CHARLESTON, COLUMBIA, FLORENCE AND GREENVILLE, SC – February 29, 2008 – The shareholders of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., elected Greenville attorney Anne S. Ellefson at the Firm’s annual Attorney Retreat held February 28, in Myrtle Beach. She is the first female to lead a South Carolina-based law firm with over 100 attorneys. The Greenville native heads a 350-employee organization that provides business, litigation, and financial legal services to national and international clients, with offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, and Greenville.
Ellefson succeeds Steve A. Matthews, of the Firm’s Columbia office, who has served as Managing Director (2004-2008), following three years as Co-Managing Director (2001-2003). Matthews has been nominated by the White House to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William D. (Billy) Wilkins of Greenville.
The shareholders also approved a Management Committee consisting of Ellefson as chair, litigator John H. Tiller, of the Firm’s Charleston office, who will continue to serve as the litigation member of the Committee, and business attorney John B. McArthur, of the Firm’s Columbia office.
Listed consistently in The Best Lawyers in America® (Real Estate) and Chambers USA, Ellefson’s real estate practice involves representing owners and developers in commercial real estate transactions. She has been actively involved in all aspects of real estate development from zoning and permitting to the financing and closing of subdivisions, shopping centers and office parks. She is a member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.
A 1979 graduate of the University of South Carolina Law School, Ellefson is a member of the South Carolina Bar Board of Governors and previously led the Bar’s Real Estate Section. She serves on the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee and chairs its Excellence in Education Council.
A former president of the South Carolina Bar Foundation, Ellefson also served previously as chair of the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Greenville County, the Community Planning Council of Greenville County, and the Junior League of Greenville. Recently, she was elected a trustee of the South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) Endowment.
In April, Ellefson will be honored by the University of South Carolina School of Law as a 2008 Compleat Lawyer (Gold Medallion), a distinction for lawyers practicing 15-29 years, who have made significant contributions to the legal profession and who exemplify the highest standard of professional competence, ethics and integrity.