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Gray, Laffitte Invited To Join National Legal Honor Society

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte LLC members Elizabeth Van Doren Gray and Rebecca Laffitte have been invited to become Fellows of The Litigation Counsel of America, a legal honorary society that inducts less than one half of 1 percent of the country’s attorneys. The LCA’s purpose is “to recognize deserving, experienced and highly qualified lawyers,” its […]

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Sowell Gray Firm, Attorneys Highlighted in Benchmark Litigation

Benchmark Litigation, a definitive guide to the country’s leading lawyers and firms, has named Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, one of the top litigation firms in South Carolina. Additionally, the guide has named Sowell Gray members Thornwell Sowell, Elizabeth Van Doren Gray and Robert Stepp as local litigation stars. All three also were included […]

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Two Sowell Gray Members Certified as Circuit Court Mediators

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte LLC members Cal Watson and Grady Beard have been certified as Circuit Court Mediators by the South Carolina Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification. Mediation is a process in which an impartial, neutral third-person helps two or more parties resolve their dispute or conflict. As mediators, Cal and Grady will […]

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Sowell Gray Lawyers Take to the Streets to Help Keep Columbia Clean

They traded suits and ties for shorts and T-shirts for a good cause recently, when the staff of Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte hit the streets to clean up downtown Columbia. Armed with trash bags, the 18 people patrolled six blocks of Lady Street in the city’s historic Vista district as part of the firm’s […]

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Eight Sowell Gray Members Included in 2010 Edition of “The Best Lawyers in America"

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC is proud to announce that 8 of its attorneys have been named to the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The Sowell Gray lawyers were recognized for the following practice areas: Grady L. Beard – Workers’ Compensation Law Elizabeth […]

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Farm Supplier Wins Breach-of-Contract Dispute

Article originally published in South Carolina Lawyers Weekly: Verdict Report Brief statement of claim: Plaintiff, a farm and chemical supplier, alleged that he entered into a consignment and sales contract with defendants whereby defendants agreed to accept and sell plaintiff’s product and then repay plaintiff for the portion sold. The plaintiff claimed that the defendants […]

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Success in transferring Pennsylvania case to SC

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has transferred to the South Carolina district court a case challenging the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s practice of collecting business license taxes on flood insurance premiums, ruling that the public interest favors transfer to the state that authorizes the tax at issue.  Read the full article.

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Sowell Gray Law Firm and Four Members Rank in Prestigious International Guide to Lawyers

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, is rated among the top law firms in South Carolina in the Chambers USA’s 2009 edition of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, an internationally recognized guide to the legal profession. Additionally, four  Sowell Gray members –  Elizabeth Van Doren Gray, Thornwell F. Sowell, Robert E. Stepp and J. Calhoun […]

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Sowell Gray Obtains Dismissal for South Carolina Man in W.R. Grace Criminal Trial

Sowell Gray lawyers obtained a dismissal for its client, William J. McCaig, a former manager at a W.R. Grace mine in Libby, Montana. McCaig, now a South Carolina resident, along with six other former employees and W.R. Grace, was charged with conspiring to knowingly violate the Clean Air Act and to defraud the United States […]

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Sowell Gray Attorney Cal Watson Elected Member of S.C. Bar Board of Governors

Columbia attorney J. Calhoun Watson will be installed as a member of the South Carolina Bar Board of Governors on Thursday, May 14, during the Bar’s House of Delegates meeting at the Poinsett Club in Greenville. Watson is a partner in the Columbia law firm of Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, practicing in the […]