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South Carolina Super Lawyers Articles

Taking Them Head On

From Goliath companies to establishment politicians, Marguerite Willis comes ready for battle

The Greatest Trial in American History

For Keith Munson’s money, it’s Aaron Burr's 1807 treason trial

Letting the Witness Have It

Sam Outten had a plan for cross-examination, then gave it away

Loyalty After Death

Mullins McLeod left no stone unturned when a former mayor was murdered

'I Could Do This All Day'

After working construction, long legal days aren’t so tough for John Crawford

With All Due Respect

The hug-worthy way in which Rick Morgan serves the citizens of Columbia

Something Had to Be Done

How Annie Andrews led reform of the Charleston County Juvenile Detention Center

'It Never Got Old'

Christopher Mills reflects on his clerkship with Justice Clarence Thomas

The Muck Raker for Muckrakers

When journalism or IP require getting your hands dirty, Wallace Lightsey digs in

John Beach's Personal Film Fest

If he had reign over The Nick’s projectors in Columbia, here’s what he’d screen

A Happy Goal

Allison McNair built an adoption and surrogacy firm, then adopted a child herself

Language Barrier

Joseph Dickey Jr. ignored cynics and turned his interest in Japan into a legal niche

Between a Rock and a Hard Case

When employment law litigation gets a little rocky, Cherie Blackburn goes for a climb

'Being Underestimated is Fabulous'

Six attorneys recount the then-and-now of women in the law

Up to the Challenge

Stints as a JAG and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office were the foundation of Clarence Davis’ career

Spreading Good Fortune

Family law attorney Reid Sherard puts early childhood intervention first

Getting in on the Senate Floor

Bill Coates’ first job out of law school was with Strom Thurmond

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Jack Swerling is less fearsome than his courtroom moniker ‘Mr. Murder’

A Lawyer Olympics

Last year’s nuclear energy project was a decathlon of legal actions

Master of Nine

Christy Fargnoli’s past as a Title IX investigator now helps her bring suits against colleges

Smack Dab in the Middle of Writing and the Law

Jo Hackl finds a way to balance, and succeed, in both pursuits


When Brent O.E. Clinkscale decides on a goal, he makes it happen

‘That Gift of Life’

How a successful kidney transplant changed Ken Lester

Rachael Anna’s GOOOALLLLS!

Before finding the law, Rachael Anna traveled the world and played pro soccer

Spreading Civics One Instagram Video at a Time

The Your Big Idea scholarship program was actually Julie Moore’s big idea

Discovery with Kristin Starnes Gray

Kristin Starnes Gray talks sense, sensibility and Sarah Connor

The Energizer

Terry Richardson keeps going and going and going …

Just Do It

Tina Cundari’s simple motto for giving back

Defending the Fourth Estate

Jay Bender has a sense of duty to protect the First Amendment

’Round About 6 p.m. on Sunday

Outside the courtroom, you can catch Luther J. Battiste III spinning jazz on the radio

Discovery with Douglas W. Kim

Doug Kim on his heroic father, guitar chops and dead-horse objections

A Short History of Charleston’s Cherished Couple

Robert and Susan Rosen have spent decades uplifting the city

A South Carolina Attorney in Kosovo’s Court

How an email sent Thomas H. Pope III to law universities
all over Eastern Europe

Oil and Water

The many routes McClellanville’s Lionel S. Lofton took before law

Discovery with Cheryl L. Behymer

The Fisher & Phillips employment attorney, dedicated to promoting inclusion in the workplace, discusses Atticus, The Princess Bride, and her desire to be a race car driver.

Local Counsel with Mark W. Buyck Jr.

The Florence attorney and history buff with Willcox, Buyck & Williams tells us what’s good in the neighborhood


Whether facing racism, sexism or homophobia, M. Malissa Burnette doesn’t back down

My Case, I Rest

Litigator Steve Farrar of Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greenville speaks about his background in accounting, finding humor in the courtroom, and why his grandkids call him Yoda

From Greenville to American Greed

Criminal defense attorney Beattie B. Ashmore has encountered a wild world of Ponzi schemes and dinner-time shootings

The Need Factor

Elder law attorney Franchelle C. Millender on getting benefits to people who have fallen out of the social safety net

“You Will Become Like the People Around You”

Henry L. Parr Jr. finds himself at home and in good company

No Time to Waste

Celeste Jones is well-known for her expertise in health care litigation. She is also the go-to person when someone faints in the courtroom

Son of the Sage of the South

The third Gedney M. Howe continues his father’s tradition of amassing successful results for his clients

From Bubble Test to Bankruptcy Law

Barbara George Barton debunks the myths around Chapter 11 and explains the impact the recession has had on her practice

Cool Under Fire

Dawes Cooke represented The Citadel when Shannon Faulkner sought to become the first woman to enroll at the military college

Word For Word

Super Lawyers asks: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

People Person

Lewis Smoak credits relationships and early education for his success

The Universal Education of Andrew Savage

Where did the South Carolina criminal defense attorney learn his most valuable lessons? Inside a New York City taxicab

Warrior for the Worker

Ken Suggs remembers his roots

The English Major Makes History

J. Kendall Few combines his two passions: writing and the law

Written in the Cards

Like her literary heroes, Anne Ellefson's happy ending seemed predestined

The International Language of Law

Victoria Eslinger holds court from Columbia to Cannes


Betsy Gray’s determination fuels her career

Major Leaguer

From asbestos to tobacco to 9/11, Ronald L. Motley has been at the center of the cases that changed the world

The Accidental Lawyer

The law chose George Cauthen; now he chooses to give back

Dead Set

I.S. Leevy Johnson’s legendary legal career began in a funeral home

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