Gaffney Lewis & Edwards Partners Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2019

Partner Amy Gaffney also named Lawyer of the Year in Columbia,South Carolina, for Litigation-Labor and Employment

Gaffney Lewis & Edwards is pleased to announce that partners Amy Gaffney and Susan Rawls Strom have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019. 

“We are humbled to receive this recognition from our peers,” said Susan Strom, partner in the firm’s Columbia, South Carolina office. 

Recognition by practice areas include:

AMY GAFFNEY:

  • Employment Law – Individuals

  • Employment Law – Management

  • Litigation – Labor and Employment

SUSAN RAWLS STROM:

  • Family Law

Gaffney was also recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Labor and Employment in Columbia, South Carolina. This marks the third time Gaffney has received a “Lawyer of the Year” Distinction (Employment Law-Individuals, Columbia, SC 2017 and 2014)

This recognition is awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area in a geographical region. Only one attorney is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location.

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.

Three Gaffney Lewis & Edwards Attorneys Named to Legal Elite of the Midlands

Columbia, SC (August 8, 2018) – Three attorneys from the law firm of Gaffney Lewis & Edwards were included in the 2018 Legal Elite of the Midlands

Attorneys recognized in the publication include:

  • Susan Rawls Strom – Family Law (recognized each year since 2010)
  • Lee Ellen Bagley – Products Liability Defense, Premises Liability Defense and Insurance Defense
  • Randi Lynn Roberts – Products Liability Defense and Premises Liability Defense

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

Strom, 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 the equitable division of marital estates and high conflict custody actions.  

Bagley, a partner with the firm, focuses her practice in the area of litigation, defending tort, pharmacy malpractice, and product liability claims.   Her clients include national retail establishments, insurance companies, as well as individuals.  

Roberts, an associate with the firm, is a civil litigation attorney. She represents retailers and insurers in premises liability and other tort cases.

Gaffney Lewis & Edwards Attorney Admitted in North Carolina

Columbia, SC. (August 1, 2018) – Gaffney Lewis & Edwards is pleased to announce that attorney Lee Ellen Bagley is now licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

“We are excited to expand our practice into North Carolina,” said founding partner Regina Lewis.”

Bagley, a partner with the firm, focuses her practice in the area of litigation, defending tort, pharmacy malpractice, and product liability claims.   Her clients include national retail establishments, insurance companies, as well as individuals.  

The V.C. Summer Expansion Construction Shutdown – One Year Later

Charleston, SC. (July 31, 2018) – The abrupt shutdown of the V.C. Summer Plant expansion project in Jenkinsville, South Carolina was an event that impacted more than 5,000 employees and their families. These employees showed up for work on July 31, 2017, only to be told they no longer had a job.

Two weeks later attorneys Amy Gaffney and Susan Strom, partners with the law firm of Gaffney Lewis and Edwards, met with more than 800 of the affected employees to hear their concerns. “The former V.C. Summer employees had many questions and were understandably very worried,” said Gaffney. “We assured them we would look into the situation and any possible remedies, and we did.”

Subsequent to these meetings, Gaffney, together with co-counsel from Yarborough Applegate in Charleston and Klehr Harrison in Philadelphia, PA, filed three class action suits on behalf of the displaced employees. The first lawsuit filed alleged that Fluor, the project manager, did not correctly pay certain of its employees’ overtime as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); two other suits alleged that Fluor and a Westinghouse subsidiary, WECTEC, violated the WARN Act when it failed to give employees 60 days’ notice of the plant closing.

The class action suit seeking recovery and unpaid overtime due to the Fluor employees was litigated, mediated, and settled for $1.59 million dollars. The settlement funds have been distributed to the displaced workers.

 

“Given the dire circumstances facing some of the displaced workers, it was important to us to keep our commitment to those workers, work swiftly, and reach a resolution that would provide them with the money they earned and rightly deserved,” Gaffney said.

The WARN Act case against WECTEC is moving forward in the Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York. Gaffney and her colleagues represent almost 500 former Fluor employees in the WARN Act case pending in U.S. District Court in Columbia. That case was recently consolidated with other WARN Act cases and will now proceed. The WARN Act case against Fluor is one of the largest class action employment cases in South Carolina history.

Disclaimer: Prior results achieved by Gaffney, Lewis & Edwards do not guarantee a similar outcome for other clients.

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.