Carson Shealy

DIAL DIRECT NUMBERS

Phone:

803-799-9091
803-343-3867

Fax:

803-779-3423

ADMISSIONS
  • South Carolina, 2020
EDUCATION
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2020
  • University of South Carolina, B.S, Business Administration, Management, 2020
    • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
    • Thornwell Scholar
    • Dean’s List
    • Life Scholarship Recipient
EXPERIENCE
  • Law Clerk, Baker Ravenel Bender, 2019
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
  • Richland County Bar Association
SUPPORT STAFF

Carson grew up in West Columbia. In high school at White Knoll, he became interested in track and field, in particular pole vaulting. His interest paid off. Carson was an all-state vaulter. “Pole vaulting is an incredible sport and a lot like life,” he says.

“As a beginner, you feel confused and unsteady. As you progress, you start to feel and understand how you can angle your body to get the most height out of your jump,” he continues.

“You run at a pit as fast as you can and jump upward at a 45-degree angle. You gain confidence in yourself as your vaults progress. The time from when you first ‘plant’ to when you’re completely upside-down is too fast for you to think about; that’s why muscle memory is so important. But right after, you pike and there’s a feeling of weightlessness as you try to worm your way over the bar. And the fall is the relaxing reward for your successful jump.”

Samuel M. Mokeba

DIAL DIRECT NUMBERS

Phone:

803-799-9091
803-343-3872

Fax:

803-779-3423

ADMISSIONS
  • South Carolina Bar,
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
EDUCATION
  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Juris Doctor, 1998
  • University of South Carolina, Masters in Public Administration, 1993
  • University of Yaoundé, Cameroon, License en Droit (B.A in Law) 1989
CERTIFICATION/SPECIALTIES
  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
  • Richland County Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Richland County Public Defender Board of Directors 2005 – 2007
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • Chairperson Elev8 2010- present
  • Vice President Girls, Northeast Columbia Soccer Association 2002-2005
  • Member of the Board of Directors South Carolina United FC 2006 to present
  • Recreational Soccer coach
  • First Church of the Nazarene Choir Member
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • 2017 Bar Register Preeminent Attorney – Listed Lawyer
  • 2017 Top Attorneys in the Midlands
  • 2017 AV Preeminent Attorney
SUPPORT STAFF
“We are creatures of our environment and our environments shape our thoughts, perspective and habits. Be mindful of your environment”

Born in French and English-speaking Limbe in Cameroon in West/Central Africa, Samuel quickly learned how environment can shape perspectives. Particularly when it comes to baked goods.

Shortly after he came to Columbia to study for his master’s degree, Samuel remembers telling a colleague how much he missed good biscuits from home. Not to worry, his colleague told him. She stated that her mother made the best biscuits around and she made them from scratch. Samuel was massively impressed, not to mention excited, when he was invited for Sunday dinner. “I had elevated expectation for two reasons,” Samuel recalled. “I had heard prior to my arrival to the American South that Sunday dinners were a big deal and, of course, I was looking forward to a biscuit. “

The excitement turned to shock when, after the group said grace, his colleague walked over with a basket full of bread and gleefully declared, “The best biscuits in Columbia.”

“I was flabbershocked – flabbergasted and shocked,” he recalled. “However, like a true, albeit new, southerner, I graciously devoured the bread and expressed my appreciation. I was given a bag full of the ‘best biscuits in Columbia’ to take with me.” On his way home, he stopped at a grocery store to buy a proper biscuit as he knew it growing up – a cookie.

“A French biscuit differs substantially from an American biscuit. It is a matter of perspective,” he said. Practicing law requires looking at cases from all perspectives and eating a lot of biscuits.

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.