As trial lawyers, it’s our job first and foremost to stand with our clients and help them achieve well-deserved compensation in the aftermath of a preventable tragedy. But from our view, our work is also about something greater: building safer communities and forging a more just legal industry for all, in our home state of South Carolina and beyond. In service of that calling, our attorneys take every opportunity to participate in ongoing professional development opportunities where they share case-tested insights with peers. Just a few months into 2023, our team has already been on the ground at events around the state. Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to.
Hitting the Ground Running in 2023
The first few months of this year brought seminars including South Carolina Bar’s Insurance Bad Faith: The Law in SC, which included presentations and panel discussions by our own David Yarborough, David Lail, and Reynolds Blakenship. The event also featured a review of our latest book,Insurance Bad Faith, A Primer on the Law in South Carolina, thefirst comprehensive book of its kind in the state. On the heels of the successful event, attorney Liam Duffy organized this year’s Young Lawyers Seminar for the South Carolina Association of Justice, which brought together attorneys from all corners of the state for a day of sharing and collaborating on strategies for discovery, depositions, and trial.
David Lail Presents on a Range of Topics
For David Lail, speaking engagements last month presented the opportunity to share perspectives on topics spanning his legal practice to techniques for maintaining good mental health along the way. He presented before the Hilton Head Bar Association on catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, citing some of the qualities successful cases share. They include identifying and hiring the right experts, using invaluable visuals, and recognizing that you carry an emotional responsibility for clients throughout the process.
For the National Business Institute, the topic was “The Art of Depositions and Discovery,” where he shared how being calm, being confident, and being in control can help a trial lawyer establish credibility and earn respect. And as part of its “What Works for Me” series, Charleston County Bar Association asked Lail to share his take on how meditation factors into his work as a plaintiff counsel.