SCAJ Annual Convention

Each year in August, SCAJ members gather together for three exciting days at the Westin Resort and Spa on Hilton Head Island. Featuring a dozen seminars delivered by leading legal experts, the convention provides members a chance to qualify for 12 CLE credits which includes three ethics credits. Seminar topics range from ethics, torts and negligence, workers compensation, employment law, social security, criminal law to environmental law. The convention is also an excellent networking opportunity, allowing you to meet with leaders in your areas of practice and join the lively exchanges that take place during dozens of various events, including a welcoming reception on Thursday, dinner and drinks by the beach on Friday, a live band party on Friday, and culminating with the Judicial Portrait presentation at the Saturday morning breakfast.

2017 annual convention: August 3-5, 2017

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Thank you to our 2016 convention SPONSORS!

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McGowan, Hood, & Felder The South Carolina attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, have a well-earned reputation for being honest, hard-working lawyers who deliver results.  McGowan Hood & Felder has offices located across the state and attorneys handling anything from truck and car accidents to medical malpractice cases, and nursing home abuse and neglect.  No games. No gimmicks. Just honest, straightforward advice from a hard-working law firm you can trust.  (S. Randall Hood, Chad McGowan, Johnny Felder,, p. 888-572-3800)

Motley Rice LLC Founded in 2003, today Motley Rice LLC is proud to be a firm that offers a breadth and depth of complex litigation, trial, resolution and appellate involvement and experience in nearly all areas of plaintiff litigation, including anti-terrorism, asbestos exposure, consumer fraud, medical devices and drugs, aviation disasters, catastrophic injuries, whistleblower, nursing home abuse, and securities class actions. With more than 70 attorneys and hundreds of support personnel, clients and co-counsel from across the country choose to work with Motley Rice in a variety of challenging cases. With roots in asbestos and tobacco litigation, Motley Rice LLC proudly continues to hold leadership roles in litigating Causes, Not Just Cases.  (Joseph F. Rice,, p. 843-216-9000)

Yarborough Applegate, LLC -The personal touch of a small firm with the capabilities & resources of a large firm.  The attorneys of Yarborough Applegate have a history of obtaining quality results for their clients in complex cases involving serious injury, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), product liability, and more.  (David B. Yarborough, Jr.,, p. 843-972-0150)

Case Metrix, LLC CaseMetrix has compiled the most extensive motor vehicle accident and premises liability databases in the Southeastern US.  Comprised of thousands of settlements and verdicts, CaseMetrix provides collective data to utilize in effectively negotiating with insurers so you never settle a case too cheaply.  (Anna Ligon, p. 229-364-6811)

Covered Bridge Capital, LLC- Covered Bridge Capital offers interim financial assistance to plaintiffs in the form of cash advances and medical care funding. The company’s founding dates back to 2004. In 2015, the company was granted a Supervised Lender’s license by the SC Department of Consumer Affairs, thereby making Covered Bridge Capital one of fewer than 5 litigation funding companies to be in full compliance with SC law (as well as the Department’s Administrative Interpretation dated November 14, 2014). Covered Bridge Capital is committed to serving South Carolina attorneys and their clients. The company is headquartered in Blue Bell, PA but looks forward to opening an office here in South Carolina in early 2017.  Company president and convention representative, Dean Lipson, asks that you come by and say hello during your travels through the exhibit hall.  (Dean Lipson & Megan Noll,, p.  215-646-9700)

Cherokee Funding Cherokee Funding makes legal funding available for plaintiffs, doctors and attorneys.  Cherokee Funding grants advances ranging from $500 to $500,000 with the lowest fee structure in the industry. Repayment of advances is only made from a settlement award. If there is no award in your case, then there is no obligation to repay the advance. (Chris Conefry,, p. 855-394-2274)

Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLC- Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP (DHG) ranks among the top 20 public accounting firms in the nation.  DHG Forensics provides a wide range of advisory, investigative, and litigation consulting services in the broad areas of: economic damage calculations; fraud and corporate investigations; insurance claims analysis; class action and settlement consulting; domestic matters; neutral party services; and digital and computer forensic services.  Our DHG Forensic team is composed of highly trained professionals whose sole practice is 100% dedicated to forensic and litigation consulting services.  DHG Valuation Services professionals have extensive experience in valuation matters ranging from simple advisory services for closely-held, family-owned businesses to complex compliance and dispute resolution consulting for privately and publicly owned companies, both domestic and international.  Operating from 15 different office locations throughout the southeast, our professionals are proficient and experienced in forensic accounting and valuation matters across a variety of industries.  We routinely corroborate with resources from other DHG industry and service offerings to deliver a comprehensive, integrated approach to the delivery of our services. (Katherine Theos,, p. 843-727-3234)

Ferlisi Jolley Associates, LLC - Ferlisi Jolley Associates, Inc. has been a plaintiff structured settlement broker for over 20 years, working in conjunction with plaintiff attorneys and their clients to provide the information needed to make the best, most informed choices regarding the plaintiffs' financial future in the settlement of personal physical injury or wrongful death cases.  We are dedicated to maximizing benefits and making sure that any structured annuity put in place addresses immediate and future financial needs. (Jill Rogers,, p. 205-803-6200)

FindLaw FindLaw, a part of Thomson Reuters, is a pioneer and innovator in marketing solutions for law firms, online legal information and services for lawyers, businesses, and individuals. Today, remains the most popular site for free legal information on the Internet with more than eight million visitors each month and the largest online lawyer directory available. (Brian Douglass,, p. 855-281-5559)

Forge Consulting Forge Consulting helps clients rebuild structure—the structure which supports all we do as a community, as families, as individuals—when an unexpected event turns life upside down. The Forge team’s experience gives the plaintiff and plaintiff’s attorney access to objectivity and an array of resources to help customize a balanced settlement solution for you. Every plaintiff and their attorney deserves an advocate and Forge wants to advocate for you.  (Michael Gunn,, p. 803-233-3666)

Injury Finance, LLC- Injury Finance (I/F) is the industry leader offering personal injury victims access to our comprehensive network of physicians. Our dedicated Case Managers schedule your client's treatment, facilitate additional physician-directed treatment, and financially manage each case while your client recovers.All treatment funded is incorporated under one manageable, track-able lien agreement that your client is responsible to pay at the conclusion of their claim. There are never any additional charges, interest or fees in addition to the lien. Our secure, online portal features all of your client's medical records, ledgers, documents, etc., available to you and your staff in real time.There is no cost for attorneys, medical providers, or out-of-pocket expense for your clients, and I/F assumes all financial risk. For more than 12 years, I/F has helped thousands get the care they need without sacrificing quality of treatment. Let us impress you with our service and illustrate why we are recognized as the Healthcare Funding Experts!  (Chris Davis,, p. 855-300-9770)

Robson Forensic Robson Forensic is a national leader in expert witness consulting, providing technical expertise across many fields within engineering, architecture, and science, as well as an expansive range of specialty disciplines. (Mark Williams,, p. 800-813-6736)

Thomson ReutersThomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.  They give their customers a smarter way to work by providing unrivaled legal solutions that integrate content, expertise and technologies.  No one in the legal marketplace invests as much in innovation as Thomson Reuters. (Clai Smith,, p. 646-223-4000)


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Maguire Law Firm

Rosen Rosen & Hagood, LLC

Elliott Davis Decosimo

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Harbin & Burnett, LLP

Janet, Jenner and Suggs, LLC

Lester & Hendrix

Lewis Babcock L.L.P.

Mullis Law Firm, P.A.



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