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Benchmark: Appellate identifies Sowell Gray as among tops in the Fourth Circuit

COLUMBIA, SC – Benchmark: Appellate, a new guide to the country’s leading lawyers and firms, has named Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, one of the leading appellate firms in the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Additionally, the guide has named Sowell Gray members Thornwell Sowell, and Robert Stepp as local stars.

The Fourth Circuit covers all of South Carolina, as well as North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.

Benchmark: Appellate is produced by the publishers of Benchmark: Litigation. That guide, in its fifth edition, highlighted Sowell Gray as one of the top litigation law firms in South Carolina.

Benchmark: Appellate was created to meet a “demand for increased focus on the appellate litigation practice,” the publishers say. Attorneys are selected for both Benchmark publications after extensive face-to-face interviews around the country to pinpoint the best attorneys at both the local and national levels. Additionally, Benchmark says it includes attorneys based on outstanding success during that year, as well as on consistently positive feedback from peers and clients.

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 Benchmark

Benchmark is designed as a detailed analysis of the country’s top litigators as well as a reference for corporate counsel who need outside help with a case. For more information, go to