Mariel D. Norton

DIAL DIRECT NUMBERS

Phone:

803-799-9091
803-343-3870

Fax:

803-779-3423

ADMISSIONS
  • South Carolina Bar, 2011
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, 2012
EDUCATION
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2011
  • Article Editor for the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal
  • CALI Awards: Transnational Law, Women and the Law
  • Wofford College, B.A., summa cum laude, history, 2008
  • David Duncan Wallace History Award
  • Presidential Seminar in the field of History
  • Wofford Community of Scholars in the field of History
  • Senior Honors Thesis
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
  • American Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
SUPPORT STAFF

While growing up in a military family, Mariel lived in several states before her family settled in Middle Tennessee. After both she and her twin sister transplanted to South Carolina for college, her parents soon followed them to the Palmetto State. Whether practicing law, working in her vegetable garden, or cheering on the Gamecocks, Mariel cannot imagine calling anywhere else home.

In her spare time, Mariel enjoys hiking with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Catharine Garbee Griffin

DIAL DIRECT NUMBERS

Phone:

803-799-9091
803-343-3863

Fax:

803-779-3423

ADMISSIONS
  • South Carolina Bar, 1987
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, 1987
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1987
EDUCATION
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • J.D., 1987
  • Order of Wig and Robe
  • Dean’s List
  • University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
  • B.A. English, 1984
JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS
  • Law Clerk 1988-1989, The Honorable Jean Hoefer Toal
PEER RATING
  • Martindale Hubbell rated AV 5.0/5.0
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • John Belton O’Neal Inn of Court (Past President)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorney’s Association
  • Defense Research Institute
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • Volunteer, WA Perry After School Program
  • Liturgy Prep teacher, Trinity Episcopal Church
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • 2017 Bar Register Preeminent Attorney – Listed Lawyer
  • 2017 Top Attorneys in the Midlands
  • 2017 AV Preeminent Attorney
SUPPORT STAFF
“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare”

Juma/Kangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon Winner

Running and practicing law have a lot in common. After running a marathon a year for more than a decade – including seven Boston Marathons – Catharine has learned that running up hills allows you to relax on the other side; that running the tangents saves steps; that flat terrain can be boring; that various weather conditions — rain, cold, heat — offer some advantage; and that preparation is the key to finishing a race. All of these principles, absorbed during the miles spent on the road running to prepare for a marathon, equally apply to her daily practice as a litigator.

When not running or practicing law, Catharine enjoys the company of her three beautiful daughters, and she hopes to run a marathon with one of them before she is too old.

Susan Drake DuBose

DIAL DIRECT NUMBERS

Phone:

803-799-9091
803-343-3868

Fax:

803-779-3423

ADMISSIONS
  • South Carolina, 1996
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2000
EDUCATION
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D. (Cum Laude), 1996
  • Carolina Legal Scholar
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Wig and Robe
  • John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court
  • Student Works, Editor
  • South Carolina Law Review
  • University of Georgia, B.A. (Summa Cum Laude), English and Psychology, 1993
  • Phi Beta Kappa
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • Chair, Children and Youth Committee at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (2009-2012)
  • Past Chair Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Vacation Bible School
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • 2016 Legal Elite of the Midlands – insurance law
SUPPORT STAFF
Susan joined the firm in 1996 and left in 2002 to focus on her family. Susan and her husband, Jones, have three children.  Susan returned to the firm in 2010 after her youngest child started school.  She is so thankful that the firm welcomed her back and has enjoyed returning to the practice of law.  Much of her free time is spent watching her children play soccer, baseball, and basketball. When not attending athletic events, her family enjoys spending time on the May River in Bluffton.  Susan is also an active member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

William Pearce Davis

DIAL DIRECT NUMBERS

Phone:

803-799-9091
803-343-3865

Fax:

803-779-3423

ADMISSIONS
  • South Carolina, 1981
  • Georgia, 1981
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
EDUCATION
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina, J.D., 1981
    Honors: Member, International Moot Court Team
  • University of South Carolina, B.A (Magna Cum Laude), 1977
CERTIFICATION/SPECIALTIES
  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Ethics Advisory Panel, 1985-90
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • 2017 Bar Register Preeminent Attorney—Listed Lawyer
  • 2017 Top Attorneys in the Midlands
SUPPORT STAFF
Got a minute?

Bill Davis usually does, whether the request is from a former student, a clerk at Baker Ravenel & Bender or a family friend.

Over the years, Bill has mentored dozens of people trying to find their way in the legal profession or in life. He does it because he remembers.  “I know what it was like to be starting out and not really have a good idea about what I should be doing or how to go about doing it,” he said.

For the most part, he’s mentored informally. He used to teach insurance law at the University of South Carolina School of Law, so it was natural for students to approach him after class. He’d answer their questions, but at the same time he had a bigger goal: to help make sure they knew what they needed to know to succeed as professionals.

Though his efforts had been entirely informal over the years, he now has an official role in preparing lawyers for their futures. Through his participation in the South Carolina Bar Lawyer Mentoring Program, he’s paired with a young attorney for a year so that the new lawyer develops a firm appreciation for the profession’s high standards and ethical obligations and expectations.

But don’t worry that his new commitment will curb his eagerness to help. If you need a minute of his time, just pick up the phone or corner him by the water cooler.

Jay Bender

DIAL DIRECT NUMBERS

Phone:

803-799-9091

Fax:

803-779-3423

ADMISSIONS
  • South Carolina, 1975
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court
EDUCATION
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina J.D, 1975
  • University of South Carolina
  • B.A in Journalism, 1970
CERTIFICATION/SPECIALTIES
    • Certified Civil Mediator, State and Federal Courts
    • Certified Arbitrator
PEER RATING

Martindale Hubbell rated AV 5.0/5.0

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
    • Permanent member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
    • Richland County Bar Association
    • South Carolina Bar
    • Richland County Planning Commission, Member, 1979-83; Chairman, 1981
    • South Carolina Occupational Health and Safety Review Board, Chairman, 1983 -1990
PUBLISHED WORKS
  • “Law Affecting South Carolina Newspapers”, SCPA Foundation, 1995
  • Legal Guide, S.C. Broadcasters, 1998
  • “Closed Doors and Closed Drawers: Public Access to Courtrooms and Court Records”, S.C. Lawyer,   Nov./Dec., 1994
  • “The Constitution and the Challenge to the Culture of Confidentiality”, S.C. Lawyer, May/June, 1995
  • “Restraints on Extrajudicial Comment: Who Can Say What, When and Where?”  S.C. Lawyer, May/June,   1999
  • “One Week That Changed the State”, S.C. Lawyer, Nov./Dec., 1999
  • “An Outbreak of Prior Restraint in the Palmetto State”, S.C. Lawyer, March 2012
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyer
SUPPORT STAFF

Jay Bender has built a national reputation as a lawyer for newspapers and broadcasters, and is regarded as South Carolina’s foremost authority on the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act.  Bender represents the South Carolina Press Association, the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, and many of the members of those associations.  Since beginning his media law practice in 1975 Bender has appeared in a multitude of trial and appellate courts, both federal and state, to advocate press-related cases.  As a lobbyist for the South Carolina Press Association, Bender was instrumental in the adoption of amendments to strengthen the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act and the adoption of a reporter’s shield law.  Bender has also published two books on South Carolina media law.

Bender holds the Reid H. Montgomery Freedom of Information Chair at the University of South Carolina where he is a visiting professor in the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies and a lecturer in the School of Law.  Bender teaches courses in the law and ethics of mass communication in both schools and a course on constitutional limitations on commercial speech regulation in the law school.  Bender’s students include undergraduates, law students and doctoral candidates.

In addition to his media law practice and his teaching Bender is a frequent speaker to press groups, lawyer organizations, judges and academic assemblies on access to courts, public records and meetings, and free speech issues.  Bender is quoted regularly by reporters commenting on free speech and access controversies ranging from a police department’s refusal to provide a crime report to the arrest of protesters on the state capitol grounds.

Bender has prepared summaries of South Carolina media-related law for the Reporters Committee on Freedom of the Press and the Libel Defense Resource Center. He has also written on media law issues for the South Carolina Bar magazine, his most recent publication being “An Outbreak of Prior Restraint in the Palmetto State” in the March 2012 issue of South Carolina Lawyer.  Bender’s provocative speech on free speech at the inaugural  Columbia TEDx talks received a standing ovation.

Between 1975 and 2006 Bender was an attorney for the Catawba Indian Nation and participated in litigation and negotiations leading to the settlement of a land claim that arose in 1840.

Away from his professional career Bender has been active in community service having been a “radio reader” on the South Carolina Radio Network for the Blind for 30 years and a frequent platelet donor for the Red Cross.  In 2010 Bender received an award for service to journalism and the community from the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and previously was honored as an outstanding alumnus of that school.

Bender has been a vintage motorcycle racer (a reference to both the rider and his mount), a whitewater kayaker, marathoner and mountain climber.  Bender has ridden a motorcycle from Key West, Florida to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and later to the “Four Corners” of the United States:  Key West, Florida, San Ysidro, California, Blaine, Washington, and Madawaska, Maine.  Bender’s more sedate hobby is collecting pueblo and Catawba pottery.

Jon Asbill

DIAL DIRECT NUMBERS

Phone:

803-799-9091

803-343-3871

Fax:

803-779-3423

ADMISSIONS
  • South Carolina Bar, 2013
EDUCATION
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2013
    • CALI Award Winner for Torts I, Products Liability, and Legal Research
    • Member of the Order of the Wig and Robe
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington, B.A. in Psychology, Graduated cum laude, 2010
SUPPORT STAFF
Jon was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, around a family of music lovers. Jon’s parents would regularly expose him to everything from the blues to beach music. The fine-tuned aspects of music fascinated him and he began to hone his skills at a young age in the recording studios around Charlotte. Starting out as an intern, Jon soon learned many of the intricacies associated with complex recording equipment and he was ultimately credited as a mixing assistant and assistant engineer on five major-label record releases. After leaving the studio behind to pursue his bachelor’s degree, Jon began recording and performing with his own musical groups throughout southeastern North Carolina. Jon comes from a family of Gamecock alumni and those roots eventually pulled him further south and he chose to attend the University of South Carolina School of Law. The meticulous nature of professional-grade audio recordings served him well throughout law school when grappling with multi-faceted legal concepts, and Jon continues to use those skills today while dealing with the daily challenges associated with practicing as an attorney. In his spare time, Jon continues to record and play with local musicians around Columbia, many of whom were his classmates in law school.