Johnson, Toal & Battiste, PA recognize for inclusion in U.S. News – Best Law Firms In America©

November 21, 2022

Columbia Attorney’s I.S. Leevy Johnson, Luther Battiste and George Johnson of Johnson, Toal & Battiste, PA were recently selected for inclusion in U.S. News Best Law Firms in America©.

Johnson, Toal and Battiste, PA earned the following Tier 1 rankings: Criminal Defense: General Practice, Personal Injury Litigation: Plaintiffs, Workers Compensation Law: Claimant.

I.S. Leevy Johnson graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1968 and has received numerous top honors. The South Carolina Bar, awarded Johnson the Durant Distinguished Public Service Award for public service, sound judgment, wise counsel, and outstanding leadership. The University of South Carolina School of Law awarded Johnson the Complete Lawyer Award for his dedication and support of legal education. Johnson has also been inducted as a fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.

Luther Battiste has served as president of the Columbia Lawyers Association, the Richland County Bar Association, the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, and The Southeastern Region of the American Board of Trial Advocates (SEABOTA). Battiste is also a member of the John Belton O’Neil Inn of Court, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, the National Bar Association, the South Carolina Association for Justice, Injured Workers Advocates, and The American Trial Lawyers Association. In 2017, Battiste was elected National Vice President of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

George Johnson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina Law School. Johnson serves on the American Bar Association’s Board of Governors, the Common Pleas Docket Management Taskforce and as a Director of the General Practice Division and is a Diversity Fellow.

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Johnson, Toal & Battiste was chartered in 1975 by the trio of I.S. Leevy Johnson, William T. Toal and Luther J. Battiste, III. The practice is a full-service law firm with offices in Columbia and Orangeburg, South Carolina. The practice provides legal defense in the areas of personal injury, workers compensation, car wrecks, criminal defense, DUI defense, probate, nursing home neglect, and medical malpractice. For more information, log on to


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