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26 Turner Padget Lawyers Named Among Best Lawyers in America

Aug 15, 2017

Turner Padget Graham & Laney P.A. announces that 26 of its attorneys have been included among Best Lawyers in America for 2018. As one of the oldest and most distinguished legal directories, Best Lawyers conducts peer-review surveys to compile its annual list of top attorneys across several practice areas. The 2018 edition of the publication is available today at www.bestlawyers.com.


“A South Carolina Lawyer’s Ethical Obligations for Data Security,” South Carolina Lawyers Weekly

Dec 14, 2016

In an article published in the Dec. 12, 2016 print edition of South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Sam Sammataro offers guidance to fellow South Carolina lawyers on the ethical responsibilities if their firm is breached and client information is compromised. The article details that, “Hackers see attorneys as a back door to data about clients’ merger and acquisition plans, patents and trade secrets, secret formulas, litigation plans and embarrassing personal information.” Sammataro emphasizes, “With constant vigilance and relatively simple modifications of their security policies, South Carolina firms can proactively meet the challenge to safeguard client secrets and ensure compliance with ethical obligations.” You may view the full article in the Dec. 12, 2016 print edition of South Carolina Lawyers Weekly. 


“Franchise Operators Must Be Proactive in Confronting Cybersecurity Risk,” Franchising Today

Apr 15, 2016

In an article published by Franchising Today on April 8, 2016, Sam Sammataro discusses the threat that cyber criminals pose to franchise operators. Sammataro explains that while 81 percent of small businesses are concerned about cybersecurity, only 42 percent have invested in protections against cyberattacks in the last year, and a much smaller pool, just five percent, have invested in cyberinsurance. Sammataro emphasizes the importance of infrastructure and training, and recommends that small businesses assemble a cybersecurity team, assess possible weaknesses within the organization, develop and routinely practice a data breach response plan, establish a clear chain of command, reevaluate insurance coverage, and continuously monitor risks and best business practice. He concludes, “The risks and responses to the global cyber threat are complicated and ever-evolving. If nothing else, the successful franchise operator must be proactive in appreciating the risk and taking steps to counteract it.” You may access the full article here.


“Questions Attorneys Should Ask Before Making a Lateral Move,” Law360

Jan 08, 2016

In an article published on Jan. 6, 2016, Sam Sammataro discussed what lateral attorneys should ask prospective firms during the interview process. 


“What You Need to Know as a Summer Associate,”  Law360

Jun 22, 2015

In an article published in Law360 on June 17, 2015, Sam Sammataro offered the following advice to summer associates: "Summer associates should be open-minded about the type of law they want to pursue. While they may walk in the door on the first day of summer with a particular focus in mind, they may find a passion in a completely different area. Or they may realize that their dream practice wasn't what they thought it would be. It's imperative to listen to and learn from all of the attorneys at the firm, because, at our core, attorneys are teachers who love to share our knowledge and experience — and a summer associate can glean valuable information by being open to learning from everyone."