Two Lewis Babcock partners named to Legal Elite of the Midlands list for 2022

August 1, 2022

Columbia Business Monthly has recognized two partners at the law firm Lewis Babcock L.L.P. to the magazine’s “Legal Elite of the Midlands” list for 2022.

Lewis Babcock founding partner Keith Babcock is listed for the fifth year in the annual guide. He is being honored for his work in two practice areas – business litigation and eminent domain.

This year, David Paavola is also being recognized, in the areas of eminent domain and professional liability.

Keith Babcock is a highly skilled attorney with more than 40 years’ experience. He focuses his practice on litigation, concentrating on business disputes, professional negligence, and eminent domain. He has conducted Continuing Legal Education seminars on eminent domain across the state and the country. He is the only South Carolina attorney listed in “Owners’ Counsel of America,” a national eminent domain organization.

David Paavola became a partner in the practice in 2021, and recently joined Keith Babcock as an affiliate member of the Owners’ Counsel. Before becoming an attorney, Paavola was a banking and finance professional. His current practice draws on that background, as he represents individuals and businesses in eminent domain cases, complex business disputes, and in professional malpractice issues.

Columbia Business Monthly has been publishing the Legal Elite list since 2010. The selection process includes nomination and voting by fellow attorneys throughout the Midlands. Those chosen for the list represent the top 10 attorneys in each of the Legal Elite’s 20 practice areas.


About Lewis Babcock

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