Turner Padget is one of South Carolina’s largest law firms with ninety-one attorneys in offices strategically located across the state in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville and Myrtle Beach. Widely known for our practical approach to the law, our attorneys have earned national recognition for their success and experience across South Carolina and beyond.
Nathaniel A. Turner opened his office for the general practice of law in 1929, after serving as an attorney for the South Carolina Tax Commission and division director for the South Carolina Highway Department. More than eighty years later, Nat Turner’s solo practice is now one of South Carolina’s largest law firms, with more than 200 employees serving a diverse client base.
In 2009, Turner Padget’s shareholders voted to reorganize the firm’s governance structure to best focus on its core practice areas. Led by chief executive officer, Edward W. Laney, IV, and an executive committee that includes R. Wayne Byrd in Myrtle Beach, Michael G. Roberts and John S. Wilkerson in Charleston, the governance structure allows us to take a more cohesive and flexible approach to management to best serve our clients and more effectively meet the needs of our attorneys and staff. This shift provided the firm with an opportunity to enhance client service, attract and retain top talent, and improve day-to-day operations, thus resulting in increased value for the firm’s clients.
We continually evaluate our billing methods and design custom plans for clients, which include some of South Carolina’s largest employers with a diverse range of business and legal interests. As other firms begin to move away from the standard billable hour in reaction to the economy, we have offered innovative billing solutions since the early 1990's. Our alternative structures include task-based billing arrangements, phase billing, per-case billing, as well as yearly flat-rate billing.
Our attorneys possess distinguished academic credentials and depth of experience, and they are often recognized for their individual leadership and legal prowess. The firm regularly receives accolades for its outstanding commitment to client service. Recent examples include:
Benchmark Litigation recognized Turner Padget as South Carolina Firm of the Year in 2012 and one of four highly recommended Firms of the Year in 2013.
Chambers USA ranks Turner Padget as a leading litigation firm in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Five of our attorneys were recognized as leaders in their fields: Franklin G. Shuler and Reginald W. Belcher in Labor and Employment; J. Kenneth Carter and John S. Wilkerson in General Commercial Litigation; and O. Allen Jeffcoat in Real Estate.
Best Lawyers in America ranks Turner Padget as the top law firm in South Carolina in six areas: Arbitration, Legal Malpractice, Mediation, Municipal Law, Municipal Litigation, and Trusts and Estates Litigation. Turner Padget is ranked as the top law firm in Florence, and is highly ranked in an additional 25 practice areas around the state in 2012. The publication’s 2013 guide ranks three of Turner Padget’s attorneys as Best Lawyers of the Year. They are Danny Crowe, Eric Englebardt, and Catherine Kennedy. In addition, 33 Turner Padget attorneys were chosen for inclusion in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America.
Super Lawyers magazine selected 12 of the firm’s attorneys as top attorneys in South Carolina for 2013. Eleven attorneys were named as South Carolina Rising Stars.