Clement Rivers, LLP is pleased to announce that Carol B. Ervin was recently elected as Chair of the ALFA International, the oldest and one of the largest global legal networks in the world, at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago. She recently completed a two-year term as vice chair and has previously served on ALFA International’s Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group.
Ms. Ervin is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a specialist in employment law. She has an active trial practice in civil rights, employment, professional liability and commercial litigation, and litigates cases in state and federal courts through South Carolina. Ms. Ervin also defends employers before the EEOC and the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission and counsels clients on matters relating to risk management and government investigations and a wide range of employment issues.
“I’m looking forward to working even more closely with ALFA International members to expand our reach and enhance the services we provide to our clients,” Ms. Ervin said. “ALFA’s legal network model is successful because our members are dedicated to maintaining and strengthening our relationships with each other and our clients. Given the state of the global economy, ALFA’s model is also more relevant than ever, because it connects businesses with legal expertise whenever and wherever they need it, in an efficient and cost-effective manner. “
ALFA International is comprised of 145 member firms across the globe (80 firms in the United States and 65 firms across Canada, Latin and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific Rim) representing the efforts of 10,000 lawyers worldwide. ALFA International firms supplement their own expertise and resources with those of other law firms in the network. Consequently, ALFA International clients can reap the benefit of a geographically comprehensive network of exceptional law firms and avoid the pitfalls of retaining counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions.
Ms. Ervin earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law. In addition to her involvement with ALFA International, Ms. Ervin is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, an Associate Member in the American Board of Trial Advocates. Ms. Ervin is an active community volunteer and currently serves on the Lowcountry Open Land Trust Board of Trustees.
Clement Rivers, LLP serves as ALFA International’s exclusive member firm in Charleston, South Carolina and is one of two firms in South Carolina
D. Jay Davis, Jr. has been appointed to serve as Vice Chair for the Healthcare Practice Group for the Federation of Defense in Corporate Counsel (“FDCC”). He has also been asked to serve as a member of the State Bar Association Committee on Professional Liability. He recently spoke to the South Carolina Hospital Association on medical malpractice liability.
He also recently presented with Jim Scott a Mock Medical Malpractice Trial for educational purposes for hospital residents at Palmetto Richland Hospital.
Clement Rivers, LLP attorney Brandt Horton recently obtained Summary Judgment in favor of a School District in a lawsuit arising out of a shooting that occurred on school property. The Plaintiff got into an altercation with a former student during a basketball scrimmage in the school gym. As everyone was exiting the gym, the former student went to his vehicle, retrieved a handgun, and shot the Plaintiff several times. The Plaintiff alleged the District failed to provide adequate security at the scrimmage and was negligent in its supervision of the students. After extensive discovery, Clement Rivers, LLP attorneys participated in a lengthy hearing where they argued the District provided adequate security and had no reason to suspect any violence would occur, such that summary judgment was appropriate pursuant to the protections provided by the South Carolina Tort Claims Act. This argument was supported by deposition testimony elicited from the Plaintiff, wherein he conceded he had no reason to anticipate the shooting and had no information to suggest the District should have anticipated it. The Circuit Court was also persuaded by the argument that any alleged negligence was not the proximate cause of the Plaintiff’s injuries because of the location of the shooting.
Clement Rivers, LLP has received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” This Tier 1 ranking was determined through the firm’s overall evaluation, which was derived from a combination of factors including clients feedback and the high regard that lawyers in other firms in the same practice area have for the firm.
Our tax attorneys have prepared some information regarding 2013 Year End Tax Planning for both individual and businesses. Please click here to read their helpful tips.
Robert Gruber is speaking for Sterling Educational Services at a seminar entitled “Advanced Workers Compensation” on December 6, 2013 and will be speaking on a variety of topics from handling brain injury cases to the mediation regulation. To register for this seminar click here.
Two Clement Rivers, LLP attorneys have been named Lawyer of the Year in their practice area by Best Lawyers in America for 2014. Best Lawyers named Carol B. Ervin Lawyer of the Year in the area of Employment Law – Management, and Wilbur E. Johnson has received this honor for Litigation – Labor and Employment.
Clement Rivers, LLP’s managing partner, Wilbur E. Johnson, has been selected to receive the 2013 Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award presented by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber presented Wilbur with this award at their “Honors Night – The Gold Standard” event on Thursday, September 26, 2013. This prestigious award is bestowed upon individuals who have shown leadership through work on major Chamber initiatives, leadership in the business community, or other major citizenship participation in activities on local, state or national levels. Some of the past recipients of this prestigious award have been Charleston’s Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Mayor Harry M. Hallman, Jr., Jerry Zucker, Anita Zucker, and Brigadier Gen. Thomas A. Mikolajcik.
Brian Quisenberry was recently selected to serve as the President Elect for the S.C. Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Brian has served as an officer for the organization since 2010 and has served on the Board since 2008. The Federal Bar Association serves as the liaison between federal court practitioners and the Federal Judiciary. The organization hosts numerous events for lawyers and federal judges throughout the state each year, and serves the community with a variety of service projects.
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