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Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, four members named in international guide to lawyers

Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, will be rated among the top law firms in South Carolina when the Chambers USA’s 2010 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.

“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, which is rated this year as among the state’s best in commercial litigation.

The firm and Sowell have been ranked every year since 2006. Gray and Stepp have been ranked since 2007. Watson is ranked for the second time this year. “It’s a tribute to our strength as a firm, as well as to the skills of our individual attorneys, to be included in this guide on such a consistent basis,” said Watson, the firm’s managing partner. “We’re pleased that the guide recognizes our range of experience, as well as our commitment to serving clients regardless of size, from multinational corporations to small businesses.”

The firm and its lawyers – eight members and 12 associates – 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 rated based 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