November 24th, 2014
When our attorney Chris Nickels was asked by the Arthritis Foundation to help with local efforts, he was stunned to hear about the number of young people affected. As a corporate sponsor for the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, he hopes to shed more light on the far-reaching disease and the nation’s leading cause of disability.
“It’s important to let people know it’s not just a disease that affects our seniors, but also one that complicates life for young children,” says Nickels. “It just tugs at my heart.”
According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures, nearly 300,000 children in our country have some form of arthritis. Around 50 million adults reported being diagnosed with arthritis in 2009, and about 1,022,000 of those are South Carolina residents.
Each December, Jingle Bell Run/Walks are held around the country to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. The Mt. Pleasant 5K Jingle Bell Run takes place on Dec. 13 at the Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital 3500 N. Highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant.
There’s also a shorter walk and a fun run event for ages 13 and younger. Participants wear holiday-themed costumes and tie jingle bells to their shoelaces, creating a festive holiday spirit and bringing local attention to the cause.
“It’s a fun event and a great family outing,” says Nickels. Funds raised go toward research and local programs. Around 500 people participated last year. “The goal is to raise as much money for research as we possibly can and, hopefully, one day we’ll find a cure.”
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.