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Lana Sims, Mediator, Columbia, South Carolina.

Lana Sims

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Lana Sims Mediation LLC
1603 Kathwood Drive
Columbia, SC 29206
Tel: 803-995-4342
Cell: 803-261-1874
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Recognized to South Carolina Chapter for Mediation
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  • Practice Commenced2001
  • # of MEDS (as of 18/7/24)2500
  • # of ARBS (as of 18/7/24) 
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Practicing law since 1982, Lana is a certified mediator recognized by the Supreme Court of South Carolina, and has experience in state and federal litigation, workers’ compensation, long shore and harbor worker matters. He has experience in workers’ compensation cases in circuit court or federal court actions, and cross-over claims like workers’ compensation claims with third party liability liens, assisting litigants with the resolution of a myriad of disputes, and his depth of experience is a valuable asset both to clients and to the litigants he assists in mediation throughout South Carolina.

Lana is recognized by his peers among The Best Lawyers in America:

In the 2022, 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (by BL Rankings, LLC) he is recognized for high caliber work in the practice area of Mediation.

In the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (by BL Rankings, LLC) he is recognized as Columbia Workers' Compensation Law Employers "Lawyer of the Year."

In the 2023, 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (by BL Rankings, LLC) he is recognized among "Best Law Firms".

Much of Lana’s career has involved representing employers, self-insured funds, and insurance companies throughout the state. His experience includes representation of clients before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission and defending clients in matters involving occupational disease and exposure to hazardous materials.

Lana is also conversationally fluent in Spanish, born and raised in Panama, helpful in civil litigation mediations that may involve Hispanics.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Workers' Compensation


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • Davidson College, B.A., 1979

Memberships & Affiliations

  • South Carolina Bar Workers Compensation Council, former President
  • South Carolina Workers Compensation Educational Association - former President
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • South Carolina Bar , Young Lawyers Division, former president
  • American Bar Association, former South Carolina State Delegate
  • South Carolina Bar Foundation, former president
  • South Carolina Bar, Diversity Task Force Richland County Bar Association

Rates Information


$425 per hour for 3 parties or less. $125 per party for 4 or more parties.  Travel time is charged at half the hourly rate. Mileage at 50 cents per mile.

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