If you live in Columbia, SC, and have recently suffered an accident or injury that wasn’t your fault, a Personal Injury lawyer could help get you the compensation you deserve. But choose wisely – not all lawyers are created equal, and not all will put the same effort into winning your case as they put into winning your business. Pick a lawyer that can cut the mustard, and you stand every chance of wiping off those costly medical bills and rehabilitation expenses for good. Pick one that can’t, and you’ll simply be adding yet one more hefty expense to the list. To help you sort the good from the bad, we’ve rounded up the 10 best Personal Lawyers in Columbia, SC. Here, in ascending order, they are.
10. Marc J. Brown
Before moving into defending Personal Injury victims, Marc J. Brown spent years defending large corporations and insurance companies, giving him a unique perspective of both sides of the coin. If you want someone who knows exactly how insurance companies evaluate claims, what criteria they use in deciding what to offer as a settlement (and when that offer stands a chance of being increased), and will defend your interests vigorously and relentlessly, he may very well be your ideal match.
9. Michael R Jeffcoat
Over the last 22 years, Michael R Jeffcoat has grown into one of the most respected, in-demand Personal Injury lawyers in Columbia. Offering strong, competent, aggressive representation, and a fair, reasonable approach to fees, he’s exactly the kind of lawyer you’d want on your side. Focus areas include auto/car accidents, nursing home neglect, and abuse, trucking accidents (tractor-trailer accidents), motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, workplace injuries (workers' compensation), construction site injuries, sexual abuse, animal attack, and dog bite injuries, brain injury, elder law, and wrongful death.
8. D. Michael Kelly
If you want a professional, direct, and focused advocate with a ‘no stone unturned’ approach to cases, you won’t be disappointed with the services of D. Michael Kelly. A compassionate advocate with a fierce reputation in the courtroom, his history of securing multi-million-dollar deals (including a $3 million medical malpractice verdict, a $3.775 million settlement in a truck accident case, and a $1.5 million settlement in a case involving a defective seat belt) makes for impressive reading… as does his Myrtle Beach Herald's 2008 Personal Injury Attorney of the Year Award, his Public Citizen Award from South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, and his decade long status as a Super Lawyer.
7. Ashby Jones
Ashby Jones has been practicing for 21 years, and her experience shows in her dedication, her diligence, her vigorous defense of her client's interests, and her tireless approach to securing justice… not to mention her AV rating with Martindale Hubbell and her perfect 10 rating on AVVO.com.
6. David R. Williams
David R. Williams is a lawyer who’s earned the status of ‘Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney’ with Super Lawyers … the reason for which becomes abundantly clear when you learn he’s recovered over $53.5 million for his clients, holds the highest possible peer-review rating of AV-Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell, and has earned a 10.0 "Superb" rating on Avvo.com. His experience covers a broad spectrum of personal injury cases (including automobile accidents, tractor-trailer and trucking/motor carrier accidents, motorcycle accidents, insurance bad faith, premises liability, slip-and-fall accidents, product liability, and wrongful death), while few would argue his work doesn’t justify his (very reasonable) fees.
5. Robert F. Goings
In 2013, Robert F. Goings earned the status of Rising Star with Super Lawyers, a position he held until he graduated to Super Lawyer in 2017. A committed and compassionate representative, his reputation for securing multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements is hard to beat, as his AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and his designation as an "Emerging Legal Leader" by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly.
4. J. Eric Cavanaugh
As the co-founder of Cavanaugh & Thickens, LLC, J. Eric Cavanaugh has an enviable reputation among his peers – and an in-demand status among the Personal Injury victims of Columbia. A dedicated lawyer who combines courteous, compassionate advocacy with a fierce, aggressive approach to winning justice, his experience and success in the courtroom speaks for itself.
3. Francis M. Hinson IV
With a perfect 10 rating on AVVO.com, Francis M. Hinson IV comes highly recommended. And with reviews like ‘He was very personable, professional, and took a personal interest/concern in us and our case. He was a pleasure to work with and very knowledgeable. We had endless questions and he worked hard to answer them in a timely manner. He made sure that we looked at every issue and fought for us appropriately. We were very satisfied with the results of our case,’ and ‘Brink provided me and my wife with excellent service. He was there to answer all of our questions. In the end, he was prepared to present our case and negotiated an agreeable payment for us. If you are in need of an attorney to represent you. I highly recommend Francis "Brink" Hinson,’ it’s not hard to see why.
2. Carl L Solomon
Three Best Rated rank Carl L Solomon as one of Columbia’s best Personal Injury lawyers. With extensive experience across a broad spectrum of personal injury cases (including car, truck, motorcycle, boat, and train accidents, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, premises liability, slip and fall, dog bites, product liability & auto defects), and an outstanding success rate, so do we.
1. Rob Sullivan
In 2009, Rob Sullivan opened his first law firm. Over the subsequent decade, he’s developed into one of Columbia’s top-rated Personal Injury lawyers. Along with personally overseeing cases that have resulted in settlements or verdicts in excess of $100 million, he’s managed to earn a string of titles and honors that include Order of the Coif, 2000, Top 20 Personal Injury Verdicts, Missouri Lawyers Awards, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2006, ATLA Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2007-Present, 2007, and Attorney securing largest reported plaintiff verdict/judgment, Missouri Lawyers Awards 2015.
Written by Dana Hanson
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