Gaffney Lewis & Edwards Partner named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2018

Gaffney Lewis & Edwards is pleased to announce that Amy Gaffney has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018. 

“I am humbled to be recognized by my peers in three areas of my practice,” said Amy Gaffney, partner in the firm’s Charleston office. 

Gaffney was recognized in three areas of practice including:

  • Employment Law – Individuals
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment

Best Lawyers is one of the oldest peer-review publications in the legal profession and is regarded by many as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Rankings are based on an exhaustive peer-review process in which attorneys from across the country provide feedback on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their respective practice areas.

Susan Edwards Receives AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®

The law firm of Gaffney Lewis & Edwards is pleased to announce that Susan Edwards has received the AV Preeminent rating from the Martindale-Hubbell legal rating service. 

The Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers – members of the bar and the judiciary. 

“Susan is an outstanding attorney with excellent people skills that are so important to her family law practice and she seamlessly transfers those skills to the courtroom,” said partner, Regina Hollins Lewis.  “We are thrilled that her colleagues have recognized her for her legal talent and experience.” 

Edwards is a partner with the firm with decades of litigation experience. For the past ten years Edwards has focused her practice in the area of domestic matters including high net worth divorces, asset valuation issues related to equitable division of marital estates and high conflict custody actions.  

Three attorneys in the 2017 Legal Elite of the Midlands.

Three attorneys from the law firm of Gaffney Lewis & Edwards were included in the 2017 Legal Elite of the Midlands

Attorneys recognized in the publication include:

·       Regina Hollins Lewis – Labor & Employment and Business Litigation

·       Susan Rawls Edwards – Family Law

·       Michelle Boykin Matthews – Family Law

“We are gratified to have three of our Columbia office attorneys recognized,” said partner Amy Gaffney.  “This is well deserved peer recognition.”

Lewis, a partner with the firm, focuses her defense litigation practice on employment and tort.  A certified mediator since 2008, she also has an active mediation practice mediating Federal and state cases of employment or personal injury focus.

Edwards, also a partner with the firm has extensive litigation experience. For the past ten years she has focused her practice in the area of domestic matters including high net worth divorces, asset valuation issues related to equitable division of marital estates and high conflict custody actions.  

Matthews, an associate with the firm, focuses her practice in the area of family law including domestic issues and family court.

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Founded in 2007, Gaffney Lewis & Edwards is one of South Carolina’s few women-owned, ethnically diverse law firms with offices in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina. The firm holds an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell and is certified by the WOMEN’S BUSINESS ENTERPRISE NATIONAL COUNCIL. Attorneys in the firm have experience defending corporations and business owners against premises liability and various other tort claims. Additional areas of practice include domestic litigation, employment litigation, and investigations and alternative dispute resolution. For more information, please visit www.glelawfirm.com

Gaffney Lewis & Edwards Law Firm Partners with Fairfield County School District to Collect Uniform Clothes for Children of Displaced SCE&G Workers

The law firm of Gaffney Lewis & Edwards is working with Fairfield County School District administration to collect much needed school clothes for the children of displaced workers from the V.C. Summer nuclear plant.

“The need is great and the need is urgent,” said Amy Gaffney, partner in charge of the firm’s Charleston office.  “We want to help these parents provide for their children as they start the new school year.”

The firm will collect the needed items until the end of the month but wish to have as much as possible by the end of this week to deliver to the school district before school starts on August 22nd. 

All schools are requiring khaki pants and the list of colors for polo shirts can be found for each school below:

  • Geiger Elementary – hunter green or yellow
  • Kelly Miller Elementary – purple or white
  • McCrorey Liston Elementary – black or orange
  • Fairfield Elementary – red, royal blue or navy blue
  • Fairfield Magnet School for Math & Science – powder blue (light blue)

Sizes for the elementary school children range from size 4T to size 16.  Sizes include 4T, 5, 6, 6x, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 in both boys and girls, with a few that may require 10-16 husky.  Local Wal-Marts and Target stores are suggested as economical places to purchase these much needed items.

The middle schools and high school do not require a uniform but contributions of clothing can be provided and labeled for these schools.

Donations can be dropped off at the firm’s Columbia Office at 3700 Forest Drive, Suite 400, or in Charleston at 125 A Wappoo Creek Drive, Suite 202.  

If you have questions, please contact Michelle Holmes at 803-790-8838.

Amy Gaffney presents at “Employment Law Essentials”

Amy Gaffney was a presenter for the SC Bar’s fourth annual “Employment Law Essentials” seminar on July 28, 2017.  The program features an employment scenario fact pattern that is used as the basis for the presenters’ materials and offers helpful information to newly-admitted lawyers on client intake, administrative charge procedures, unemployment claims, litigation, and mediation in the employment law arena.  Gaffney has been involved in the seminar since its inception in 2014. 

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. 

GLE recognized at Black Law Students Association at the USC School of Law annual banquet

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.