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Fourth Circuit expands the scope of Rule 60(a), FRCP

By Bobby Stepp Rule 60(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides that “[t]he court may correct a clerical mistake or a mistake arising from oversight whenever one is found in a judgment, order, or other part of the record.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(a). In Sartin v. McNair Law Firm, P.A., 756 F.3d […]

Posted on September 29th, 2014

A look inside the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court

By Alexis Lindsay, Inn Secretary The first meeting of the year for the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court took place on Wednesday, September 17th at the Bar Conference Center. Our local Inn is modeled off of London’s Inns of Court, and its purpose is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. […]

Posted on September 22nd, 2014

Recent Supreme Court FOIA Rulings

By Rob Tyson This summer, the South Carolina Supreme Court has issued three rulings concerning the application of the Freedom of Information Act, S.C. Code Ann. §§ 30-4-10 et seq. (1991 & Supp. 2013) (“FOIA”).  See Lambries v. Saluda County Council, Op. No. 27400 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed June 18, 2014) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. […]

Posted on August 28th, 2014

Workers’ Compensation: Kickball injury arose out of and in the course of employment

In a 3-2 decision, the South Carolina Supreme Court reversed a decision of the Workers’ Compensation Commission today and held that the claimant was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for injuries he sustained during a kickball game.  The court found that because claimant organized the game as a company “team building event” that claimant was […]

Posted on August 27th, 2014

Legal Malpractice: Withdrawal from the attorney-client relationship

The South Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed a $270,000 jury verdict today against an attorney for legal malpractice.  In its opinion, the Court of Appeals reminds the bar that “[a]n attorney may not end an attorney-client relationship, and thus relieve himself of the duties arising under it, by unilaterally deciding to allow another attorney to […]

Posted on August 27th, 2014

Sowell Gray accepts ALS ice bucket challenge

As a firm, we accepted The ALS Association ice bucket challenge to raise money for ALS research.  We do so in honor of family members, friends and colleagues suffering from ALS.  We would like to challenge four law firms in Columbia, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, Turner Padget Graham and Laney, Adams and Reese […]

Posted on August 22nd, 2014

Beth Richardson joins Sowell Gray as Of Counsel

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC is pleased to announce that attorney Beth Richardson has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Beth graduated from Duke University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2001. In law […]

Posted on August 20th, 2014

Ben Gooding joins Sowell Gray as an associate

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC is pleased to announce that attorney Ben Gooding has become the firm’s newest associate. A native of Evans, Georgia, Ben graduated with honors from the University of Georgia’s Terry  College of Business with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in finance. While there, he was selected to participate in […]

Posted on August 20th, 2014

Watson “Lawyer of the Year,” 6 others also included in The Best Lawyers in America

COLUMBIA, SC – Cal Watson, managing member of Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, has been honored as the “Bet the Company” Litigation Lawyer of the Year, while six of his colleagues at the firm have also been recognized in the same national publication. The 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America places the […]

Posted on August 18th, 2014

Hendricks joins MTCF Leadership Council

Tiffany Hendricks, attorney at Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, has been named a member of the Midlands Technical College Foundation (MTCF) Leadership Council, a partnership between business leaders and the Midlands Technical College Foundation. The MTCF Leadership Council is comprised of senior executives and CEOs of local employers and non-profit organizations who value the […]

Posted on August 13th, 2014

Tiffany Hendricks attends 89th Convention of the National Bar Association

The 89th Annual Convention of the National Bar Association (NBA) was held July 25-August 1, 2014 in Atlanta, GA.   This year’s theme was “Standing Our Ground for Justice.”     Dozens of seminars were conducted including topics ranging from energy and environmental law to “IP Considerations in Emerging Media and Promotions.”   The event was well attended and […]

Posted on August 7th, 2014

Grady Beard and Nick Haigler complete “The Cottonmouth”

We are so proud of Grady Beard and Nick Haigler!  Along with over 100 F3 Columbia men, they completed “The Cottonmouth,” a 7.5 mile trek from Dutch Square to downtown Columbia.  They ran, walked, completed obstacles and even crossed the Broad River.  Such hard work for all the men involved, congrats!!

Posted on July 21st, 2014

Watson: Lawyers fight for America’s founding principles

Columbia, SC — The Fourth of July is a good time to remember our nation’s dedication to the rule of law and to celebrate this principle that sets us apart from many other countries. Two hundred thirty-eight years ago, the Declaration of Independence charged the king of England with depriving the colonists of their right […]

Posted on July 9th, 2014

Cal Watson’s guest column in The State newspaper

South Carolina Bar president Cal Watson is a guest columnist in today’s issue of The State newspaper.  Read his column entitled Lawyers fight for America’s founding principles in the opinion section.

Posted on July 3rd, 2014

Tiffany Hendricks to Chair Supreme Court of South Carolina Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization

Congratulations to Tiffany Hendricks!  She has been appointed Chairman of the Supreme Court of South Carolina Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.

Posted on July 1st, 2014

Bobby Stepp represents House Speaker Bobby Harrell in the Supreme Court

Bobby Stepp represented House Speaker Bobby Harrell in the Supreme Court on Wednesday.  Click here to read an article published in The State Newspaper discussing the case.

Posted on June 26th, 2014

Cal Watson, president of the South Carolina Bar, interviews with South Carolina Business Review

Cal Watson, Sowell Gray’s managing member and president of the South Carolina Bar, was on ETV Radio this morning.  He spoke with South Carolina Business Review and addressed the future of the legal profession and how the South Carolina Bar gives back to the community.  Click the link to listen to the interview.

Posted on June 20th, 2014

Haigler selected to chair Leadership Columbia Advisory Board

COLUMBIA, SC – Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC attorney Nicolas (Nick) L. Haigler was recently selected as chair of the 2014-2015 Leadership Columbia Advisory Board. Leadership Columbia, a program of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, gives emerging leaders opportunities to connect more deeply with their community. The Leadership Columbia Advisory Board consists of […]

Posted on June 18th, 2014

Expert Testimony Tested Again in South Carolina

By Alex Davis The qualification or exclusion of expert testimony can often be one of the most contentious pre-trial battles between the parties.  Over the past two decades, numerous opinions have been issued by state and federal courts seeking to clarify when expert testimony is admissible at trial.  On June 11, the South Carolina Supreme […]

Posted on June 17th, 2014

Sowell Gray attorney, Gibbs Leaphart, to be featured at the USC School of Law alumni event

Free event for Midlands law alumni tonight. BBQ will be provided by several alumni, including Sowell Gray attorney Gibbs Leaphart.  Music provided by the Mustache Brothers. Wednesday, June 4, 2014 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. USC School of Law Courtyard 701 South Main Street, Columbia, SC

Posted on June 4th, 2014