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 one ethics credit and one LEPR credit. 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 2017 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)

Barrister Capital- With over 15 years of experience in the pre-settlement funding industry, Barrister Capital has been trusted by thousands of plaintiffs and their attorneys throughout the United States.  We approach every case with the client’s best interest at heart.  Other companies might offer similar services, but no one values client relationships like we do.  Barrister Capital is highly sensitive to the attorney’s needs and work with you to provide only the appropriate amount of funding to your client.  Our fees are highly competitive and transparent, and our priority is to handle all of the paperwork to allow attorneys to focus solely on winning the client’s case.  (Amanda Smith,, p. 800-910-0855, p. 606-210-0575)

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.  (Kim White, p. 404-849-6422)

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)

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)

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. We have 16 offices, including Charleston, SC, and more than 150 experts who provide high quality investigations, reports, and testimony to assist in the resolution of disputes and litigation. We have performed over 50,000 cases since 1987 and offer clients the assurance of peer review and personal follow through not found with a referral service. (Mark Williams,, p. 843-122-0119)

Thomson Reuters/FindLawWhether you're a small law firm attorney or a solo practitioner, Thomson Reuters has legal software to help you practice law, manage your law firm, and grow your practice. Grow with targeted, effective legal marketing solutions that showcase your expertise, connect you to the right prospects, and enhance your visibility in the marketplace. Then, find exactly what you need with award-winning online legal research software and legal know-how to having the ability to connect case files with legal drafting tools and eDiscovery software.  Thomson Reuters helps solo practitioners and small law firm attorneys efficiently practice law.  (Brian Douglass,, p. 855-281-5559)


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Rosen Rosen & Hagood, LLC

Dixon Hughes Goodman, 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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