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Lawyers in the News – December 19

By: South Carolina Lawyers Weekly staff//December 21, 2022//

Lawyers in the News – December 19

By: South Carolina Lawyers Weekly staff//December 21, 2022//

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As reports show talent wars are threatening law firms, Shumaker has attracted and hired a dozen new attorneys to join its teams in Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida, a Shumaker news release stated.   

“Despite stiff competition for legal talent, Shumaker is successfully recruiting some of the best and most promising attorneys in the nation,” said Tom Dillon, chairman of Shumaker’s Management Committee, in the release “This is a testament to the trusted Shumaker brand and reputation.”  

“Our firm is experiencing new growth across several sectors, and we project demand for legal services to remain strong in 2023,” said Jennifer Compton, Vice Chair of Shumaker’s Management Committee. “By adding to our team, we are ensuring our clients have access to top legal talent to help them grow their businesses.”   

Shumaker made the following new hires in North Carolina and South Carolina:  


Cameron Householder: Associate, Litigation and Disputes  

Olivia C. Osburn: Associate, Health Law and Litigation and Disputes   


Kevin R. Horton, Associate, Health Law and Litigation and Disputes  

In August, Shumaker hired Colleen Miller as Director of Associate Recruitment to lead firm-wide associate recruitment and retention initiatives.   

“Having a team dedicated and solely focused on recruitment and retention efforts is critical for the success of a company,” Miller said in the release. “Hiring a dozen attorneys is exciting momentum that we’ll continue to build upon in 2023.”  

Founded in 1925, the Shumaker team of more than 300 lawyers and advisors is a provider of legal and legislative solutions. Shumaker has offices in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina.    

Attorney joins firm as associate 

Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms is delighted to announce that Brennan Ferguson has joined the firm as an associate. Her diverse practice comprises civil litigation, construction, insurance coverage and defense, and real estate. 

“We are very excited to have Brennan join our team,” says Christopher M. Hinnant, a partner in the firm’s Wilmington office. “Brennan’s litigation experience and diverse experience across multiple practice areas makes her an excellent addition and will allow us to better serve our existing clients and expand our client base.” 

Before joining Barnwell Whaley, Ferguson focused her practice on creditor-debtor law, construction law, insurance defense, and other complex litigation matters. Ferguson has worked at highly regarded firms in both the Washington, D.C.-area and Wilmington. She earned her law degree at the Appalachian School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Licensed in Maryland and North Carolina, Ferguson is based in the firm’s Wilmington office.  

Established in Charleston in 1938, Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms PLLC, advises businesses and professionals in North and South Carolina and throughout the United States in Federal Court.

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