Our Firm

Turner Padget is one of South Carolina’s largest law firms with seventy attorneys in offices strategically located across the state in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville and Myrtle Beach. Widely known for our practical approach to the law, our attorneys have earned national recognition for their success and experience across South Carolina and beyond. 

Nathaniel A. Turner opened his office for the general practice of law in 1929, after serving as an attorney for the South Carolina Tax Commission and division director for the South Carolina Highway Department. More than eighty years later, Nat Turner’s solo practice is now one of South Carolina’s largest law firms, with more than 200 employees serving a diverse client base.


In 2009, Turner Padget’s shareholders voted to reorganize the firm’s governance structure to best focus on its core practice areas. Led by chief executive officer, Edward W. Laney, IV, and an executive committee that includes R. Wayne Byrd in Myrtle Beach, Michael G. Roberts and John S. Wilkerson in Charleston, the governance structure allows us to take a more cohesive and flexible approach to management to best serve our clients and more effectively meet the needs of our attorneys and staff. This shift provided the firm with an opportunity to enhance client service, attract and retain top talent, and improve day-to-day operations, thus resulting in increased value for the firm’s clients.

Innovative Billing

We continually evaluate our billing methods and design custom plans for clients, which include some of South Carolina’s largest employers with a diverse range of business and legal interests. As other firms begin to move away from the standard billable hour in reaction to the economy, we have offered innovative billing solutions since the early 1990's. Our alternative structures include task-based billing arrangements, phase billing, per-case billing, as well as yearly flat-rate billing.


Our attorneys possess distinguished academic credentials and depth of experience, and they are often recognized for their individual leadership and legal skill.  Recent examples include:

2014 Benchmark Litigation recognized Turner Padget as one of five “highly recommended” local litigation firms in South Carolina.  Seven attorneys are named “Local Litigation Stars.”   Those  named are  R. Wayne Byrd, J. Kenneth Carter, Jr., Edward W. Laney, IV, Steven W. Ouzts, Thomas C. Salane, W. Duvall Spruill, and John S. Wilkerson.

Chambers USA ranks Turner Padget as a leading litigation firm in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In addition to the firm being noted for its Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment practices, six Turner Padget attorneys are recognized as leading attorneys in their fields.  Those recognized are: Franklin G. Shuler and Reginald W. Belcher in Labor and Employment;  J. Kenneth Carter and John S. Wilkerson in General Commercial Litigation; and Lanneau W. Lambert, Jr. and  O. Allen Jeffcoat in Real Estate.       

U. S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers gave the firm Tier 1 rankings in its Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville and Myrtle Beach offices.  Turner Padget is recognized as the top law firm in the following categories in the respective metropolitan areas:     
Charleston: Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Columbia: Banking and Finance Law; Employment Law - Management; Insurance Law; Litigation: Banking & Finance; Litigation: Construction; Litigation: Labor & Employment; Litigation - Real Estate; Litigation: Trusts & Estates; Mediation; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Workers' Compensation Law - Employers   
Greenville: Arbitration, Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants,  Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Myrtle Beach:  Real Estate Law

Thirty-three Turner Padget attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of the Best Lawyers in America.   In addition, seven attorneys were selected as 2014 Lawyers of the YearJohn K. Blincow in Medical Malpractice Defense, John S. Wilkerson in Professional Malpractice Defense, Charles E. Hill in Legal Malpractice Defense, W. Duvall Spruill in Real Estate Litigation, John M. Scott, III in Tax Law, Eric K. Englebardt in Arbitration, and Otis Allen Jeffcoat in Real Estate Law. 

South Carolina Super Lawyers named sixteen of the firm's attorneys top attorneys in South Carolina for 2014.  In addition, seven attorneys are named South Carolina Rising Stars.

Eric K. Englebardt and Catherine H. Kennedy were chosen as honorees for the 2014 Leadership in Law award by the South Carolina Lawyers Weekly.

Julie Jeffords Moose was nominated by Governor Haley in February 2014 to serve on the State Ethics Commission and she was confirmed by the South Carolina Senate on March 27, 2014.

J. Rene Josey has been appointed by the Supreme Court of South Carolina to serve on the Commission on Continuing Education and Specialization.  He will begin his term July 1, 2014.

Franklin G. Shuler has been honored by the South Carolina Bar's Labor and Employment Law Section as the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Lawyer Award.

Reginald W. Belcher has been recognized by LawDragon as one of the “Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys – Up and Comers” in the June, 2013, issue of Human Resources Executive magazine. 

Four Columbia attorneys have been recognized by their peers as members of the Greater Columbia Business Monthly’s 2013 Legal Elite of the Midlands.  J. David Johnson, Charles F. Moore, Thomas C. Salane and Franklin G. Shuler were selected.