Accolades & Announcements

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August 2022

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.