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Lawyers in the News – September 2022

Columbia-based McKay Firm adds partner  

The Columbia-based McKay Firm has announced the promotion of Joe Catalano to the position of partner with the firm.  

Catalano practices in the areas of Transportation and Trucking Law, Government Defense and Section 1983 Defense, and General Insurance Defense. He has handled jury and non-jury trials in municipal, state, and federal trial courts. 

He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and the Richland County Bar Association.  

Prior to law school, Catalano served as a criminal investigator for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department. 

“Joe goes above and beyond for his clients, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to recognize his hard work and name him as a Partner in our firm,” said McKay Senior Partner Julius W. “Jay” McKay II. 

Catalano and his wife live in Columbia. He is an avid fan of the South Carolina Gamecocks. 

Associate attorney joins firm 

SMITH | ROBINSON has announced Fred Hanna has joined the law firm as an associate attorney and will focus his practice on complex litigation and appellate practice.  

Most recently, Hanna served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable George C. James Jr., an Associate Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court.  He previously clerked for the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee where he assisted committee members by drafting preliminary versions of bills and amendments, and also worked for the Judicial Merit Selection Commission.  

“We are thrilled to have Fred join our team and expand our complex litigation and appellate practice,” said Jon Robinson, SMITH | ROBINSON  Managing Partner. “Appellate litigation is a growing practice area for our firm and Fred’s experience will provide valuable insights for clients.”  

“I look forward to working alongside the exceptional lawyers at SMITH I ROBINSON,” said Fred Hanna. “Serving clients with complex litigation needs is a challenging, yet rewarding opportunity.” 

Hanna earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law. While in law school, Hanna served as the Students Works Editor of the South Carolina Law Review and he received the CALI Awards for Appellate Advocacy, Coastal Law, Legal Writing for the Courts, Legal Research, Analysis and Writing II, and Topics in Insurance Law.  Hanna is also a Member of the Order of the Coif and Order of the Wig and Robe.  

Prior to law school, Hanna graduated from Clemson University, Honors College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude, with a minor in Philosophy. 

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