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R. Wayne Byrd

Shareholder | Myrtle Beach, SC | Charleston, SC | Augusta, GA |

wbyrd@turnerpadget.com   |   vcard   |   843-213-5504

Biography

Wayne Byrd has practiced law in South Carolina since 1975. In the early part of his career, he managed an active transactional and tax planning practice. Over the years, Wayne has handled numerous large mergers and acquisitions, and structured transactions to maximize tax benefits. Beginning in 1983, Wayne began to try complex commercial cases in state and federal courts around the country. Today, as an experienced litigator representing large corporations, small businesses, and individuals, Wayne approaches each case with a focus on what is important to the client, and every strategy and conduct of the litigation is grounded in that focus. He works closely with clients to accommodate their needs and objectives, determining the most effective and efficient way to resolve a case, and staying alert to the dynamics that may change during the course of litigation.

Because of Wayne’s academic background in accounting and his early years practicing transactional law, he is conversant in all business and commercial issues. Consequently, he is able to communicate well with his business clients as well as with expert witnesses. In addition, he is well prepared to communicate with juries in simple and plain language so they can understand and decide complex issues.

Wayne is a proud member of the University of Georgia Chapter of the Gridiron Secret Society. 

Wayne has served the legal profession extensively through his leadership in the ABA Section of Litigation. Currently, he is a member of the Trial Attorney Advisory Board. During more than a decade, Wayne has served as a member of Council, Director of three different divisions, and Chair of the Business Torts Committee. Through these roles, Wayne has helped shape the Section of Litigation and developed skills and relationships that benefit his clients. Wayne serves the firm as its Chief Executive Officer, chairing the Executive Committee and directing the work of the practice group leaders.

Representative Matters

  • Represented the plaintiff in an accounting malpractice case. Wayne obtained a jury verdict on behalf of his client in the amount of $1.4 million.
  • Wayne defended a case alleging damages of $6,000,000. Wayne’s client offered $500,000 to settle. The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff for $300,000.
  • Represented the plaintiff in a partnership dispute wherein the plaintiff alleged fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. The jury returned a verdict in excess of $500,000.
  • Represented the plaintiff in a case to recover $1 million for insurance fraud. The case was settled for $500,000.
  • Represented numerous major soft drink bottlers in corporate planning, tax litigation, stockholder dispute litigation, and major mergers and acquisitions.
  • Represented a major fast food multiple franchise company in a stockholder dispute.
  • Represented clients in the acquisition and sale of franchises of a major fast food chain.

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