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Legal Elite of the Lowcountry

Sep 20, 2017 02:45PM ● Published by Kathleen Maris

Charleston Business Magazine presents the inaugural Legal Elite of the Lowcountry, honoring area attorneys. Winners are chosen not by our staff but by local attorneys themselves. Legal Elite is the only program in the region that gives every active attorney the opportunity to participate. 

Attorneys are allowed to nominate members of their own firm, but for each in-firm nomination there must also be an out-of-firm nomination. Voters are not allowed to vote for themselves.

This year, we feature those lawyers who earned the top votes in 20 categories.  The winners are the Legal Elite for 2017, and we are pleased to honor them.

Antitrust

Michael Brickman
Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC 

Banking and Finance

Laurel R.S. Blair | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Jennifer Blumenthal | McNair Law Firm
William T. Dawson III | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
W. Foster Gaillard | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Michael Hickerson | Fisher Broyles
Cynthia J. Lowery | Moore & Van Allen
Mark Sharpe | K&L Gates

Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights

Suzanne Campbell | Campbell Law Firm
Michael Drose | Drose Law Firm
Wendi M. Freeman | Freeman Wine, LLC
John Hagerty | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
J. Ronald Jones Jr. | Nexsen Pruet
Sean Markham | Markham Law Firm, LLC
Charles P. Summerall IV | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Business Litigation

Charles J. Baker III | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Robert Brunson | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Drew Butler | Richardson Plowden
Robert Byrd | Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein
Magalie A. Creech | Finkel Law Firm LLC
Bennett Crites | Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
GP Diminich | Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Carl Edwards | McAngus, Goudelock and Courie
Greg L. Horton | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Katie Monoc | Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Sean A. O'Connor | Finkel Law Firm LLC
Edward Pritchard | Pritchard Law Group
Mary Ramsay | Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

Commercial Real Estate

Sid Boone | McNair Law Firm
David J. Crawford | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Morris A. Ellison | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
W. Foster Gaillard | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
David Humphreys | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd
Carrie Lewis | Finkel Law Firm LLC
Matthew Norton | K&L Gates
Gray Taylor | Buist Byars & Taylor
James M. Wilson | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Construction

Mike Bowers | Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Drew Epting | Andrew K. Epting, Jr., LLC
C. Allen Gibson Jr. | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Jenny Costa Honeycutt | Best Honeycutt, PA
P. Gunnar Nistad | Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.
Mike Seetings | Leath Bouch & Seekings
JD Smith | McAngus, Goudelock and Courie
Troy Thames | Wilson Jones Carter and Baxley
James E. Weatherholtz | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions

Jim Buxton | Buxton & Collie
Jason K. Locklair | Moore & Van Allen
Robert Pearce | Pavilion Development Company
Susan M.  Smythe | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Chris Staubes | Staubes Law Firm
Shawn Willis | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP

Criminal

Scott Bischoff | Savage Law Firm
Cameron Blazer | Blazer Law Firm
Matthew Hubbell | Hubbell Law Firm
Benjamin Lewis | The Circuit Public Defender's Office
Edward Phipps | Phipps Law Firm
Chris Skipper | Skipper Law Firm
Brady Vannoy | Vannoy & Murphy
Lauren E. Williams | Williams & Walsh, LLC

Environmental

Tim Bouch | Leath Bouch & Seekings
Blan Hollman | Southern Environmental Law Center
Sean D. Houseal | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Randolph R. Lowell | Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A.
James D. Myrick | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Blanton O'Neal | Hood Law Firm
Wendy Wilkie Parker | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP

Family Law

Anne Frances Bleecker | The Bleecker Law Firm, LLC
Elizabeth Rast  Crider | The Bleecker Law Firm, LLC
Amanda Haselden | Stokes & Haselden, LLC
Julianne Stokes | Stokes & Haselden, LLC

Government Affairs

Mac McQuillin | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd
Katie Monoc | Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Jack Smith | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP

Health Care

Merritt Abney | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
J. Marshall Allen | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Annette Drachman | MUSC
Laura Evans | Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Joseph P. Griffith Jr. | Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC
Eli Poliakoff | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Hoyt Rowell | Richardson Patrick Westbrook & Brichman LLC

Insurance

Bennett Crites | Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Mike Ethridge | Ethridge Law Group
Elizabeth Fulton | Pritchard Law Group
Henry E. Grimball | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Katie Monoc | Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Grayson Smith | Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.
Troy Thames | Wilson Jones Carter and Baxley

Intellectual Property and Innovation

Cherie Blackburn | Nexsen Pruet
David S. Cox | Barnwell Whaley
B.C. Killough | Barnwell Whaley
Ernest "Lip" Lipscomb | Barnwell Whaley
Jason Scott Luck | Garret Law Offices

International

Scott Bluestein | Bluestein Law Firm,
Julius Sam Hines | K&L Gates
Bradish Waring | Nexsen Pruet

Labor and Employment

Nancy Bloodgood | Bloodgood and Sanders
Hal Frampton | Gordon & Rees
Amy Gaffney | Gaffney Lewis & Edwards, LLC
Amy Jenkins | McAngus, Goudelock and Courie
David B. McCormack | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Lucy Sanders | Bloodgood and Sanders
David S. Yandle | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Personal Injury

Julian Allen | Allen Law Firm
David Hoyle | Motley Rice
James Moore III | Evans Moore, LLC
Rachel Phipps | Phipps Law Firm
Thomas White | Steinberg Law Firm

Residential Real Estate

David H. Crawford | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Jessica Dawson | McAngus, Goudelock and Courie
Carrie Lewis | Finkel Law Firm LLC
Chaun Pflug | Pflug Law Firm
David Santos | McNair Law Firm
Mark Weeks | Weeks Irvine

Tax and Estate Planning

Edward G.R. Bennett | Evans, Carter, Kunes & Bennett, PA
C. Michael Branham | Young Clement Rivers
Raymond W. Burroughs | Young Clement Rivers
Jennifer Davis | Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
G.P. Diminich | Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
David Foley | Taylor Foley
Paul M. Lynch | Moore & Van Allen
Graeme F. Philp | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Kenneth F. Smith | Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Workers Compensation

Allison Carter | Wilson Jones Carter and Baxley
Erin Hantske Edwards | McAngus, Goudelock and Courie
George Miars | Wilson Jones Carter and Baxley
Anne Noonan | Wilson Jones Carter and Baxley
Allison Nussbaum | McAngus, Goudelock and Courie
Reese M. Stidham IV | Howell & Christmas
Sarah Verstraten | Wilson Jones Carter and Baxley
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