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Sowell Gray, four members to be included in international lawyers guide

COLUMBIA – Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, will be rated among the top law firms in South Carolina when the Chambers USA’s 2011 edition of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business is released in June.

The publication is an internationally recognized guide to the legal profession.

Additionally, four Sowell Gray members – Betsy Gray, Biff Sowell, Bobby Stepp and Cal Watson – will be recognized as Leaders in their Fields. The guide recommends all four in the category of “Litigation: General Commercial.”

“Viewed as one of the top litigation boutiques in the state, this group of high-profile litigators continues to grow in reputation and stature while maintaining its client focus,” past editions of the guide have said about the firm.

The firm and Sowell have been ranked every year since 2006. Gray and Stepp have been ranked since 2007. Watson is ranked for the third time this year.

“It’s a tribute to the skills of our individual attorneys, as well as to the overall strength of the firm, to be included in this guide on such a consistent basis,” said Watson, the firm’s managing partner.

The firm and its attorneys – seven members, 11 associates and one “of counsel” – had to stand up to a stringent review to earn the guide’s ranking. The process includes in-depth interviews with clients and lawyers conducted by a team of more than 50 full-time researchers.

Attorneys are assessed on legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness, diligence, commitment and other qualities clients value. The process is designed to ensure that only the world’s best lawyers and firms are included in the guide, Chambers says.

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