Lewis Babcock LLP

Lewis Babcock  LLP

Trial lawyers with extensive experience in complex civil and criminal litigation in both state and federal courts and a history of obtaining outstanding results for our clients.

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.

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 co-counsel and 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 and Charleston, South Carolina, we represent individuals and class members in litigation of all matters including:
-Business and Investment Litigation (including Ponzi schemes and securities fraud)
-Eminent Domain/Condemnation and Land Use Issues
-Employment and Labor Litigation
-Federal Criminal Defense (white-collar
-Complex Personal Injury
-Professional Misconduct (legal, medical, etc.)
-Products Liability Matters

Lewis, Babcock & Griffin, LLP also handles appeals of all types of cases in a variety of courts, including appeals to the state and federal courts of appeal, appeals from zoning and other boards, and appeals from administrative law courts.

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:
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 in Super Lawyers and recognized among the Best Lawyers in South Carolina.

Responsive professional service:
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 your unique legal issues.

Main Office

Columbia, South Carolina Office
1513 Hampton Street
Columbia SC 29201

Phone

(803) 771-8000

Fax

(803) 733-3541

Other Offices

Charleston, South Carolina Area Office
843.883.7444
Sullivan's Island

Legal Malpractice

Holding South Carolina lawyers to high standards of professional behavior.

Our law firm is well known in our community for effectively handling legal malpractice cases. Lawyer malpractice and ethics disputes have made up a significant portion of our practice for more than twenty years. If you believe you lawyer mishandled your case, contact us in our Columbia, SC or Charleston, SC office.

Personal Injury

Our lawyers are aggressive advocates for your cause when you have been seriously injured by the carelessness or misconduct of another individual or corporation.

We recognize that your injuries impose a heavy burden of physical and emotional pain and may also result in financial hardships that can negatively affect the rest of your life.

Our lawyers are thoroughly knowledgeable about how the specifics of South Carolina and other state personal injury laws may apply to your case. We are committed to vigorously pursuing fair compensation and recovery for your injuries.

When necessary, Lewis, Babcock & Griffin, LLP lawyers are prepared to take your case to trial. We also have experience handling class action lawsuits. We do not seek payment for our services in personal injury cases unless or until you receive a money settlement or are awarded a favorable verdict.

Business

Business and investment relationships are best built on trust. But when trust proves to have been misplaced it can create a dispute between an individual and a company or between two business entities.

Lewis, Babcock & Griffin, LLP lawyers help resolve business and investment issues by preparing and pursuing cases in court. Our business and investment litigation team handles cases involving:

-Breach of fiduciary duty
-Construction litigation
-Contractual interference
-Contractual interference
-Corporate governance lapses
-Federal and state securities laws
-Fraudulent business practices
-Insurance litigation
-Intellectual property issues
-Intentional damage of a business relationship
-Negligent misrepresentation
-Non-competition or non-solicitation agreements
-Officer and director wrongdoing
-Ownership and partnership disputes
-Ponzi Schemes
-Shareholder squeeze-out schemes
-Tax issues
-Unfair and deceptive trade practices
-Unfair competition

Product Liability

Product designers, manufacturers, marketers and retailers have a legal responsibility to ensure that their products are safe to use or clearly warn of their potential for danger.

Representing injured individuals in product liability lawsuits is an important part of our practice at Lewis, Babcock & Griffin, LLP. Our attorneys can help workers, consumers, families, business owners and governmental entities recover compensation for personal injuries and financial harm caused by dangerous and defective products.

Product liability laws vary from state to state and can be highly complex. Civil claims can typically be brought in defect categories including: design, manufacturing and marketing.

Because large awards of damages, substantial future sales and profits are at stake, cases are often vigorously defended by the responsible companies, often raising the cost to litigation this type of claim.

Lewis, Babcock & Griffin trial lawyers take these cases on a contingency basis, so that you do not have to invest your money upfront.

Wrongful Death

Ariail E. King

Lewis Babcock  LLP

Partner

Ariail E. King joined the law firm of Lewis, Babcock & Griffin, LLP in 1999. She practices in the areas of litigation, focusing mainly on civil class actions, professional misconduct and appellate cases. She is BV Distinguished Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. King assisted Cam Lewis and Michael G. Sullivan in writing Lewis and Sullivan on Class Actions, published by the South Carolina Bar in 2005 and has been an active member of the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division.

Education:
University of South Carolina
-B.A. Psychology, 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 (ABA)
-South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ)

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)

Education

University of South Carolina School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1995

A. Camden Lewis

Lewis Babcock  LLP

Founding Partner (1941-2017)

Founding Partner A. Camden Lewis was 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 earned a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina. After serving as a law clerk to Justice C. Bruce Littlejohn of the South Carolina Supreme Court, he was employed as Assistant South Carolina Attorney General and Senior Assistant Attorney General, prior to entering private practice.

Mr. Lewis's practice consisted exclusively of litigation with a concentration on business disputes, class actions, condemnation and professional negligence. He argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court and argued many cases before the federal Courts of Appeal, and frequently appeared in the South Carolina Appellate Courts.

Mr. Lewis was the co-author of Lewis and Sullivan on Class Actions, and a chapter on damages in legal malpractice cases in South Carolina Damages, both published by the South Carolina Bar. He also served as chairman of the Judicial Advisory Committee and was the chairman of the Judicial Council of the State of South Carolina. At the time of his death, Mr. Lewis had over 200 reported cases.

A. Camden Lewis was 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


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 (ABA)
-South Carolina Bar
-South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ)
-American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Professional experience:
-Law Clerk to Justice C. Bruce Littlejohn, South Carolina Supreme Court
-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)

Education

University of South Carolina School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1972

Keith M. Babcock

Lewis Babcock  LLP

Partner

Founding partner Keith M. Babcock grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey, and 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. 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 2015. He is a member of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and serves on the 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 South Carolina Advisory Committee on Standards of Judicial Conduct. Mr. Babcock also serves as Chairman of the South Carolina Bar Committee on Professional Liability.

Mr. Babcock is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal ability and adherence to ethical standards. He was also named a Top 100 by The National Trial Lawyers for 2013-2014.

Active in various community organizations, Mr. Babcock 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 is the co-recipient of the 2013 Columbia Israel Bonds Star of David Award. He served from 2007- 2012 on the Board of Directors for the Greater Columbia Educational Advancement Foundation, which sponsors the annual Chick-Fil-A Classic Holiday Basketball Tournament in Columbia.

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

Bar admissions and memberships:
-South Carolina, 1977
Past Chairman
Professional Responsibility Committee, 1985-1986
Professional Liability Committee, 2013-2014
-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, 1991-1993
-South Carolina Board of Law Examiners, 2001-2006
-Richland County Bar Association
-American Bar Association (ABA)
-South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ)

Education

George Washington University
Juris Doctor, with honors, 1976

Badge Humphries

Lewis Babcock  LLP

Partner

Badge Humphries represents individuals and institutional investors in securities fraud and shareholder litigation, plaintiffs in products liability and other personal injury cases, landowners in eminent domain and land-use cases, parties engaged in business disputes, and defendants in white-collar criminal matters.

As part of his securities fraud and shareholder litigation experience, he has successfully represented Ponzi scheme victims in cases against broker-dealers, accountants and attorneys for their involvement with the underlying scheme. In this capacity, he successfully certified a class of investors pursuing claims against a major brokerage firm in one of the first cases to interpret the most recent version of the Uniform Securities Act as adopted by South Carolina. As part of that case's eventual resolution, the majority of class members received 100 percent of their losses in the Ponzi scheme.

In representing investors in public companies, he has served as lead counsel in cases alleging securities fraud or breach of fiduciary duty against defendants in the financial, pharmaceutical/medical device, healthcare, mining and consumer retail sectors. Currently, he represents the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), in claims against officers and directors of Massey Energy arising out of the most deadly mining disaster in the US since 1970.

Mr. Humphries regularly handles other types of complex litigation on behalf of individual plaintiffs, particularly cases involving alleged defective products and professional malpractice. He has prosecuted several multi-week trials involving claims of defective products, including a consolidated trial in Virginia involving more than 1,200 asbestos plaintiffs.

He also represents landowners in eminent domain and other property rights matters. Working with landowners, appraisers, biologists, tax attorneys and partners in the conservation community, Mr. Humphries served as Director of Land Protection for Ducks Unlimited's South Atlantic Region (SC, NC, GA, FL). During that time he negotiated conservation easements, worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state entities on environmental regulations, and represented the organization on foundation and land-protection task forces. In 2006, he and others received Ducks Unlimited's Wings of Innovation Award for their work on a multi-landowner, multi-partner conservation deal that protected 13,000 acres in the Ashley River Historic District.

Mr. Humphries has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences across the country and consulted on a variety of legal matters by various news outlets and publications. He serves on the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) as Consumer and Securities Law Section Chair and recently received an SCAJ President's Award for his service to the organization. A native of Columbia and graduate of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, he serves as the managing partner of the new Lewis, Babcock & Griffin Charleston office. He is licensed to practice in Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia and can be reached directly at 843-883-7444.

Education
Tulane University, 1996
-B.A. summa cum laude
-Phi Beta Kappa
The University of Texas School of Law, 2001
-J.D. with honors
-Texas Law Review

Bar Admissions and Memberships
Texas, 2001
South Carolina, 2004
Kentucky, 2009
West Virginia, 2011
Georgia, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2010
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2002
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 2005
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2009
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2010
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2013
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 2014
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 2014
James L. Petigru American Inn of Court
National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA)
American Association for Justice (AAJ)
South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ)
Member of the Board of Governors
Consumer and Securities Law Section Chair
2014 President's Award Recipient
Charleston County Bar Association

Professional Experience
-Attorney, Motley Rice LLC, 2002-2005, 2007-2014
-Director of Land Protection, South Atlantic Region, Ducks Unlimited, 2005-2007
-Law Clerk, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Honorable Thad Heartfield, 2001-2002

Recent Articles and Presentations
-Ponzi Victims' Third-Party Claims: Law and Practice, The Justice -Bulletin, Summer 2014
-SCAJ 2014 Annual Convention Halliburton and Chadbourne: All You Need To Know
-Opal Financial Group, Public Funds Summit Panelist, Legal Issues Facing Public Pensions, 2013

Education

The University of Texas School of Law
Juris Doctor, with honors, 2001

David Paavola

Lewis Babcock  LLP

David Paavola is an Associate at Lewis Babcock L.L.P. in Columbia, South Carolina. He practices exclusively in litigation in state and federal courts and represents individuals and businesses in eminent domain and condemnation, complex business disputes, professional misconduct, including legal malpractice, contract disputes, and wage and hour law litigation.

Prior to entering the legal profession, David worked in the financial services industry as a commercial and agricultural loan credit analyst in upstate New York and Columbia, South Carolina, and also as an analyst at a fixed income investment management company in Indianapolis, Indiana.

License

Bar Number: 100714
South Carolina, 2012

Education

Baylor University
B.B.A., 2002

University of South Carolina School of Law
J.D., 2012