The 2017 Best Lawyers® in the Midlands




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Administrative / Regulatory Law

Bruner, Powell, Wall & Mullins, LLC

E. Wade Mullins

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

James C. Gray

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Robert D. Coble

 

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

David B. Summer

 

Richardson, Plowden & Robinson, P.A.

Steven W. Hamm

 

Robinson, McFadden & Moore, P.C.

Frank R. Ellerbe

 

Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A.

Mitchell Willoughby

 

Antitrust Law

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

William C. Boyd

 

Appellate Practice

Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P.

William Pearce Davis

C. Dixon Lee

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Robert L. Widener

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Weston Adams

C. Mitchell Brown

 

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Tina Cundari

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

J. René Josey

 

Arbitration

Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P.

D. Cravens Ravenel

 

Finkel Law Firm LLC

Harry L. Goldberg

 

Folkens Law Firm, P.A.

Karl A. Folkens

 

Robinson, McFadden & Moore, P.C.

Walter B. Todd

 

Banking and Finance Law

Adams and Reese LLP

William P. McElveen

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

George S. King

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

John W. Currie

M. Craig Garner

Judith L. McInnis

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Jody A. Bedenbaugh

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Alan M. Lipsitz

John A. Sowards

 

Robinson, McFadden & Moore, P.C.

R. William Metzger

 

Rogers, Townsend & Thomas, PC

Robert P. Wood

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Lanneau Wm. Lambert

 

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Adams and Reese LLP

William H. Short

 

Barton Law Firm, P.A.

Barbara George Barton

 

Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC

Sherwood M. Cleveland

 

Gleissner Law Firm, LLC

Richard R. Gleissner

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Stanley H. McGuffin

 

John B. Butler III P.A.

John B. Butler

 

Johnson Law Firm, PA

Lawrence W. Johnson

 

Levy Law Firm LLC

R. Geoffrey Levy

 

McCarthy Law Firm, LLC

G. William McCarthy

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Michael M. Beal

Robin C. Stanton

Michael H. Weaver

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

George B. Cauthen

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Julio E. Mendoza

 

Robinson, McFadden & Moore, P.C.

R. William Metzger

 

Rogers Lewis Jackson Mann & Quinn, LLC

John L. McCants

 

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P.

D. Cravens Ravenel

 

Bowman and Brooke LLP

Joel H. Smith

 

Francis M. Mack

Francis M. Mack

 

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.

Gray T. Culbreath

John T. Lay

 

Gertz & Moore, L.L.P.

Daryl L. Williams

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Robert Y. Knowlton

Stanley H. McGuffin

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Michael M. Beal

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

George B. Cauthen

David E. Dukes

Edward W. Mullins

B. Rush Smith

 

Riley Pope & Laney, LLC

Roy F. Laney

 

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Elizabeth Van Doren Gray

Thornwell F. Sowell

Robert E. Stepp

J. Calhoun Watson

 

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Thomas A. Brumgardt

 

Robinson, McFadden & Moore, P.C.

R. William Metzger

 

Civil Rights Law

Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC

M. Malissa Burnette

 

King & Love, LLC

Robert T. King

 

Commercial Litigation

Adams and Reese LLP

John F. Beach

W. Cliff Moore

 

Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P.

D. Cravens Ravenel

 

Bowman and Brooke LLP

Pamela J. Roberts

Joel H. Smith

 

Carpenter Appeals & Trial Support, LLC

Charles E. Carpenter

 

 

Deborah B. Barbier

Deborah Barbier

 

Francis M. Mack

Francis M. Mack

 

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.

Gray T. Culbreath

John T. Lay

Curtis L. Ott

 

Gertz & Moore, L.L.P.

Daryl L. Williams

 

Griffin Davis

Clarence Davis

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Manton M. Grier

Robert Y. Knowlton

Stephen F. McKinney

Hamilton Osborne

 

Lipscomb Law Firm, P.A.

Susan Batten Lipscomb

 

McAngus Goudelock & Courie LLC

Sterling G. Davies

Thomas E. Lydon

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Paul D. Harrill

Celeste T. Jones

Benjamin E. Nicholson

Jane W. Trinkley

 

Murphy & Grantland, P.A.

Anthony Livoti

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

C. Mitchell Brown

David E. Dukes

Michael W. Hogue

William C. Hubbard

S. Keith Hutto

J. Mark Jones

D. Larry Kristinik

John F. Kuppens

James K. Lehman

Cory E. Manning

Edward W. Mullins

B. Rush Smith

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Russell T. Burke

Val H. Stieglitz

Marguerite S. Willis

 

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

James Lynn Werner

 

Riley Pope & Laney, LLC

Roy F. Laney

 

Robinson, McFadden & Moore, P.C.

Kevin K. Bell

Thomas W. Bunch

 

Rogers, Townsend & Thomas, PC

Robert P. Wood

 

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Elizabeth Van Doren Gray

Thornwell F. Sowell

Robert E. Stepp

J. Calhoun Watson

 

Strom Law Firm L.L.C.

J. Preston Strom

 

The Jeter Law Firm, LLC

Edwin Russell Jeter

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Julie Jeffords Moose

W. Duvall Spruill

 

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Kevin A. Hall

 

Wyche, P.A.

John C. Moylan

 

Construction Law

Bruner, Powell, Wall & Mullins, LLC

James L. Bruner

E. Wade Mullins

Henry P. Wall

 

Howser, Newman & Besley, LLC

R. Davis Howser

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Henry W. Brown

 

Orr, Elmore & Ervin LLC

Lawrence B. Orr

 

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

James Lynn Werner

 

Richardson, Plowden & Robinson, P.A.

Emily Gifford

Franklin J. Smith

 

Robinson, McFadden & Moore, P.C.

Daniel T. Brailsford

Charles H. McDonald

 

Tyler, Jackson, Peace & Silver, LLC

Thomas B. Jackson

 

Consumer Law

Richardson, Plowden & Robinson, P.A.

Steven W. Hamm

 

Copyright Law

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

William Y. Klett

 

Corporate Compliance Law

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Suzanne H. Clawson

 

Corporate Governance Law

Foster Law Firm LLC

John W. Foster

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Suzanne H. Clawson

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Thomas A. Brumgardt

Corporate Law

Adams and Reese LLP

Robert P. Bethea

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

William C. Boyd

Joseph D. Clark

Suzanne H. Clawson

Randolph B. Epting

George S. King

Gary W. Morris

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

John W. Currie

William M. Musser

James C. Siokos

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Thomas A. Brumgardt

Gus M. Dixon

Daniel J. Fritze

P. Mason Hogue

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Mark L. Bender

C. Jones DuBose

Julian Hennig

G. Marcus Knight

Edward G. Menzie

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Lanneau Wm. Lambert

 

University of South Carolina School of Law

Martin C. McWilliams

 

Criminal Defense: General Practice

Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado, LLC

John D. Delgado

 

Deborah B. Barbier

Deborah Barbier

 

Harris & Gasser, LLC

Jonathan S. Gasser

 

Jack B. Swerling, Attorney at Law

Jack B. Swerling

 

Johnson, Toal & Battiste, P.A.

I. S. Leevy Johnson

 

Leigh J. Leventis – Attorney at Law

Leigh J. Leventis

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

J. René Josey

 

Williams & Williams

Charles H. Williams

 

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado, LLC

John D. Delgado

 

Collins & Lacy, P.C.

Joel W. Collins

 

Deborah B. Barbier

Deborah Barbier

Harris & Gasser, LLC

Jonathan S. Gasser

 

Jack B. Swerling, Attorney at Law

Jack B. Swerling

 

Johnson, Toal & Battiste, P.A.

I. S. Leevy Johnson

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Celeste T. Jones

 

Simmons Law Firm, LLC

John S. Simmons

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

J. René Josey

 

DUI/DWI Defense

Law Offices of Joseph M. McCulloch, Jr.

Joseph M. McCulloch

 

Leigh J. Leventis – Attorney at Law

Leigh J. Leventis

 

Williams & Williams

C. Bradley Hutto

 

Economic Development Law

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Edward G. Kluiters

Benjamin T. Zeigler

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

J. Michael Ey

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

George B. Wolfe

 

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

Ray E. Jones

 

Elder Law

Kirby Law, LLC

Angela M. Kirby

 

Millender Elder Law LLC

Franchelle C. Millender

 

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

Lewis Babcock L.L.P.

Keith M. Babcock

 

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC

Nekki Shutt

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Jonathan H. Nason

Joseph D. Walker

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Kenneth A. Janik

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Michael T. Brittingham

William H. Floyd

Suzanne Guitar Odom

 

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Preston R. Burch

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Franklin G. Shuler

 

Employment Law - Individuals

Blair Cato Pickren Casterline, LLC

Kristine L. Cato

 

Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC

M. Malissa Burnette

Nekki Shutt

 

Gaffney Lewis & Edwards, LLC

Amy L. Gaffney

 

J. Lewis Cromer & Associates, L.L.C.

J. Lewis Cromer

 

Louthian Law Firm, P.A.

Herbert W. Louthian

 

Employment Law - Management

Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC

Nekki Shutt

 

Fisher Phillips LLP

G. Daniel Ellzey

C. F. W. Manning

Stephen C. Mitchell

Jonathan P. Pearson

J. Hagood Tighe

 

Gaffney Lewis & Edwards, LLC

Amy L. Gaffney

 

Gignilliat, Savitz & Bettis, LLP

Vance J. Bettis

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Carl B. Carruth

Richard J. Morgan

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Sue Erwin Harper

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

David E. Dubberly

Victoria L. Eslinger

William H. Floyd

Angus H. Macaulay

Susan P. McWilliams

 

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Preston R. Burch

William L. Duda

James H. Fowles

Katherine Dudley Helms

D. Michael Henthorne

Leigh Mullikin Nason

Charles T. Speth

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Arthur E. Justice

Franklin G. Shuler

 

Willcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A.

Mark W. Buyck

 

Energy Law

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

M. John Bowen

 

Energy Regulatory Law

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Weston Adams

 

Robinson, McFadden & Moore, P.C.

Frank R. Ellerbe

 

Environmental Law

John Adams Hodge and Associates, LLC

John Adams Hodge

 

Law Offices of Elizabeth B. Partlow, LLC

Elizabeth B. Partlow

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Pamela A. Baker

Stacy K. Taylor

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Karen Aldridge Crawford

Bernard F. Hawkins

Wendy Wilkie Parker

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Joan W. Hartley

W. Thomas Lavender

James W. Potter

Sara S. Rogers

 

Williams Mullen

Phillip L. Conner

Ethan R. Ware

 

Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A.

Randolph R. Lowell

 

Family Law

Carol Sanders, PA

Carol H. Sanders

 

Gaffney Lewis & Edwards, LLC

Susan Edwards

 

Law Office of Kermit S. King

Kermit S. King

 

Lester & Hendrix

Ken H. Lester

 

McDougall & Self, LLP

John O. McDougall

 

McLaren & Lee

C. Dixon Lee

James T. McLaren

 

Moore Taylor Law Firm

J. Mark Taylor

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Victoria L. Eslinger

 

Parise Law Firm

Sandra R. Parise

 

Financial Services Regulation Law

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

George S. King

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Sharon C. Bramlett

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

B. Rush Smith

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Alan M. Lipsitz

John A. Sowards

 

First Amendment Law

Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P.

Jay Bender

 

J. Lewis Cromer & Associates, L.L.C.

J. Lewis Cromer

 

Franchise Law

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

S. Keith Hutto

Steven A. McKelvey

 

Government Relations Practice

McGuireWoods LLP

James H. Hodges

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

James P. Fields

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Dwight F. Drake

Edward E. Poliakoff

George B. Wolfe

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Sara S. Rogers

 

Riley Pope & Laney, LLC

Theodore D. Riley

 

Wyche, P.A.

John C. Moylan

 

Health Care Law

Carpenter Appeals & Trial Support, LLC

Charles E. Carpenter

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

M. Elizabeth Crum

M. Craig Garner

Celeste T. Jones

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Stuart M. Andrews

Travis Dayhuff

Alice V. Harris

Daniel J. Westbrook

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Ralph W. Barbier

Jeanne M. Born

Timothy L. Hewson

Matthew B. Roberts

 

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

David B. Summer

 

Richardson, Plowden & Robinson, P.A.

Frederick A. Crawford

 

Insurance Law

Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P.

Catharine G. Griffin

S. Markey Stubbs

 

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.

A. Johnston Cox

John D. Hudson

John T. Lay

Shelley S. Montague

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

John C. Bruton

 

McAngus Goudelock & Courie LLC

Sterling G. Davies

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

James C. Gray

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Amy Harmon Geddes

 

Robinson, McFadden & Moore, P.C.

Kevin K. Bell

 

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Rebecca Laffitte

 

Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A.

William O. Sweeny

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Thomas C. Salane

 

Labor Law - Management

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Cara Yates Crotty

 

Fisher Phillips LLP

Michael D. Carrouth

G. Daniel Ellzey

Stephen C. Mitchell

Jonathan P. Pearson

J. Hagood Tighe

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Carl B. Carruth

Richard J. Morgan

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

David E. Dubberly

Victoria L. Eslinger

William H. Floyd

Susan P. McWilliams

 

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

James H. Fowles

Katherine Dudley Helms

Willcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A.

Mark W. Buyck

 

Labor Law - Union

Herbert E. Buhl, III

Herbert E. Buhl

 

Land Use and Zoning Law

James S. Meggs

James S. Meggs

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

J. Michael Ey

 

Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants

Bruner, Powell, Wall & Mullins, LLC

Warren C. Powell

 

Richardson, Plowden & Robinson, P.A.

Leslie A. Cotter

 

Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

Lewis Babcock L.L.P.

Keith M. Babcock

A. Camden Lewis

 

Litigation - Antitrust

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Manton M. Grier

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Celeste T. Jones

 

Litigation - Banking and Finance

Adams and Reese LLP

W. Cliff Moore

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

James Y. Becker

Hamilton Osborne

 

McAngus Goudelock & Courie LLC

Thomas E. Lydon

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Paul D. Harrill

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

William C. Hubbard

S. Keith Hutto

John T. Moore

B. Rush Smith

Thad H. Westbrook

 

The Jeter Law Firm, LLC

Edwin Russell Jeter

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

W. Duvall Spruill

 

Litigation - Bankruptcy

Adams and Reese LLP

William H. Short

 

Barton Law Firm, P.A.

Barbara George Barton

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Stanley H. McGuffin

Hamilton Osborne

 

John B. Butler III P.A.

John B. Butler

 

McCarthy Law Firm, LLC

G. William McCarthy

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Michael M. Beal

Michael H. Weaver

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

George B. Cauthen

Frank B. B. Knowlton

 

Rogers Lewis Jackson Mann & Quinn, LLC

John L. McCants

 

Litigation - Construction

Adams and Reese LLP

William H. Short

 

Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, LLP

Robert T. Strickland

 

Bruner, Powell, Wall & Mullins, LLC

James L. Bruner

E. Wade Mullins

Henry P. Wall

 

Francis M. Mack

Francis M. Mack

 

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.

John E. Cuttino

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

John C. Bruton

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Benjamin E. Nicholson

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Henry W. Brown

 

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

James Lynn Werner

 

Richardson, Plowden & Robinson, P.A.

Franklin J. Smith

 

Robinson, McFadden & Moore, P.C.

Daniel T. Brailsford

Charles H. McDonald

 

Rogers Lewis Jackson Mann & Quinn, LLC

John L. McCants

 

Rogers, Townsend & Thomas, PC

Robert Bryan Barnes

 

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Rebecca Laffitte

 

The Jeter Law Firm, LLC

Edwin Russell Jeter

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

W. Duvall Spruill

 

Litigation - Environmental

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Stephen F. McKinney

 

Law Offices of Elizabeth B. Partlow, LLC

Elizabeth B. Partlow

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Weston Adams

Karen Aldridge Crawford

Bernard F. Hawkins

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Joan W. Hartley

 

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

James Lynn Werner

 

Robinson, McFadden & Moore, P.C.

Frank R. Ellerbe

 

Rogers, Townsend & Thomas, PC

T. McRoy Shelley

 

Williams Mullen

Phillip L. Conner

Ethan R. Ware

 

Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A.

Randolph R. Lowell

 

Litigation - ERISA

Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC

Nekki Shutt

 

Fisher Phillips LLP

C. F. W. Manning

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Jonathan H. Nason

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Kenneth A. Janik

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Michael T. Brittingham

William H. Floyd

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Franklin G. Shuler

 

 

 

 

Litigation - First Amendment

Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P.

Jay Bender

 

Wyche, P.A.

John C. Moylan

 

Litigation - Health Care

Bruner, Powell, Wall & Mullins, LLC

E. Wade Mullins

 

Litigation - Insurance

Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, LLP

Robert T. Strickland

 

Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC

Demetri K. Koutrakos

Louis H. Lang

D. Reece Williams

 

Collins & Lacy, P.C.

Peter H. Dworjanyn

 

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.

John D. Hudson

Shelley S. Montague

 

Goings Law Firm, LLC

Robert F. Goings

 

McAngus Goudelock & Courie LLC

Sterling G. Davies

 

Rogers, Townsend & Thomas, PC

William H. Bowman

T. McRoy Shelley

 

The McKay Firm

Julius W. McKay

Daniel R. Settana

 

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Robert Y. Knowlton

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Benjamin E. Nicholson

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Mark C. Dukes

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

William Y. Klett

 

Litigation - Labor and Employment

Blair Cato Pickren Casterline, LLC

Kristine L. Cato

 

Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC

M. Malissa Burnette

Nekki Shutt

Fisher Phillips LLP

Cheryl L. Behymer

Michael D. Carrouth

C. F. W. Manning

Jonathan P. Pearson

J. Hagood Tighe

 

Gaffney Lewis & Edwards, LLC

Amy L. Gaffney

 

Gignilliat, Savitz & Bettis, LLP

Vance J. Bettis

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Carl B. Carruth

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Debbie Whittle Durban

Sue Erwin Harper

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

David E. Dubberly

Victoria L. Eslinger

William H. Floyd

Angus H. Macaulay

Susan P. McWilliams

Nikole Setzler Mergo

 

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

William L. Duda

James H. Fowles

Katherine Dudley Helms

D. Michael Henthorne

John A. Hill

Leigh Mullikin Nason

Charles T. Speth

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Arthur E. Justice

Franklin G. Shuler

 

Wyche, P.A.

John C. Moylan

 

Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

P. Mason Hogue

James K. Lehman

 

Litigation - Municipal

Crowe LaFave LLC

Danny C. Crowe

 

Litigation - Patent

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

David E. Dukes

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

William Y. Klett

 

Litigation - Real Estate

Adams and Reese LLP

W. Cliff Moore

 

Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC

Michael W. Tighe

 

Fleming & Whitt, PA

Pearce W. Fleming

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

John C. Bruton

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Paul D. Harrill

 

Rogers, Townsend & Thomas, PC

John J. Hearn

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

W. Duvall Spruill

 

Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Weston Adams

 

Robinson, McFadden & Moore, P.C.

Frank R. Ellerbe

 

Litigation - Securities

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Robert Y. Knowlton

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

David E. Dukes

D. Larry Kristinik

James K. Lehman

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Julian Hennig

 

The Jeter Law Firm, LLC

Edwin Russell Jeter

 

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Callison Tighe & Robinson

William Bert Brannon

 

Moses & Brackett, PC

B. Michael Brackett

 

Sojourner Caughman & Thomas, LLC

George S. Bailey

Rita Bragg Caughman

 

Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A.

Kenneth B. Wingate

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Catherine H. Kennedy

 

Litigation and Controversy - Tax

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Erik P. Doerring

Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A.

Tracey C. Green

 

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.

Gray T. Culbreath

John T. Lay

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Clarke W. DuBose

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

William C. Hubbard

James F. Rogers

B. Rush Smith

David G. Traylor

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Steven W. Ouzts

 

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs

Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC

Kenneth M. Suggs

 

Mediation

Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P.

D. Cravens Ravenel

 

Bowman and Brooke LLP

Pamela J. Roberts

 

Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC

M. Malissa Burnette

 

Crowe LaFave LLC

Danny C. Crowe

 

Finkel Law Firm LLC

Harry L. Goldberg

 

Folkens Law Firm, P.A.

Karl A. Folkens

 

Richard L. Hinson, LLC

Richard L. Hinson

 

Robinson, McFadden & Moore, P.C.

Walter B. Todd

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Franklin G. Shuler

 

Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, LLP

Kay Gaffney Crowe

Weldon R. Johnson

 

The McKay Firm

Julius W. McKay

 

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC

Kenneth M. Suggs

 

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Adams and Reese LLP

Robert P. Bethea

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

William C. Boyd

Randolph B. Epting

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

John W. Currie

William M. Musser

James C. Siokos

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Thomas A. Brumgardt

Gus M. Dixon

Daniel J. Fritze

P. Mason Hogue

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Mark L. Bender

C. Jones DuBose

G. Marcus Knight

Edward G. Menzie

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Lanneau Wm. Lambert

 

Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law

Fleming & Whitt, PA

Pearce W. Fleming

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Frank B. B. Knowlton

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Suzanne G. Grigg

 

Scott and Corley, P.A.

Ronald C. Scott

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Ian D. McVey

 

Municipal Law

Crowe LaFave LLC

Danny C. Crowe

 

James S. Meggs

James S. Meggs

 

Non-Profit / Charities Law

Theodore J. Hopkins

Theodore Jervey Hopkins

 

Patent Law

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

William Y. Klett

 

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Adams and Reese LLP

William H. Short

 

Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P.

William Pearce Davis

D. Cravens Ravenel

 

Bowman and Brooke LLP

Joel H. Smith

 

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.

A. Johnston Cox

Gray T. Culbreath

John E. Cuttino

John T. Lay

 

Griffin Davis

Clarence Davis

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

John C. Bruton

 

McDonald, McKenzie, Rubin, Miller & Lybrand L.L.P.

Robert A. McKenzie

 

Murphy & Grantland, P.A.

Anthony Livoti

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Christopher J. Daniels

David E. Dukes

Robert W. Foster

Edward W. Mullins

David G. Traylor

 

Pope D. Johnson, III

Pope D. Johnson

 

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Rebecca Laffitte

Monteith P. Todd

 

Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A.

William O. Sweeny

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Edward W. Laney

 

Willcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A.

Mark W. Buyck

 

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Adams and Reese LLP

Kirby D. Shealy

 

Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P.

Catharine G. Griffin

D. Cravens Ravenel

 

Ballenger, Barth & Lewis, L.L.P.

Kevin M. Barth

 

Belser & Belser, P.A.

H. Freeman Belser

 

Fedor Law Firm

David A. Fedor

 

Furr & Henshaw

Charles L. Henshaw

 

Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC

Kenneth M. Suggs

 

Johnson, Toal & Battiste, P.A.

Luther J. Battiste

I. S. Leevy Johnson

 

Kassel McVey

John D. Kassel

 

Land, Parker & Welch, P.A.

J. Calhoun Land

 

Richard A. Harpootlian P.A.

Richard A. Harpootlian

 

Ruskin C. Foster, LLC

Ruskin C. Foster

 

The Solomon Law Group

Carl L. Solomon

 

Williams & Williams

Charles H. Williams

 

Wyche, P.A.

John C. Moylan

 

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P.

Catharine G. Griffin

D. Cravens Ravenel

 

Bowman and Brooke LLP

Joel H. Smith

 

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.

Gray T. Culbreath

John E. Cuttino

John T. Lay

Curtis L. Ott

 

Griffin Davis

Clarence Davis

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Clarke W. DuBose

Thomas R. Gottshall

 

Howser, Newman & Besley, LLC

William G. Besley

George V. Hanna

 

McAngus Goudelock & Courie LLC

Sterling G. Davies

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Christopher J. Daniels

David E. Dukes

Robert W. Foster

Frank B. B. Knowlton

John F. Kuppens

James F. Rogers

David G. Traylor

 

Pope D. Johnson, III

Pope D. Johnson

Richardson, Plowden & Robinson, P.A.

Steven J. Pugh

 

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Rebecca Laffitte

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

J. Kenneth Carter

Steven W. Ouzts

 

Wyche, P.A.

Tally Parham Casey

 

Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P.

Catharine G. Griffin

D. Cravens Ravenel

 

Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC

Kenneth M. Suggs

 

Kassel McVey

John D. Kassel

 

Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

J. Calhoun Watson

 

Project Finance Law

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Edward G. Kluiters

 

Public Finance Law

Brent Jeffcoat, Lawyer LLC

Brenton D. Jeffcoat

 

Havener Law

Thomas G. Havener

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Theodore B. DuBose

Edward G. Kluiters

John K. Van Duys

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

O. Wayne Corley

William M. Musser

Michael J. Seezen

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Alan M. Lipsitz

 

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

Ray E. Jones

 

Pope Flynn, LLC

Margaret Christian Pope

 

Qui Tam Law

Wyche, P.A.

John C. Moylan

 

Real Estate Law

Adams and Reese LLP

William P. McElveen

Louis T. Runge

 

 

 

 

 

Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P.

Catharine G. Griffin

 

Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, LLP

David G. Wolff

 

Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC

Andrew C. English

Ralph C. Robinson

Michael W. Tighe

 

Graybill, Lansche & Vinzani, LLC

Wesley M. Graybill

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

William C. Boyd

John B. McArthur

Gary W. Morris

Benton D. Williamson

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Durham T. Boney

Joel E. Gottlieb

Dorothy M. Helms

Judith L. McInnis

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Ralston B. Vanzant

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

William Leighton Lord

Edward G. Menzie

 

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

Simpson Z. Fant

 

Richardson, Plowden & Robinson, P.A.

Frank E. Robinson

 

Robinson, McFadden & Moore, P.C.

M. Kevin Garrison

Wilson W. McDonald

J. Kershaw Spong

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Lanneau Wm. Lambert

 

Securities / Capital Markets Law

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Joseph D. Clark

Suzanne H. Clawson

George S. King

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

John W. Currie

Michael J. Seezen

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Gus M. Dixon

Daniel J. Fritze

P. Mason Hogue

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

C. Jones DuBose

Julian Hennig

G. Marcus Knight

Edward G. Menzie

 

Securities Regulation

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Suzanne H. Clawson

George S. King

 

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

John W. Currie

Michael J. Seezen

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Daniel J. Fritze

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

C. Jones DuBose

Julian Hennig

G. Marcus Knight

Edward G. Menzie

 

Tax Law

Adams and Reese LLP

Robert P. Bethea

 

Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, LLP

Alan J. Reyner

 

Belser & Belser, P.A.

Robert Young

 

Havener Law

Thomas G. Havener

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

John R. Chase

Frank W. Cureton

J. Donald Dial

Randolph B. Epting

William R. Johnson

John M. Scott

 

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

Erik P. Doerring

Jonathan H. Nason

Joseph D. Walker

 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Kenneth A. Janik

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Fred L. Kingsmore

Burnet R. Maybank

Suzanne Guitar Odom

 

Paulling & James LLP

John Jay James

 

Pope Flynn, LLC

Margaret C. McGee

 

Richardson, Plowden & Robinson, P.A.

Anthony E. Rebollo

 

Sojourner Caughman & Thomas, LLC

George S. Bailey

 

The Brooker Law Firm, P.A.

Jeff Z. Brooker

 

Theodore J. Hopkins

Theodore Jervey Hopkins

 

Technology Law

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Mark C. Dukes

 

Trademark Law

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

William Y. Klett

 

 

Transportation Law

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Rebecca Laffitte

 

Trusts and Estates

Moses & Brackett, PC

B. Michael Brackett

 

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

John R. Chase

Frank W. Cureton

J. Donald Dial

John M. Scott

 

Kirby Law, LLC

Angela M. Kirby

 

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Fred L. Kingsmore

William G. Newsome

 

Paulling & James LLP

John Jay James

 

Sojourner Caughman & Thomas, LLC

George S. Bailey

Rita Bragg Caughman

David C. Sojourner

Karen Hudson Thomas

 

Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A.

Kenneth B. Wingate

 

Todd & Johnson, L.L.P.

W. Steven Johnson

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Catherine H. Kennedy

 

Utilities Law

McNair Law Firm, P.A.

M. John Bowen

 

Robinson, McFadden & Moore, P.C.

Frank R. Ellerbe

 

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Belton T. Zeigler

 

Water Law

Mullen Taylor, LLC

M. McMullen Taylor

 

Workers’ Compensation Law - Claimants

Andrew N. Safran, LLC

Andrew N. Safran

 

Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado, LLC

Margaret Miles Bluestein

Allison Sullivan

 

Chappell, Smith & Arden

William L. Smith

 

Horger, Barnwell & Reid, L.L.P.

Charles B. Barnwell

 

Johnson, Toal & Battiste, P.A.

Luther J. Battiste

 

 

Land, Parker & Welch, P.A.

J. Calhoun Land

 

Lee, Eadon, Isgett, Popwell & Owens, P.A.

Sherod H. Eadon

Christopher G. Isgett

 

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A.

Thomas P. Bellinger

Joseph R. Dasta

H. Patterson McWhirter

 

Mike Kelly Law Group LLC

D. Michael Kelly

 

Workers’ Compensation Law - Employers

Adams and Reese LLP

F. Earl Ellis

Ernest G. Lawhorne

Lana H. Sims

 

Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, LLP

Kay Gaffney Crowe

 

Collins & Lacy, P.C.

Ellen M. Adams

Christian E. Boesl

Peter H. Dworjanyn

Stanford E. Lacy

 

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.

William R. Harbison

 

Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP

R. Daniel Addison

Edwin P. Martin

 

Howser, Newman & Besley, LLC

James P. Newman

 

McAngus Goudelock & Courie LLC

Scott B. Garrett

A. Mundi George

J. Russell Goudelock

Jason W. Lockhart

W. Hugh McAngus

 

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Grady L. Beard

 

Speed, Seta, Martin & Trivett, LLC

M. Stephen Stubley

 

Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney PA

Michael E. Chase

Cynthia C. Dooley

 

Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, P.A.

Shannon T. Poteat

 

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