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DAN ATKINSON is an attorney with Wilkes Law Firm P.A.'s Spartanburg office where his practice focuses on all areas of general litigation including professional liability defense, construction litigation, personal injury defense, insurance litigation, business torts, and education law. He has represented school districts, teachers, and students on a variety of issues such as athletic eligibility, employment termination, civil liability, accessibility and security of medical records. Additionally, Mr. Atkinson has represented several licensed professionals before administrative agencies. He has tried cases before juries, and he has experience in non-jury trials in cases involving arbitration panels. Mr. Atkinson earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Furman University and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he served as an instructor in legal research and writing. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar. Mr. Atkinson attended the International Association of Defense Counsel's Trial Academy, held at Stanford Law Center, which provided an intensive training of trial questioning and presentation and techniques.
DAVID T. DUFF is a senior partner with Duff & Childs, L.L.C., where his practice areas include employment law, procurement/construction, education, and litigation. Mr. Duff is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a specialist in employment and labor law. He represents private and public sector employers regarding all aspects of the employer/employee relations. Mr. Duff also practices extensively in procurement and construction, including experience with bidding, contract awards, contract dispute, and mediation. He has represented numerous school districts as they faced complex construction-related issues. In education law, his focus is on issues related to the education and discipline of disabled students, school construction, and school finance in primary and secondary education, and he defends higher education institutions in policy and contract areas. Mr. Duff brings his skills as a mediator into each legal conflict, and has extensive experience as a litigator, including work in appellate courts. He is licensed to practice before the South Carolina Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He earned his B.A. degree from Kenyon College, his J.D. degree from Temple University Law School, and his LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law.
MARCUS A. MANOS is a partner with the law firm of Nexsen Pruet LLC in its Columbia office, where he practices in complex and multi-district litigation, civil litigation, intellectual property litigation (including patents, trademarks, and copyrights), insurance, computers and software, trade secrets, financial services/lender liability litigation, shareholder/partnership disputes, public utility and cooperative litigation and regulation, and state government procurement/contract litigation. He has spoken on numerous occasions for professional groups on litigation, procurement/government contract issues, and intellectual property protection. Mr. Manos earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Virginia, and his M.A. degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a member of the North Carolina (member, sections on Litigation and Intellectual Property) and American (member, sections on Intellectual Property, Tort and Insurance Practice and Litigation) bar associations; the South Carolina Bar (member sections on Trial and Appellate Advocacy, Tort and Insurance Practice, and Government Law); the District of Columbia Bar; the Carolina Association of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Attorneys; the Defense Research Institute; and a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.
RALPH J. SMILEY is the founder and owner of The Smiley Firm LLC, where he currently focuses his practice on defending and advising school districts, colleges, municipalities, businesses and nonprofits in various transactional, business litigation, employment and labor law matters. Mr. Smiley also represents individuals and their families in select personal injury cases. He is an associate probate judge for the Richland County Probate Court. Mr. Smiley is admitted to practice in South Carolina and Florida. He is a member of the American (Litigation Section) and National bar associations, South Carolina Bar (Employment & Labor Law, Government Law, Torts and Insurance Practice sections), and the National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys. Mr. Smiley earned his B.S. degree from the Medical College of Georgia and his J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
S. HARRISON WILLIAMS is an attorney with Wilkes Law Firm, PA, where he practices construction law, professional negligence, and school law. Mr. Williams is admitted to practice in South Carolina. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorney’s Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Charleston County Bar Association. Mr. Williams earned his B.A. degree from Clemson University and his J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.