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Catharine Griffin


Retail Liability

There can be claims from shoppers ranging from falling merchandise, slip and falls, trip and falls, false imprisonment, abuse of process, security matters, negligence and more.

Real Estate Litigation

Trespass, nuisance, adverse possession, easements, condemnations, eminent domain – Baker, Ravenel & Bender is experienced in these and other areas of real estate litigation, in both residential and commercial settings in South Carolina.

Professional Ethics

Cravens Ravenel advises and defends South Carolina lawyers on ethical and professional conduct issues in attorney disciplinary proceedings.

Product Liability

Our attorneys represent a wide range of manufacturing companies who have been sued in South Carolina because of an alleged defective product.

Premises Liability

Accidents happen, but when they do someone often is looking for someone to pay for their misfortune.

Media Law

For more than 40 years South Carolina newspapers, broadcasters and other news outlets and publications have looked to Baker, Ravenel & Bender for representation in media-related and First Amendment cases in state and federal courts.

Insurance Coverage

Baker, Ravenel & Bender reviews policies and provides legal opinions in areas of insurance law, including both first- and third-party coverage.

Hotel, Hospitality and Restaurant Litigation

Whether it is a case involving dram shop liability when someone accuses a bartender of overserving alcohol to a patron or a case involving a guest attacked while on the establishment’s premises by a criminal or a guest injured falling on the premises, hospitality establishments can face a variety of legal challenges.

General Litigation

At the Columbia offices of Baker, Ravenel & Bender, we believe that our longevity speaks for itself. As one of the oldest law firms in South Carolina, we have handled thousands of cases since we were established around 1900.

Education Law

Baker, Ravenel and Bender attorneys provide full-service, cost-effective legal representation to charter schools and school districts across South Carolina.

Dram Shop Liability

Baker Ravenel & Bender represents South Carolina restaurants and establishments against claims for liability for selling alcohol to visibly intoxicated persons or minors who subsequently injure third parties as a result of alcohol-related accidents.

Criminal Law

If you’re accused of a crime, it’s important to have a lawyer familiar with the intricacies of the criminal justice system and who will help you build the best possible defense.

Construction Litigation

The construction litigation team at Baker, Ravenel and Bender can help you resolve your construction defect disputes on projects large and small.

Community Association/HOA

When a planned community becomes more than just the glimmer of an idea, it is time to hire experienced legal advice.

Business Litigation

As a full-service litigation firm, Baker Ravenel & Bender provides South Carolina clients with the trial representation they need, including defense and appellate work.

Bad Faith Litigation

Baker Ravenel & Bender has represented insurance companies in South Carolina against claims that they acted in bad faith in investigating, adjusting or refusing to pay claims.

Automobile Liability

At Baker, Ravenel & Bender, we are experienced in handling automobile accident cases through out South Carolina—whether a low-impact accident with a soft tissue injury or a major accident that caused death or brain injury.

Asbestos Litigation

Baker, Ravenel, & Bender has defended hundreds of cases in South Carolina’s state and federal courts for clients facing allegations involving asbestos exposure. The firm also has extensive experience in complex federal multi-district litigation.

Appellate Advocacy

As a part of one of the oldest litigation firms in South Carolina, the attorneys at Baker, Ravenel & Bender realize that the verdict often is not the end of a case but instead the beginning of a very lengthy next step.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Mediation and arbitration are two forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution – ways to resolve cases without going before a judge or jury, often saving money and settling the case faster.

Administrative Law

At Baker, Ravenel & Bender, our attorneys have appeared before various state, local and federal regulatory agencies across South Carolina on behalf of corporations and individuals.

Jay Bender

Since joining the firm in 1975, Jay Bender has built one of the Southeast’s most respected Media Law practices. He is consistently identified by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America. more

William Pearce Davis

Bill Davis joined the firm in 1992. Prior to that, he worked in private practice in Rock Hill and Georgia and as in-house counsel for an insurance company.He is a member of the state bars of Georgia and South Carolina and the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association. more

Susan Drake DuBose

Susan Drake DuBose graduated from The University of Georgia in 1993, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English. While in college she was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She joined the firm in 1996. more

Catharine Garbee Griffin

Catharine Griffin is an experienced litigator whose practice consists largely of Insurance Defense, including Premises and Products Liability, and Real Estate Litigation. She is a member of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association. more

Mariel D. Norton

Mariel Norton joined the firm in 2011. She graduated from Wofford College in 2008, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude, with High Honors in History. She received her law degree, Cum Laude, from the University of South Carolina Law School in 2011. more

D. Cravens Ravenel

DuVal Cravens Ravenel of Columbia died peacefully on December 16, 2018, at home. Born on October 4, 1938, in Sewanee, Tennessee, Cravens was the son of the late Theodore DuBose “Binks” Ravenel, III, and Mary Virginia “Sis” Cravens Ravenel Paine. more

S. Markey Stubbs

Markey Stubbs joined the firm in 1986 after graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Stubbs is a member of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association and the South Carolina Council for Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is a licensed civil mediator and a licensed arbitrator. more

An outbreak of prior restraint in SC

By Jay Bender When public health officials learn of an individual with a food-borne E. coli illness, it is an incident.  When a few more folks get sick, the incident becomes an outbreak and  public health departments swing into action to prevent the outbreak from becoming an epidemic. South Carolina has had an outbreak of judicially-imposed prior restraints, and action is needed to contain […]

Georgia Federal Court Protects Web Reporter from Subpoena

Camden Military Academy was sued in federal court in South Carolina by a former student who alleged that the school failed to protect him from hazing and sexual assault.  The plaintiff lives in the Atlanta area and a Georgia web publication, Southern Free Press, published a piece on the plaintiff and his suit.  The military […]

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, […]

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 […]

Mariel Norton named Special Counsel

Mariel D. Norton, formerly an associate at Baker Ravenel & Bender, has been named Special Counsel for the firm.