May 10th, 2013
Chris Nickels was recently named as a Top 100 Litigator in South Carolina by the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA).
ASLA is an invitation-only, nationwide organization of elite lawyers in practice today. ASLA draws its affiliation from lawyers who combine exceptional legal credentials with a proven commitment to community engagement and the highest professional standards. Their exclusive membership comprises less than two percent of all licensed lawyers nationwide.
Chris specializes in helping clients with business disputes, injury claims and insurance matters. He tries a number of cases each year, appearing in state and federal courts representing individuals, employers, self-insured’s and insurance carriers.
“Chris has been such an asset to our litigation department since he has been with us,” says Sam Clawson, managing member at Clawson & Staubes. “The combination of his experience in trying cases with negotiating skills to seek successful results for our clients at every stage of the legal process has been very valuable.”
In November 2011, Nickels was elected to Mount Pleasant Town Council. He chairs Mount Pleasant’s Public Services Committee and serves on the Annexation, Human Resource and the Police, Legal and Judicial Committees of Council.
Nickels has a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics and a Juris Doctorate with honors from Northern Illinois University.
April 25th, 2013
Seven Clawson and Staubes attorneys receive awards – two have been named Super Lawyers and five have been recognized as Rising Stars.
Charleston, SC – Sam Clawson and Ron Jones recently made the 2013 Super Lawyers list. Five other attorneys, Christy Fargnoli, Kristen Nichols, Brittany Boykin, Barrett Brewer and Natalie Fisher, were named Rising Stars - a list of the top up-and-coming attorneys in South Carolina.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from 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 27 years. He is active in the tort defense of individuals, partnerships and corporations. As a certified mediator, Clawson has an interest in alternative dispute resolution and was a pioneer in the development of binding summary jury trials as an alternative to binding arbitrations. In addition to his AV rating from Martindale, he has also been named by Best Lawyers® as the 2013 Insurance Lawyer of the Year.
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 is an active member of many groups including the SC Bankruptcy Law Association, the Commercial Law League of America and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Additionally, Ron holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and is one of the top bankruptcy specialists in the Charleston area.
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Christy Fargnoli, an associate attorney at Clawson and Staubes practices in the area of general civil litigation, with concentrations in insurance defense, business litigation and municipal law. She represents individuals, insurance carriers, businesses and municipalities in both state and federal courts.
Kristen Nichols joined Clawson and Staubes in 2006. Her area of practice focuses on consumer, corporate and commercial law, bankruptcy, foreclosure and general civil litigation.
Brittany Boykin specializes in civil litigation, defending the interests of insurance carriers and the individuals they insure. More specifically, her practice focuses on personal injury litigation, transportation and trucking matters.
Barrett Brewer joined the firm in 2002 and has been named a Rising Star for the second year in a row. Barrett’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.
Natalie Fisher, associate attorney with Clawson and Staubes, practices primarily in the areas of general civil litigation and workers’ compensation defense. Natalie was honored on the 2012 South Carolina Rising Stars list as one of the best young lawyers in the state in the area of workers’ compensation.
February 6th, 2013
Clawson & Staubes was recently recognized by the national publication, U.S. News – Best Law Firm® for the 2013 edition. The firm received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2013 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for bankruptcy. For more than a quarter century, Best Lawyers has been regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.
The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. All of the quantitative and qualitative data were combined into an overall “Best Law Firms” score for each firm. This data was then compared to other firms within the same metropolitan area and at the national level. The first tier in each metropolitan area includes those firms that scored within a certain percentage of the highest-scoring firm(s).
“Being recognized as a Tier 1 law firm in by US News and World Report is a terrific honor,” says Sam Clawson, managing partner of Clawson and Staubes. “It is a real testament to Ron Jones who established our commercial law/bankruptcy section in 1992. Under his leadership, the attorneys in that section are recognized by other attorneys for ‘expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility and whether they would refer another client to the firm.’ I could not be any prouder of Ron and those attorneys. ”
Clawson & Staubes was also recently recognized for three attorneys receiving “Best Lawyer” awards by the same publication, a pre-requisite for being named “Best Law Firm.”