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Sam Clawson
Managing Member

Office: 843-577-2026

Cell: 843-224-2401

Sam served as the managing member of Clawson and Staubes, LLC from 1983 through 2015. During this time, the firm grew from 4 attorneys in Charleston to almost 40 attorneys in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Charlotte. He is active in the tort defense of individuals, partnerships and corporations. Since 1980, he has tried numerous cases each year for a variety of different insurers.

A certified mediator, Sam has an interest in alternative dispute resolution. He was a pioneer in the development of binding summary jury trials as an alternative to binding arbitrations, and lectures frequently on the topic. He has been featured in the national edition of Lawyers Weekly, explaining the summary jury trial procedure in South Carolina. He has made presentations on this innovative method of dispute resolution to the New York Trial Lawyers Association and to the California State Bar.

Sam has also lectured on a variety of trial advocacy topics in SC and NY, on such topics as Opening Statements, Direct and Cross Examination of Lay Witnesses, Direct and Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses and Closing Arguments.

His primary focus now are mediations and focus groups.

Sam enjoys backpacking. He has hiked sections of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. He has hiked in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. In particular, he has enjoyed hiking with his daughter and has completed a two-week section hike with her on the AT starting in Damascus, Virginia, a one-week section hike starting at Springer Mountain, Georgia, and, in July, 2011 a five day AT section hike in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.

Sam is active in the field of International Missions and is the former co-chair of that committee at St. Andrew’s Church, Mt. Pleasant. He has participated in mission trips to the Dominican Republic (1x), Venezuela (2x), Switzerland (1x), Honduras (1x) and Liberia (10x). In February, 2010, he was part of a team that opened, in partnership with St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Monrovia, Liberia, the J. Dwalu Kimber School in Brewerville, Liberia, which will serve a community of people who were displaced by the 15 years of civil war that ravaged the country. Most recently he visited Liberia in February, 2015 to re-establish contacts with clergy and friends at St Thomas after a 2 year absence as the country emerged from the Ebola crisis.

He has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnae at Campbell University and currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Board for the University. He formerly served on the Board of Advisors for the Norman A. Wiggins School of Law, Campbell University.



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Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Mediations

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1980
  • North Carolina, 1997
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit,
  • United States District Court, South Carolina


  • Campbell University Norman A. Wiggins School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate, cum laude, 1980
  • Wofford College
  • B.A., Government, 1970

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • South Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association

Reported Opinions

  • Cothran v. Brown,
  • 357 S.C. 210, 592 S.E.2d 629 (2004).
  • Cothran v. Brown, 350 S.C. 35, 566 S.E.2d 548 (Ct. App. 2002).
  • USAA v. Markosky, 340 S.C. 223, 530 S.E.2d 660 (Ct. App. 2000).
  • Myer v. Piggly Wiggly No. 24, Inc.,
  • 338 S.C. 471, 527 S.E.2d 761 (Ct. App. 2000).
  • Sphere Drake Ins. Co. v. Litchfield,
  • 313 S.C. 471, 438 S.E.2d 275 (Ct. App. 1993).
  • Daniels v. City of Goose Creek,
  • 314 S.C. 494, 431 S.E.2d 256 (Ct. App. 1993).
  • Yaeger v. Murphy, 291 S.C. 485, 354 S.E.2d 393 (Ct. App. 1987).
  • City of Goose Creek v. Brady,
  • 288 S.C. 20, 339 S.E.2d 509 (1985).


  • Sam has given numerous CLE's and presentations to the South Carolina Bar and across the country (including New York and California) on issues, such as summary jury trials, direct and cross examination of lay witnesses, opening and closing statements, and trial tactics.
Meet Our Attorneys
Clawson & Staubes Attorneys
Our Offices
  • Charleston

  • 126 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 200
  • Charleston, SC 29492
  • (843) 577-2026
  • Charlotte

  • 756 Tyvola Road, Suite 130
  • Charlotte, NC 28217
  • (704) 940-9128
  • Columbia

  • 1612 Marion Street, Suite 200
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • (800) 774-8242
  • Greenville

  • 1000 E North Street, Suite 200
  • Greenville, SC 29601
  • (864) 331-8940