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Local litigation firms                  Local litigation stars                                      Stephen Morrison
                                                                                                    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
                                                                                                    Business Litigation, Products Liability, Securities
Highly recommended                      Michael Beal                                                Litigation
                                        McNair Law Firm
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd                 Bankruptcy Litigation, Commercial Litigation                Carl Muller
                                                                                                    Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough      Robert Brunson                                              Class Actions, Personal Injury, Products Liability
                                        Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Nexsen Pruet                            Antitrust, Products Liability, Securities                   Dewey Oxner
                                                                                                    Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd
Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham          Robert Byrd                                                 Medical Malpractice, Products Liability
                                        Parker Poe Adams Bernstein
                                        Bankruptcy Litigation, Commercial Litigation                James Parham
                                                                                                    Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham
Recommended                             Donald Cockrill                                             Commercial Litigation
                                        Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart
Buist Moore Smythe McGee
                                        Environmental Litigation, Employment Litigation             Henry Parr
                                                                                                    Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham
McNair Law Firm
                                        David Dukes                                                 Antitrust, Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Products
                                        Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough                          Liability
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart
                                        Business Litigation, Securities
Parker Poe Adams Bernstein                                                                          Gordon Schreck
                                        Allen Gibson Jr.                                            Buist Moore Smythe McGee
Pratt-Thomas Walker                     Buist Moore Smythe McGee                                    Environmental Litigation
                                        Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Products Liability
Smith Moore Leatherwood                                                                             Joel Smith
                                        Michael Giese                                               Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte            Smith Moore Leatherwood                                     Products Liability
                                        Commercial Litigation
Turner Padget Graham & Laney                                                                        John Smith Jr.
                                        Keith Hutto                                                 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Young Clement & Rivers                  Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough                          Financial Services Litigation
                                        Business Litigation, Class Actions
                                                                                                    Henry Smythe
                                        Marvin Infinger                                             Buist Moore Smythe McGee
                                        Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd                                     Business Litigation, Insurance, Products Liability
                                        Appellate, Complex Commercial Litigation
                                                                                                    Thornwell Sowell
                                        Edward Laney IV                                             Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte
                                        Turner Padget Graham & Laney                                Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Health Law,
                                        Insurance                                                   Professional Liability

                                        Wallace Lightsey                                            Duvall Spruill
                                        Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham                              Turner Padget Graham & Laney
                                        Antitrust, Appellate, Intellectual property, Products       Business Litigation
                                        Liability
                                                                                                    Thomas Stephenson
                                        Wade Logan III                                              Nexsen Pruet
                                        Hagood & Kerr                                               Employment Litigation, Insurance, Professional
                                        Alternative Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury             Liability

                                        Joseph Major                                                Robert Stepp
                                        Smith Moore Leatherwood                                     Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte
                                        Commercial Litigation, Insurance                            Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Professional
                                                                                                    Liability
                                        David McCormack
                                        Buist Moore Smythe McGee                                    John Tiller
                                        Business Litigation, Employment Litigation                  Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd
                                                                                                    Products Liability
                                        Susan McWilliams
                                        Nexsen Pruet                                                Thomas Tisdale
                                        Employment Law, Products Liability                          Nexsen Pruet
                                                                                                    Appellate, Insurance




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      Elizabeth Van Doren Gray
      Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte
                                                              Future stars
      Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability           Molly Cherry
                                                              Nexsen Pruet
      Trenholm Walker
      Pratt-Thomas Walker                                     David Cox
      Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Products Liability,   Buist Moore Smythe McGee
      Securities
                                                              Richard Dukes
      John Wilkerson                                          Turner Padget Graham & Laney
      Turner Padget Graham & Laney
      Complex Commercial Litigation, Employment               Nicholas Gladd
      Litigation, Insurance, Securities                       Turner Padget Graham & Laney

      Rutledge Young                                          Amy Hill
      Young Clement & Rivers                                  Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte
      Health Law, Professional Liability
                                                              Matthew Johnson
                                                              Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart

                                                              Ellis Lesemann
                                                              Parker Poe Adams Bernstein

                                                              Chip McQueeney
                                                              Pratt-Thomas Walker

                                                              Jason Nutzman
                                                              Smith Moore Leatherwood

                                                              Kurt Rozelsky
                                                              Smith Moore Leatherwood

                                                              Troy Tessier
                                                              Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham

                                                              D. Andrew Williams
                                                              Turner Paget Graham & Laney

                                                              Jeffrey Wiseman
                                                              Young Clement & Rivers




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South Carolina                                                                                         Wyche Burgess Freeman & Parham
                                                                                                       Headquartered in Greenville with a satellite
                                                                                                       office in Columbia, Wyche Burgess Freeman
                                                                                                       & Parham has served South Carolina for
                                                                                                       over a century. The firm is known for
                                                                                                       abandoning a billable hours fee structure,

T
       he financial crisis has had a noticeable impact in South Carolina, where
       unemployment rates have soared to as high as 11.5%. The economic down-                          and instead offers clients a flat fee for services
                                                                                                       rendered. This fee arrangement allows the
       turn has prompted a growing demand for bankruptcy and financial service                         team to focus more on effective legal
litigators. Columbia continues to be the center for litigation in the state, although                  solutions. The firm primarily handles on
Charleston and Greenville are home to considerable practices.                                          employment, intellectual property, products
                                                                                                       liability, and insurance litigation.
Highly recommended firms                            transportation industry team. Managing                Wallace Lightsey has a notable First
                                                    partner David Dukes receives praise for his        Amendment, intellectual property and media
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd                             notable products liability work, catering to       litigation practice and has participated in
With over 135 litigators, Haynsworth Sinkler        companies in the pharmaceutical, computer,         more than 50 jury trials. Representative
Boyd has a strong presence in South Carolina        and consumer products industries. He is also       clients include New York Times Company,
with offices in Columbia, Florence, and             a past president of the Defense Research           The Associated Press, The Spartanburg
Greenville. The firm counts a former city           Institute. Stephen Morrison is a former chair      Herald, WYFF TV, and WHNS TV. Carl
mayor and former presidents of the South            of the firm and has tried over 240 cases to        Muller also works on First Amendment
Carolina Bar Association within its ranks.          verdict. He has a successful business liability,   matters and receives accolades for his health
The firm focuses on representing clients in         products liability, and securities litigation      care practice. James Parham and Henry Parr
commercial, mass torts, antitrust, insurance,       practice. Keith Hutto’s practice emphasizes        are both recognized for their work in
products liability and real estate litigation.      business torts, class actions, contract law, and   healthcare and commercial litigation. Former
   The firm recently defended a national bank       franchise and distribution litigation. He          Assistant U.S. Attorney Tory Tessier is
in a federal action involving the Fair Credit       currently chairs the firm’s franchise and          considered a generalist and has most recently
Reporting Act. The plaintiffs alleged the bank      product distribution litigation group. Joel        tackled copyright infringement, insurance,
had violated the FCRA by failing to remove          Smith is known for his products liability          products liability, and personal injury cases.
delinquent-loan information from their credit       defense work, with an emphasis on
reports. Plaintiffs obtained a loan from the        automotive and pharmaceutical cases.               Recommended firms
bank to buy a mobile home and six months            Formerly of Young Clement Rivers, John
after receipt of the home, attempted to reject      Smith Jr. is a leader in business litigation. He   Buist Moore Smythe McGee
the property and expunge the purchase from          currently serves as the Director of Carolina       Buist Moore Smythe McGee is renowned for
their records. The firm counterclaimed for          First Bank and the Lead Independent                representing corporations, partnerships,
collection of the amount due on the loan and        Director of The South Financial Group. Peers       limited partnerships, limited liability
filed for summary judgment. The court               have complimented Wade Logan III’s                 companies and other business associations in
ordered mediation, where the case was               professional negligence defense practice.          construction,      employment,      insurance,
favorably settled.                                                                                     maritime and products liability litigation. In
   Martin Infinger devotes his practice to          Nexsen Pruet                                       particular, the firm’s products liability
business, construction and maritime                 With offices in both North and South               practice has increased its visibility with
litigation. Peers compliment his appellate and      Carolina, Nexsen Pruet provides a full range       successful representation of American and
mediation skills. With 40 years of trial            of trial and appellate services. Headquartered     foreign      manufacturers,       distributors,
experience, Dewey Oxner is known for                in Columbia, the firm maintains strong             wholesalers, and retailers in federal and state
handling malpractice defense, products              commercial, insurance, employment and real         trial and appellate courts.
liability, and insurance cases. John Tiller         estate litigation practices. The firm’s recent        Buist Moore attorneys Henry B. Smythe
focuses his practice on matters of personal         opening of an office in Raleigh has further        and David B. McCormack, along with David
injury and products and premises liability.         strengthened its presence in the Carolinas.        S. Cox and Matthew E. Tillman, represented
                                                    The firm represents clients in the agricultural,   Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough                  energy,     biochemistry,      pharmaceutical,     in an appellate matter regarding whether or
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough enjoys           manufacturing and transportation industries.       not the company needs to disclose its
a national presence, with locations in Florida,        Susan McWilliams possesses over 25 years        proprietary and confidential skim stock
Georgia, North Carolina, Massachusetts and          of trial experience, working as defense            formula. In an extremely rare procedural
Washington D.C. as well as local offices in         counsel for individuals and companies in           ruling, the Supreme Court of South Carolina
Columbia, Greenville, and Myrtle in South           business torts, employment, products and           granted a petition for writ of certiorari in its
Carolina. The firm’s South Carolina offices         professional liability cases. She currently        original jurisdiction and the firm earned an
have been at the forefront of complex               serves as chair of the South Carolina Ethics       appeal. Smythe has 30 years of experience
commercial litigation, representing major           Committee. Thomas Stephenson is well-              providing products liability defense, mass
corporations, pharmaceutical companies and          known for his work in employment-related           tort defense, and class action counsel to
other businesses. The firm has litigated            litigation and has authored numerous books         corporations. McCormack excels in wrongful
breach of contract, real estate, toxic torts,       on the subject of labor and employment law.        termination and employment litigation.
and warranty matters. The firm’s client roster      Thomas Tisdale maintains a commendable                Gordon Schreck practices admiralty and
includes AT&T, General Motors and Wal-              insurance and business disputes practice.          maritime law and regularly handles cases
Mart.                                               Tisdale’s clients include The Belle W. Baruch,     regarding collision, cargo damage, boating
   Based in Charleston, Robert Brunson is           The Beatty Companies Foundation, Kimberly          casualties, charter party and marine
recognized for his strong antitrust,                Clark Corporation, and the South Carolina          environmental issues. Products Liability
automotive and recreational products                Aquarium.       Molly      Cherry     practices    Group chair David Cox has 15 years of
liability, and securities litigation practice. He   employment and insurance litigation.               experience litigating civil cases and serves as
possesses over 20 years of experience and                                                              counsel       for     numerous         product
serves as vice chair of the firm’s                                                                     manufacturers. Cox has represented a leading

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      Charleston newspaper and several radio           and South Carolina and has represented a          accused of conspiring to violate the Clean Air
      stations in a successful media practice.         wide variety of clients throughout the South.     Act and defraud United States government.
                                                         Robert Byrd concentrates on commercial,         Elizabeth Van Doren Gray was lead counsel
      McNair Law Firm                                  insurance, and real estate litigation.            in the matter.
      With attorneys spread across eight offices in    Possessing over 20 years of trial experience,        Known colloquially as Biff, named partner
      South Carolina, McNair Law Firm enjoys a         he is admitted in state and federal courts in     Thornwell Sowell is renowned for his general
      notable presence in the state. The firm also     South Carolina, as well as the Fourth Circuit     commercial practice. He is an esteemed
      has a ninth location in North Carolina,          Court of Appeals and the United States            member of the American Bar Association and
      which serves businesses that depend on           Supreme Court. Focusing on business,              the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys'
      interstate commerce between the Carolinas.       construction, real property and employment        Association. Peers have lauded Robert
      Adept at handling a large spectrum of matters    disputes, Ellis Leseman has experience            Stepp’s general commercial and professional
      including bankruptcy, construction litigation,   working on all aspects of litigation including    liability work. Amy Hill is acknowledged as
      health care, and intellectual property work,     jury trials and appeals.                          a rising star in the commercial and
      McNair is best known for its commercial                                                            malpractice fields.
      litigation practice and its commitment to        Pratt-Thomas Walker
      fostering business growth by protecting          Mid-sized Charleston firm Pratt-Thomas            Turner Padget Graham & Laney
      company interests. Featured clients include      Walker is staffed to handle a wide variety of     Strategically located in five cities across South
                                                                                                         Carolina, Turner Padget Graham & Laney
                                                                                                         has 91 attorneys skilled in defense litigation

      “With attorneys enjoys aacross eight officesininthe state. The
      McNair Law Firm
                      spread
                               notable presence
                                                       South Carolina,                                   and capable of trying all sorts of matters,
                                                                                                         from small cases to large class actions. The
                                                                                                         firm has noticed an increase in referrals
                                                                                                         because of its affordable representation, with
      firm also has a ninth location in North Carolina, which serves                                     costs based on a flat service fee instead of
                                                                                                         billable hours. Its practice areas include
      businesses that conduct interstate commerce between the                                            construction, contract disputes, criminal
      Carolinas.     ”                                                                                   investigations, malpractice and unfair trade
                                                                                                         litigation.
                                                                                                            Firm CEO Edward Laney stands out
      Flagstar Companies, Georgetown Steel, and        litigation matters including contract,            among his peers for his prolific insurance
      Landmark Land Company of Carolina.               construction, insurance, intellectual property,   litigation work. Possessing 20 years of
         Michael Beal is lauded for his work           products liability and securities cases. The      litigation experience, Laney is admitted to
      representing distressed companies and            firm has represented plaintiffs and defendants    practice before the South Carolina Court of
      financial institutions in Chapter 11             in state, federal and administrative courts.      Appeals, the South Carolina Supreme Court,
      bankruptcy matters. He has counseled a steel     Peers remark that Trenholm Walker is a            and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
      mill,   an   international    woven-fabric       strong products liability litigator who              David Spruill excels in construction and
      manufacturer and a large paper mill.             manages cases on the trial and appellate level.   commercial litigation. John Wilkerson has an
                                                                                                         extensive complex litigation practice, which
      Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart            Smith Moore Leatherwood                           includes products liability, insurance, and
      Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart            Approximately 45 lawyers comprise Smith           professional malpractice litigation. Nicholas
      receives referrals from many regional firms      Moore Leatherwood’s South Carolina office.        Gladd maintains a noteworthy products
      due to its strong employment litigation          Although the firm has its primary practice in     liability practice. A competitor has
      practice. Both Fortune 500 and small private     North Carolina, the firm’s South Carolina         acknowledged Richard Dukes for his strong
      companies nationwide have turned to the          offices excels in multiple types of litigation.   professional liability and business litigation
      firm for representation. The firm also           Michael Giese is renowned for his skill in        work. Andrew Williams has been called a
      maintains a vibrant environmental practice,      commercial and technology litigation and          “sharp litigator” by a contemporary; his
      with a focus on toxic torts and                  possesses over 30 years of experience. Prior      practice focuses on construction and
      contamination cases, and a business disputes     to joining the firm, he worked as a law clerk     insurance-related litigation.
      practice, emphasizing traditional tort and       in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
      contract disputes.                               Joseph Major has practiced for 40 years and       Young Clement & Rivers
         A member of the firm since 1979, Donald       represents       insurance     carriers      in   Existing for over a century, Young Clement
      Cockrill     represents   corporations      in   comprehensive liability matters. He has also      & Rivers provides counsel on complex civil
      environmental cases involving alleged            worked on several large class action suits.       and commercial cases for individuals and
      personal injury and property damages, as         Kurt Rozelsky has spent more than 15 years        businesses.     Insiders have paid special
      well as products liability and medical           defending clients in transportation and           attention to the firm’s medical malpractice,
      malpractice cases. He is known for his           products liability claims.                        products liability and insurance work. In
      expertise in poisonous substances including                                                        March 2009, Jeffrey Wiseman and Stephen
      PCBs, asbestos, and pesticides. Matthew          Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte                      Brown obtained a defense verdict for a
      Johnson       stands    out     among      his   Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte represents a         builder who was blamed for shoddy
      contemporaries for his work in products          broad range of clients—from individuals to        carpentry when the plaintiff fell from a deck
      liability, employment and class action defense   international corporations—in matters of          with a faulty railing on a house built by the
      litigation.                                      employment, medical malpractice, and              defendant. After three days of testimony, the
                                                       products liability litigation. Peers have taken   jury returned a verdict for the defendant.
      Parker Poe Adams Bernstein                       note of the firm’s insurance and personal         Wiseman and Brown attorneys are members
      Parker Poe Adams Bernstein is respected          injury defense practice. In April 2009, the       of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and
      among its peers for its impressive               firm successfully obtained a dismissal for a      Appellate Group. Rutledge Young focuses on
      construction,   healthcare,     intellectual     former manager at a W.R. Grace mine in            professional liability and health litigation and
      property, and white-collar criminal defense      Libby, Montana. The manager, along with           is known for his success in “bet-the-
      work. The firm has locations in both North       six other employees of W.R. Grace, was            company” cases.

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