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Jeanmarie Tankersley Named South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division President

Please join us in congratulating Jeanmarie Tankersley from our Greenville office on being named South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division President. Jeanmarie was sworn in during the virtual Annual Assembly on Thursday, May 6th.

The Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar is comprised of members of the South Carolina Bar in good standing under the age of 36 years old, or those admitted to the South Carolina Bar as their first bar within the past five years.  More information about the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division can be found here.

Congratulations Jeanmarie Tankersley, selected as a 2020 Best & Brightest

Clawson and Staubes, LLC congratulates Jeanmarie Tankersley, who was selected as a 2020 Best & Brightest 35 and Under honoree by Greenville Business Magazine.

Now in its 26th year, the program recognizes the city’s young leaders for their professional and community contributions.  Honorees are selected based on professional achievements, community service and educational backgrounds.

Bio: Both sides of my family have been in Greenville for generations, so even when I wasn’t living here, Greenville has always been home. After studying history at the College of Charleston and law at the University of Georgia, I moved back to Greenville in 2013 to practice law. I’m a partner at Clawson and Staubes where I focus on civil defense litigation. I believe that the law is a noble profession, and nowhere is that more evident than the South Carolina and Greenville Bars.

As president-elect of the South Carolina Young Lawyers and public relations chair for the Greenville Bar, I get to see firsthand all the incredible work lawyers do in our communities across the state. Through my involvement in Leadership Greenville Class 46, Junior League, CofC’s Upstate Chapter, my role as a board member for PMAC and my time spent as the Voter Protection Chair for the GCDP, I have worked with and learned from so many dedicated people and organizations that serve our home in unique ways. I am proud of who we are and what Greenville continues to become.

What is your favorite quote? “I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.”  – Whitman

Who was your most influential mentor? My grandfather, John Johnston

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?  Save more money; school is expensive.

Nine Clawson and Staubes, LLC lawyers Named to 2021 Best Lawyers® List

Clawson and Staubes, LLC is pleased to announce that 9 lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become widely regarded as an authoritative guide to legal excellence.

Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries.

“Best Lawyers was founded in 1981 with the purpose of highlighting the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession. After three decades, we are proud to continue to serve as a reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals worldwide,” says CEO Phillip Greer.

Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional experience and skill, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

Clawson and Staubes, LLC would like to congratulate the following lawyers named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America list:

Sam Clawson
Samuel R. Clawson – Insurance Law
Ronnie Craig
Ronnie Craig – Insurance Law
Tim Domin
Tim Domin – Insurance Law and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Austin Hood
Austin Hood – Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Andy Lacour, III
Albert A. Lacour – Litigation – Real Estate
Amy Snyder
Amy Miller Snyder – Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Trey Still
Trey Still – Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Insurance
Matt Story
Matt Story – Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, and Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Doug Thie
Douglas B. Thie – Immigration Law

Four Clawson and Staubes Attorneys Listed in 2020 Legal Elite of South Carolina

Four Clawson and Staubes attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in Charleston Business Monthly, Columbia Business Monthly and Greenville Business Magazine’s 2020 Legal Elite.

Austin Hood – Insurance

Amy Snyder – Government and Insurance

Patrick “Trey” Still – Insurance and Personal Injury

Jeanmarie Tankersley – Construction, Consumer & Retail, Insurance and Workers’ Compensation

Legal Elite of South Carolina is an annual list complied through peer nominations and includes attorneys from 26 legal practice areas from across the state of South Carolina.

Barbara Seymour Spoke in the Lawyers’ Standing Against Racial Injustice Protest

Barbara Seymour spoke in the Lawyers’ Standing Against Racial Injustice Protest on June 4th in Columbia, South Carolina. We’re proud of her for supporting the organizers of the event, and the call to action she shared: “I will end with a challenge to every South Carolina lawyer to no longer use complexity and detail as an excuse and to exercise your privilege. The privilege I am talking about is the privilege that comes with that law license hanging on your wall. The privilege you have to speak for others with authority and conviction. The privilege you have to mingle with people of power and influence. The privilege you have to understand and interpret the law. The privilege you have to speak the language of the Constitution. And the privilege you have because you are a South Carolina lawyer who has a special responsibility for the quality of justice.”

For a transcript of the entire speech please follow:

Matt Story Accepted to ABOTA

Please join us in congratulating our Managing Partner, Matt Story, on being accepted as a new member of the Charleston Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates! ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges.

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Eight Attorneys Named in 2020 South Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine

Eight attorneys from Clawson and Staubes, LLC have been named in 2020 South Carolina Super Lawyers magazine.  Four attorneys were selected to the 2020 South Carolina Super Lawyers list and four were selected to the 2020 South Carolina Rising Stars list.

Attorneys selected to the 2020 South Carolina Super Lawyers list:

Sam Clawson (Alternative Dispute Resolution)

Austin Hood (Personal Injury-General, Insurance Coverage)

Jay McDonald (Civil Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution)

Matt Story (Civil Litigation, Workers’ Compensation, Alternative Dispute Resolution)

Attorneys selected to the 2020 South Carolina Rising Stars list:

Penn Ely (General Litigation, Personal Injury-General)

Tom Hollowell (Civil Litigation, Insurance Coverage)

Mike Leech (Construction Litigation, Personal Injury-General, Civil Litigation)

Jeanmarie Tankersley (Civil Litigation)

Super Lawyer Selection Process

Penn Ely Becomes Certified Mediator

Penn Ely

Attorney Penn Ely has received his certification as a Circuit Court Mediator by the SC Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification. As a litigator, Ely is used to resolving cases in the courtroom. Now as a mediator, he hopes to bring resolution to conflicts before they reach the courtroom.

“Mediation is my favorite day in a lawsuit,” said Ely. “People get closure, or at least a better understanding of their case.  I became a mediator for the same reason I became a lawyer: to help people, and I look forward to doing so as a mediator.”

Ely is an attorney in the firm’s Charleston office where he litigates all types of matters.  He will focus his mediation practice in the areas of personal injury and insurance related matters.

Attorney Mike Leech presented at the Pitt County Courthouse a portrait to honor the service of his father, Honorable Judge David Leech

Attorney Mike Leech presented at the Pitt County Courthouse a portrait to honor the service of his father, Honorable Judge David Leech.

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Trey Still Becomes Certified Mediator

Trey Still

Attorney Trey Still has received his certification as a Circuit Court Mediator by the SC Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification. An experienced litigator, Still will use his courtroom skills to mediate personal injury cases– auto wrecks, premises liability, and construction cases.

“I look forward to serving in the role of mediator,” said Trey Still. “My litigation experience and understanding of the fundamental issues involved in matters will be a benefit to both sides of any mediation.”

Still serves as the managing partner of Clawson and Staubes’ Greenville office where he focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, premises liability and construction litigation.

CLE for NC-Licensed Defense Attorneys

Upcoming CLE – The firm is offering a North Carolina CLE on Ethics and Discipline on Friday, October 4, at 3:00pm and on and Navigating Global Settlements on Saturday, October 5, at 9:00am  in Charleston at Wild Dunes Resort, Link’s Fazio Room, Isle of Palms, SC. The event is part of the Clawson and Staubes, LLC annual retreat, but is open to NC licensed defense attorneys.  You can register by emailing

Congratulations New Partners: Jeanmarie, Lauren, Jessica, Trey

Congratulations to our attorneys that are now partners at Clawson and Staubes!

Jeanmarie Tankersley
Jeanmarie Tankersley
Lauren Vriesinga
Lauren Vriesinga
Jessica Salerno
Jessica Salerno
Trey Nicolette
Trey Nicolette

“We are proud of their hard work and the leadership and comradery they exhibit, and we welcome them aboard.”
– Matt Story, Managing Partner

Partners Listed in “Best Lawyers in America”

Sam Clawson
Sam Clawson
Ronnie Craig
Ronnie Craig

We are pleased to announce that partners Sam Clawson and Ronnie Craig have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2020.

Recognition by practice Area includes:

Sam Clawson – Insurance Law

Ronnie Craig – Insurance Law

Best Lawyers is a highly respected peer review publication in the legal profession. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.  More information about the process can be found at

Greenville Attorneys Named Legal Elite

We’ve been named in the Legal Elite. Congratulations to our Greenville attorneys! 

Amy Snyder

Amy Snyder | Insurance Law & Government Relations Law |

Trey Still

Trey Still | Insurance Law |

Jeanmarie Tankersley

Jeanmarie Tankersley | Insurance Law |

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Jeanmarie Selected for Leadership Greenville

Attorney Jeanmarie Tankersley has been selected as one of 62 participants in the Greenville Chamber’s 46th class. Leadership Greenville is a 10-month leadership program designed to develop informed, committed and qualified leaders for the county. The program creates opportunities for participants to learn about the issues affecting the area and motivates participants to be actively engaged in the community.

“We are excited that Jeanmarie was selected to participate in Leadership Greenville,” said Trey Still, managing partner of the firm’s Greenville office. “She is very involved in the community and this program will expand her opportunities for future involvement.”

Participants in the program are selected based on a thorough application process. Since 1973, the program has graduated more than 2000 alumni, many of which have served in key leadership positions in the community.

Working in the firm’s Greenville office, Tankersley focuses her practice in the areas of personal injury defense, government liability, and general civil defense litigation.

Read more about Leadership Greenville

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