Womble Carlyle Merges with Hall and Bowers, Opens Columbia Office

January 31, 2012

The firm’s newColumbia office will bring clients service in South Carolina regulatory andgovernment affairs issues.

COLUMBIA, SC – January 31, 2012 – Womble Carlyle today announced that it hasmerged with the Columbia, S.C. firm of Hall and Bowers, LLC, creating WombleCarlyle’s new Columbia office. 

The Columbia office is the firm’s 14th office inthe Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and SiliconValley – and third in South Carolina, joining Charleston and Greenville. Thenew office will focus on campaign finance and election law, public policy,administrative and regulatory law, constitutional litigation, and businesslitigation. Attorneys joining Womble Carlyle are: 

  • Butch Bowers, the former Chairman of theSouth Carolina State Election Commission and a former Special Counsel forVoting Matters for the United States Department of Justice.
  • KevinHall, an experienced business litigator and one of themost well-known attorneys in South Carolina’s political law arena.
  • Todd Carroll, an experienced appellate and trial attorney who alsoserves as special counsel to the governor. 


 “Our clients frequently interact with South Carolinalawmakers and regulatory authorities,” said Chuck Baker (pictured left),Managing Partner of Womble Carlyle’s Charleston office. “Our new Columbia teamadds even more experience and knowledge to guide our clients through thoseinteractions.”

title=“Womble Carlyle has more than 70 attorneys in SouthCarolina, and we are the largest law firm in North and South Carolina. Theaddition of our Columbia colleagues expands our areas of practice, which willbenefit clients throughout the firm,” said Allen Grumbine (pictured right), ManagingPartner of the firm’s Greenville office. 

The firm’s new Columbia office is located in the historicLorick House, a Victorian-era mansion listed on the National Register of HistoricPlaces. 

The past year has been one of tremendous expansion forWomble Carlyle. Womble Carlyle merged with Buist Moore Smythe McGee, P.A., inApril 2011 to create a 40+ attorney Charleston office. In October 2011, thefirm opened a Silicon Valley office – its first on the West Coast – to serveclients in the tech industry.

Ken Young of YoungMayden, LLC assisted Womble Carlyle in identifying Hall and Bowers as a strategicfit for what the firm’s clients need in the Columbia market.

About Womble Carlyle

Womble Carlyle is a full-service business law firm with a focus on innovativesolutions to client needs. The firm supports the Association of CorporateCounsel in the ACC Value Challenge, which seeks to better align legal serviceswith the needs of corporate clients.

The firm serves clients nationally and globally with more than 550 attorneys infourteen offices: Atlanta; Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, S.C.;Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, and Winston-Salem,N.C.; Silicon Valley, Calif., Washington, D.C.; Tysons Corner, Va.; Baltimore;and Wilmington, Del.

In the community, the firm is the first law firm to receive the ThurgoodMarshall College Fund Corporate Leadership Award as well as the EmployerSupport of the Guard and Reserve Freedom Award.