Lewis, Babcock, & Griffin, L.L.P.

Columbia, SC attorneys champion the rights of victims of injustice and negligence

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Firm Overview

Lewis, Babcock & Griffin, LLP., established in 1984, is an innovative and highly responsive law firm dedicated to offering knowledgeable, effective and efficient legal services to clients throughout South Carolina. We represent individuals, groups of individuals, landowners and companies harmed or threatened with injury or loss as the result of professional malpractice, business litigation, condemnation, government interference, or the negligence or misconduct of others.

The Lewis, Babcock & Griffin, LLP. team of attorneys has an extensive background in complex litigation in both state and federal courts and a successful history of obtaining outstanding results for our clients. We take pride in providing the quality and depth of the best large-firm practice with the cohesiveness, agility and client responsiveness of a smaller firm. Skilled paralegals and an established network of expert witnesses in a variety of areas are an integral part of our attorney-led teams. Our size and team approach enable us to swiftly provide results-oriented, cost-effective solutions to our clients' problems.

Areas of concentration:
From our offices in Columbia, South Carolina, we represent clients throughout the state in litigation of all matters including:
-Legal Malpractice
-Banking Industry Misconduct
-Business Litigation
-Class Actions
-Eminent Domain/Condemnation
-Products Liability
-Professional Misconduct
-Appellate Practice
-Government Interference
-Healthcare Litigation

All cases are evaluated on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless and until we recover money damages for you.

A reputation for high standards of professionalism and legal advocacy:
Over its long history of successful legal advocacy, our firm has built a reputation for professionalism and earned the respect of both clients and peers. Lewis, Babcock & Griffin, LLP. has been awarded the prestigious AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal ability and adherence to ethical standards. Our lawyers have also been named Super Lawyers and recognized among the Best Lawyers in South Carolina.

Responsive professional service:
Lewis, Babcock & Griffin, LLP. prides itself on clients never getting lost in the shuffle. Our goal is to provide prompt and effective legal services at competitive rates by being responsive to client needs and diligent in the protection of client interests. When our firm represents you, you have the assurance that one or more of our skilled attorneys knows your case well and personally handles each of your unique legal issues.

Main Office

Main Office
1513 Hampton Street
Columbia  SC  29201

Phone
  • (803) 771-8000
Fax
  • (803) 733-3534

Ariail E. King

Partner

Ariail E. King received Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1992 and her Juris Doctor in 1995. Ms. King was admitted to the bar in 1996, and in 1999, she joined the law firm of Lewis, Babcock & Griffin, LLP. She practices in the areas of litigation, focusing mainly on class actions, and appellate practice. She is BV Distinguished Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. King also assisted Cam Lewis and Michael G. Sullivan in writing Lewis and Sullivan on Class Actions, published by the South Carolina Bar in 2005. Ms. King has also been active in the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division.

Education:
-University of South Carolina
-B.A., cum laude, 1992
-J.D., 1995
-Psi Chi
-Gamma Beta Phi
-Student Bar Association, 1992-1995
-Women's Law Association, 1992-1995
-Environmental Law Journal, 1993-1995

Bar admission and memberships:
-South Carolina, 1995
-South Carolina Bar Association
-Richland County Bar Association
-American Bar Association
-South Carolina Association for Justice

Selected reported cases:
-Condon v. State, 354 S.C. 634, 583 S.E.2d 430 (2003)
-Allendale County Sheriff's Office v. Two Chess Challenge II, 361 S.C. 581, 606 S.E.2d 471 (2004)
-Layman v. State, 376 S.C. 434, 658 S.E.2d 320 (2008)
-Sloan v. Hardee, 371 S.C. 495, 640 S.E.2d 457 (2007)
-Chewning v. Ford Motor Co., 354 S.C. 72, 579 S.E.2d 605 (2003)
-Vortex Sports & Entm't, Inc. v. Ware, 378 S.C. 197, 662 S.E.2d 444 (S.C. Ct. App. 2008)

Practice areas:
-Legal Malpractice
-Banking Industry Misconduct
-Business Litigation
-Class Actions
-Personal Injury
-Products Liability
-Professional Misconduct
Education
  • University of South Carolina
    Juris Doctorate , 1995

A. Camden Lewis

Partner

A. Camden Lewis is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1968 as a captain. In 1972, Mr. Lewis received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina. He served as law clerk to Justice C. Bruce Littlejohn, South Carolina Supreme Court. Mr. Lewis was the employed as Assistant S.C. Attorney General, 1973-1976 and Senior Assistant Attorney General, 1977-1978, prior to entering private practice. Currently, Mr. Lewis' practice consists exclusively of litigation with a concentration on business disputes, class actions, condemnation and professional negligence. He has argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court, City of Columbia v. Omni Outdoor Advertising, Inc., 499 U.S. 365 (1991) and Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, 505 U.S. 1003 (1992), and many cases before the federal Courts of Appeal, as well as frequently appearing in the South Carolina Appellate Courts. He is the co-author of Lewis and Sullivan on Class Actions, as well a chapter on damages in legal malpractice cases in South Carolina Damages, both published by the South Carolina Bar. He also serves as chairman of the Judicial Advisory Committee and is the chairman of the Judicial Council of the State of South Carolina. Mr. Lewis has over 200 reported cases.

A. Camden Lewis is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal ability and adherence to ethical standards.

Education:
-U.S. Military Academy, B.S., 1963
-University of South Carolina, J.D., 1972 Law Clerk to
Justice C. Bruce Littlejohn, South Carolina Supreme Court

Bar admissions and memberships:
-South Carolina, 1972
-U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1973
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 1974
-U.S. Claims Court, 1976
-U.S. Tax Court, 1976
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1976
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1995
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1997
-U.S. District Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2000
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 2002
-South Carolina Judicial Council
-Member, 1979-present
-Chairman, 1989
-South Carolina Advisory Committee on Judicial Standards,
1980-present
-Richland County Bar Association
-American Bar Association
-South Carolina Bar
-South Carolina Association for Justice
-American Association for Justice

Professional experience:
-Assistant Attorney General, 1973-1976
-Senior Assistant Attorney General, 1977-1978

Selected reported cases:
-Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, 112 S.Ct. 2886 (U.S. 1992)
-Omni Outdoor Advertising, Inc. v. Columbia Outdoor Advertising, 111 S.Ct. 1344 (U.S. 1991)
-Dutch Fork Development Group, II, LLC v. SEL Properties, LLC, __ S.E.2d __, 2012 WL 3667374 (August 22, 2012)
-Burch v. Burch, 395 S.C. 318, 717 S.E.2d 757 (2011)
-Vortex Sports & Entertainment, Inc. v. Ware, S.E.2d 444, 447 (S.C.App. 2008)
-South Carolina State Ports Authority v. Jasper County, 629 S.E.2d 624 (S.C. 2006)
-Layman v. State, 630 S.E.2d 265, (S.C. 2006)
-South Carolina Department of Highways and Public Transportation v. Manning, 323 S.E.2d 775 (S.C. 1984)
-Manning v. City of Columbia, 377 S.E.2d 335 (S.C. 1989)
-Araujo v. Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co., 351 S.E.2d 908 (S.C.1986)
-Lawson v. Rogers, 435 S.E.2d 853 (S.E. 1993)
-Smith, Setzer & Sons v. S.C. Procurement Panel, 20 F.3d 1311 (4th Cir. 1994)
-Evans v. State, 543 S.E.2d 547 (S.C. 2004)
-Johnson v. Collins Entertainment Co., Inc., 564 S.E.2d 653 (S.C. 2002)
-Chewning v. Ford Motor Co., 579 S.E.2d 605 (S.C. 2003)
-Helena Chemical Co. v. Allianz Underwriters Ins. Co., 594 S.E.2d 455 (S.C. 2004)
-Allendale County Sheriff's Office v. Two Chess Challenge II, 606 S.E.2d 471 (S.C. 2004)
-Island Packet v. Kittrell, 617 S.E.2d 730 (S.C. 2005)

Practice areas:
-Legal Malpractice
-Banking Industry Misconduct
-Business Litigation
-Class Actions
-Eminent Domain/Condemnation Land Use Litigation
-Personal Injury
-Products Liability
-Professional Misconduct
Education
  • University of South Carolina
    Juris Doctorate , 1972

Keith M. Babcock

Partner

Founding partner Keith M. Babcock grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey, and he has practiced law in South Carolina for over 35 years. His practice consists almost exclusively of litigation, with a concentration on business disputes, eminent domain, and professional negligence. He has an outstanding reputation for representing real property owners in eminent domain actions, as well as other disputes, and he currently serves as the only South Carolina lawyer in Owners' Counsel of America, a national eminent domain organization.

Mr. Babcock has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in the field of eminent domain from 2007 through 2014, as well as South Carolina Super Lawyers magazine from 2008 through 2013. He is a member of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and he currently serves on its Executive Committee. He previously served as a bar examiner for the State of South Carolina from 2001 to 2006, and he recently served as Acting Chair of the SC Advisory Committee on Standards of Judicial Conduct. Mr. Babcock was recently appointed to Chair the new SC Bar Committee on Professional Liability

Keith Babcock is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal ability and adherence to ethical standards.

Mr. Babcock is active in various community organizations. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Columbia Educational Advancement Foundation, which sponsors the annual Chick-Fil-A Classic Holiday Basketball Tournament in Columbia, from 2007 through 2012. www.chick-fil-aclassic.com He also currently serves as President of the Columbia Jewish Community Center www.jcccolumbia.org and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Columbia Jewish Federation. Mr. Babcock was the co-recipient of the 2013 Columbia Israel Bonds Star of David Award.

Education:
-Princeton University, A.B., 1973
-George Washington University, J.D., with honors, 1976

Bar admissions and memberships:
-South Carolina, 1977
-U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1977
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1977
-United States Court of Federal Claims, 1979
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
-U.S. Tax Court, 1981
-Civil Justice Advisory Committee, District of South Carolina, 1991
Education
  • George Washington University
    Juris Doctorate, with honors , 1976

James M. Griffin

Jim Griffin is an accomplished trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience representing clients in civil and criminal courts at the federal and state level. He has been the lead trial counsel in a number of cases featured in national and state news publications, magazines and television programs. One of Mr. Griffin's criminal trials was broadcast on a popular television cable channel devoted to court trials and his client was acquitted before a nationwide audience. Griffin has also obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for clients in civil cases.

Mr. Griffin has extensive experience representing clients charged with federal crimes, such as mail and wire fraud, healthcare fraud, mortgage and securities fraud, public corruption, government contractor and procurement fraud, and criminal tax charges. He also represents medical doctors, nurses, dentists and other licensed professionals charged with administrative violations. In addition, Mr. Griffin is actively engaged in civil litigation, primarily in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation, class actions involving consumer fraud, securities and bank fraud litigation, unfair business practices, and catastrophic or significant personal injury and death caused by negligent misconduct or resulting from the use of harmful products, drugs and medical devices, and from toxic exposure to dangerous chemicals and pollutants.

Griffin is AV Preeminent Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal ability and adherence to ethical standards.

Education:
-Wake Forest University, 1984
-Cum Laude Graduate
-BA Economics
-University of South Carolina School of Law, 1987
-Law Review
-Order of Coif
-Order of Wig & Robe
-Student Honor Council

Bar admissions and memberships:
-South Carolina, 1987
-U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1987
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1989
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
-United States Court of Federal Claims, 2009
-American Association For Justice
-National Association of Criminal Defenses Lawyers
-South Carolina Association for Justice

Professional experience:
-Law Clerk, United States District Court Judge, Honorable Dennis W. Shedd-1990-1992
-Assistant United States Attorney, District of South Carolina-1992-1994
-Private Practice-1987-1990 and 1995 to present

Presentations:
-Sentencing Strategies in Federal Court, SC Ass. For Justice,
Annual Meeting, 2009
-Effective Use of Polygraphs, S.C. Bar Criminal Hot Tips,
2003
-Selecting and Using Expert Witnesses in Federal Court, BRI,
2003
-Civil Litigation-Defense, S.C. Bar "Bridge the Gap," 2002
-Securities Fraud Prosecutions, White Collar Crimes
Symposium, SC Bar CLE 1995

Selected reported cases:
-Brandt v. Gooding, 636 F.3d 124, 4th Cir.( 2011)
-State v. Brandt, ___ S.C. ___, 713 S.E.2d 591 (2011)
-Brown v. Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., 2009 WL 4809426 (D.S.C. Dec. 9, 2009)
-Martin v. Stewart, 499 F.3d 360, 364 (4th Cir. 2007)
-Jinks v. Richland County, 538 U.S. 456, on remand, 355 S.C. 341 (2003)
-Martin v. Condon, 324 S.C. 183, 478 S.E.2d 272, 276 (1996)

Practice areas:
-Federal Criminal Defense
-Administrative Licensing
-Healthcare Litigation
-Appellate Practice
-Business Litigation
-Class Action
-Unfair Trade Practice
-Products Liability

Margaret N. Fox

Maggie Fox is an associate with Lewis, Babcock, and Griffin LLP where she practices in the areas of business and securities litigation, focusing on complex litigation. Prior to joining Lewis, Babcock, and Griffin LLP, Maggie worked in asset management for Evergreen Investments, a subsidiary of Wachovia Bank.

Maggie received her undergraduate degree from the Wayne Calloway School of Business and Accountancy at Wake Forest University, and obtained her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law. During law school, she served on the South Carolina Law Review and authored the note, Commodo Caveo: Lender Beware - An Analysis of Lender Liability for Construction Defects under the Implied Warranty of Habitability, 59 S.C. L. Rev. 493 (2008).

She is admitted to practice in the State of North Carolina and the State of South Carolina, and before the District Court of South Carolina.

Practice areas:
-Business Litigation
-Class Actions

J. Ryan Heiskell

Of Counsel

J. Ryan Heiskell has years of first-hand knowledge and experience with the law and particularly with products liability, personal injury, inverse condemnation, trespass and environmental litigation. After obtaining his undergraduate degree from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, Ryan sought to attend medical school in Virginia. After moving there with his wife and while waiting out his year to establish residency, he began working for his father at the Michie, Hamlett law firm in Charlottesville, VA. Ryan's father had been trying cases against Ford Motor Company and other manufacturers for years and needed help with a new case, a sudden acceleration case involving the death of a 13-year-old child.

During the course of two years of discovery battles, millions of pages of document production and countless hours of legal research, Ryan decided he didn't want to go to medical school any longer; he wanted to be a trial lawyer. That case was Huber v. Ford and was tried by Cam Lewis and Hike Heiskell to a multi-million dollar Plaintiffs' verdict. While in law school Ryan also helped prepare and try Watson v. Ford, which was also tried to a verdict and award of $18 Million Dollars.

Since then, Ryan and his family (wife and 3 sons) have lived in Pawleys Island, SC, where he enjoyed his role as a partner in a prominent plaintiffs' law firm and the leader of the firm's automotive safety/ product liability and environmental litigation divisions.

In addition to those types of cases, Ryan currently represents more than a thousand veterans, their spouses and children and others who were employed and/or residing on Camp Lejeune Naval Base in N.C. during a period of time when its water was highly contaminated with harmful chemicals (including TCE, PCE and benzene). Ryan has also recently represented WV landowners in a battle against Range Resources, a multi-billion dollar TX oil company, for its alleged fraudulent behavior associated with acquiring mineral rights in WV.

In January, 2013, Ryan was invited to join Lewis, Babcock, & Griffin, L.L.P. The move to Columbia, SC has provided him the more diverse legal practice that he was ever-desiring. In addition to continuing to work in the areas of law mentioned above, Ryan areas of litigation have been expanded to include criminal defense, commercial disputes, condemnation, "dram shop" cases, as well as legal and medical malpractice.

Education:
-DePaul University, 2001
-English Degree
-Ohio Northern University of Law, 2007
-Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes Book Award
-Dean's List

Bar Admissions and Memberships:
-South Carolina, 2007
-District of Columbia, 2012

Representative cases:
-Watson v. Ford Motor Company (2006) $18,000,000 verdict
-Motelson v. Ford Motor Company (2008) $6,500,000 verdict
($13.5 Million post-trial)
-Huber v. Ford Motor Company (2002) $1,700,000 verdict
-Jefferson v. Ford Motor Company (2008) $1,700,000 settlement
-White v. Ford Motor Company (2008) Confidential Settlement
-Applewhite v. Nissan (2008) Confidential Settlement
-Chard v. Nissan (2007) Confidential Settlement
-Alonso v. Ford Motor Company (2007) Confidential Settlement
-McKinney v. Ford Motor Company (2013) Confidential Settlement
-Green v. Ford Motor Company (2013) Confidential Settlement
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