24 Turner Padget Lawyers named among Best Lawyers in America

Turner Padget Graham & Laney P.A. announces that 24 of its attorneys have been included among Best Lawyers in America for 2020 and 3 of them have received the “Lawyer of the Year” award. As one of the oldest and most distinguished legal directories, Best Lawyers conducts peer-review surveys to compile its annual list of top attorneys across several practice areas. The 2020 edition of the publication is available today at www.bestlawyers.com.

The Turner Padget attorneys named among Best Lawyers in America and their respective practice areas for 2020 are:


  • David S. Cobb – Construction Law; Insurance Law; Litigation: Construction; and Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants
  • Richard S. Dukes – Commercial Litigation
  • John S. Wilkerson – Professional Malpractice Law: Defendants


  • R. Hawthorne Barrett – Insurance Law
  • Reginald W. Belcher – Employment Law: Management and Litigation: Labor and Employment
  • J. Kenneth Carter, Jr. – Product Liability Litigation: Defendants
  • Michael E. Chase – Workers’ Compensation Law: Employers
  • Cynthia C. Dooley – Workers’ Compensation Law: Employers
  • Mark B. Goddard – Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants
  • Catherine H. Kennedy – Litigation: Trust and Estates; and Trusts and Estates
  • Lanneau Wm. Lambert, Jr. – Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; and Real Estate Law
  • Edward W. Laney, IV – Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants
  • Ian D. McVey – Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • Charles F. Moore – Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants
  • Thomas C. Salane – Appellate Practice; Insurance Law; Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants and Product Liability Litigation: Defendants
  • Carmelo B. Sammataro – Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants
  • Frank G. Shuler, Jr. – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law: Management; Litigation: ERISA; Litigation: Labor and Employment; and Mediation
  • W. Duvall Spruill – Commercial Litigation; Litigation: Banking and Finance; Litigation: Construction; and Litigation: Real Estate


  • J. René Josey – Appellate Practice; Criminal Defense: General Practice; and Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Arthur E. Justice, Jr. – Employment Law: Management; and Litigation: Labor and Employment


  • David H. Keller – Workers’ Compensation Law: Employers
  • David L. Moore – Appellate Practice; Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants; and Product Liability Litigation: Defendants

Myrtle Beach

  • R. Wayne Byrd – Commercial Litigation; Litigation: Banking and Finance; Litigation: Mergers and Acquisitions; and Litigation: Trusts and Estates
  • William E. Lawson – Litigation: Construction


The Turner Padget attorneys receiving the Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” award for 2020 are:


  • Catherine H. Kennedy – Trusts and Estates
  • Franklin G. Shuler, Jr. – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Lanneau Wm. Lambert, Jr. – Banking and Finance Law


Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers in America has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because its research is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in the guide is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers in America “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”


Turner Padget

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