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Lawyers in the News – September 2023

By: South Carolina Lawyers Weekly staff//September 29, 2023//

Lawyers in the News – September 2023

By: South Carolina Lawyers Weekly staff//September 29, 2023//

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New associations 

Rebecca Laney Anderson has joined the Simpsonville office of the LawyerLisa firm. Her practice focuses on estate, life care and Medicaid planning. 


Hannah J. Campbell has joined the Shumaker law firm of Charleston as part of its wealth strategies service line. Her practice focuses on estate planning, administration and litigation and on business creation and succession planning. 


Three associates have joined the litigation practice of Cassidy Coates Price in Greenville. They are Cole Goode, Lillian K.H. Keeling and Garrett Simpson. All are members of the firm’s litigation practice. 


Molly Sue Harmon has joined Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte in Columbia as an associate. Her practice will focus on workers’ compensation law. She previously served as a judicial law clerk for Circuit Court Judge R. Kirk Griffin in Sumter. 


Kelly Reese has joined Robinson Gray as director of learning and organizational development. She will lead the firm’s professional development program, will work to maximize the firm’s personnel, technology and program resources, and, alongside the firm’s leadership, will work to further its focus on pro bono work and diversity. 


Nicole M. “Nikki” Wooten is now of counsel at Maynard Nexsen’s office in Columbia. Her practice concentrates on state and local tax consulting and litigation, alcohol licensing and compliance, and appellate matters. Her previous practice includes serving as senior counsel with the South Carolina Department of Revenue. 


Law firms 

Roe Cassidy Coates & Price of Greenville has completed a rebranding that includes a new firm name, Cassidy Coates Price. The firm’s members’ practices include general litigation, commercial and corporate banking, real estate, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, governmental investigations and probate. 



Henry “Buzz” Burwell, a partner with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough of Greenville, was honored by the Japanese government on Aug. 26 when he was presented the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. Burwell founded the Japan-America Association of South Carolina in 1988 and has served as its chair. At Nelson Mullins, he is a senior partner of the corporate, securities and tax division and co-leader of its international, sanctions practice, and defense industry practice groups. 


Dalton B. Floyd Jr., the senior partner of The Floyd Law Firm of Southside Beach, has been named one of “North America’s Best of 2023” by Who’s Who Publishing Group. His practice focuses on estate planning, wills, trust, and business, corporate, real estate and golf industry law. 


John S. Nichols was presented the South Carolina Association for Justice’s Founders Award at the organization’s annual convention Aug. 5 in Columbia. He previously served as its president. A co-founder of Bluestein Attorneys, his practice includes professional responsibility and ethics consulting, litigation and trial support, and appellate advocacy. 


Fred W. “Trey” Suggs III of Cassidy Coates Price of Greenville has received the annual Worthy Adversary Award from the South Carolina Association for Justice. The annual honor recognizes a defense attorney who displays exemplary professionalism, honesty and ethical behavior in the practice of law. Suggs’ practice includes defense of health care professionals, business dissolutions, negotiation and litigation of contract disputes, enforcement and defense of noncompetition agreements, and complex business litigation. 


Professional groups 

Haley Saxby, an associate attorney with Robinson Gray of Columbia, has been accepted into the 2024 class of Leadership Columbia. The 10-month program offered by the city’s Chamber of Commerce provides opportunities for professional development, community involvement and networking. Saxby’s litigation practice focuses on premises liability, automobile torts, insurance coverage, and product liability. 


The South Carolina Association for Justice has elected officers for the 2023-24 program year. Those elected, their positions and their law firms are Tom A. Killoren Jr., president, KD Trial Lawyers; Sydney J. Lynn, president-elect, Joye Law Firm; Ashley White Creech, secretary; McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips; and Kevin Dean, treasurer, Motley Rice. The association advocates for those who are harmed by the actions of others and strengthens the justice system through education and action. 

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