Author Archives: Fred Horlbeck

SC Firm: State lags in insurance for legal malpractice (access required)

The scenario sounds improbably bleak, but legal malpractice lawyers Ronnie Richter and Eric Bland swear it can happen to anyone whose attorney practices without the protection of malpractice insurance. They say it has happened in South Carolina, and will continue unless the state's lawyers accept full responsibility for protecting their clients: After an accident, a client both files a personal-injury suit and claims workers' compensation and Social Security benefits. The lawyers botch both cases, so the client sues them for malpractice.

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Email went too far by bringing up opponent’s daughter (access required)

The lawyer-to-opposing-counsel email was 146 words, and the South Carolina Supreme Court deemed it uncivil because of two that normally would be thought most benign: "daughter" and "child." But the email was blunt, sharply worded. The sender stated he had information that the other attorney's daughter had been detained for buying "cocaine and heroine." He wrote that a child's drug use was "far worse than the allegations your client is making."

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Smith Moore opens new SC office, takes on established lawyers (access required)

Two weeks after North Carolina giant Womble Carlyle announced its acquisition of a Charleston, S.C., firm, the regional law firm of Smith Moore Leatherwood also has opened an office in the port city. The move expands the firm's footprint in the Southeast and positions it for growth in an area of economic vitality, Smith Moore Leatherwood chairman Rob Marcus (pictured) told Lawyers Weekly. "Charleston is becoming a very vibrant business market," Marcus said. "We've been excited to see Charleston grow and we wanted to be part of that growth."

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Womble Carlyle to take on Charleston’s Buist Moore (access required)

North Carolina powerhouse Womble Carlyle is entering the Charleston, S.C., market by acquiring the city's largest law firm. In a merger fueled by the prospect of rapid economic growth in the Charleston area, North Carolina's largest law firm is joining forces with Buist Moore Smythe McGee. They will complete the deal on April 30, partners at both firms told Lawyers Weekly. "We're just very excited. We think this is a great opportunity," said Henry B. Smythe Jr. (pictured), managing director of Buist Moore.

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