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A Perspective from the Chair of Leadership Columbia

By Nick Haigler Leadership Columbia (LC) Class of 2015, comprised of 60 existing and emerging leaders with the Columbia area, kicked off their year in August with orientation at Edventure and in September with a class retreat at Camp Kinard in Batesburg.  From these incredible experiences, the class has chosen and developed their class project, […]

Posted on November 26th, 2014

Tyson certified as Circuit Court mediator

COLUMBIA, SC – Rob Tyson, member of Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, has been certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court’s Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification as a Circuit Court mediator. This certification allows Tyson to serve as a neutral and impartial communicator between parties to encourage and facilitate resolution of a dispute. […]

Posted on November 12th, 2014

Watson: Lawyers proudly work to assist military veterans

As Veterans Day approaches, we salute our military’s role in preserving the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. Every day members of our nation’s military serve on the front lines, risking their lives to protect the freedoms and democracy we enjoy. The South Carolina legal community is proud to serve and assist our veterans who […]

Posted on November 11th, 2014

Richland County Bar Association Past Presidents Reception

We hosted a reception honoring the past presidents of the Richland County Bar Association in our office yesterday evening. It was so nice to speak with those who helped shape the history of the Richland County Bar.  A good time was had by all!  

Posted on November 7th, 2014

The 38th Annual SCWCEA Conference Wrap-up, including the importance of file review during the first 150 days of a claim

By Bob Horner The Sowell Gray Stepp and Laffitte workers’ compensation team recently attended the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association (SCWCEA) 38th Annual Educational Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  The Annual Conference is designed to educate those who are involved in workers’ compensation claims in the state, including attorneys, employers, and claims’ adjusters.  […]

Posted on November 3rd, 2014

Sowell Gray included in 2015 edition of Best Law Firms in America

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC has been ranked among the nation’s most prominent law firms in key practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers, a publication that recognizes the top practices in the nation, including four Tier One rankings. Sowell Gray was recognized as a Tier One law firm in four areas: commercial litigation; […]

Posted on November 3rd, 2014

Sowell Gray participates in Light the Night Walk

Sowell Gray’s team raised over $3390 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk! Many thanks to our generous family, friends and colleagues who helped us reach our goal. We had a great time participating in this special event!

Posted on October 31st, 2014

Beard elected to South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Education Association Board

Grady Beard, a member of Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, has been elected to the Board of Directors of SCWCEA. Beard was unanimously elected by the board to fill an unexpired seat. SCWCEA is a non-profit organization of over 800 workers’ compensation professionals in South Carolina that conducts educational programs and provides educational resources […]

Posted on October 29th, 2014

Five Tips on Appellate Writing from a Former Law Clerk

By Ben Gooding When I first started at the South Carolina Court of Appeals, a fellow law clerk described my new place of employment as a “written court.” At that time, the description didn’t make much sense to me.  However, over the next two years, I discovered the description was actually quite fitting.  While parties […]

Posted on October 15th, 2014

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light The Night Walk

Sowell Gray will be participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light The Night Walk at Finley Park on Thursday, October 30. The funds raised will provide treatments to save the lives of patients affected with these diseases. There are multiple ways you can help. You can walk with us and hundreds of others; you can make […]

Posted on October 10th, 2014

SCWLA Convention

The South Carolina Women Lawyers Association is celebrating its 20th Anniversary at this year’s convention, held in the Isle of Palms. Sowell Gray is well represented at the convention- Tina Cundari, Betsy Gray, Amy Hill, Becky Laffitte and Beth Richardson are all in attendance! Betsy Gray was asked to speak on a panel of former South Carolina Bar presidents […]

Posted on October 10th, 2014

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