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Sam Clawson Jr writes for the Professional Mariner

August 25th, 2015

Sam Clawson, Jr

Writing for industry periodicals, like Professional Mariner and Seaways, allows Sam Clawson Jr. to stay sharp with respect to the Rules of the Road, which govern the movements of vessels for the purpose of preventing collisions. As is the case with many skills, you either use them or lose them, and writing articles allows Clawson to keep his knowledge current while he is no longer sailing professionally.

While these articles are generally written with large commercial vessels in mind, the rules are generally applicable to all vessels without regard to length or tonnage. As such, the specific scenarios and rules discussed in these articles are also often applicable to recreational vessels.

A recent Post & Courier article by Tommy Braswell noted that, “South Carolina has more than 8,000 miles of rivers, 460,000 acres of lakes and 3,000 miles of coastline (not to mention the vast waters of the Atlantic Ocean). In 2014, there were approximately 485,000 registered boats. South Carolina consistently ranks in the top 10 of all states for registered boats.”

The article went on to note that, “Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties have 62,644 registered boats and 3,602 personal watercraft. There were 127 boating accidents involving 187 boats reported statewide in 2014, resulting in 91 injuries and 15 fatalities.”

Boating accidents in the form of collisions, allisions and groundings are not uncommon due to the ever-increasing number of vessels on the waters of South Carolina. Clawson spends a great deal of his free time on the waters of the Lowcountry and sees first-hand the frequent failures by recreational boaters to follow the Rules of the Road. Recreational boaters would be well advised to study and gain a firm operational knowledge of the Rules of the Road, in an effort to prevent these accidents and to limit their liability in the event of an accident.



Professional Mariner is the leading maritime journal in the United States and, as the name suggests, is directed primarily at members of that industry who sail on commercial vessels as professional mariners.  It is a monthly print periodical with online content as well, Clawson has written two Internet articles and two print articles for them (which also appeared on the website). Links to all four follow below.


Clawson has also written three print articles for Seaways, the leading international maritime journal, which is published by the Nautical Institute.

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Growing Real Estate section with new attorney

August 8th, 2015

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We are pleased to announce the expansion of our Real Estate section by the addition of attorney Leigh R. Bailey.

She represents buyers, sellers and lenders in residential and commercial real estate transactions. She also has experience handling all facets of real estate owned (REO) closings.

Leigh earned a degree in Political Science from Furman University in 2003. Before attending law school, she was an account manager with a large corporate consulting firm in Washington, DC. She received her juris doctorate from the Charleston School of Law in 2008, where she was an executive member of the Moot Court Board. Leigh practiced in the bankruptcy section of a mortgage banking law firm in Atlanta, Georgia, before returning to South Carolina.

Leigh grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, and she currently resides in West Ashley. In her free time, Leigh enjoys volunteering in the community as a member of the Junior League of Charleston.

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Clawson and Staubes Welcomes Five New Members

July 1st, 2015

We are proud to announce five attorneys – Amanda Callander, Christy Fargnoli, Trevor Cangelosi, Robb Brown and Alex Timmons – have been named members.

Amanda L. Callander
Amanda Callander has 18 years of experience, and concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate and business transactions, banking and finance law and corporate law. Callander works out of our Charleston office, and received her juris doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1998.

Christy Fargnoli
Christy Fargnoli, also in our Charleston office, focuses her practice on general civil litigation with concentrations in insurance defense, insurance coverage, business litigation and municipal law. Fargnoli has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for the past three consecutive years. She gained her juris doctorate degree as cum laude from the Charleston School of Law in 2008.

Trevor Cangelosi
Trevor Cangelosi, based out of the Charleston office, handles litigation, primarily in the areas of personal injury and insurance defense. Cangelosi has tried more than 25 cases to verdict for individuals and businesses. He received his juris doctorate degree in 2008 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Robb Brown
Robb Brown joined the firm’s Columbia office in 2013 and practices insurance defense and civil litigation. Brown has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for the past three consecutive years, and has achieved an AV peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell ─an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability generated from other lawyers and members of the bar and the judiciary. He earned his juris doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2005.

Alex Timmons
Alex Timmons based out of the firm’s Greenville office, concentrates his practice in the areas of civil litigation, representing insurers and businesses in construction litigation, personal injury and insurance coverage and contract disputes. Timmons gained his juris doctorate degree as Magna Cum Laude from the Charleston School of law 2008.

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