THE FIRM This firm's recent mergers have not only boosted its depth and breadth of expertise, but also its geographical coverage: the North Carolina-headquartered firm now has offices in Charleston, Greenville and Columbia. It has a wide-ranging practice and has recently been busy in product liability, bankruptcy, breach of contract and general business litigation, including class actions. Engagements of note include representing a large international tire manufacturer in product liability lawsuits involving catastrophic personal injuries.
Sources say: "They've just always done a good job for me at a fair price, and I trust the people I work with there."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Samuel Outten earns significant praise for his excellent product liability, commercial litigation and professional negligence defense work. Recent highlights include successfully defending an international petrochemical company in a personal injury suit, and acting for an attorney in a legal malpractice case brought by a former client.
William Cleveland is best known in the market for his business litigation practice, which covers securities, business break-up, IP and bankruptcy-related matters. Clients laud his "his creative abilities to think outside the box."
The highly esteemed Henry Smythe brings more than 30 years of trial experience to the table, particularly in the areas of product liability and mass tort defense. Sources comment that "he knows the law extremely well, has got a great demeanor, is very calm and does a great job for us."
Clients appreciate that David Cox "knows the files and facts of the cases and is very detail-oriented." He offers a broad practice that covers product liability, insurance coverage and IP, among other things.
Charles Summerall is well regarded for commercial bankruptcy litigation and debtor-creditor rights law. "He is one of the most fantastic attorneys I have ever had," said one client, adding that he is "incredibly ethical, knowledgeable and very thorough."
Allen Gibson is singled out as "one of the foremost construction lawyers" in the state and the region. Sources "would certainly recommend him highly."