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Sowell Gray’s Cal Watson named Lawyer of the Year by SC Lawyers Weekly

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, is pleased to announce that Cal Watson received the top “Lawyer of the Year” award at the seventh annual South Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s 2015 Leadership in Law awards dinner held Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Charleston, SC. The Leadership in Law awards honor outstanding members of South Carolina’s legal […]

Posted on March 17th, 2015

Sowell Gray members Cundari and Watson honored at Leadership in Law awards

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, is pleased to announce that two of its members – Tina Cundari and Cal Watson – were honored at the South Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s 2015 Leadership in Law awards dinner held Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Charleston, SC. The Leadership in Law award honors outstanding members of South Carolina’s […]

Posted on March 13th, 2015

Sowell Gray members recognized in 2015 edition of Chambers USA

For the seventh year, law firm Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, and four of its members have been featured in the latest edition of Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In the publication, which has been ranking the world’s best law firms and lawyers since 1990, the Sowell Gray firm and members […]

Posted on March 10th, 2015

Effective Employment Practices: 5 Steps Employers Can Take to Avoid Liability

By Will Jordan Employers are faced with a confusing web of federal and state employment laws with which they must comply in order to avoid liability to job applicants and employees. And while it’s impossible for an employer to ensure that it will never face an employment-related lawsuit, there are some steps employers can take […]

Posted on March 6th, 2015

Lawyers 4 Vets

On Thursday, Sowell Gray attorneys will host a ‪#‎Lawyers4Vets‬ free legal clinic at the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center. Our attorneys will provide legal advice to military veterans in our community. We would like to thank South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center who organized this event. We look forward to helping the military veterans!

Posted on February 18th, 2015

Lawyers serve as elected officials

President’s Day has historically been a time for us as citizens of the United States to remember and celebrate the lives and achievements of former U.S. presidents. I am proud to note that 26 (more than half) of our presidents also served their communities and clients as lawyers, bringing their unique and valuable skill sets […]

Posted on February 16th, 2015

Significant Sovereign Immunity Questions Now Answered

By Beth Richardson In a 37-page unanimous opinion, the Fourth Circuit recently answered important questions regarding sovereign immunity in the case of Hutto et al. v. South Carolina Retirement System et al., 773 F.3d 536 (2014). In Hutto, retirees of the state retirement system who returned to work for employers participating in the retirement system […]

Posted on February 12th, 2015

Betsy Gray honored with TWIN award for corporate achievement

Betsy Gray was awarded the Palmetto Center for Women’s (PCW) Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) award at a luncheon held Thursday, February 5th. The TWIN awards honor women whose outstanding achievements mark them as leaders and role models in business and in the community. Since its inception in 1980, the TWIN awards have honored […]

Posted on February 9th, 2015

Montgomery becomes member at Sowell Gray

Michael Montgomery, an attorney with Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC since 2008, has become the firm’s newest member. “Michael’s knowledge, capabilities and commitment to his profession make him an asset, both to our firm and to the legal community,” said managing member Cal Watson. “We are extremely pleased to elect him as a member […]

Posted on February 6th, 2015

Haigler becomes member at Sowell Gray

Nicolas L. Haigler, an attorney with Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC since 2007, has become the firm’s newest member. “Nick is a versatile and talented leader, both at the firm and in the community at large,” said managing member Cal Watson. “We admire and appreciate his dedication to make our practice, our profession and […]

Posted on February 6th, 2015

Compensation for Injuries Sustained for Unexplained Falls Arising in the Course and Scope of Employment

By Gibbs Leaphart The South Carolina Supreme Court reversed two Court of Appeals decisions last week in workers’ compensation.  In addressing two similar cases involving level floor falls, the Court apparently sought to clarify the analysis of idiopathic and unexplained falls in workers’ compensation law with what it believed to be shifting the burden to the […]

Posted on January 27th, 2015

Hill: It Takes a Village to Raise a Lawyer

As attorneys, we all work hard to give the impression that we are in control and can handle whatever the other side or the court may throw at us.  We try to give our clients the idea that we have all the answers.  Yet, we cannot do it alone.  We need a village to succeed. […]

Posted on January 6th, 2015

Domestic Violence in South Carolina and Our Efforts to Curb It

By Bess DuRant South Carolina has a serious domestic violence problem.  36,000 incidents of domestic violence occur in South Carolina every year.  Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Barry Hawes, & Natalie Caula Hauff, Till Death Do Us Part, The Post and Courier, available at  Moreover, several of those incidents resulted in the woman’s death, […]

Posted on December 18th, 2014

Families Helping Families

Our Sowell Gray family adopted two families to help this year for Christmas through The Palmetto Project, Families Helping Families.  With the generous donations of our staff and attorneys, we are able to donate all of these presents to the families!

Posted on December 11th, 2014

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