August 10th, 2016
Clawson and Staubes, LLC is pleased to announce that Jenny L. Barwick has joined the firm. She will be practicing in the areas of Criminal and Family Law.
Jenny attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2007.
Upon graduation from law school, Mrs. Barwick completed a one-year judicial clerkship in Greenville with the Honorable John C. Few, Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Mrs. Barwick also assisted Judge Few in teaching the rules of evidence and its many intricacies to law students. After her clerkship, Mrs. Barwick worked at the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, in both the Pickens and Greenville offices, for several years. During this time, Mrs. Barwick prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases and tried numerous trials involving murder, child homicide, child sexual abuse, drug law violations, violent crimes, theft, burglaries, domestic violence, and traffic offenses.
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 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, 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 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 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 is a newly named a Rising Star. His practice focuses on civil litigation.
Andrew Carson, who focuses his practice on business litigation and personal injury, is a Rising Star for the first time this year.
Robb Brown, named a Rising Star for the fourth consecutive year, practices in civil litigation and personal injury.
October 29th, 2015
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, www.abota.org.