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Lawyers In The News: March 21, 2011

Tigerron A. “Tiger” Wells, a public finance lawyer at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, will receive the 2011 Jonathan Jasper Wright Award from the University of South Carolina’s Black Law Students Association on March 25 in Columbia. The presentation will take place during the organization’s annual banquet at the Hilton Columbia Center, with a 5:30 p.m. reception, followed by the 6:30 p.m. banquet and program.

A Columbia native, Wells recently became one of the first Leadership Council on Legal Diversity fellows. As a fellow, Wells will participate in a yearlong professional development program designed to connect high-potential attorneys with general counsel and managing partners from preeminent organizations with a focus on relationship-building and leadership skills enhancement.

Actively engaged in promoting greater diversity in the profession, Wells was chosen by the S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division leadership to develop and coordinate its first Diversity Clerkship Program, which will match first-year South Carolina law students with S.C. businesses, government agencies and law firms for a six-week internship this summer.

Wells was a member of the 2010-2011 Leadership Columbia Class and selected in 2010 as one of The State newspaper’s emerging young leaders and included in its annual “20 under 40” class. A one-time Columbia Urban League Young and Gifted honoree, he worked on the league’s Columbia Young Professionals group and has been honored by the league with an Empowered Citizen award in 2008. He was profiled by Columbia television station WLTX in 2010 for his work with the Urban League.

Wells serves on the boards of the March of Dimes (Midlands), the Columbia Development Corporation and the Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers.  He is also a member of the American Bar Association, South Carolina Black Lawyers and Columbia Young Professionals. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2004.

 

Richardson, Plowden & Robinson shareholder George C. Beighley was recently appointed to the Medical University of South Carolina’s board of visitors.

Beighley leads the firm’s medical-malpractice practice group. He focuses on medical malpractice defense and is also a certified mediator. Prior to joining the firm, Beighley was the assistant attorney general for South Carolina from 1975-1978. He earned his juris doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

An experienced speaker, Beighley often presents on topics of medical malpractice at seminars, continuing medical education programs and conferences. He is a member of the Richland County Bar Association and the S.C. Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association.

 

Nexsen Pruet has earned designation as a Midlands Green Business for 2011 from the City of Columbia Green Business Program. The firm also earned the designation in 2009 and 2010. The program is a voluntary effort to encourage businesses to take proactive steps to improve their environmental record while improving their bottom line.

 

S.C. Bar president Carl L. Solomon recently attended the National Conference of Bar Presidents and meetings with the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents at the ABA Mid-Year Conference in Atlanta. 

Solomon is the founder of the Solomon Law Group in Columbia.

Anne S. Ellefson, managing director of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, received the first Lifetime Achievement award from CREW Upstate South Carolina on March 14. CREW, the networking and business development organization for commercial real estate professional women, recognized Ellefson for her 30 years of legal experience in the real estate field.

A shareholder with the firm, Ellefson has practiced in its Greenville office since 1979. Her practice focuses on all aspects of real estate development, from zoning and permitting to the financing and closing of subdivisions, shopping centers and office parks. She is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and American College of Mortgage Attorneys.

Ellefson is the only representative from the practicing bar serving on the 10-member law dean search committee for the University of South Carolina School of Law. She was recognized in 2010 by the Greenville County Bar when she received the Tommy Thomason Award and in 2008, Ellefson received the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Foundation’s Compleat Lawyer Gold Award.

Ellefson is an elected trustee of the ETV Endowment of South Carolina, and her years of volunteer service include leadership roles with the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Greenville United Way and Junior League of Greenville. She also served as chair of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Council as a board member of the chamber’s executive committee.

Ellis Lawhorne attorney Breon C. M. Walker has been named co-chair of the Richland County Bar’s Young Lawyers Division. In that role, she will work to engage young attorneys in the Bar’s activities, which strive to promote effective communications between members and the judiciary, foster friendships among members through social activities and sporting outings and provide activities that promote education, community awareness, volunteerism and civic responsibility.

Walker is a member of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice group, where she focuses on commercial litigation, motor vehicle liability, premises liability and product liability. Prior to joining Ellis Lawhorne, she practiced in both the civil and criminal divisions of the S.C. Office of the Attorney General.

Walker earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina Honors College and her J.D. from the Emory University School of Law in 2003.

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