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Beard joins national organization that honors workers’ compensation lawyers

COLUMBIA, SC – Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte LLC member Grady Beard has become a fellow in The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, an organization that seeks out the best workers’ compensation attorneys in the country.

Beard was officially inducted in March, during the American Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Mid-Winter Conference. He became the first attorney to represent South Carolina in the organization.

The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers honors lawyers who have distinguished themselves representing plaintiffs or defendants or acting as judges in workers’ compensation cases. Fellows must have practiced workers’ compensation law for at least 20 years to be considered to join.

Beard attended Louisiana State University and graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern State University. He earned his law degree at the Emory University School of Law.

Best Lawyers in America has recognized Beard’s skills as a workers’ compensation attorney by including him in its annual publication every year since 2008. His other practice areas are appellate advocacy, employment law and alternative dispute resolution.

About Sowell Gray

Located in Columbia’s historic Vista district, Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte LLC provides business and litigation representation in all state and federal trial and appellate courts in South Carolina. Founded in 1996, the firm serves clients ranging from multi-national corporations to small businesses and individuals. For more information, please visit

About The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers honors attorneys who have demonstrated to peers, the bar, bench and public that they possess the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards, character, integrity and leadership.  Those chosen as fellows must have demonstrated significant evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing, and/or distinguished published writings on Workers’ Compensation or related fields.   For more information, go to