Mike Chase is a shareholder and co-leader of Turner Padget’s nationally-recognized Workplace Law Group, providing practical counsel to businesses across South Carolina. Chase oversees the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice.
His primary role includes the defense of workers’ compensation claims, representing employers, manufacturers, carriers and self-insured clients throughout South Carolina.
Devoting most of his practice to workers’ compensation defense and mediation, Mike is approved panel counsel for nearly all workers’ compensation carriers in South Carolina. His current client focus is with large accounts, while simultaneously managing a large volume of work for several carriers and self-insured employers. His clients include hospital systems, grocery store chains, airlines, trucking and transportation companies, package delivery services, distribution facilities, national big box stores, restaurant chains, retail outlets and construction firms.
Mike enjoys learning about an employer’s business from a risk management and workers’ compensation claims management standpoint. He often assists his clients in developing and updating their workers’ compensation claims procedures, including investigation and documentation of claims. Mike believes that employers benefit best from a well-planned claims management process that begins day one of an accident.
As a South Carolina Supreme Court Certified Civil Court Mediator, Mike appreciates the challenge of assisting his clients in avoiding the time, frustration and financial costs of litigation. He takes great pride in providing effective and efficient solutions for even the most complicated workers’ compensation claims.
As legal adviser for the South Carolina Self Insurers Association, Mike provides counsel to the organization’s board of directors related to workers’ compensation laws and procedures in the state. He also assists in planning the annual members-only conference and annual meeting, and frequently serves as a speaker to discuss South Carolina workers’ compensation issues.
Mike is an active member in the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association and the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association.
Mike has been frequently recognized among his peers for his knowledge of South Carolina workers’ compensation laws and procedure, and has been honored with awards from Best Lawyers in America, Columbia Metropolitan and Martindale-Hubbell.
Mike earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina.
Mike grew up in Charlotte, N.C., but has been a resident of South Carolina since his days as an undergraduate at the University of South Carolina. He is a deacon and teacher at First Baptist Church of Columbia, where he and his family are active members. He is a board member of Ben Lippen School. Mike enjoys rooting for the Gamecocks, playing golf, fishing and spending time with his family.