April 25th, 2014
Attorneys Sam Clawson and Ron Jones were recently named as 2014 Super Lawyers. Elizabeth Blackwell, Brittany Boykin, Barrett Brewer, Robb Brown and Christy Fargnoli were named Rising Stars, a list of the top up-and-coming lawyers in South Carolina.
Clawson and Staubes is a full-service law firm committed to excellence, providing clients with quality legal services and innovative solutions for more than 38 years. Our wide variety of areas includes civil litigation, workers’ compensation, commercial law, bankruptcy, corporate law, tax, estate planning, real estate, criminal defense and alternative dispute resolution.
Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters rating service that ranks outstanding lawyers in more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. The annual service selections are made using a rigorous, multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The Rising Stars lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country.
Sam Clawson has served as the managing member of Clawson and Staubes for the past 28 years and has been a Super Lawyer for six consecutive years. He also has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Ron Jones, a certified specialist in bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law, established the commercial law and bankruptcy section at Clawson and Staubes in 1992. He has been named a Super Lawyer seven years in a row and has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell.
Elizabeth Blackwell focuses her practice in bankruptcy, foreclosure and commercial law. This is her first time as a Rising Star.
Brittany Boykin specializes in civil litigation, defending the interests of insurance carriers and the individuals they insure. Her practice focuses on personal injury litigation, transportation and trucking matters. This is her second time as a Rising Star.
Barrett Brewer, who holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, has been named a Rising Star for three consecutive years. Brewer’s litigation practice focuses on business and contract disputes, business property and trade secret disputes, banking and lender liability, real estate and property disputes, product and commercial liability claims and negligence claims.
Robb Brown, Of Counsel, joined the Columbia office in 2013 and focuses on civil litigation and insurance defense. A Rising Star two years in a row, he also has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell.
Associate Christy Fargnoli practices in the area of general civil litigation, with concentrations in insurance defense, business litigation and municipal law. She’s a Rising Star for the second consecutive year.
January 23rd, 2014
Nickisha Woodward joined us as an associate since passing the bar last November. Woodward recently graduated from Charleston School of Law and works in the civil litigation department, primarily focusing on personal injury insurance defense and general insurance litigation in the Columbia office.
While attending the Charleston School of Law, Woodward served as a legal research and writing teaching fellow, and represented the best interest of children as a Charleston County guardian ad litem. She was also a recipient of the Charleston Law Giving Back Award for her commitment to pro bono work in the community, and was selected for membership in the Forensic Club. Woodward earned her bachelor’s degree in history and communication studies at Clemson University in 2002.
“Nickisha has been such an asset to our litigation and personal injury departments since she has been with us,” says J. Austin Hood, managing member of the Columbia office. “It’s obvious by her extensive pro bono work experience that she’s extremely passionate about helping individuals who may not have the financial means receive equal justice.“
Woodward moved to Columbia in 2013. She is an avid runner, college football fanatic and enjoys doing work in the community.
January 23rd, 2014
We recently welcomed Brian Lawler as an associate since passing the bar last November. Lawler graduated from Campbell University School of Law in 2013 and focuses on insurance defense in the Greenville office.
While attending law school, Lawler served on the executive board of Campbell Law Review as symposium editor for “The Virtuous Lawyer: Seeking Justice & the Common Good,” a conference devoted to Restorative and Non-Adversarial Justice. In addition, Lawler served as president for the Campbell Health Law Society and as a chairperson on the Old Kivett Advocacy Council.
Prior to law school, Lawler worked in adolescent mental health, foster care and adoption, and adult developmental disability services throughout western North Carolina for nine years. Lawler earned his bachelor’s degree in religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001.
“We’re extremely pleased Brian joined our Greenville team to help expand our insurance defense department,” says Sam Clawson, managing member at Clawson and Staubes. “He’s a very valuable addition to our company with a diverse background in the field of law.”
Lawler currently resides in Greenville with his wife and daughter.