Turner Padget Boosts Litigation Practice with Three Attorneys

Posted On 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.” 

Tiffni Shealy

Shealy began her career in Turner Padget’s Florence office upon graduating law school. After spending several years with the firm, she moved to an in-house role at McLeod Hospital in Florence, and then on to Lexington Medical Center in Lexington.

She joins the firm’s Professional Liability and Workers’ Compensation practices, and brings 18 years of experience to its health care clients, specifically in the areas of professional liability, insurance defense, HIPAA compliance and workers’ compensation. Additionally, she is certified by the American Medical Association as a professional in health care risk management, and currently serves as an officer in the South Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Hospital Risk Managers.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Francis Marion University, and her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law

Brittany F. Boykin

Boykin brings six years of litigation experience to Turner Padget’s Insurance Litigation practice. She represents the interests of carriers, individuals and businesses, and has a wide practice, which includes defending personal injury claims, construction defects, and trucking and transportation matters. 

Boykin has been honored as a South Carolina Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine for the past two years, and is an active leader within the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers’ Division. Outside of the firm, she works with a local non-profit that helps local farms fight hunger by providing fresh produce to local food banks, shelters, churches and soup kitchens. 

She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston, and her law degree from Charleston School of Law.

R. Taylor Speer

Speer brings more than seven years of experience to Turner Padget’s Insurance Litigation practice, and will also handle corporate and employment litigation matters. His diverse experience ranges from representing clients in matters common to the formation, growth and dissolution of small-to-medium-sized businesses, to defending employers from racial discrimination claims, and class action wage and hour claims.

Outside of Turner Padget, Speer is a supporter of the arts and a talented musician who has performed throughout the Southeast supporting a number of charities, including bar organizations and breast cancer foundations. Additionally, he has been active in organizations that serve small, local businesses with their startup and professional needs.

He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, and his law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law.

Turner Padget recently celebrated its 85th anniversary as one of South Carolina’s leading law firms, providing straightforward, practical advice to meet clients’ legal needs. With offices strategically located in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville and Myrtle Beach, the firm’s attorneys have a deep understanding of South Carolina’s laws and what it takes to do business in the Palmetto State. For more information, please visit Turner Padget online at