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August 2017

Charleston attorney Gerald M. Finkel of The Finkel Law Firm LLC, has been named a Senior Fellow of The Litigation Counsel of America.

Eight partners from the Charleston office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP have been recognized in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
They are:

July 2017

McNair attorney George Morrison has been elected Chair of the South Carolina Bar’s Corporate Banking and Securities Law Section.

June 2017

Each year the President of the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) recognizes members who have exemplified leadership and outstanding service that has been instrumental to the YLD’s success. Of the 4,200 members, only 20 Young Lawyers received the President’s Award this year. Liam Duffy, an associate with Rosen Hagood, was one of those recipients.

Liam was recognized for his leadership as both the YLD representative for the 9th Judicial Circuit (Charleston and Berkeley counties), and as Co-Chair of the Courthouse Keys Committee. In those roles, Liam helped devise and implement a number of valuable initiatives and events dedicated to serving the public and members of the legal profession.

Full details can be found here.

The Charleston County Bar Association, along with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, sponsored the Street Law program in April and May in which Charleston Bar lawyers attended a training and planning session, and two teams of lawyers then taught lessons in contracts and sexual harassment at Stall High School students in North Charleston. The classroom visits were followed by a field trip to Harborside East, where the high school students met with Charleston Bar lawyers and students from the Charleston School of Law, where they applied the lessons learned in class by conducting mock negotiations and litigation exercises.

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As incoming President of the Charleston County Bar, Scott Moise set forth an important mission—reaching out to the community and encouraging education.  Moise began her presidency with the Street Law program at Stall High School, and she encouraged other attorneys to join her on this project. The Bar’s goal was to help educate these students about the law and increase the diversity in our profession. When asked to anonymously evaluate the program after its conclusion, the students almost unanimously agreed that they were more interested in the legal profession than before the program, and many are now considering a career in the profession. Although most students these days get their information from TV shows—which focus almost exclusively on litigation—they loved working together on the contract negotiations and learning how to reach a win-win situation. They also loved the sexual harassment exercises and the open discussions and conclusions.

A shout out and huge thank you to our volunteers:  Debra Gammons (Charleston School of Law); Shawan Gillians (Santee Cooper); Jenny Jordan (Nelson Mullins); Felicia Preston (Nexsen Pruet); Nosi Ralephata (Turner Padget); Rebecca Roser (Santee Cooper); Nicholas Sanders (Charleston School of Law); Taylor Seman (Public Defender’s Office); Benjamin Sermons (Pritchard Law Group); Tamara Van Pala (Public Defender’s Office), Tod Williams (Solicitor’s Office); and Nickisha Woodward (Turner Padget) and those from the Charleston School of Law: Norma Barajas, Melissa Bernadel, Robert Casey, Lauren Daniels, Christopher Jacob, Dustin Marshall, Mallory Sikora, and Tyler Williams.

May 2017

The Gruenloh Law Firm is pleased to announce that Patrick Aulton Chisum has been named as a Partner. Mr. Chisum primarily focuses in criminal defense and personal injury.

Richard S. Rosen, managing partner of Rosen Hagood, has been selected to the Top 25: 2017 South Carolina Super Lawyers List based on nominations, research, and a comprehensive review process; marking the fourth time that he has been selected to this list.

McNair Law Firm, P.A. is pleased to congratulate 23 of its attorneys for being selected by their peers for inclusion in South Carolina Super Lawyers 2017®.  Those listed in the Charleston office include: Henry W. Frampton, IV, Employment Litigation: Defense (Rising Star); Susan Taylor Wall – Professional Liability: Defense; and A. Victor Rawl, Jr. – Class Action.

Rosen Hagood is pleased to announce that five of the firm’s attorneys have been selected to the 2017 South Carolina Super Lawyers list, and another three attorneys have been selected to the Rising Stars list. Each year, only 5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected to the exclusive list of Super Lawyers and no more than 2.5 percent are selected to the Rising Stars list.

Rosen Hagood attorneys selected to the 2017 South Carolina Super Lawyers list include:
Alex B. Cash – Family Law
Andrew D. Gowdown – Personal Injury General: Plaintiff
Brewton “Brew” Hagood – Construction Litigation
Alice F. Paylor – Business Litigation
Richard S. Rosen – Business Litigation

Rosen Hagood attorneys selected to the 2017 South Carolina Rising Stars list include:
James Atkinson “Chip” Bruorton, IV – Construction Litigation
Rene Stuhr Dukes – Family Law
Elizabeth “Beth” J. Palmer – Business Litigation

April 2017

Elizabeth “Beth” Palmer, a partner with Rosen Hagood, was recently selected to join the Board of Be A Mentor. Be A Mentor is a non-profit organization that provides youth in Charleston the opportunity to develop positive relationships with adults and reach their full potential through mentorship.

March 2017

Congratulations to Dustin Marshall (Chairperson), Shane Scibelli and Keith Williams for organizing the 2nd Annual Charleston School of Law Law Day 5k in Memory of Professor Virginia Darden Meeks. Proceeds from the race were donated to Relay for Life and Share our Susie (SOS); both were organizations with whom Ginny volunteered.



Julie Armstrong, Charleston County Clerk of Court, was honored with a Proclamation from Mayor John Tecklenburg at the February 28th City Council Meeting.

February 2017

Parker Poe Charleston Partner, Dick Unger, has published a book on easements entitled “Easements: What are they? Where are they now and where are they going?”.

January 2017

Andrew Gowdown, a partner with Rosen Hagood, was recently named the 2016-2017 Chair of the Primerus Personal Injury Institute (PPII) at the 2016 Primerus Global Conference.

November 2016

Liam Duffy, an associate with Rosen Hagood, was recently named one of the Stars of the Quarter for the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD). Duffy was recognized for his involvement as co-chair of the Courthouse Keys Committee, a group that provides opportunities for young lawyers to connect and develop relationships with South Carolina’s many state and federal judges.

Rosen Hagood is pleased to announce that the firm was ranked in the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list. The firm received eight Tier 1 rankings and three Tier 2 rankings in the following practice areas:

Metropolitan Tier 1 Ranking

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Employment Law – Individuals
  • Litigation – Construction
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Metropolitan Tier 2 Ranking

  • Arbitration
  • Litigation – Securities
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have recognized Moore & Van Allen PLLC in their 2017 “Best Law Firms” rankings, both nationally and locally. Within the Charleston area, the firm was recogized in the areas of:

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law
October 2016

Barnwell Whaley member attorney B.C. “Bill” Killough has been selected by the Federal Circuit Bar Association to prepare summaries of Federal Circuit patent decisions for the Circuit Case Digest, a monthly publication.