Jon Asbill named Special Counsel at Baker Ravenel Bender

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Jon Asbill has been named Special Counsel with Baker Ravenel Bender.

Asbill has been an associate with the firm since 2014. He practices in the areas of appellate advocacy, construction litigation, insurance coverage, products liability, premises liability, and personal injury.

“I am certainly very grateful I was offered the position,” he said. “It’s a leadership position in the firm that will allow me to further develop as a legal professional while providing quality representation to my clients.”

Asbill graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2013, and was admitted to the Bar in November of that year. He had previously earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. While in law school, Jon was a member of the Order of the Wig and Robe. He also was honored as the CALI Award winner for having the highest grade in Torts I, Products Liability and Legal Research.

“Jon has demonstrated his considerable professional skills and dedication over the last seven years with us,” said Catharine Griffin, the firm’s managing partner. “This is a well-earned step in his career.”

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 12 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.

Jay Bender to be honored by S.C. Broadcasters

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Broadcasters Association will present its Honorary Life Membership Award to attorney Jay Bender on Jan. 25, during its annual Awards of Distinction ceremony at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Bender, a former partner who serves as of counsel with Baker Ravenel & Bender law firm in Columbia, has represented the SCBA since 1995, and has built a national reputation as a lawyer for broadcasters – as well as being the state’s leading attorney for print media.

Since beginning his media law practice in 1975, he has appeared in a multitude of trial and appellate courts, both federal and state, to advocate media-related cases. He is regarded as South Carolina’s foremost authority on the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act.

The Honorary Life Membership Award salutes those who have made significant contributions to the broadcasting industry. Recipients have included broadcast educators, legislators, owners and managers, on-air talent, broadcast technical specialists and regulatory experts.

“Jay has served as a tireless advocate for SC broadcasters since becoming our SCBA legal counsel in 1998,” said Margaret Wallace, executive director of the association. “He is brilliant, patient, always accessible to SCBA staff and members with questions and cares deeply about our industry. Jay is very deserving of this award.”

Cravens Ravenel retires from firm

Baker, Ravenel & Bender, L.L.P., of Columbia announces that its senior partner Cravens Ravenel has retired from the practice of law following a distinguished career of nearly 50 years.

Ravenel’s practice was focused on complex civil litigation in the areas of products liability, professional malpractice, and construction defects. In recognition of his law practice accomplishments, Ravenel was named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and recognized in the publication Best Lawyers in America.

Ravenel’s contributions to the profession and community included service on the South Carolina Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness; the Midlands Commission on Homelessness; chair of the Board of Trustees, South Carolina Episcopal Home at Still Hopes; Board of Directors of the Greater Columbia Human Relations Council; and vice chair of the Richland County Election Commission.

Ravenel’s commitment to the community has not been limited to service in leadership positions, as he weekly serves meals to the homeless at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and regularly participates in work details at St. Lawrence Place transitional housing for families.

Gamecock athletics are expected to benefit from Ravenel’s retirement as he will have more time to cheer them on at all USC sporting events, from spring football to the games of the national-champion women’s basketball team and twice national-champion baseball team.

Jon Asbill Joins Firm as an Associate

Jon Asbill joined the firm as an associate in March of 2014.  Jon graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in May of 2013 and was admitted to the Bar in November of 2013.  While in law school, Jon was a member of the Order of the Wig and Robe.  He also was honored as the CALI Award winner for having the highest grade in Torts I, Products Liability and Legal Research.  Jon served as a research and editing assistant for Professor David G. Owen.  Jon will concentrate his practice in construction litigation, products liability and premises liability.  We welcome Jon to Baker, Ravenel & Bender, LLP.