Accolades & Announcements

Please send your announcements and accolades to info@charlestoncountybar.org.

January 2022

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.

September 2021

Moore & Van Allen is pleased to announce the arrival of Matthew Morgan and Tiffany E. Payne to the firm’s Charleston office.


Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP is pleased to announce that the firm’s Charleston office has added six attorneys over the past five months. They include:


Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd is pleased to announce that Sterling Moose has been selected to participate in the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Charleston Class of 2022.


The Homeless Justice Project Clinic, a partnership with One80Place, has accepted four 3L students from the Charleston School of Law to provide assistance to the homeless shelter’s clients.
August 2021

Gallivan White Boyd is pleased to announce that A. Grayson Smith has been recognized in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in America® for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.


Six partners from the Charleston, South Carolina office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP have been recognized in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in America, with one recognized as Charleston’s “Lawyer of the Year” – J. Walker Coleman IV for Litigation – Labor and Employment.  Three lawyers have also been recognized as ‘Ones to Watch’ for 2022.

The lawyers and the categories in which Best Lawyers recognizes them are:


Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd is proud to announce that Best Lawyers®, a legal peer-review guide, has selected 17 attorneys for inclusion in The 2022 Best Lawyers in America©,  including one attorney as “Lawyer of the Year” for Charleston and two attorneys as “Ones to Watch” in Charleston.

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

–          Wm. Howell Morrison – Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

The following attorneys are listed in The 2022 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 H. Tiller – Mediation; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

–          John Paul Trouche – Public Finance Law

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

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

 

Associates and other 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”:

–          Bryan J. Kitz* – Real Estate Law

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

For a full list of HSB attorneys recognized in The 2022 Best Lawyers in America©, visit our website, www.hsblawfirm.com/news.

* Lawyers who are listed for the first time

June 2021

Three partners from the Charleston, S.C., office of the global law firm K&L Gates LLP have been recognized in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA. They include:

Additionally, Norton authored the ‘Law and Practice South Carolina’ section of the Chambers USA Regional Real Estate 2021 Guide, part of the Chambers Global Practice Guides.

May 2021

Gallivan White Boyd (GWB) is pleased to announce its inclusion as a ranked law firm in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA. Chambers USA ranks the top lawyers and law firms across the United States, including up to 79 individual practice areas in all 50 states and Washington, DC.


Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Chambers USA has ranked the following HSB practice areas in South Carolina:

In addition, Chambers USA recognized David Swanson (Real Estate) as a leading lawyer in his practice area.


Michelle Mapp, a graduate from the Charleston School of Law class of 2021, was selected as one of 77 public interest lawyers from more than 466 applications to be a fellow with Equal Justice Works, a D.C.-based nonprofit that seeks to promote a lifelong commitment to public service and equal justice.


Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that two of its Charleston members were included on the 2021 Super Lawyers list. David B. Wheeler is recognized in the Bankruptcy: Business category, while Lesley A. Firestone is recognized as a “Rising Star” in the Environmental category.

April 2021

 K&L Gates’ Charleston office is pleased to welcome a new associate to the firm. Mr. S. Cooper Hawley joins the Charleston office as an associate in the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice group

March 2021

Chartwell Law continues its growth in the southern United States with the addition of partner Leslie M. Whitten and its first office in South Carolina, the firm’s 20th office.


Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd is proud to announce that Charlton deSaussure, Jr. was recently recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” for Public Finance Law in Charleston.

January 2021

Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA) is pleased to announce that Trudy H. Robertson has been named co-managing member of the firm’s Charleston office. She will share the role with the office’s current managing member, H. Manning Unger.


Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes, P.A. is proud to announce that Sarah D. Baum has joined the firm as an associate attorney in their Charleston office.


Clawson Fargnoli, LLC is proud to announce that Bert “Skip” Utsey has joined the law firm alongside attorneys Sam Clawson, Jr., and Christy Fargnoli. The firm will now be known as Clawson Fargnoli Utsey, LLC, with offices in Charleston and Walterboro.


K&L Gates’ Charleston office is pleased to welcome three new associates to the firm.: Cecilia Ehresman, Christian Kolic and Melissa Yates.


In addition to ranking as a top 10 best law school for women by the Princeton Review, Charleston School of Law has garnered high ratings for its professors. Paul Caron at the TaxProf Blog has delved more deeply into the Princeton Review’s data for five different categories to see where law schools stand beyond the top 10 lists. He found that Charleston School of Law tied for number 2 law school for professors’ accessibility and the number 14 law school for interesting professors, which is based on how students rate the quality of teaching.


Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd is pleased to announce that Jane Bouch Stoney has been elected a Shareholder in the firm.