Academy MemberMap & Directions
It is not unusual for someone to ask me; “Why did you become a lawyer and would you do it again?” I became a lawyer to help solve serious legal problems that people and businesses have been unable to resolve on their own. Over the past 42 years I have applied my knowledge, skill, energy and passion to providing clients with creative legal solutions.
Among other things law school taught me to solve legal problems by using the left or analytical side of my brain to gather and organize facts, apply the law, follow precedent and the legal process in pursuit of solutions. I have learned during my career that what I really love about legal problem solving is using the right or creative side of my brain to design a unique, elegant and strategic solution to a problem. The most satisfying days for me are when I can offer a creative and previously unthought-of solution to a problem.
I have also learned over my career that my clients deserve an aggressive advocate, who will push for a speedy and efficient resolution of their disputes through negotiation when possible and trial when necessary. The creative resolution of legal issues requires an intentional and strategic plan along with the implementation of properly timed tactics. I believe that this begins with a plan for the strategic resolution of the issue at hand.
My current Alternative Dispute Resolution practice allows me to maximize over four decades of negotiation, litigation and trial experiences into the focused pursuit of elegant and creative legal solutions. I provide negotiation counselling, mediation, arbitration and Special Referee services to parties seeking timely and efficient resolution of their problems.
My background and experiences as a litigator and trial attorney have given me a broad based knowledge of the law. I also have extensive knowledge of the South Carolina Court System and the personalities of many members of the South Carolina Bar. This perspective often gives me the opportunity to highlight for parties the strengths and weaknesses of their cases and to guide them to a more thorough cost/benefit analysis and the relative merits of resolving high stakes litigation prior to trial.
I believe that the law is a calling and a true profession. I have been extraordinarily blessed in my career and feel a profound duty to give back to the legal profession. I have dedicated a significant portion of my career to improving the profession and mentoring young lawyers. My passion for the law and helping younger lawyers has led me to a number of leadership roles in legal organizations and work that advances the rule of law and preserves the civil justice system. My proudest career accomplishments have been receiving the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association Robert W. Hemphill Award in 2019 and the University of South Carolina Law School Platinum Lawyer Award in 2018.
Would I be a lawyer
again? Absolutely, it has been a wonderful privilege and an honor to practice
law and I would recommend to anyone who is intellectually curious and who seeks
to serve a society in a unique profession which resolves society’s problems
with the rule of law.
- Contract Disputes
- Debt Collections
- Family Businesses
- Land Use/Planning
- Legal Malpractice
- Libel & Slander
- Medical Devices
- Medical Malpractice
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Mortgage Foreclosure
- Nursing Homes
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Professional Fees
- Professional Liability
- Professional Malpractice
- Professional Negligence
- Property Damage
- Railroad & Trucking
- Real Estate
- Religious Institutions
- Title Disputes
- Workers' Compensation
- Wrongful Death
- J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1976
- B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1973
Memberships & Affiliations
•American Bar Association
•South Carolina Bar, Dispute Resolution Council
•Greenville County Bar Association
•Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Senior Director, 2013-2014
•Haynsworth-Perry American Inn of Court, Past President
•National Foundation for Judicial Excellence, Past President
•Nation Foundation of Judicial Excellence, Chairman of the Board
•Past President, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
•Defense Research Institute
•Lawyers for Civil Justice
•South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association
$2,500 per day flat fee or $300.00 an hour plus expenses