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Turner Padget Elects Three Attorneys to Shareholder

Jan 18, 2018

Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A. announces that Columbia-based Robyn W. Madden and Jennifer N. Stone, and Greenville-based Taylor S. Speer have been elected shareholders of the firm. Madden is a member of the firm’s Professional Liability  Practice, Stone is a member of the firm’s Business Transactions Practice, and Speer is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice.

“Robyn, Jennifer and Taylor’s exemplary commitment to client-service, our firm and the legal profession make them accomplished additions to our shareholder ranks,” said R. Wayne Byrd, chief executive officer of Turner Padget. “Their leadership in the firm is demonstrated by their ongoing support to help us develop our associates. We are pleased to announce these well-deserved elevations.”


Litigator Discusses The Top 10 Lease Clauses To Avoid A Lawsuit

Nov 21, 2016

Taylor Speer discusses the top lease clauses to avoid a lawsuit on LeaseSmart's Corporate Real Estate podcast series.


“Are You Protecting Your Business with Non-Compete Agreements?,” GSA Business Report

Nov 01, 2016

In an article published in the October 31 print edition of GSA Business Report, Taylor Speer provides guidance to businesses on the importance of non-compete agreements. The article details four key points for employers considering non-compete agreements: A non-compete honors your investment; having a non-compete doesn’t mean you must enforce it; the law limits the restrictions of a non-compete; and common mistakes in drafting and implementing non-competes. Speer emphasizes, “Maintaining a non-compete is often enough to restrict an employee from competing, [which] can make a non-compete an inexpensive method of protecting business assets.” The full article may be found in the October 31 print edition of GSA Business Report.   


“Five Lease Terms a Business Tenant Should Negotiate,” GSA Business Report

Aug 09, 2016

In an article published in the July 25 edition of GSA Business Report, Taylor Speer provides guidance to business tenants that are entering into a new business lease. The article details five lease terms individuals should negotiate, including not signing a personal guaranty, not waiving claims against the landlord, watching out for attorneys’ fees provisions, preparing for the future and building a team of trusted advisors. Speer emphasizes, “businesses should negotiate the terms of the lease upfront so that they are not left high and dry if the relationship with the landlord sours…and remember: everything is negotiable. A business won’t know what can be added or omitted from a commercial lease until it’s negotiated.” The full article may be found in the July 25 print edition of GSA Business Report.   


Taylor Speer Records Turner Padget’s “Legal Minute”

Apr 14, 2016

Taylor Speer recorded the first of Turner Padget's "Legal Minute" radio spots to be broadcast on a local station in the Greenville/Spartanburg area. The spot will be broadcast weekdays between 9 and 10 a.m. on WYRD-FM, 106.3. Taylor's topic was "The Economy of Thin Margins." In summary, his advice to small and medium size businesses was to engage legal assistance early in order to avoid or minimize risk and expense. Be sure to tune in this Monday April 18th! 


Turner Padget Boosts Litigation Practice with Three Attorneys

May 01, 2015

Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A. is pleased to announce that three attorneys have joined the firm’s litigation practice. Tiffni Shealy joins as Florence-based of counsel, Brittany F. Boykin as a Charleston-based associate, and R. Taylor Speer as a Greenville-based associate. These additions bring the number of new hires since January to five lawyers, following the firm’s strategic commitment to building its South Carolina offices. 

“Tiffni, Brittany and Taylor are talented and respected, up-and-coming litigators in South Carolina, and we are pleased to add them to our team,” said R. Wayne Byrd, chief executive officer of Turner Padget. “Significantly, they are part of the first wave of additions we plan to announce this year, as we respond to growing needs from clients for strategic legal counsel and trusted business partners. Our litigation practice is one of the main areas where we anticipate growth, and these three attorneys will be an incredible asset to our firm.”