Anna Vilatte joins Baker, Ravenel & Bender as an associate

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Attorney Anna Vilatte has joined Baker, Ravenel & Bender as an associate.

Her practice areas include appellate advocacy, automobile liability, bad-faith litigation and insurance coverage.

She received her Juris Doctor in 2023 from the University of South Carolina School of Law. In law school, she was a member of the Order of the Barristers and was involved with moot court. She had earlier earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois.

She is associated with the Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar, and the Richland County Bar Association.

Anna is from Peoria, Illinois, where she helped domestic violence and sexual assault victims as a court advocate before entering law school. Since moving to South Carolina for law school, she met her fiancé, who serves in the U.S. Air Force. They enjoy spending time together with their labradoodle, Winnie.

“We believe Anna will be a great addition to the firm, and are confident she will provide capable representation to our clients,” said Chip Collins, Jr., the firm’s managing partner.

Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P., is one of South Carolina’s oldest law firms, established around 1900 as Melton & Belser. The name evolved to its current form in 1999. The firm today consists of eight attorneys who focus on litigation, covering myriad practice areas in state and federal courts. The firm is known for its work in the insurance defense field and media law, and also handles construction litigation, products liability, real estate litigation, restaurant and hospitality law, education law, and mediation.

Two new attorneys join Baker Ravenel Bender

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Baker, Ravenel & Bender, LLC, is welcoming three additional attorneys to its ranks.

William A. Collins Jr. is coming on board as a partner, and Michal Kalwajtys will be associates. Collins and Kalwajtys join the law firm as a result of its merger with their former firm, Dougall & Collins.

“Chip” Collins practices in the areas of Construction Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Asbestos Litigation and General Litigation. In addition to the South Carolina Bar, he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Carolina in 1992, and his Juris Doctor from the USC School of Law in 1995.

He is an elder at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, and is involved with both Town Theatre and the South Carolina Shakespeare Company. He has enjoyed acting in local theater for most of his life, and finds the stage experience helps him improvise and react better in real time in court.

Kalwajtys practices in the areas of Personal Injury Defense, Construction Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Product Liability, and Appellate Advocacy. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as state courts.

He is a graduate of two law schools, in his native Poland in 2002, and the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor in 2012.

He first visited the United States in the summer of 1997, and immigrated after law school in Poland. He is now firmly rooted in South Carolina and proud to call it home. He spends most of his free time playing guitar and violin.

About Baker, Ravenel & Bender

Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P., is one of South Carolina’s oldest law firms, established around 1900 as Melton & Belser. The name evolved to its current form in 1999. The firm today consists of seven attorneys who focus on litigation, covering myriad practice areas in state and federal courts. The firm is known for its work in the insurance defense field and media law, and also handles construction litigation, products liability, real estate litigation, restaurant and hospitality law, education law, and mediation.