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Betsy is an accomplished litigator, concentrating her practice on commercial litigation, probate and estate litigation, professional liability and ethics, and securities and FINRA. The second woman president of the South Carolina Bar, Betsy was awarded the 2016 Fellows Award presented by the National Conference of Bar Presidents, an award recognizing the accomplishments of a past president of a bar association who has demonstrated a continuing commitment to leadership, service, the work of the organized bar and the purposes of the NCBP.

Betsy is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Bar Foundation and the Litigation Counsel of America, and is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and the Chief Justice’s Commission on the Profession. Consistently recognized by Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Chambers USA, Betsy has been the recipient of the South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Award, the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association Jean Galloway Bissell Award, and the TWIN Award from the Palmetto Center for Women.

She is a leader in the community, serving on the Board of Trustees for Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community and is a former board member for the University of South Carolina’s Educational Foundation.
  • South Carolina Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1976
    • Order of Wig and Robe
    • South Carolina Law Review, Comments Editor
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., 1970
  • American Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
    • Former President (2000-2001)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Chief Justice’s Commission on the Profession
  • Chief Justice’s Commission on Lawyer Advertising
    • Former Member
  • United States Magistrate Merit Selection Panel
    • Former Chair (2009)
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina
    • Former Appointed Attorney to Assist the Disciplinary Counsel
  • Statewide and Regional Citizens Advisory Committee of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission
    • Former Chair
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • John Belton O’Neall American Inn of Court
  • Pavilion Dev. Corp. v. Nexsen Pruet LLC, 2015 WL 4755645 (S.C. 2015). This case involved the novel question of whether a legal malpractice claim may be assigned to an adversary in litigation as part of the settlement of the case.  The Supreme Court of South Carolina held that such assignments are void as against public policy.  Watch the oral argument at http://media.sccourts.org/videos/2013-002796.mp4.
  • Abbeville Cty. Sch. Dist. v. South Carolina, 767 S.E.2d 157 (S.C. 2014).  A landmark case regarding the constitutional adequacy of public education system in South Carolina, this case was tried for 101 days and argued twice before the Supreme Court of South Carolina, resulting in a 3-2 decision in favor of the plaintiff school districts.  The dissent viewed the decision as a “policy opinion on the state of public education in South Carolina” that violated the separation of powers doctrine and exceeded the Court’s scope of authority.
  • In re Anonymous Member of the S.C. Bar, 389 S.C. 462 (2010).  The Supreme Court of South Carolina held that a sexual relationship with the spouse of a current client is a per se violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct related to concurrent conflicts of interest.
  • Women in the Law, Top Peer-Nominated Lawyers by Best Lawyers (2016)
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys, South Carolina
  • Columbia Business Monthly Legal Elite of the Midlands (2016)
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents Fellows Award (2016)
  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Commercial Litigation (2005-2018)
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation (2009-2018), Lawyer of the Year (2009, 2016)
  • Chambers U.S.A. America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2007-2017)
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer”
    • Business Litigation (2008-2017), Top 25 List (2008-2010, 2013-2015, 2017), Top 10 List (2009, 2013-2015, 2017)
  • Palmetto Center for Women TWIN Award (2015)
  • Benchmark Litigation Local Litigation Star (2009-2014, 2016)
  • Litigation Special Report Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation (2012)
  • South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Award (2010)
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association Jean Galloway Bissell Award (2000)
  • USC Law School Alumni Association Compleat Lawyer Award Gold Medallion,(1997)
  • “Who Can Stay and Who Must Go:  The Tension Between Witness Sequestration and the Right of Crime Victims to Be Present,”  21 S.C. Law. 38 (Mar. 2010)
  • 20 Years Strong Service Project:  Helping the community with legal advice
  • Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community
    • Board of Trustees, Chair (2017-2019)
  • University of South Carolina Educational Foundation
    • Former Member, Board of Directors (2004-2010)

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