Accolades & Announcements

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April 2024

Clement Rivers, LLP is pleased to announce that Christian Carey has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney.

March 2024

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. is proud to announce that James H. “Jeddie” Suddeth III was recently recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2024 “Lawyer of the Year” for Real Estate in Charleston.


Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A., is proud to announce Johnny J. Evans and Robert D. Robbins have been admitted as partners.


Charleston School of Law has been granted acquiescence from the ABA Council on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar in application for law school’s conversion to nonprofit status. Read More

April 2024

Clement Rivers, LLP is pleased to announce that Christian Carey has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney.

February 2024

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani welcomes Nosizi Ralephata as a Partner in the firm’s Charleston office.

January 2024

Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A. is proud to announce T. Happel Scurry has been admitted as partner.


The Steinberg Law Firm recently promoted Kelly M. Alfreds to Partner.


The Charleston office of Hall Booth Smith, P.C.  is excited to welcome Of Counsel Allison Burke Thompson, whose practice focuses on appellate, construction, insurance coverage, and real estate matters.


Moore & Van Allen promoted Daniel Layfield to Member.


Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce that Sterling Moose Busbee and Guy M. Dabbs IV have been elected as Shareholders in the firm.


Saxton & Stump announced that Isabelle S. Young has been named senior counsel.

December 2023

Hall Booth Smith Charleston is excited to announce the addition of Attorneys Caroline Buchanan and M. Shanter Chaparro to their Charleston office.

November 2023

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. has been named a top-tier firm by Best Lawyers® in its 2024 “Best Law Firms” rankings for the 14th consecutive year.

The firm earned a national ranking in Litigation – Construction and the following practice areas received Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings:

Charleston

  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Economic Development Law
  • Litigation – Real Estate
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
October 2023

K&L Gates’ Charleston office is pleased to welcome two new hires to the office. Allessandra Stewart joins the Charleston office as counsel in the firm’s Health Care and FDA practice group. Elisabeth Lewis joins the Charleston office as an associate in the firm’s Health Care and FDA practice group.

September 2023

Saxton & Stump is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Williams to its Charleston office.


Saxton & Stump is pleased to announce the addition of Jessica Partain to the firm. She will practice Family Law.

August 2023

Finkel Law Firm, LLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Johhny J. Stewart, Jr. has been promoted to partnership, effective August 30, 2023. As partner, Attorney Stewart will continue to practice in the firm’s North Charleston office with a focus on personal injury and general civil litigation.


Wall Templeton & Haldrup, P.A. announces that James “Jamie” C. Land has joined the firm’s Charleston office as an associate attorney.

July 2023

Clement Rivers, LLP is pleased to announce that Lauren A. Trigleth has joined the firm as an Associate in its Charleston office.  She will practice primarily in the firm’s Construction Law practice group.

June 2023

Wall Templeton & Haldrup, P.A. announces that W. Richards Hundley has joined the firm’s Charleston office as an associate attorney.


Query Sautter & Associates, LLC is pleased to announce that Nicholas B. Uricchio has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Mr. Uricchio looks forward to helping clients with their criminal defense and civil litigation needs.


Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that the 2023 Chambers USA legal industry referral guide has ranked the firm and two MVA Charleston-based attorneys as Healthcare leaders in South Carolina. They include:

May 2023

Gildan announces that Elizabeth Ross has joined the company as Senior Legal Counsel at its Charleston Headquarters.


Finkel Law Firm, LLC is pleased to announce that Meredith A. Hodges has joined the firm as an associate. Ms. Hodges will be practicing in the North Charleston office focusing on default servicing representation.


Joseph P. Griffith, Jr., of Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC, is pleased to announce his inclusion on the 2023 SuperLawyer® and 2023 Best Lawyers in America® Lists.

April 2023

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) has been recognized as a Global Competition Review (GCR) 2023 “Behavioural Matter of the Year – Americas” award winner. MVA, along with other defense firms, received the award for securing complete acquittals in a high-profile U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal antitrust prosecution of executives in the chicken industry.

March 2023

Saxton & Stump is proud to announce attorney Rene Dukes has joined its Charleston office as an equity shareholder.

February 2023

Bryan A. Alfaro is pleased to announce the opening of the Alfaro Law Firm, LLC.

January 2023

Probate Judge Irv Condon is proud to announce the appointment of Judge David Michel as an Associate Probate Judge for the Charleston County Probate Court. Click here to learn more about Judge David Michel.


Ashley Pennington has joined Burnette Shutt & McDaniel as a member of the firm’s Criminal Justice Civil Rights Team.


Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce that Bryan J. Kitz has been elected shareholder.

December 2022

Saxton & Stump is proud to announce it has welcomed two new associate attorneys to its Charleston office. The attorneys will add to the firm’s South Carolina footprint and give the office the resources it needs to serve clients throughout the state. Isabelle S. Young is part of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Investigations and Criminal Defense groups and Cody S. Deckert is a member of the Trusts and Estates Group as well as the Business, Corporate and Tax Group.


Motley Rice LLC is pleased to announce the addition of three associate attorneys to its headquarter office in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., bringing talent to the firm’s securities, product liability, and medical litigation practice areas. New associates Jessica Carroll, Ridge Mazingo and Nicholas Williams were admitted to the South Carolina Bar on November 14, 2022.


Cobb Dill & Hammett Law Firm recently promoted associate, Daiton Butler, to Partner.

November 2022

Donaldson Law Firm is pleased to welcome Maggie Martin to the firm as an associate attorney.


Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce that Jennie J. Steiner has joined the firm’s Charleston office.


Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to formally announce the naming of its Civil Rights & Racial Equity Assessments Practice dedicated to conducting public-facing racial equity and other civil rights audits and related confidential, privileged assessments for entities in this evolving arena.


Member Attorney Kevin R. Dean was nominated to the Board of Governors Executive Committee for the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) at the 2022 annual meeting of members. He will serve as one of four non-officer members for the 2022-2023 term.


Gallivan White Boyd has been listed in 2023 Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers®.


K&L Gates’ Charleston office is pleased to welcome seven new associates to the office:

  • Mr. David Caughran joins as an associate in the firm’s Corporate/M&A practice group.
  • Mr. Tre Holloway joins as an associate in the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation and Disputes practice group.
  • Ms. Katherine Hunt joins as an associate in the firm’s Asset and Corporate Finance practice group.
  • Mr. Michael Phillips joins as an associate in the firm’s Health Care and FDA practice group.
  • Ms. Riley Ruppel joins as an associate in the firm’s Asset and Corporate Finance practice group.
  • Mr. Kevin Schoonveld joins as an associate in the firm’s Asset and Corporate Finance practice group.
  • Ms. Amber Walsh joins the firm’s Asset and Corporate Finance practice group.

Motley Rice securities + consumer fraud attorney Meghan Oliver has been named a 2022 Trailblazer in the Litigation arena by the National Law Journal for her work leading novel class cases against government agencies exceeding granted authority.


Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd has been named a top-tier firm by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in its 2023 “Best Law Firms” rankings for the 13th consecutive year.


Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that the firm received 12 total metropolitan rankings for practice areas in MVA’s Charleston office in the 2023 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”

October 2022

Baker Donelson has added four attorneys to its recently opened Charleston, South Carolina, office. Sandra Miller joins as of counsel in the Health Group; Will Middleton as an associate in the Corporate Group; and Alexandra Breazeale and Mya Green as associates in the Business Litigation Group.

September 2022

Taylor Anderson Law Firm is pleased to announce that Myra V. Whitener has joined the firm as an associate. She will be focusing on personal injuries, termite damage claims, and civil litigation.


Gildan announces that Victoria Bohren (Spearman) has joined the company as Compliance Legal Counsel at its Charleston Headquarters.


Finkel Law Firm, LLC is pleased to announce that Adam G. Carr and Johnny J. Stewart, Jr. have joined the firm as associates. Both will be practicing in the Charleston office with Carr focusing on default servicing representation and Stewart heading up the firm’s personal injury practice.


Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© has listed 19 MVA attorneys based in the firm’s Charleston office who were highly recommended by their peers. In addition, two firm attorneys in Charleston were named Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” and two MVA attorneys in Charleston were selected as Best Lawyers® “Ones to Watch.”

In each metropolitan area, only a single attorney in each legal practice area is designated as the “Lawyer of the Year.” The MVA attorneys in Charleston selected for “Lawyer of the Year” honors in 2023 are as follows:

The MVA attorneys in Charleston listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2023 are as follows:

The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list recognizes attorneys who have been in practice for less than 10 years and exhibit outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. The two MVA attorneys in Charleston selected for “Ones to Watch” in 2023 are as follows:

  • Olivia B. Broderick – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Jessica J. Simpson – Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Saxton & Stump is pleased to announce that the Hon. Margaret B. Seymour has joined the firm in its Charleston office. She will serve as a mediator and arbitrator, as well as provide support to the firm’s Commercial Litigation, Title IX, and Labor and Employment groups.


Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce that Sterling Moose has recently graduated from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Charleston Class of 2022.


Attorney Stephanie M. Brinkley of Brinkley Law Firm has been appointed Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART) Committee for the 2022-2023 year.

August 2022

Parker Poe is pleased to announce that Connor Hoy has joined the Firm’s Charleston office as an associate attorney.


Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A. is proud to announce that David A. Nasrollahi has joined the firm as an associate attorney at the Charleston office.


Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce the arrival of Julianne Farnsworth as counsel and a member of the firm’s Litigation Group, based in the Charleston office.


Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© has listed several Charleston-based MVA attorneys who were highly recommended by their peers.

The Charleston-based MVA attorneys selected for “Lawyer of the Year” honors in 2023 are as follows:

The Charleston-based MVA attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2023 are as follows: 

The Charleston-based MVA attorneys selected for “Ones to Watch” in 2023 are as follows:

  • Olivia B. Broderick – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Jessica J. Simpson – Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. is proud to announce that Best Lawyers®, a legal peer-review guide, has selected 18 attorneys for inclusion in The 2023 Best Lawyers in America©,  including one attorney as “Lawyer of the Year” and four attorneys as “Ones to Watch.”

The following attorney has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” for his practice area in the Charleston metro area:

–          Charlton deSaussure, Jr. – Public Finance Law

The following attorneys are listed in The 2023 Best Lawyers in America© for these specific practice areas:

–          J. Marshall Allen – Health Care Law

–          Scott Y. Barnes – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Corporate Law; Tax Law

–          John R. Chase – Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

–          Jeremy L. Cook – Economic Development Law; Public Finance Law

–          Stephen E. Darling – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

–          Charlton deSaussure, Jr. – Public Finance Law

–          David C. Humphreys III – Real Estate Law

–          Stafford J. McQuillin III – Commercial Litigation

–          Wm. Howell Morrison – Commercial Litigation; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

–          James H. Suddeth III – Real Estate Law

–          David M. Swanson – Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law

–          John Paul Trouche – Public Finance Law

–          H. Clayton Walker, Jr. – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

–          Adam N. Yount – Commercial Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Lawyers earlier in their careers are recognized as “Ones to Watch” for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice. The following attorneys have been recognized as “Ones to Watch”:

          Guy M. Dabbs IV – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Real Estate Law

          Bryan J. Kitz – Real Estate Law

          E. Sterling Moose* – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Tax Law

          Jane Bouch Stoney – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Corporate Law; Real Estate law

* Lawyers who are listed for the first time


Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce the arrival of Tracey Easton as senior counsel and a member of the firm’s Commercial Real Estate (CRE) group, based in the Charleston office.


Blakely Bellamy and John T. Lay in the Charleston office of Gallivan White Boyd attorneys have been nominated and selected by their peers for inclusion in Charleston Business Magazine’s 2022 Legal Elite.


Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce that Jeddie Suddeth has been recognized in SCBIZ Magazine’s 2022 Real Estate Attorneys Power List.


Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that MVA attorneys Charles M. Jordan, Jr. and David B. Wheeler have been named to Charleston Business Magazine’s 2022 Legal Elite listing of top attorneys in the region as recognized by their peers.

July 2022

Alice Paylor has joined Saxton & Stump as the firm’s newest equity shareholder. She will work in the firm’s Charleston office with Bijan Ghom, who has also recently joined Saxton & Stump.


Over the past year, plaintiffs’ litigation firm Motley Rice LLC has added five attorneys to its office in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Olutola “Tola” Familoni, Kayla E. Lattimore, and Neli Traykova Hines joined the firm as associate attorneys, and Vanessa A. Davis and Laura C. Rublee joined as staff attorneys.

June 2022

Saxton & Stump has announced that its planned merger with Charleston-based law firm Spitz & Neville is complete, and the former firm will now do business under the Saxton & Stump name. All of the firm’s five attorneys, including Steven Spitz, Elizabeth Palmer, Irish “Ryan” Neville, Jacqueline Egan and Eli Lachenman will practice as a part of Saxton & Stump, along with five other professionals in the office, which is now Saxton & Stump’s South Carolina office in Charleston.


Gallivan White Boyd is pleased to announce its inclusion as a ranked law firm in the 2022 edition of Chambers USA.


Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is delighted to welcome Lauren N. Vriesinga as Of Counsel to its growing office in Charleston, South Carolina.

May 2022

Hudson Lambert Parrott Walker, LLC is pleased to announce the opening of offices in Charleston, South Carolina. Partner N. Ward Lambert will manage the new office.


Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce that five Charleston attorneys have been listed in the 2022 edition of South Carolina Super Lawyers®. They include:

Scott Y. Barnes: Tax
Pierce T. MacLennan: Employment & Labor (Rising Star)
Stafford J. (Mac) McQuillin III: Business Litigation (Rising Star)
Jane Bouch Stoney*: Real Estate (Rising Star)
John H. Tiller: Personal Injury – Products: Defense

* Lawyers who are listed for the first time

April 2022

Nicholas “Nick” C. Sottile has joined the Charleston, SC office of Potomac Law as a Partner in the firm’s Real Estate and Finance practice groups.

March 2022

Stefan Feidler announces the opening of Feidler Law Firm located at 22 Strawberry Lane, Charleston.  Mr. Stefan practice’s personal injury with a focus on nursing home abuse and neglect and medical malpractice.


Judge James Turner has retired. He sends his appreciation to the members of the CCBA for the privilege of working with them for the past 30 years.


Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is delighted to welcome Christian E. W. Fober as an Associate to its growing office in Charleston, South Carolina.


K&L Gates’ Charleston office is pleased to welcome the following new attorney hires to the firm.

  • John Bozeman joins as an associate in the firm’s Real Estate practice group.
  • Wes Gangi joins as an associate in the firm’s Asset Management and Investment Funds practice group.
  • Sarah Kamensky joins as an associate in the firm’s Real Estate Finance practice group.
  • Collin Peck joins as an associate in the firm’s Real Estate practice group.
February 2022

The Law Office of Sean M. Wilson, LLC would like to announce that Benjamin “Ben” Pogue III has joined our firm as a civil litigation attorney and mediator.


Attorneys Elizabeth “Beth” Palmer and Jacqueline Egan have joined the Charleston, South Carolina office of Saxton & Stump, practicing under the name Spitz & Neville.


The Gruenloh Law Firm is happy to announce that Tom Drazan has been promoted to partner.

January 2022

Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms is pleased to announce Michael Barfield has been named Managing Member.


The Steinberg Law Firm is pleased to name Attorney Catherine “Catie” Dunn Meehan as its newest partner. Meehan is the first female partner at the Steinberg Law Firm.


Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell, LLP is pleased to announce Caroline R. Niland and Jordan N. Teich have both been elected to partner in the firm.

December 2021

Finkel Law Firm LLC announces that Kori A. McGraw and G. Danielle Bennett have joined the Charleston office.


Darren Sanders announces the opening of his new practice, Sanders ADR, LLC.  His practice will focus on mediation and arbitration.

November 2021

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd is pleased to announce that Guy M. Dabbs IV has joined the firm’s Charleston office as special counsel.


Anne Francis Bleecker, the founder of Bleecker Law Firm, is celebrating her 30th anniversary of being admitted to the South Carolina Bar.


Parham Smith & Archenhold, LLC today announced that they have merged with two Greenville-based law firms, DeMint Law Firm and Dodson Law. All three firms share the same focus in litigation practice, including medical malpractice, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, products liability, premises liability, catastrophic injuries like brain and spinal cord injuries, nursing home abuse and neglect, and similar types of cases.


The Charleston office of global law firm K&L Gates has been recognized in eight categories in the U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2022 edition. “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on feedback from more than 27,000 lawyers and in-house counsel throughout the United States, and include firms in 75 national practice areas and 127 regional/metropolitan practice areas.

The practices in which K&L Gates has been recognized in the “Best Law Firms” 2022 edition in Charleston are:

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Litigation – Banking & Finance
  • Real Estate Law
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have ranked the firm nationally and regionally on the 2022 “Best Law Firms” list.

The firm’s Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation – ERISA, Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Structured Finance Law, and Trademark Law practices were recognized nationally. Additionally, the firm’s offices were each named a Tier 1 Metropolitan “Best Law Firm” in a variety of practice areas, and 30 practice areas collectively.

Tier 1 Metropolitan Rankings – Charleston


Riley, Pope & Laney, LLC has hired Clara H. Mintz Esq. and William Stroud, Esq., as attorneys in the transactional and commercial real estate group, in the firm’s Charleston, South Carolina office.

October 2021

Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A. is proud to announce that attorneys Matthew S. Byzet and Thomas J. Rode have been admitted as partners.


Womble Bond Dickinson is pleased to welcome Pam Larson to the firm’s Mass Torts Litigation Team and Charleston office as a staff attorney.


Wall Templeton & Haldrup is proud to announce that Olivia A. Matte has joined the firm’s Charleston office as an associate attorney.  Olivia grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York and received her J.D. from Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, NC.  Her practice focuses on commercial litigation and construction defect litigation.


Wall Templeton & Haldrup would like to congratulate several attorneys for their selection as  The Best Lawyers in America 2022.  Associate Stephanie Brown (since 2021) has been recognized in the practice of Insurance Law for the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to WatchNeil Haldrup (since 2015), Morgan Templeton (since 2011) and Mark Wall (since 2010) have been recognized for their work in Insurance Law. Graham Powell (since 2018) has been recognized for Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, and Litigation-Insurance. Morgan Templeton and Graham Powell have also been recognized in the specific focus of COVID-19. Trey Watkins (since 2021) has been recognized for Construction Law and Construction Litigation.


Bleecker Family Law is celebrating two staff attorneys’ receiving local and state-wide recognitions. Beverly V. Snelgrove was selected for the 2021 Class of Forty Under 40 by the Charleston Regional Business Journal. Melissa Simondi was named one of the 2021 “Top 10 Under 40” South Carolina attorneys by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA).


Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd is proud to announce that Mac McQuillin has been named to the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2021.