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Seven attorneys receive distinguished award

April 22nd, 2016

Attorneys Sam Clawson and John “Jay” McDonald of Clawson and Staubes, LLC, were recently named 2016 Super Lawyers. Christy Fargnoli, Barrett Brewer, Trevor Cangelosi, Andrew Carson and Robb Brown were named Rising Stars, a list of the top up-and-coming lawyers in South Carolina.

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
Sam Clawson served as the managing member of Clawson and Staubes for 32 years and has been a Super Lawyer for eighth consecutive years. He also has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. His primary areas of practice are mediation and focus group facilitation.

Jay McDonald - head 230-170
Jay McDonald
, who has practiced law with Clawson and Staubes for 27 years, is also a certified mediator and member of ABOTA. He has been named a Super Lawyer for the second year in a row.

Barrett R. Brewer
Barrett Brewer
, who holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, has been named a Rising Star for five consecutive years. Brewer’s practice focuses on business litigation and corporate counsel matters.

Christy Fargnoli
Christy Fargnoli
practices in the area of general civil litigation, with concentrations in personal injury, business litigation and municipal law. She’s a Rising Star for the fourth consecutive year.

Trevor Cangelosi
Trevor Cangelosi
is a newly named a Rising Star. His practice focuses on civil litigation.

Andrew Carson
Andrew Carson
, who focuses his practice on business litigation and personal injury, is a Rising Star for the first time this year.

Robb Brown
Robb Brown
, named a Rising Star for the fourth consecutive year, practices in civil litigation and personal injury.

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Attorney Selected for Prestigious National Board

October 29th, 2015

Jay McDonald - head 230-170

Attorney Jay McDonald was recently invited to become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

ABOTA is an exclusive and prestigious national organization of experienced trial lawyers and judges. Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Seventh Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the organization works to educate the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury. In order to receive an invitation, attorneys must display skill, civility, honor, courtesy and integrity in the legal profession.

“I’m honored and humbled to be elected into this organization,” says McDonald, who has been practicing law with Clawson and Staubes for 27 years. “It is especially humbling, as I have worked hard to foster a positive relationship with opposing counsel, so this is a real honor.” A formidable opponent in the courtroom, McDonald is known for his easygoing nature and sense of fair play.

“I’m grateful for the selection and have many to thank, including the folks at ABOTA and Clawson and Staubes. I’m excited to become a part of this organization, as it will certainly bolster my civil litigation and mediation practice. Along with being hired by Clawson and Staubes in 1988, this election is the highlight of my legal career. I look forward to working on projects with ABOTA at the local and national level.”

Members of ABOTA constitute a “Who’s Who” of U.S. trial lawyers. Trial lawyers must have tried at least 20 civil jury trials to verdict to even qualify for nomination. Members of the local ABOTA chapter and executive board, as well as the national board vote on new members, so selection is based on peer recognition of trial acumen and professionalism.

For more information about ABOTA, visit their website,

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Matt Story Selected for Riley Institute at Furman Diversity Leaders Initiative’s 10th Lowcountry Class

August 28th, 2015

Matt Story
Matt Story is one of 45 leaders from the Lowcountry and surrounding areas selected to participate in the 10th Lowcountry class of the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI). “DLI and the Riley Fellows have matured into a potent force to help move South Carolina forward,” said Dr. Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute. “The variety of unique experiences and perspectives that this class brings to the table is important to the meaningful dialogue and work of DLI.”

Poised to join more than 1,500 Riley Fellows from across the state, class members meet over the course of five months in a format driven by timely, relevant case studies and other experiential learning tools designed to maximize interactions and productive relationships among program participants.

“The class is varied in background and experience,” said Gordon. “They have a common ability to effect change through leadership positions in their organizations and community.”

Juan Johnson, an independent consultant and former Coca-Cola vice president, expertly facilitates DLI. As part of the program, leaders also work in cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through capstone service projects. Participants reflecting South Carolina’s demographics and representing the corporate, nonprofit, education, faith-based and government sectors are chosen by nomination and application.

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