"Turner Padget Earns National Recognition for Employment and Litigation Practices"

Posted On May 31, 2016

Turner Padget Graham & Laney P.A. is pleased to announce the firm's national recognition in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA, a highly regarded legal directory, featuring client-led intelligence on America’s leading lawyers for business. Turner Padget was honored among South Carolina law firms in two practice areas: Labor & Employment and Litigation – General Commercial. In the latter category, the firm rose one band over its 2015 ranking, reflecting Turner Padget's increased depth in complex and diverse litigation matters.


In addition, seven of the firm’s shareholders are ranked as leading practitioners in their respective fields. C. Pierce Campbell, Turner Padget's Business Litigation practice chair, makes his debut on the 2016 list. The complete Chambers USA guide is available today at


"We are honored to earn this distinction from Chambers, as it underscores our commitment to client service and embodies our firm mission to be leaders in the areas in which we practice," said R. Wayne Byrd, chief executive officer of Turner Padget. "In particular, we are thankful to our clients who shared positive feedback with the Chambers research team regarding our work. Their continued trust in us is the most important achievement we can earn."


The Turner Padget attorneys recognized in the 2016 Chambers USA guide, along with the practice areas in which they were selected, are:



John S. Wilkerson, Litigation – General Commercial



Reginald W. Belcher, Labor & Employment

J. Kenneth Carter, Jr., Litigation – General Commercial

Lanneau Wm. Lambert, Jr., Real Estate

Franklin G. Shuler, Jr., Labor & Employment



C. Pierce Campbell, Litigation – General Commercial


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R. Wayne Byrd, Litigation – General Commercial


In Chambers' editorial comments on the firm, Turner Padget's Business Litigation and Insurance Litigation practices were noted as "a renowned South Carolina litigation group with five offices across the state" with "formidable capability" in a number of areas. Clients interviewed by Chambers said that they could not "think of anything they [Turner Padget's lawyers] could have done differently."


Individually, Byrd is "noted by clients as a lawyer 'you want on your side when you're ready to go to court.'" Campbell "is known by sources for being 'responsive, detail-oriented and efficient.'" Wilkerson is regarded for his undertaking of "complex work" and "good reputation." Carter is listed for his "great reputation in product liability claims" and regular defense of "trucking firms and automotive manufacturers in litigation." 


Turner Padget's Workplace Law Group "offers a wide range of services to employers seeking labor and employment representation," according to Chambers.


Feedback from Shuler's clients and peers praised his "well-earned and fabulous reputation." Belcher is noted by Chambers as a "well-regarded employment attorney" who is "very thoughtful and gives great advice."  


Every year, Chambers & Partners conducts thousands of in-depth interviews with clients in order to assess the reputations of business lawyers. Top firms and lawyers are ranked and their merits described – usually in the words of their clients that are interviewed by the Chamber’s research staff. It is the weight of client interviews that gives Chambers & Partners’ guides their highly valued credibility and reliability.