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TAILORED IN OUR APPROACH

Corporate Defense  •  Tort Law  •  Domestic Litigation  •  Employment Law  •  Investigations/ADR 

WHETHER THE CLIENT IS AN INDIVIDUAL WITH A CONCERN OR A CORPORATION FACING A LAWSUIT, IT’S THE CLIENT’S NEEDS THAT MOVE THE LAWYERS AT GAFFNEY LEWIS & EDWARDS TO DEVISE A BALANCED, EFFICIENT, ECONOMICAL APPROACH TO RESOLUTION.   WE ARE ONE OF SOUTH CAROLINA’S FEW WOMEN-OWNED, ETHNICALLY DIVERSE LAW FIRMS, CERTIFIED BY THE WOMEN’S BUSINESS ENTERPRISE NATIONAL COUNCIL.

ATTORNEYS

 

PARTNERS

Amy's practice is focused in the Lowcountry. She represents companies and individuals in employment and tort matters.  She is a certified mediator and has been involved in the resolution of numerous state and federal employment and tort cases.  Amy describes her practice as “ambidextrous,” referring to the insight she lends to a case given her background of handling cases for both plaintiffs and defense clients.  Click here to email Amy

Amy's practice is focused in the Lowcountry. She represents companies and individuals in employment and tort matters.  She is a certified mediator and has been involved in the resolution of numerous state and federal employment and tort cases.  Amy describes her practice as “ambidextrous,” referring to the insight she lends to a case given her background of handling cases for both plaintiffs and defense clients. 
Click here to email Amy

Susan has experience in tort defense litigation, but over the past 9 years she has narrowed her practice focus and now concentrates primarily on domestic matters, including asset valuation issues related to equitable division of marital estates and high conflict custody actions.  Many clients simply want to resolve domestic issues amicably and Susan is uniquely capable of handling such an approach because she believes each domestic case is unique and each client’s needs are different.  She strives to tailor her approach to a case based upon the client’s particular circumstance. Click here to email Susan.

Susan has experience in tort defense litigation, but over the past 9 years she has narrowed her practice focus and now concentrates primarily on domestic matters, including asset valuation issues related to equitable division of marital estates and high conflict custody actions.  Many clients simply want to resolve domestic issues amicably and Susan is uniquely capable of handling such an approach because she believes each domestic case is unique and each client’s needs are different.  She strives to tailor her approach to a case based upon the client’s particular circumstance.

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Regina focuses her defense practice in the areas of tort and employment litigation and represents companies in a wide range of lawsuits including premises, products, trucking, and Title VII actions.  She is a certified mediator and effectively assists parties in reaching resolution of litigated matters. Regina is also an experienced appellate attorney having handled appeals in the Maryland and South Carolina state and federal courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Regina is a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. Click here to email Regina.

Regina focuses her defense practice in the areas of tort and employment litigation and represents companies in a wide range of lawsuits including premises, products, trucking, and Title VII actions.  She is a certified mediator and effectively assists parties in reaching resolution of litigated matters. Regina is also an experienced appellate attorney having handled appeals in the Maryland and South Carolina state and federal courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Regina is a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

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Lee Ellen is a member of the firm and practices in the areas of tort and products defense and as well as family law.  She handles cases claiming negligence, false imprisonment, defamation, product liability, and other torts.  She also represents individuals in family matters such as divorce and prenuptial agreements. Lee Ellen is the Secretary of Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates (“CASA”), Inc., the governing board of Richland County CASA.  She is also a graduate of the South Carolina Bar Association’s 2014 Leadership Academy and an active member of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association.   Click here to email Lee Ellen.

Lee Ellen is a member of the firm and practices in the areas of tort and products defense and as well as family law.  She handles cases claiming negligence, false imprisonment, defamation, product liability, and other torts.  She also represents individuals in family matters such as divorce and prenuptial agreements. Lee Ellen is the Secretary of Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates (“CASA”), Inc., the governing board of Richland County CASA.  She is also a graduate of the South Carolina Bar Association’s 2014 Leadership Academy and an active member of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association.  

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ASSOCIATES

Nashiba worked for a large corporate firm in Washington, DC before returning to South Carolina, where she worked as a staff attorney for the South Carolina Legal Services Corporation representing low income clients in civil litigation matters, and later managed her own practice.  Nashiba is a certified guardian ad litem and serves as guardian in a number of family court cases in which child custody is at issue.  Nashiba will be practicing primarily in the area of tort defense litigation, including premises liability, false arrest/false imprisonment, pharmaceutical professional liability and products liability matters. Click here to email Nashiba.

Nashiba worked for a large corporate firm in Washington, DC before returning to South Carolina, where she worked as a staff attorney for the South Carolina Legal Services Corporation representing low income clients in civil litigation matters, and later managed her own practice.  Nashiba is a certified guardian ad litem and serves as guardian in a number of family court cases in which child custody is at issue.  Nashiba will be practicing primarily in the area of tort defense litigation, including premises liability, false arrest/false imprisonment, pharmaceutical professional liability and products liability matters.

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While attending law school at the University of South Carolina, Michelle received the I.M. Goldberg SC Bar Foundation Award in Family Law and was published in the Family Law Quarterly, a publication of the American Bar Association. Michelle focuses her practice primarily on family court litigation. She is an active member of the South Carolina Young Lawyers Division.  Click here to email Michelle.

While attending law school at the University of South Carolina, Michelle received the I.M. Goldberg SC Bar Foundation Award in Family Law and was published in the Family Law Quarterly, a publication of the American Bar Association. Michelle focuses her practice primarily on family court litigation. She is an active member of the South Carolina Young Lawyers Division. 

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Following her graduation from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2012, Kelly completed a clerkship with The Honorable Letitia H. Verdin of the 13th Judicial Circuit.  She then worked as an associate attorney for a mid-size firm in Charleston representing defendants  in product liability, medical malpractice, personal injury, and other tort claims before joining Gaffney Lewis &  Edwards in 2017.  Kelly’s practice focuses on the defense of tort claims.

Following her graduation from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2012, Kelly completed a clerkship with The Honorable Letitia H. Verdin of the 13th Judicial Circuit.  She then worked as an associate attorney for a mid-size firm in Charleston representing defendants  in product liability, medical malpractice, personal injury, and other tort claims before joining Gaffney Lewis &  Edwards in 2017.  Kelly’s practice focuses on the defense of tort claims.

A native of Aiken, South Carolina, Randi Lynn graduated from the University of South Carolina and the Charleston School of Law. Following law school, Randi Lynn completed clerkships with the Honorable Thomas A. Russo, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, and the Honorable James E. Lockemy, South Carolina Court of Appeals. Randi Lynn represents retailers and insurers in premises liability and tort cases, as well as family law clients. Click here to email Randi Lynn.

A native of Aiken, South Carolina, Randi Lynn graduated from the University of South Carolina and the Charleston School of Law. Following law school, Randi Lynn completed clerkships with the Honorable Thomas A. Russo, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, and the Honorable James E. Lockemy, South Carolina Court of Appeals. Randi Lynn represents retailers and insurers in premises liability and tort cases, as well as family law clients.

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PRACTICE AREAS

CORPORATE DEFENSE/TORT LAW

It takes more than knowledge of the law to defend a business against a customer’s claim.  It requires investigative skills and the ability to evaluate facts and assess the client’s risk.  Gaffney Lewis & Edwards provides the complete package.  Our attorneys have experience defending corporations and business owners against premises liability claims, including slips, trips and falls, false imprisonment, defamation, and other personal injury and property-related claims.  Our lawyers conduct a thorough investigation of the facts surrounding any claim, assess the strength of the opposing case, and evaluate the credibility of evidence so that we can recommend a course designed to best protect the client’s interests.  We understand how the various jurisdictions in our State treat tort claims.  Our recommendations include an analysis of the venue, giving consideration to jury trends and verdicts.  As circumstances change and the case progresses, we keep the client informed about options and strategies for resolution.  Every tort claim is unique:  We commit the time and resources necessary to learn the details of each client’s business operation, tailoring our advice to each client and its particular situation.

DOMESTIC LITIGATION

Gaffney Lewis & Edwards’ domestic litigation team has extensive experience in handling every aspect of domestic matters, including: custody, complex asset valuation, alimony, visitation, modification of child support, and same- sex divorce.  For clients simply in need of an agreement to protect assets prior to marriage, our lawyers are able to assist with prenuptial agreements. 

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Our attorneys have worked on all types of employment disputes, from the pre-suit charge phase through appeals of litigated cases. We have handled complaints on behalf of individuals or collective groups alleging workplace wrongs and secured positive results for individual clients throughout South Carolina.

We know the employer's side of employment disputes as a result of our many years of experience in the employment arena. We have represented employers ranging from small, family-owned companies to large, international corporations.

We have represented clients in all types of employment claims including: Pay and benefits claims, including those alleging irregularities in regular and overtime pay; Sexual harassment claims; Unlawful discrimination claims; Wrongful discharge/termination claim; and, Defamation claims. Likewise, we have been involved in negotiating, drafting, reviewing, and defending employment agreements, separation/severance agreements and non-compete/non-solicitation agreements.

Investigations & alternative dispute resolution

Litigation isn’t the only option.  At Gaffney Lewis & Edwards we believe a strong case starts with a thorough knowledge of all the facts.  Our lawyers have assisted many businesses with investigations of workplace issues, with an eye toward educating the business client on what its options are when faced with the possibility of a claim. Armed with that information, businesses can determine if litigation is appropriate, or if early resolution is the better course.  Our ADR team has assisted parties throughout South Carolina as they’ve mediated cases of all types, ranging from personal injury to employment disputes.  Our years of experience, coupled with our insight from handling cases from both the plaintiff’s and the defense sides, gives us the ability to evaluate cases and facilitate settlement discussions.  

FIRM NEWS

Gaffney Lewis & Edwards Partners Selected to 2017 South Carolina Super Lawyers List

Three attorneys from Gaffney Lewis & Edwards have been selected to the 2017 South Carolina Super Lawyers List as top attorneys. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. 

Gaffney Lewis and Edwards attorneys honored as South Carolina Super Lawyers in 2017 are:

Susan Edwards (Columbia) - Family Law

Amy L. Gaffney (Charleston) - Employment and Labor

Regina Hollins Lewis (Columbia) - Personal Injury - General

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. 

Gaffney Lewis & Edwards Law Firm Adds AssociateTo Charleston Office

The law firm of Gaffney Lewis & Edwards is pleased to announce that attorney Kelly Evans has joined the firm in its Charleston, South Carolina Office. 

“We are thrilled to have Kelly join the firm and work in our Charleston office.,” said Amy Gaffney, managing partner of the Charleston office. “She will be an asset to the firm and our clients.”

Evans is a graduate of Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, and the University of South Carolina School of Law. Following law school graduation Evans completed a clerkship with The Honorable Letitia H. Verdin of the 13th Judicial Circuit.  She then worked as an associate attorney for a mid-size firm in Charleston. Evans focuses her practice on the defense of tort claims.

Please join us in supporting Richland County CASA by donating on Tuesday, May 2, during Midlands Gives. For more information on Richland County CASA, please visit www.rccasa.org

Gaffney Lewis & Edwards was a proud sponsor of Richland County CASA Foundation’s "Coffee & Conversation with Clifton Taulbert : A Private Talk for a Public Issue"  on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at The Palmetto Club in Columbia, SC.

The Honorable Matthew J. Perry Chapter of the Black Law Students Association at the University of South Carolina School of Law held its annual banquet on March 30, 2017, and Gaffney Lewis and Edwards was a Silver Sponsor of the event.  The banquet featured Howard Law School Dean Danielle Holley-Walker as a keynote speaker and included an awards ceremony in which a number of students and faculty were recognized. 

The South Carolina Bar’s Young Lawyers Division recognized Michelle Boykin Matthews as a Star of the Quarter for her community service with the Cinderella Project.

Lee Ellen Bagley participated in a presentation on third party crime and obtaining defense and indemnification at NAMWOLF’s Annual Business Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana in February 2016.

Gaffney Lewis & Edwards lawyers handled a case that was included on South Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s annual list of “Top 25 Verdicts and Settlements” for 2015.

For the fifth consecutive year, Susan Edwards was included among the “Midlands Legal Elite” in the area of Family Law in 2015.

Regina Hollins Lewis was invited to join the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, which is a nonpartisan alliance comprised of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, Corporate Counsel, Litigation and Risk Managers, claims professionals and attorneys.  

Susan Edwards and Amy Gaffney were listed in the 2016 edition of“Best Lawyers in America.”

Gaffney Lewis & Edwards was included in U.S. News & World Reports’ Sixth Edition of “Best Law Firms” for 2016.

Amy L. Gaffney presented at NAMWOLF’s annual meeting in Los Angeles, CA in September 2015 on the use of personality inventories and assessments in the hiring process.  Joining Amy on the panel were representatives of Bank of America, Nationwide, and other private law firms.  

Regina Hollins Lewis was selected for Fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America. The LCA is an honorary trial lawyer society whose membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. 

Lee Ellen Bagley graduated from the South Carolina Bar’s Leadership Academy.  The Leadership Academy is a highly selective program designed to equip young lawyers with networking opportunities, professionalism training, community awareness and other skills necessary to give back to the profession and position themselves as leaders in the community.