark Chappell Jr. | Chappel, Smith and Arden, PA

Clay Custer | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Will Davis | Davis Law Group

Perry Deloach | The Law Offices of Perry B. DeLoach, Jr., LLC.

Charles Groves | Charles M. Groves, LLC

Shelby Herbkersman | Clawson and Staubes

Wilson Jackson | Moseley Marcinak Law Group

Zandra Johnson | The Law Firm of Zandra L. Johnson, LLC

Ryan Langley | Hodge & Langley

Michael Melonakos | Melonakos Law Firm

Ryan Montgomery | Ryan Montgomery Law

Andy Moorman | Moorman Law Firm

Elizabeth Philpot | Philpot Law Firm PA

David Price, Jr. | Howard, Howard, Francis, & Reid

James H. Price, IV | Price Law Firm, P.A.

Michael Rabb | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Phillip Reeves | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Hunter Reid | Howard, Howard, Francis & Reid

David Rheney | Gallivan White & Boyd

Kurt M. Rozelsky | Spencer Fane LLP

Amy Snyder | Clawson and Staubes

Alex Stalvey | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Trey Still | Clawson and Staubes

Jeremy Summerlin | Horton Law Firm, P.A.

Sam Tooker | David R. Price Jr., P.A.

Genevieve Weaver | Clardy Law Firm

Marshall Winn | Wyche, P.A.

Personal Injury -- Plaintiff

Midlands

Clarke Newton

Bluestein Attorneys

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (66)

A partner with Bluestein Attorneys, Newton specializes incriminal defense, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and personalinjury.

Newton is a member of the South Carolina Young Lawyers Divisionand the South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from theUniversity of Florida and his Juris Doctor from the University of SouthCarolina School of Law.

Newton formerly served on the Community Advocate MembershipProgram for Brookland Cayce High School and is on the board of directors ofTrinity Learning Center. His hobbies include reading, baseball, golf, andhiking. The last book he read was “Nasty, Brutish, and Short” by Scott Hershovitz.

Upstate

J. Matthew Whitehead

The Carolina Law Group LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (67)

For the past decade, Whitehead’s focus has been on personalinjury, catastrophic loss, wrongful death, and complex litigation in state andfederal court. After years of representing local government and nationalcorporations, he wanted to use that experience to fight for people harmedthrough no fault of their own and hold those who cause such harm accountable –regardless of size. He also works for the rights of those who have been victimsof crime.

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Whitehead graduated from the University of South Carolina HonorsCollege and School of Law, where he served on the South Carolina Law Review.Whitehead’s mentor, Howard Boyd, preached the instrumental value of theAmerican civil jury system and the significance of being prepared. Those trialattorney values are further reinforced by Whitehead’s memberships in MillionDollar Advocates Forum, SCAJ, AAJ, and National Academy of Personal InjuryAttorneys. He also earned the most votes for Legal Elite in Personal Injuryeach of the last four years.

The Hartsville native moved to Greenville in 2005, where he liveswith his wife Kristin, their three children, and dog. When not practicing law,Whitehead enjoys cookouts, music trivia, and coaching.

ALSO RECOGNIZED:

Lowcountry

Bradley Banyas | Hughey Law Firm, LLC

Christy Fargnoli |Clawson Fargnoli Utsey, LLC

Lauren Ellison Fox | Helmly & Good

Nathan Hughey | Hughey Law Firm, LLC

Mark Joye | Joye Law Firm

Justin Kahn | Kahn Law Firm

*Scott Wallinger | Barnwell Whaley

Midlands

Kenneth Berger | Law Office of Kenneth Berger

Hank Burris | Burris and Ridgeway

Paul John Coyle | Walker Law, LLC

Claire Dorbandt | McCutchen McLean, LLC

Michael Emmer | Kennedy Law Firm, LLC

John Eric Fulda | Whetstone Perkins & Fulda

Robert Goings | Goings Law Firm, LLC

Jessica Gooding | Goings Law Firm, LLC

Joel Hughes | Law Office of Kenneth Berger

John Kassel | Kassel McVey

Micah Leddy | Leddy Law Firm, LLC

Tyler Lee | Lee Injury Law

Will Lewis | Richardson Thomas

Jake Moore | Moore Bradley Myers

Lori Murray | Law Office of Lori S. Murray

Christopher Paschal | Goings Law Firm, LLC

Amanda Pittman | McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips LLC

Steven Price | Clawson and Staubes

Jason Reynolds | Samuels Reynolds Law Firm

Matthew Richardson | Wyche, P.A.

Wayne Ridgeway | Burris and Ridgeway

Jamie Rutkoski | Kassel McVey

Joseph Thickens | Cavanaugh and Thickens

Upstate

Jay Anthony | Anthony Law, LLC

Andy Arnold | Horton Law Firm, P.A.

W. Andrew Arnold | Law Office of W. Andrew Arnold, P.C.

Beattie Ashmore | Beattie Ashmore, Attorney at Law, PA

Scott Bradley | TheJoel Bieber Firm

Mark Chappell Jr. | Chappel, Smith and Arden, PA

Harold Christian | Christian and Christian

Allen Clardy | Clardy Law Firm

Gene Covington | Covington Patrick Hagins Stern & Lewis, PA

Richard Davis | Davis Law Group

Will Davis | Davis Law Group

Perry Deloach | The Law Offices of Perry B. DeLoach, Jr., LLC.

Wally Fayssoux | Fayssoux & Landis

David Hartman | Clardy Law Firm

Knox Haynsworth | Brown Massey Evans McLeod & Haynsworth LLC

Meliah Jefferson | Wyche, P.A.

Zandra Johnson | The Law Firm of Zandra L. Johnson, LLC

Tom A. Killoren Jr. | KD Trial Lawyers

Wes Kissinger | KD Trial Lawyers

Patrick Knie | Knie & Shealy Law Offices

Paul Landis | Fayssoux & Landis

Ryan Langley | Hodge & Langley

Jeffrey Martin | Grimes Teich Anderson

Will Maxey | Thomason& Pracht, LLP

Ryan McCarty | KD Trial Lawyers

Elizabeth McFarland | Thomason & Pracht, LLP

Tyler McLeod | Brown Massey Evans McLeod & Haynsworth LLC

EricMontalvo | Whalen Montalvo, LLC

Ryan Montgomery | Ryan Montgomery Law

Raymond P. Mullman, Jr. | Poliakoff and Associates

Tim Nowacki | Clardy Law Firm

Ryan Pasquini |Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Nihar Patel | The Carolina Law Group

Doug Patrick | Patrick, Lewis & Watts, P.A.

Eric Philpot | Philpot Law Firm PA

Elizabeth Philpot | Philpot Law Firm PA

Christopher Pracht |Thomason & Pracht, LLP

David Price Jr. | David R. Price Jr., P.A.

Hunter Reid | Howard, Howard, Francis & Reid

James Sproat | Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A.

Alex Stalvey | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Sam Tooker | David R. Price Jr., P.A.

Thomas W. Traxler | Carter, Smith, Merriam, Rogers & Traxler,P.A.

Genevieve Weaver | Clardy Law Firm

Raymond Wooten | Smith Jordan, P.A.

Bill Young | Ryan Montgomery Law

Product Liability – Defendant

Lowcountry

Ainsley Tillman

Ford Wallace Thomson LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (68)

Tillman is a litigator who truly enjoys research and legalwriting. She especially enjoys appellate work, real property litigation, andanalyzing lengthy contracts with copious fine print.

While she has handled an array of cases, including thoseinvolving property development, products liability, corporations, trusts andestates, and contract disputes, Tillman especially enjoys appellate work andreal property litigation. She is particularly fond of easement disputes,litigation over covenants and restrictions, and really anything involving dustyold deeds and plats.

When she is not at work, Ainsley may be found sittingquietly at home with her husband, Matt, and their three children. Shealso enjoys the outdoors, and counts herself fortunate to spend several weekseach summer teaching canoeing at Camp Greystone in North Carolina.

She enjoys books, and most recently began reading “Profits andPolitics in Paradise: The Development of Hilton Head Island,” by Michael N.Danielson.

She credits Jim Myrick as being “the best mentor anyone could askfor.”

Midlands

Dave Maxfield

Dave Maxfield, Attorney, LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (69)

Maxfield runs a boutique consumer protection law practice inColumbia.He has represented thousands of individual consumers in casesagainst banks, credit reporting agencies, and insurance companies.

He is the four-time chairman of the consumer law section of theSouth Carolina Bar, and he the past president of the Richland County BarAssociation.

A self-described “systemsgeek,” Maxfield became obsessed years ago with how law firms could uselean methods and technologies pioneered by the manufacturing world to run moreprofitable practices.

He and co-author Larry Port wrote an ABA top-sellingbook,“The Lean Law Firm,” a manual for translating lean and agile methodsinto a simple, month-by-month template that law firms can use to become moreprofitable.

Besides co-hosting “The Lean Law Firm” podcast, Maxfield consultswith other law firms to help them transform their practices through leanmethods.

Maxfield’s hobbies include soccer, one-wheel riding, andnonfiction writing. He lists his most influential mentor as Gene Trotter, theattorney who hired him out of law school. The last book the Marietta, Ga.,native read was “Hivemind: The New Science of Tribalism in Our Divided World,”by Sarah Rose Cavanaugh.

Upstate

Inez Tenenbaum

Wyche PA

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (70)

Tenenbaum focuses her practice on consumer product safety andrecalls, crisis and risk management, and internal operations for manufacturersand retailers. She serves as an expert witness in consumer product litigationand the operations of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and alsopractices in the area of education public policy.

Tenenbaum was elected South Carolina superintendent of educationin 1998 and again in 2002. She continues to draw on that experience to counselclients on public policy issues regarding pre-K-12 education on a state,regional, or national level.

In 2009, she was nominated to serve as chairman of the U.S.Consumer Product Safety Commission, a post she served in through 2013. Herexperience as chairman of the commission has made her a trusted adviser toclients on product-safety issues including compliance, prevention, crises, andconsumer education.

Tenenbaum is also certified as a state circuit court mediator anda federal district court mediator for civil cases in South Carolina.

The Georgia native received her undergraduate and Master ofEducation degrees from the University of Georgia before earning her J.D. fromthe UofSC School of Law.

When not practicing law, Tenenbaum enjoys hiking, gardening, andcooking.

ALSO RECOGNIZED:

Lowcountry

Jeremy Bowers | Barnwell Whaley

David Cox | Barnwell Whaley

Greg Horton | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Joseph Thompson | Hall Booth Smith

Barbara Wagner | Barnwell Whaley

Jeff Wiseman | Clement Rivers

Midlands

Brian Boger | Brian Boger Law Firm

Gray Culbreath | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Upstate

Greg English | Wyche, P.A.

Stephanie G. Flynn | Fox Rothschild LLP

Shelby Herbkersman | Clawson and Staubes

Amy Hinson | Parker Poe

William Maurides | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Keith Munson | Rimon PC

Phillip Reeves | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Kurt M. Rozelsky | Spencer Fane LLP

Rivers Stilwell | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Jeanmarie Tankersley |Clawson and Staubes

Allyson Twilley | Fox Rothschild LLP

Daniel White | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Trevor White | White & Story, LLC

Ronald K. Wray | Gallivan, White & Boyd

PRODUCT LIABILITY - PLAINTIFF RECOGNIZED:

Lowcountry

Brad Banyas | Hughey Law Firm, LLC

David Cox | Barnwell Whaley

Justin Kahn | Kahn Law Firm

Ainsley Tillman | Ford Wallace Thomson, LLC

Midlands

Brian Boger | Brian Boger Law Firm

Dave Maxfield | Dave Maxfield, Attorney, LLC

Matthew Richardson | Wyche, P.A.

Upstate

*Gene Covington | Covington Patrick Hagins Stern & Lewis, PA

Amy Hinson | Parker Poe

Inez Tenenbaum | Wyche, P.A.

Allyson Twilley | Fox Rothschild LLP

Trevor White | White & Story, LLC

PROFFESSIONAL LIABILTY RECOGNIZED:

Lowcountry

*Jeremy Bowers | Barnwell Whaley

D. Jay Davis, Jr. | Clement Rivers

Midlands

Desa Ballard | Ballard & Watson, Attorneys at Law

Eric S. Bland | Bland Richter, LLP

John T. Lay | Gallivan, White & Boyd

John Moylan | Wyche, P.A.

David L. Paavola | Lewis Babcock L.L.P.

Upstate

*Anne Ross Culbreath | Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, P.A.

Paul Landis | Fayssoux & Landis

Wallace Lightsey | Wyche, P.A.

C. Stuart Mauney | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Sam Outten | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Residential Real Estate

Midlands

David Ross

McAngus Goudelock& Courie

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (71)

Ross represents clients in the areas of residential andcommercial real estate transactions and business formations.

After working for a time in real estate, Ross joined McAngusGoudelock & Courie in 2007, helping to move it from a small regional firmto a full-service statewide practice.

Ross previously was a law clerk for the Honorable Casey L.Manning of the Fifth Judicial Circuit.

He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, ColumbiaHomebuilders Association, Central Carolina Association of Realtors, and theSouth Carolina Bankers Association and S.C. Mortgage Bankers Association.

Ross earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of SouthCarolina and Juris Doctor from University of South Carolina School of Law. Inhis spare time, Ross coaches the boys basketball team at the Hammond School,supports Gamecock basketball, and enjoys spending time with his wife Kelley andtheir two children.

ALSO RECOGNIZED:

Lowcountry

David Bevon | Bevon Law Firm, LLC

Guy Dabbs | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Chris Digby | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

*Catherine LaFond | LaFond Law Group, PA

Andrew McLester | McLester & Niemiec

Lenord Mitchum | Buxton & Collie, LLC

Anthony Stith, Jr. | Dodds Hennessy & Stith Law Firm

Brent Suttles | Suttles Law Firm

Mark Weeks | Weeks Law Firm

Midlands

Renique Brabham | McDonnell & Associates

Lisa Hostetler Brown | LawyerLisa

Robert Grimm | Law Office of Robert J. Grimm, LLC

Trey Harrell | Harrel, Martin & Peace

James B. Hindersman | Law Offices of James B. Hindersman, LLC

Thomas Kilpatrick | Murphy and Kilpatrick, P.A.

Jimmy Knight | Caskey & Imgrund

Jonathan Moore | The Law Office of Johnathan Moore, LLC

Tiara Pitts | SC Association of Realtors

Matthew E. Rupert | The Dial Firm, LLC

Creighton Segars | Stuckey Fata & Segars, LLC

James Segars | Stuckey Fata & Segars, LLC

Upstate

JJ Andrighetti | Culbertson Andrighetti LLC

Michael Bagwell | Bradley K. Richardson, PC

Hunter Baughman | Bradley K. Richardson, PC

Griffin Bell | Bell Carrington Price & Gregg, LLC

Kevin Brady | Guest & Brady, LLC

Adam Breaux | Breaux & Callahan, P.A.

Aaron De Bruin | De Bruin Law Firm

Courtney Camferdam | Camferdam Law Firm, LLC

Daniel Craig | Johnson Smith Attorneys at Law

Bailey Crosby | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Erin Culbertson | Culbertson Andrighetti LLC

Bryan DeBruin | De Bruin Law Firm

Tommy Dugas | Horton Law Firm, P.A.

Chris Edwards | Edwards Law Firm, LLC

Doug Evans | Brown Massey Evans McLeod & Haynsworth LLC

Jason Gainey | Gainey & Gainey, LLP

Nathan Galbreath | Nelson & Galbreath

Brad Gower | Nelson & Galbreath

Steven Hammett | Blair Cato Pickren and Casterline

Jan Horton | Horton & Horton Law Firm, LLC

Danny Hoy |Bradley K. Richardson, PC

Robert S. “Trey”Ingram III | Holliday Ingram Law Firm

Clayton Jennings | Jennings Law Firm LLC

Kim Keable | Keable & Brown, PA

John Kehl | Horton Law Firm, P.A.

Josh Lonon | Wyche, P.A.

Jack McDonald | Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey

Cristine Oyer | Cristine Oyer Law

Brian Ponder | Nelson & Galbreath

Bradley K. Richardson | Bradley K. Richardson, PC

*Cam Salle | Salle Law Firm

Scott Sanders | E. Scott Sanders, LLC

Bracknell Shuler | B. Bracknell Shuler, LLC

Henry Sullivan | McKinney Sullivan, LLC

Tax and Estate Planning

Lowcountry

Jennifer WilliamsDavis

Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, LLP

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (72)

Davisassists high-net-worth individuals and families with estate planning,charitable giving, and business succession planning.

She alsoguides companies through state and local economic development issues and taxincentives. A Wofford College graduate, Davis received her law degree from theUniversity of South Carolina in 1998 and has business experience working with a"Big Four" accounting firm.

A certifiedspecialist in taxation law with the South Carolina Supreme Court, she hasserved as the chair of the Taxation Law Specialization AdvisoryBoard.

She is amember of the Charleston Tax Council, South Carolina Bar, Tax Section of theAmerican Bar Association, Charleston Estate Planning Council, CharlestonLawyers Club, South Carolina Economic Developers Association and the SouthCarolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association.

Davis isalso the co-author of “South Carolina Taxation and Economic Tax Initiatives(Third Edition, 2013).”

Midlands

David Ford

Ford Law Firm LLC

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (73)

Ford practices in the areas of taxation, business transactions andadvisory services, exit/succession planning, and estate planning.

He helps business owners in every aspect of a company’s lifecycle, including purchase, funding and financing, expansion, tax planning andtax compliance, and exit and succession planning. He also assists clients withtax-deferred like-kind exchanges involving real estate investments.

Ford earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Universityof South Carolina, his Juris Doctor from the University of South CarolinaSchool of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School ofLaw.

His most influential mentor was W. Alexander Weatherly Jr., J.D.and CPA, and the last book he read was “Rediscovering Americanism” by Mark R.Levin.

Ford is an assistant basketball coach at Cardinal Newman School.In his spare time, he enjoys being involved with his children’s activities,including his daughter’s dance, voice, and acting activities, and his son’stennis and basketball games.

Upstate

David Merline Jr.

Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (74)

A South Carolina Supreme Court-certified specialist in taxationlaw, estate planning and probate law, Merline is also an American College ofTrust and Estate Counsel Fellow and is a member of many estate planningassociations and community groups.

For 38 years, the graduate of University of Miami and Universityof South Carolina School of Law has advised clients in the Greenville area onmergers and acquisitions, business and transactional law, succession planningand family limited partnerships, corporation, and asset protectionplanning.

His many recognitions and honors include being named a 2020TopVote Recipient in the Upstate for Tax & Estate Law and inclusionin Best Lawyers in America in the over 12 fields including corporate law,employee benefits, closely held companies, litigation and family businesslaw.

He is also the co-author of “The Evolution of Legal Malpracticein Estate Planning in South Carolina, SouthCarolina Lawyer (2016),” andtwo South Carolina Bar Division books.

He and his wife Barby have four children.

ALSO RECOGNIZED:

Lowcountry

Laurel Blair | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Jeff Bogdan | Parker Poe

Brent Bullock | Taylor Foley Law Firm

Cecile Crogan | Buxton & Collie, LLC

G.P. Diminich | Shumaker Loop & Kendrick, LLP

David Kunes | Evans, Carter, Kunes & Bennett

J. Aaron Nelson | The Nelson Law Firm

Graeme Philip | Graybill, Lansche & Vinzani, LLC

Anne Kelley Russell | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Midlands

Jeff Z. Brooker, III | The Brooker Law Firm, P.A.

Rita Caughman | Sojourner, Caughman and Thomas

Erin Cook | Estate Planning of SC, LLC

Frank Cureton | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

John Ecton | Ecton Law Firm

Jeffrey Hopkins | Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, LLP

Thomas Kilpatrick | Murphy and Kilpatrick, P.A.

Angela Kirby | Kirby Law, LLC

Johnny Kornegay | Todd and Johnson, LLP

James L. McCutchen |McCutchen McLean, LLC

W. Verne McGough, Jr. | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Williams Newsome | Law Office of Billy Newsome

Charles Prescott | The Prescott Law Firm, LLC

Alan Reyner | Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, LLP

Aaron M. Scheuer | The Brooker Law Firm, P.A.

David Sojourner | Sojourner, Caughman and Thomas

Jonathan E. Spitz |Todd & Johnson, LLP

Derek Swindall | Jolley Law Group

Ryan Wallace | Sojourner, Caughman and Thomas

Kenneth B. Wingate | Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A.

Upstate

James Anderson | Anderson Law Firm

Robert E. August | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Ella Barbery | Shelly Leeke Law Firm

Jonathan R. Colao | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Matthew Couvillion | Wyche, P.A.

Aaron DeBruin | De Bruin Law Firm

William L. Dennis | Fox Rothschild LLP

Matthew B. Edwards | Thomas, Fisher & Edwards, P.A.

Alexander M. Evans | Bradley K. Richardson, PC

Madison Felder | Parker Poe

Randy E. Fisher | Thomas, Fisher & Edwards, P.A.

Cary Hall | Wyche, P.A.

Justin Hamrick | Heritage Law

Jim Hardin | Offit Kurman

E. Zachary Horton | Horton & Horton Law Firm, LLC

J. Tod Hyche | FoxRothschild LLP

Ben Leaphart | Ashmore, Leaphart, Rabon LLC

Phillip J. Martin | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

David Massey | Brown Massey Evans McLeod & Haynsworth LLC

Mac McLean | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

Tyler McLeod | Brown Massey Evans McLeod & Haynsworth LLC

Keith G. Meacham | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Andrew D. Merline | Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Lesley Moore | Freeman & Moore

Douglas B. O’Neal| Merline & Meacham, P.A.

Michael Pack | Dennis Shaw Drennan & Pack, LLC

Jake Rea | Burr & Forman LLP

Jeanmarie Tankersley |Clawson and Staubes

David A. Thompson | Thomas, Fisher & Edwards, P.A.

Chuck Verdin | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

SOCIAL SECUTRIY DISABILITY RECOGNIZED:

Lowcountry

*Tom White | Steinberg Law Firm

Midlands

D. Michael Kelly | Mike Kelly Law Group, LLC

Upstate

Daniel Hughes | Duggan & Hughes

Linda B. McKenzie | Bowen McKenzie & Bowen, LLP

*Danny Smith | Smith Legal Group, P.C.

Workers’ Compensation –Defendant

Midlands

Kay Gaffney

Barnes Alford Stork & Johnson LLP

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (75)

Gaffney has been a partner with the firm since its inception andpractices defense litigation with a concentration on hospital and medical malpracticeas well as workers’ compensation. In addition, she is a certified circuit courtmediator and serves as chancellor of the South Carolina Conference of TheUnited Methodist Church. Gaffney has a loyal client base that appreciates herhardworking, thoughtful, involved approach.

She is a graduate of the University of California and theUniversity of South Carolina School of Law, where she was elected to the Orderof the Wig and Robe and received American Jurisprudence awards in Torts, CloseCorporations, and Estate Planning. She is admitted to practice in SouthCarolina and before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolinaand the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Gaffney has been an active member of the South Carolina Bar andwas the first woman elected president of the South Carolina Defense AttorneysAssociation. She currently serves on the Chief Justice’s Commission on theProfession, a commission of the state Supreme Court.

The native of Gaffney enjoys traveling when she’s not practicinglaw.

ALSO RECOGNIZED:

Lowcountry

Dan Addison | Hall Booth Smith

Blakely Bellamy | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Mark Davis | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Madelyn Dukes | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Phillip Ferderigos | Barnwell Whaley

Zach Jarrett | Turner Padget

Jill King | Trask & Howell, LLC

*Brian O’Keefe | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Midlands

Grady Beard | Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Ben Calhoun | Turner Padget

Mundi George | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

J. Russell Goudelock | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Candace Hindersman | Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, P.A.

Tyler Lee | Lee Injury Law

Stanley Myers | Moore Bradley Myers

Shannon Poteat |Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Lauren Trask | Collins & Lacy

Upstate

Scott Anderson | Grimes Teich Anderson

Bill Bouton | Mitchell Law Firm

Graham Buckner | Smith Jordan, P.A.

Kristie Commins | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Carole Dennison | The Dennison Law Firm, P.C.

Vernon Dunbar | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Amity Edmonds | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Dan Eller | Eller Tonnsen Bach

Cory Ezzell | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Patrick Fant | Fant Law Firm

Mike Farry | Horton Law Firm, P.A.

Mills Gallivan | Gallivan White & Boyd

Casey Gonyea | Gallivan White & Boyd

Katie Grove | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Tyler Hembree | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Erroll Anne Hodges | McAngus Goudelock & Courie

Jeff Jones | Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, P.A.

Ryan Langley | Hodge & Langley

Ryan Montgomery | Ryan Montgomery Law

Timothy Nowacki | Clardy Law Firm

David Padgett | Holder, Padgett, Littlejohn & Prickett, LLC

Irvin Philpot | Philpot Law Firm PA

Jared Pretulak | Gallivan, White & Boyd

Ben Renfrow | Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, P.A.

Wes Shull | Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, P.A.

Zach Smith | Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, P.A.

Jim Sproat | Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A.

T.J. Twehues | Gallivan White & Boyd

Hal Willson | Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, P.A.

Workers’ Compensation –Plaintiff

Midlands

Allison Sullivan

Bluestein Attorneys

Legal Elite 2022 | Greenville Business Magazine (76)

Sullivan works in the areas of workers' compensation and personalinjury to level the playing field for those who have been injured in SouthCarolina. She is a partner with Bluestein Attorneys, which also assistsdisabled people with Social Security and veterans' disability claims.

Sullivan learned firsthand from her parents how compassionate andcommitted leadership can impact lives. She strives to apply those coreprincipals in the representation of her clients, many of whom are going throughsome of the most difficult times of their lives.

Sullivan is recognized by her peers for her advocacy in personalinjury and workers' compensation. She also frequently assists other law firmswith complex/catastrophic injury claims.

The Florence native received her undergraduate degree inpolitical science from Furman University before earning her J.D. from theUniversity of South Carolina School of Law.

She includes among her hobbies gardening, travel, photography,and golf. She also recently began reading “Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, andthe Sting that Launched the War on Drugs,” by Jason Ryan.

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The Carolina Law Group

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A graduate of Wofford College and the University of SouthCarolina School of Law, Byrd has dedicated his practice almost entirely tohelping injured workers gain access to workers’ compensation benefits. He feelsprivileged to represent those who have been injured.

Language is not a barrier, as many of Byrd’s clients arenon-English speaking. With 16 years of litigation experience, he considershimself a trial attorney and enjoys the complex process that is often necessaryto secure benefits for his clients.

Byrd names his Carolina Law Group partners, Nihar Patel and MontyDesai, as his most influential mentors. Outside the office, he enjoys bikingand playing guitar. Currently, he is reading “The Pillars of the Earth” by KenFollett.

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FAQs

What is the most successful law firm in the world? ›

Kirkland & Ellis

What is the most successful law firm in the United States? ›

The largest law firm in the U.S. is Kirkland Ellis, with a revenue of $6.04 billion and 2,307 employees. As of 2022, U.S. law firms have a market size of $367.9 billion.

What law firm does Microsoft use? ›

Sidley partner Rick Cederoth in Chicago said his firm's national practice, trial acumen, and appellate expertise are what attract clients like Microsoft. Sidley's IP department and Microsoft's legal team have grown together since their relationship started in 1996, Cederoth said.

How many legal professionals are there in the US? ›

There are 1.3 million lawyers in the US

Specifically, for every 1,000 residents in the US, there are only four lawyers. Knowing the status and size of your industry helps you understand your playing field in the legal marketplace.

What percentage of lawyers are successful? ›

What percentage of lawyers are successful? According to the American Bar Association, about 36% of all attorneys say they are very successful, and about half indicate they are successful.

Which law practice is most profitable? ›

Trial lawyers are among the highest paid legal professionals in the world. Thousands practice across the globe, but civil litigators who handle high dollar, high profile and high stakes cases are the most highly compensated.

Which state in the US has the most lawyers? ›

States with the most employed lawyers in the U.S. 2021

In 2021, the state with the highest number of lawyers in the Unites States was California with about 8,000 more lawyers than New York. The state with the second most numerous amount of lawyers was New York, totaling roughly 80,000.

Which type of lawyers earn the most in USA? ›

Patent Attorneys (A median salary — $265,392 per year)

Patent lawyers are among the highest-paid types of lawyers and earn one of the highest median salaries in the legal field. These legal professionals advise clients about patents so their clients can obtain patents granted by patent offices around the world.

What is the most popular law practice? ›

  • Commercial Litigation. Coming in at the top of this list is commercial litigation. ...
  • Real Estate Law. Real estate law is a busy area of practice involving a lot of technical requirements focused on sales and entitlements. ...
  • Personal Injury Law. ...
  • Labor and Employment Law. ...
  • Family Law. ...
  • Bankruptcy Law. ...
  • Immigration Law. ...
  • Insurance Law.

What law firm does Bill Gates use? ›

K&L Gates

Who are Elon Musk's lawyers? ›

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom helped represent Musk.

Which lawyers do Apple use? ›

General Counsel. Katherine Adams is Apple's general counsel and senior vice president of Legal and Global Security, reporting to CEO Tim Cook.

What US city has the most lawyers? ›

New York City, NY

New York State has the highest concentration of lawyers compared to any other state, resulting in higher demand for the profession — nearly double the average national demand.

Who is the longest practicing attorney in the US? ›

About John Morton-Finney

He earned his final degree at the age of 75. Dr. Morton-Finney practiced law until the age of 106, having worked in the field for nearly 85 years. At the time of his death at the age of 108, Morton-Finney is believed to be the longest practicing attorney in the United States.

Is there an oversupply of lawyers? ›

They concluded that the combination of an oversupply of lawyers and declining demand for lawyer's services is driving the trend. “Demand side influences on lawyers' incomes loom large,” they wrote in the paper, titled, “Why has the median real income of lawyers been declining?”

What type of lawyer is most in demand? ›

Most in-demand practice areas
  • Commercial law.
  • Litigation.
  • Real estate law.
  • Intellectual property.
  • Family law.

Is being a lawyer worth it in 2022? ›

Being a lawyer is a better job than being a speech-language pathologist but not quite as good as being a statistician. That's the conclusion of U.S. News & World Report, which rated working as a lawyer the ninth best job on its list of 100 Best Jobs of 2022.

Are lawyers above average intelligence? ›

Lawyers have amongst the highest average IQ's of all job categories. Note: that's analytical not emotional intelligence. They also have significant formal education and professional licensure--neither of which make them practice ready. But it does provide a degree of analytical rigor.

What are the 4 types of law? ›

When researching the law, it is important to remember the four main types of law: constitutional, statutory, administrative and case (common) law.

What are the 7 types of laws? ›

The following are the major classifications of law:
  • Public and Private Law.
  • Civil Law and Criminal Law.
  • Substantive and Procedural Law.
  • Municipal and International Law.
  • Written and Unwritten Law.
  • Common Law and Equity.
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Where do lawyers make the most money? ›

The five highest paying states are California ($171,550), New York ($167,110), Massachusetts ($165,610), Connecticut ($153,640) and Illinois ($152,980).
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2018 Average Salary$171,550
2017 Average Salary$168,200
2016 Average Salary$162,010
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Where do lawyers spend most of their time? ›

According to a survey of 2,915 U.S. legal professionals, including some who use Clio, the lawyers devote 48 percent of their time on administrative tasks, such as licensing and continuing education, office administration, generating and sending bills, configuring technology and collections.

Who is the government's top lawyer? ›

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland was sworn in as the 86th Attorney General of the United States on March 11, 2021. As the nation's chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Garland leads the Justice Department's 115,000 employees, who work across the United States and in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Is there a lawyer shortage in America? ›

What You Need to Know. Law firms have a staffing shortage and will need to make more changes besides offering competitive pay. Job postings for business professionals in law firms are at an all-time high, industry experts say.

What is the starting salary for a lawyer in USA? ›

At the beginning level, the median salary as of August 2022 was $100,291; at the highest level, the median salary as of August 2022 was $215,409. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median pay in May 2021 for lawyers in the U.S. was $127,990.

What job makes the most money in the world? ›

The Top 6 Highest Paying Jobs in the World
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • General Surgeon.
  • Senior Software Engineer.
  • Investment Banker.
  • Data Scientist.
  • IT Systems Manager.
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What is the easiest law to practice? ›

Real estate law, estate planning law, and intellectual property law are commonly cited as the least stressful types of law to practice.

Who is the most famous lawyer ever? ›

#1 Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was an American politician, and lawyer who became the 16th president of the United States of America. He passed the bar in 1836 in Springfield, Illinois, and began working under his wife's cousin, John T. Stuart. Lincoln represented clients in both civil and criminal matters.

What are the 3 most common types of law? ›

TYPES OF LAW
  • Criminal Law.
  • Civil Law.
  • Administrative Law.

Does Bill Gates Own McDonald's fries? ›

Bill Gates uses farmland as investment vehicle, owning 269,000 acres of land. They own the soil where the potatoes in McDonald's french fries grow, the carrots from the world's largest producer and the onions that Americans sauté every night for dinner.

How do I ask Bill Gates for financial help? ›

Contact
  1. Phone: (206) 709-3400.
  2. Email: media@gatesfoundation.org.

What devices does Bill Gates use? ›

Gates uses a Samsung Galaxy Fold 3, a foldable smartphone launched by the company in 2021. He also talks about his choice, saying, "With this screen, I can get by with a great portable PC and the phone and nothing else."

Who is the financial advisor for Elon Musk? ›

Jared Birchall, a BYU graduate and Latter-day Saint, is Musk's top adviser. Jared Birchall, a Brigham Young University graduate and Latter-day Saint, is the wealth manager and right hand man for Elon Musk, the richest man in the world.

What is 1 of Elon Musk's net worth? ›

This is the second time since Oct. 1, 2021, that his net worth has dipped below $200 billion, except for a brief drop to $199 billion in May of this year, Forbes reports.

Who was Twitter's lawyer? ›

Vijaya Gadde (born 1974) is an American attorney, who served as general counsel and the head of legal, policy, and trust at Twitter. Her role included handling issues such as harassment, misinformation, and harmful speech.

What firm is representing Johnny Depp? ›

The legal firm representing Johnny Depp in his defamation case is Brown Rudnick. The company employs 250 lawyers in financial centres worldwide and has offices in New York, London, Paris, Boston, Washington DC, and California.

How much do Apple pay their lawyers? ›

Average Apple Lawyer yearly pay in the United States is approximately $174,715, which is 139% above the national average.

What phones do lawyers use? ›

Now almost 75% of lawyers have iPhones, followed by 23% with Android devices, and just over 2% with Blackberries or Microsoft phones. Exactly 50% of lawyers use a tablet for legal work and exactly 50% don't.

Who is the largest employer of lawyers? ›

Largest Law Firms Research Summary

The largest law firm in the U.S. is Kirkland Ellis, with a revenue of $6.04 billion and 2,307 employees. As of 2022, U.S. law firms have a market size of $367.9 billion. There are over 1.3 million licensed lawyers and 200 law firms in the U.S.

Which lawyers are in demand in USA? ›

  • Litigation and trial lawyers.
  • General counsels.
  • Academia.
  • Mediators, arbitrators or conciliators.
  • Judge.
  • Litigation Support Roles.
  • Law firm consultant/Legal recruiter.
  • Legal Specialist Roles.
9 Jul 2020

Which lawyer has won the most cases? ›

Spence has never lost a criminal case before a jury either as a prosecutor or a defense attorney, and has not lost a civil case since 1969.

What is the most a lawyer can charge per hour? ›

Throughout the United States, typical attorney fees usually range from about $100 an hour to $400 an hour. These hourly rates will increase with experience and practice area specialization.

Does the US have more lawyers than the rest of the world? ›

The United States has more lawyers per capita than any other country.

Who is the top defense attorney in the United States? ›

Attorney Zulu Ali, an Award-winning Black Lawyer, Has Been Named America's Top Criminal Defense Attorney.

What is the burnout rate for lawyers? ›

To illustrate, 70% of attorneys who reported a decline in well-being also experience burnout. Only 36% reported no change while 35% reported that there was an improvement in their general well-being.

What industry employs the most lawyers? ›

In 2021, the industry with the highest level of employment for lawyers in the United States was legal services with almost 420,000 lawyers working within this field. The next most numerous industry for lawyers was local government, where the total number was almost 60,000.

Which is the best law firm? ›

Top Law Firms In India
  1. Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. This firm is one of the largest law firms in India. ...
  2. Trilegal India. ...
  3. Khaitan & Co. ...
  4. Sagar Associates. ...
  5. DSK Legal. ...
  6. AZB & Partners. ...
  7. Anand & Anand. ...
  8. Vaish associates.
4 Jan 2022

Are there firms that only hire from Harvard? ›

Yes. While there will always be firms that consider themselves elite because they only hire from Harvard or Yale, there is a growing number of students, clients and private practice attorneys who do not consider such firms elite but rather elitist.

Which is the best law school in the world? ›

Top 10 universities in the world for law
Law rank 2023Law rank 2022University
11Stanford University
23New York University
32University of Cambridge
44University of Oxford
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Who is the top government lawyer? ›

Elizabeth Prelogar has been serving in the role since October 28, 2021.

What type of lawyer goes to court the most? ›

Criminal defense lawyers may appear in court more frequently than other types of lawyers—especially if a case goes to trial.

Which law firm partners make the most? ›

List of largest law firms by profits per partner
Rank by PPEPFirm2020/21 PPEP
1Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz$7,500,000
2Davis Polk & Wardwell$6,350,000
3Kirkland & Ellis$6,200,000
4Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison$5,369,000
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How do I know who is best lawyer? ›

How To Choose the Right Lawyer: Ten Points to Consider When Selecting an Attorney
  1. Identify Your Legal Problem and Use a Specialist. ...
  2. Make Sure the Attorney has the Right Experience. ...
  3. Expect the Attorney to be a Good Communicator. ...
  4. Consider the Attorney's Professionalism.

What company hires the most Harvard graduates? ›

It's a pretty well-known fact that McKinsey, Bain and BCG, among the world's most voracious hirers of MBA talent, are the top three major employers at Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

What is the bare minimum to get into Harvard? ›

To have the best shot of getting in, you should aim for the 75th percentile, with a 1580 SAT or a 35 ACT. You should also have a 4.18 GPA or higher. If your GPA is lower than this, you need to compensate with a higher SAT/ACT score.

How much do Harvard educated lawyers make? ›

Harvard Law School Jobs by Salary
Job TitleRangeAverage
Attorney / LawyerRange:$17k - $203kAverage:$94,251
Law Firm PartnerRange:$250k - $467kAverage:$400,000
Senior CounselRange:$159k - $255kAverage:$196,527
Associate AttorneyRange:$172k - $203kAverage:$180,534
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8 Nov 2022

Which city is best to study law? ›

Top 10 places to study Law in 2017
Name of the instituteCityRank
National Law School of India UniversityBangalore1
Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim UniversityAligarh2
The West Bengal National University of Juridical SciencesKolkata3
Amity Law SchoolNew Delhi4
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4 Dec 2017

Which country is best for learning law? ›

World University Rankings 2022 by subject: Law
  • New York University, US.
  • University of Oxford, UK.
  • University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • University College London, UK.
  • Harvard University, US.
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Yale University, US.
  • KU Leuven, Belgium.
12 Jan 2022

Who is the boss of a lawyer? ›

You, the client, have the right to replace the lawyer in either event. The client is the employer in the relationship.

What is a Govt lawyer called? ›

Article 165 of the Indian Constitution defines that the legal adviser to a State Government is known as the Advocate General, regarded as the highest law officer in the state.

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