Turner Padget has announced the formation of a government relations and public policy service with the addition of attorneys Edward J. Schafer and James F. Knox in the firm’s Columbia office. Schafer joins the firm as of counsel and is experienced in governmental relations, lobbying, and association management. Knox joins as an associate, where he focuses his practice on insurance defense litigation, local government law, and government relations.
Will Lewis has joined Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman in its Columbia office. Lewis had been at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina in Columbia, where he has worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for more than three years.
The McKay firm in Columbia has announced that Eric Guimaraes and Makenzie Polston have joined the firm. Guimaraes practices in the areas of general civil defense, governmental defense, and transportation defense and was previously an assistant solicitor for Richland County. Polston practices in the areas of general insurance defense and civil litigation and had clerked for Judge R. Lawson McIntosh of the 10th Judicial Circuit.
Jeffrey D. Hopkins has joined Barnes Alford in Columbia as an associate, where he will practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, taxation, probate law, and corporate law. Hopkins had clerked for judges Amy W. McCulloch of the Richland County Probate Court and Walton J. McLeod IV of the 11th Judicial Circuit.