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Charleston, South Carolina native David Yarborough has more than 15 years of experience successfully representing severely injured people in complex personal injury, wrongful death and products liability actions.Read More
David has obtained jury verdicts and settlements totaling more than $125 Million for his catastrophically injured clients in cases involving bad faith against insurance companies; product liability from rollovers, defective seatbelts and industrial machine injuries; toxic chemical spills by railroad companies; medical, dental and hospital malpractice; trucking and auto accidents; nursing home and daycare negligence; air and water borne bacteria exposure causing Legionnaire's Disease; dram shop negligence by bars and restaurants for violating alcohol liability laws; and negligence by retail stores, energy companies, apartment complexes, hotels, and construction contractors for job-site, balcony collapse and premises injuries. He and his law firm were recently recognized by VerdictSearch for achieving one of the top 100 verdicts in the United States in 2014 stemming from their $35.9 Million Dollar verdict against PEPCO in Montgomery Co., Maryland. His practice today focuses on representing people who have suffered catastrophic injuries or death.
Prior to founding Yarborough Applegate, David was a Partner at another Charleston-based law firm where he practiced for a decade handling cases for both Plaintiffs and Defendants. As a defense trial lawyer, David was part of a national trial team defending products liability cases in trials across the United States. His experience of having handled national litigation, and having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts around the country provides him a varied perspective in discovery strategy, negotiations, and trial.
For the past two consecutive years David was named one of the Top 25 Super Lawyers in South Carolina. He also has received the highest available peer review rating (AV) through Martindale-Hubbell and has been rated Preeminent for Legal Ability and for Ethical Standards by his peers. Additionally, he was nominated and chosen to serve on the South Carolina Bar's Judicial Qualification Committee which screens candidates for judicial vacancies. He recently published a book for the South Carolina Bar titled "South Carolina Dram Shop Litigation: A Practice Guide." He is a member of the South Carolina Association of Justice, the American Association for Justice, serves on the Board of Trustees for Trident Technical College's Foundation, and is on the Board of Directors of TriCounty Family Ministries. David and his law firm place a large emphasis on giving back to the local community both by doing free legal work and through generous financial and service contributions to local charities each year. He and his wife Jessica are both natives of Charleston and have four children.
William is a Charleston, South Carolina native with strong ties to the local and state-wide community. Having a broad range of legal experience, he has successfully litigated cases from securities fraud to wrongful death.Read More
William is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. As a law student, he received the Public Interest Law Society Grant to work in Washington, D.C., served as vice-president of the Pro Bono Board, and was a student member of the John Belton O'Neal Inn of Court. Following law school, he served as law clerk to the Honorable James R. Barber, III, of the Fifth Judicial Circuit of the State of South Carolina, before starting private practice with Motley Rice, one of the largest plaintiff's firms in the country.
William has represented individuals and companies as plaintiffs throughout South Carolina and the U.S. and has achieved significant recoveries on their behalf. He has experience in a variety of different legal areas and has litigated cases covering a broad spectrum, ranging from Federal Employer's Liability Act relating to occupational disease and catastrophic injuries; Jones Act personal injury; Oil Pollution Act cases relating to oil spills from container ships and oil refineries; products liability relating to unsafe products and unsafe drugs; toxic spills from railroad companies; consumer fraud class actions; commercial litigation, as well as securities fraud, derivative, deal, and misrepresentation cases under the Securities and Exchange Act.
While the majority of William's practice has focused on representing plaintiffs and prosecuting cases, he has been retained as settlement counsel to represent defendants in the consumer class action arena. In addition, he has represented multiple individual defendants in criminal matters.
During William's tenure at Motley Rice, he became a part of Motley Rice's Securities and Consumer Fraud practice group where he focused on litigating securities derivative and shareholder cases. He represented public pension funds and other institutional investors in litigation matters involving shareholder value, legal aspects of fiduciary responsibilities of corporate executives, and mergers and acquisitions such as deal cases. He was involved with In re Dell, Inc., Sec. Litig., No. A-06-CA726-SS (W.D. Tex.); In re Witness Systems Inc. Sec. Litig., No. 1:06-CV-1894 (N.D. Ga.); Baker v. MBNA Corp., No. 05-272 (D. Del.); and South Ferry LP #2 v. Killinger, No. C04-1599C (W.D. Wash.).
As a former small business owner, William gained firsthand experience with the issues that face small businesses and individuals in the Charleston area. William has spoken at various legal conferences regarding environmental torts and securities litigation. He is a member of the American Bar Association and Charleston County Bar Association, and serves as the Environmental Law Section Chair and on the Legislative Steering Committee for the South Carolina Association for Justice. He is fluent in Spanish and is an active participant in various local community organizations. William and his wife Lydia live in Charleston with their two young children.
Lydia has over ten years of experience litigating complex commercial disputes and personal injury matters in South Carolina's state and federal courts.Read More
Prior to joining Yarborough Applegate, Lydia was a shareholder in one of South Carolina's largest law firms, where her practice consisted primarily of commercial litigation, including class action litigation involving allegations of unfair pricing and unjust enrichment, commercial lease disputes and general commercial disputes involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and unfair trade practices. In addition, Lydia's practice included a significant amount of admiralty and appellate work.
Lydia is a cum laude graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennesee and the University of South Carolina School of Law. After graduating from law school, for two years, Lydia served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Jean Toal on the South Carolina Supreme Court. During her tenure as a law clerk, Lydia also worked as a legal writing instructor at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Lydia is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Communities in Schools as well as on the Supreme Court's Character and Fitness Committee. Lydia is also an active member of the James L. Petigru Inn of Court and is a member of the Charleston County and South Carolina Bar Associations.
Douglas has helped clients achieve successful results in a number of important cases while at Yarborough Applegate.Read More
Douglas grew up in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina in the city of Bennettsville. After graduating with honors and receiving a B.A. in Political Science from Clemson University, Douglas attended law school at the Charleston School of Law.
While a law student, Douglas served as Vice-President of the Student Trial Lawyers Organization and worked for the First Circuit Solicitor's Office and the Douglas Jennings Law Firm, LLC in Bennettsville, SC with his father.
While at Yarborough Applegate, Douglas has helped clients achieve successful results in trucking cases, bad faith (insurance) litigation, motor vehicle collisions, products liability, wrongful death lawsuits, medical malpractice, commercial/business litigation, and premises liability. During this time, Douglas has litigated numerous complex civil cases which have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in both state and federal courts. He is based out of Charleston but maintains strong ties to his local community in the Pee Dee where he currently serves as co-counsel in many cases and seeks justice relentlessly on behalf of his clients.
Douglas was awarded the Top 10 Under 40 in 2015 by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA) and the Top 40 Under 40 in 2017 by the National Trial Lawyers. He is also active in the American Association of Justice (AAJ), the South Carolina Association of Justice (SCAJ), AAJ's Trucking Litigation Group, the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), the Charleston County Bar Association, and the James L. Petigru Inn of Court.
Douglas also serves on the Board of Directors for a local non-profit, Camp Happy Days, which assists young kids and families who have been impacted by pediatric cancer with a variety of outreach programs.
Prior to attending law school, Douglas worked on Capitol Hill for a short time and then with South Carolina's largest full-service marketing/advertising firm, Erwin-Penland, Inc., in Greenville.
David Lail is a trial lawyer committed to representing those harmed by the actions of others. In addition to helping the injured and their families, David represents victims of bad faith insurance practices, landowners in condemnation actions, and plaintiffs in business litigation.Read More
Lail's practice focuses on helping people that have experienced a life-changing event or crisis and found themselves with a real fight on their hands - a fight that many times involves powerful and connected interests on the other side. As a plaintiffs' lawyer, Lail has litigated against companies and interests such as Wal-Mart, Bankers Life, US Airways, CVS, Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO), and various other car manufacturers, insurance companies, governmental entities, and school districts. Regardless of who is on the other side, his approach remains the same - build the strongest case possible for trial and let the results speak for themselves.
For example, Yarborough, Applegate, and Lail tried a case representing a 28 year old undocumented immigrant construction worker who was electrocuted at a PEPCO facility which caused him to fall 8 feet from scaffolding and suffer a high spinal cord injury. The Maryland jury returned a $35.9 million verdict for the young man who was permanently paralyzed from the neck down. Post-trial, the verdict was reduced to $21.7 million due to Maryland's $770,000 statutory cap on non-economic damages. Hugo Hernandez Palomino v. Potomac Electric Power Company was reported as one of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2014 by the National Law Journal and is believed to be the largest jury verdict for an undocumented worker in United States history.
In 2013, Applegate and Lail tried a case representing a landowner whose commercial property was impacted by two road-widening projects in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The Town of Mt. Pleasant initially offered their client $700 as "just compensation" for the condemned land - the offer was rejected and litigation proceeded. During discovery in the condemnation case with the Town, Lail and Applegate learned of the County of Charleston's involvement in the road projects which prompted them to file an inverse condemnation lawsuit against the County. The two cases were consolidated for trial and a Charleston jury returned a verdict totaling nearly $500,000 in favor of the landowner - a far cry from the initial $700 offer.
David has learned that individuals who have been injured or harmed often feel powerless and faced with problems that seem insurmountable. In response, he works to solve those problems and provide the counsel needed to help his clients get their lives back on track with the remedy they deserve. David has recovered significant compensation for clients in a variety of cases including: bad faith insurance practices, product defects, child abuse at school, motor vehicle collisions caused by drunk drivers, nursing home negligence and abuse, dog bites, and negligence by retail stores, hotels, homeowners, and school districts for premises injuries, among others. In addition to his personal injury practice, David handles cases for plaintiffs in business disputes in both state and federal court.
David is a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 which recognizes, by invitation only, the nation's top Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers under 40 years of age. Also, David is a member of the American Association for Justice, the South Carolina Association for Justice and is licensed to practice law in South Carolina and the District of Columbia.
A Kentucky native, David received a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Kentucky in 2001 and then moved to Charleston in 2006 after a career in marketing with a Fortune 500 company. Next, David received an M.B.A. from The Citadel and a J.D., cum laude, from the Charleston School of Law where he was an Associate Articles Editor of the Charleston Law Review, a member of the Charleston School of Law Moot Court Board, and a Teaching Fellow in the Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing Department. During his legal study, David received CALI Awards for the highest law school grade in: Torts, Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing I & II, and Pleadings & Practice.
David lives in Charleston with his wife, Lauren, and their two young children, Evie and Hugh.
Chris’s experience as a federal law clerk at the trial and appellate levels brings a valuable perspective to Yarborough Applegate’s cases.Read More
Born and raised in the Midwest, Chris has spent most of his adult life in the Carolinas. Chris attended Duke University School of Law, where he was elected the first African American Editor in Chief of the Duke Law Journal. While in law school, Chris volunteered as an intake intern for Legal Aid of North Carolina, represented clients as a student attorney in the Start-Up Ventures Clinic, participated in Moot Court, and won 1st Place in the Louis Jackson National Student Memorial Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law.
After law school, Chris clerked for Judge James A. Wynn, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge Richard M. Gergel on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. Chris initially planned to work for a large law firm in Los Angeles after his clerkships, but his experience clerking for Judge Gergel during United States v. Dylann Storm Roof factored heavily into his decision to stay in South Carolina and represent individuals and small businesses who have been harmed by the actions of others.
Chris serves on the board of Charleston Legal Access, a nonprofit law firm representing modest-means clients who do not make enough to pay standard rates for an attorney. Chris is also on the Duke Law Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Chris is a member of the bars of South Carolina, U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and he passed the July 2016 California Bar Exam.
Before law school, Chris attended Duke University as a Reginaldo Howard Scholar, where he received an A.B. in Economics. Upon graduation, Chris joined Teach for America (TFA) and worked in Durham Public Schools as a 7th-grade special education teacher and an assistant baseball and soccer coach. After completing his two-year TFA commitment, Chris worked for a year at a K-8 public charter school in Durham, where he managed a small special education caseload and founded and ran the school’s first music program for its 300+ students.
Chris lives downtown with his dog, Bowser, and both enjoy Folly Beach, where they lived when they first moved to the area. In his spare time, you may find him playing guitar and singing at an open mic, longboarding around town, or meeting new people.
Charleston, South Carolina native Laura Butler Peirano has many years of experience in the legal field.Read More
Laura is the office manager and provides administrative support for Yarborough Applegate and assists with every aspect of the firm's cases. Laura opened the firm with David and William in January 2010 and previously was the senior legal secretary for a prominent law office in downtown Charleston, where her primary focus was on asbestos litigation and insurance defense.
Laura has been involved with many types of cases, including catastrophic injury, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, construction defect, medical/dental malpractice, product liability, contract dispute, foreclosure, negligence, toxic tort, class action, and criminal defense.
Her professional responsibilities include opening and maintaining files, providing support and information to our clients, preparing and managing documents, managing accounts receivable/payable, and overseeing the daily office operations.
Laura graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice and from the Citadel with a Master's Degree in Psychology-Clinical Counseling. In her spare time, Laura enjoys volunteering, spending time with her family, and a variety of outdoor activities.
Amy Johnson is a seasoned paralegal with more than 15 years of experience assisting clients who have suffered severe personal injury, medical and pharmacy errors, and wrongful death of a loved one.Read More
Amy combines attention to detail and efficiency with compassion for every client's situation. She is knowledgeable about the cases and provides essential support in preparing the cases for mediation and trial. Amy has earned national recognition for her approach to reviewing medical records for litigation purposes, and has presented over 100 times to national audiences on this and other law-related topics. She has mentored many local paralegals and young associate attorneys, and also served as a preceptor for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell's paralegal program. She is a past-President of the Charleston Association of Legal Assistants, past-President of the South Carolina Alliance of Paralegal Associations, and currently serves as an appointed member to the Continuing Education Council for the National Association of Legal Assistants. At Yarborough Applegate, we rely on Amy for her judgment and analytical abilities as well as her ability to interact with clients, attorneys, and the court staff.
Amy earned her Bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Before joining Yarborough Applegate, Amy worked as a claims adjuster for Nationwide Insurance and then as a paralegal for another prominent Charleston attorney also in the arena of complex litigation. She has extensive experience in medical malpractice, catastrophic personal injury, business litigation, and products liability cases. Amy works hard to obtain good results for our clients and she truly enjoys working in the paralegal field. It is this type of dedication and commitment that she will bring to your case.
Amy and her husband Jeff live in Mount Pleasant and have three children - Callie, Max, and Cody.
Lindsey brings versatility and new ideas to our practice. She is an experienced paralegal who has worked for plaintiffs and defendants, acquainting her with issues on both sides of every case.Read More
Lindsey brings versatility and new ideas to our practice. She is an experienced paralegal who has worked for plaintiffs and defendants, acquainting her with issues on both sides of every case. She strives to uncover details and obtain the best possible outcome for families who are dealing with serious injuries or loss of a loved one. She shares a confidence with her clients, reassuring them that she is putting forth her best effort every day to yield successful results.
Growing up in the Charleston area, Lindsey has developed an excellent network of local resources and uses these connections to add value to the cases. She has worked in an office setting from a young age, first for her family's business followed by a small general practice law firm and then a large defense firm. This varied experience allows her to bring insight and a fresh approach to Yarborough Applegate. She is dedicated to her cases and the clients we serve. She works tirelessly to get the job done. With her keen analytical approach, she will sort through the file to extract the most relevant details to help your case. Lindsey has exceptionally strong organizational and writing skills, and has even taught a National Business Institute course to attorneys on legal writing and document management.
Lindsey earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Sociology from College of Charleston and attended the Paralegal Studies Program at Trident Technical College. When she is not at work, she enjoys running, playing volleyball and spending time with friends, family, and her dog Kota.
Diane brings over 20 years of paralegal experience to our practice, combining both plaintiff and defense work in firms as small as 6 people and as large as 1000.Read More
Diane brings over 20 years of paralegal experience to our practice, combining both plaintiff and defense work in firms as small as 6 people and as large as 1000. She has worked as lead paralegal for a firm representing one of the world’s largest automakers in product liability cases, and this insight and knowledge into the auto industry is of invaluable assistance to our clients in product and automotive cases. She has also worked as a paralegal for a firm representing physicians and hospitals, and brings this firm grasp of medical conditions, problems and procedures to benefit our clients.
Her legal background also encompasses such diverse areas of law as billion-dollar mergers and acquisitions, government lobbying and reporting, asbestos litigation, medical malpractice, trucking and transportation, premises liability, and insurance defense. She brings her wide experience and deep insight into all her work for the clients of our firm, ensuring the best possible outcomes of their cases.
Beyond her skills and experience, Diane’s particular strengths include her ability to relate to and communicate with our clients on every level, her dedication to their cases, and her high energy and positive outlook that help her go above and beyond to achieve the highest results. She has supervised and mentored other paralegals and provided paralegal training and oversight in her previous positions. At Yarborough Applegate, we are happy to utilize her many wide-ranging abilities and awesome enthusiasm to serve the needs of our clients.
Diane grew up in Savannah, Georgia, graduated early from high school in a program for gifted students, did her undergraduate work in English at Armstrong Atlantic University, and furthered her studies in Historic Preservation at the College of Charleston. Prior to becoming a paralegal, she worked in the historic preservation and tourism fields, and held tour guide licenses in Savannah and Charleston. She and her husband Jim live in West Ashley and she enjoys running, playing tennis and piano, and traveling the world.
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