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17 Turner Padget Attorneys Included Among South Carolina Super Lawyers For 2018

Apr 30, 2018

Turner Padget is pleased to announce that 17 of its attorneys have been recognized by South Carolina Super Lawyers for 2018. Ten attorneys from across the firm are included among the annual list of leading lawyers, and an additional seven attorneys have been named as Rising Stars by the publication. Super Lawyers creates a diverse listing of outstanding attorneys who are honored for their professional achievements. Only five percent of lawyers in South Carolina are named as Super Lawyers, and no more than two-and-a-half percent are selected as Rising Stars. The complete list is available today at www.superlawyers.com.

The Turner Padget attorneys named among South Carolina Super Lawyers for 2018 are:


Richard S. Dukes - Personal Injury - Products: Defense

John S. Wilkerson - Insurance Coverage


Reginald W. Belcher - Employment and Labor

J. Kenneth Carter, Jr. - Personal Injury - Products: Defense

Catherine H. Kennedy - Estates and Probate

Lanneau Wm. Lambert, Jr. - Real Estate

Thomas C. Salane - Insurance Coverage

Franklin G. Shuler, Jr. - Employment and Labor


J. René Josey - Business Litigation

Myrtle Beach

R. Wayne Byrd - Business/Corp

The Turner Padget attorneys named as Rising Stars are:


Elizabeth A. Blackwell - Creditor Debtor Rights

Brian J. Kern - Civil Litigation: Defense

Kristen N. Nichols - Creditor Debtor Rights

Nickisha M. Woodward - Personal Injury - General: Defense


Bettis C. Rainsford, Jr. - Personal Injury - Products: Defense


C. Pierce Campbell - Business Litigation

Myrtle Beach

Audra M. Byrd - Civil Litigation: Defense

Every year, Super Lawyers selects attorneys from all firm sizes and over 70 practice areas throughout the U.S. Each candidate undergoes a multiphase selection process where they are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers can be found online at www.superlawyers.com, where lawyers can be searched by practice area and location.


Turner Padget Opens Augusta Office

May 09, 2017

Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A. is pleased to announce the opening of its sixth office in Augusta, Georgia. Turner Padget has been serving South Carolina for nearly 90 years and is excited to expand its service area into Georgia. The firm has a history of offering clients efficient solutions in the modern marketplace and is always striving to provide practical, actionable advice.

“Turner Padget recognizes the tremendous growth in Augusta, as well as the increasing significance of the CSRA as part of the Southeastern regional economy,” said Bettis C. Rainsford, Jr., attorney in the Augusta and Columbia offices.” With the addition of an Augusta office, we are excited to be a small part of that growth and to be better positioned to represent our clients on either side of the Savannah River.”


“Turner Padget Graham & Laney adds 4 new lawyers,” Soda City BizWire

Sep 27, 2016

In an article published by Soda City BizWire on September 6, 2016, the firm’s addition of Paul Lawson, Frank Stern, Bettis Rainsford and Hannah Stetson is announced. “Paul, Frank, Bettis and Hannah are all experienced and talented attorneys, and we are pleased to add them to our growing team,” said R. Wayne Byrd, chief executive officer of Turner Padget. “The clients we represent seek quality, value-driven legal counsel in South Carolina, and these additions strengthen our ability to respond promptly and strategically to those legal needs.”


Turner Padget Announces the Addition of Four New Attorneys

Sep 06, 2016

Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A. announces its continued expansion with four new associates. Paul E. Lawson is based in Myrtle Beach and joins the firm’s Insurance Litigation Group; Frank Stern is based in Greenville and joins the firm’s Insurance Litigation Group; and Bettis Rainsford, Jr. and Hannah D. Stetson are based in Columbia and join the firm’s Product Liability and Employment Practice Groups, respectively. These attorneys bring the number of new hires since January to 13 lawyers, supporting the firm’s strategic commitment to building its five South Carolina offices.