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Lawyers In The News 08-08-11

Will Umbach has joined Ellis, Lawhorne & Sims P.A. of Columbia as an associate attorney in the business, real estate and finance practice group. He will focus his practice on helping clients conduct business in a tax-efficient manner.

Umbach earned his B.A. degree from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina. While in law school, he was a member of the Order of the Wig and Robe and the John Belton O’Neall American Inn of Court. Mr. Umbach served as the Editor in Chief of the second largest law review in the country, the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal published by the American Bar Association. He continued his studies at New York University School of Law, where he earned an LL.M. in taxation.

Umbach is a member of the South Carolina Bar, as well as the American Bar Association’s taxation section.

Tami McKnew, an attorney in Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Greenville office, has been nominated to the governing committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Franchising.  Nominees will be elected onto the committee at the organization’s annual program on  October 2, in Baltimore, Maryland.

The annual program draws between 900 and 1,000 lawyers, and provides workshops geared toward a range of attorneys, from beginning franchise lawyers to more seasoned franchise practitioners. The forum’s mission is to be the preeminent forum for the study and discussion of the legal aspects of franchising.

McKnew also serves on the boards of The Nature Conservancy’s South Carolina chapter, United Way of Greenville, Clement’s Kindness Fund for the Children, the Priester Foundation, the South Carolina Institute for Child Success and the Attorneys Liability Protection Society.

McKnew’s practice focuses on antitrust, franchising and dealerships, and intellectual property. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara; her master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles; and her law degree from the Northeastern University School of Law.

Benjamin E. (Ned) Nicholson V of the Columbia office of McNair Law Firm was recently elected to serve a two-year term as president of the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the South Carolina partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Nicholson will work with the trust’s board and staff to oversee the Palmetto Trust’s statewide efforts to save, renovate, and reintroduce to the market endangered historic properties, as well as work with the trust’s local and statewide advocacy efforts, such as the preservation of the historic Bull Street property in Columbia.

Nicholson also this year was elected as secretary, member of the executive committee, and chair of the advocacy and awareness committee of the South Carolina State Museum Foundation.

Gary E. English, an attorney with Tecklenburg & Jenkins, LLC in Charleston, has been elected to the Maritime Association of South Carolina’s board of directors

English is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate School, and the Charleston School of Law.  Prior to attending law school, he was a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 2004.  He practices primarily in the areas of admiralty and maritime, transportation, and corporate law.

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