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#ColumbiaAgenda: SC's Top 25 Super Lawyers, Port Sets Record, SC Ready To Make Marijuana Money, Millennials Love Alcopops, Mosquito Guillotines

Apr 05, 2019 11:10AM ● By Chris Haire
Super Lawyers Recognizes South Carolina Lawyers: The annual Super Lawyers list is out and scores of attorneys from around the Palmetto State. Here's South Carolina's Top 25

Beattie B. Ashmore, Beattie B. Ashmore, P.A.

M. Dawes Cooke, Jr.; Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC

O. Fayrell Furr, Jr.; Furr & Henshaw

Mark C. Joye, Joye Law Firm, LLP

Robert N. Rosen, Rosen Law Firm, LLC

Andrew J. Savage, III, Savage Law Firm

Jack B. Swerling, Swerling Law Firm

Mark C. Tanenbaum, Mark C. Tanenbaum, P.A.

Thomas W. Traxler, Carter Smith Merriam Rogers & Traxler, P.A.

G. Trenholm Walker; Walker Gressette Freeman & Linton, LLC

David B. Yarborough, Jr., Yarborough Applegate

George B. Cauthen, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP 

Frank L. Eppes, Eppes & Plumblee, P.A.

Steven E. Farrar, Fox Rothschild LLP

Elizabeth Van Doren Gray, Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Angus M. Lawton, Lawton Law Firm

John T. Lay, Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.

Wallace K. Lightsey, Wyche, P.A.

Timothy E. Madden,Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

John C. Moylan, III; Wyche, P.A.

Terry E. Richardson, Jr., Richardson Patrick Westbrook & Brickman, LLC

Richard S. Rosen, Rosen, Rosen & Hagood, LLC

Thomas L. Stephenson, Stephenson & Murphy

Robert E. Stepp, Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Thomas E. Vanderbloemen; Vanderbloemen Law Firm, P.A.

SC Ports Break Another Record, Inland Port Greer Sets One of Its Own: The S.C. Ports Authority had another busy month last month, posting "the strongest March in its history" and the second highest month moving TEUs (20-foot equivalent container units, i.e. your typical cargo container).  

The TEU record was posted in last October when SCPA moved 217,035 steel boxes; last month, they moved 214,123.

Things were also good at Inland Port Greer, which set a new record, 14,522 rail lifts, besting the June 2017 record of 13,060.

The SCPA continues to play a  major role in the growing logistics industry in South Carolina. Yes, it's not as sexy as jumbo jets or European luxury sedans, but the logistics sector's impact is huge. 

We're talking about a statewide economic impact of $32.9 billion, 600 firms, and 113,000 workers bringing home a total compensation of $5.4 billion annually, according to a 2017 study from SC Logistics, a division of the S.C. Council on Competitiveness. And those figures make logistics a bigger industry than aerospace ($19 billion economic impact/22,000 workers) and automotive ($27 billion/61,000 workers). 

Once completed, the current Charleston Harbor Deepening Project will likely lead to more logistics growth in South Carolina. According to SC Logistics, the future looks bright. Check out the infographic below to see their predictions.


Conservative South Carolina is ready to make money in the marijuana business (The State)

$7 million of Greenville’s proposed $31.7 million capital improvement plan budget earmarked for Unity Park (Greenville Journal)

First Drive: Spartanburg-made 2019 BMW X7 Rushes into Large SUV Frenzy (

BMW, Daimler, VW charged by EU regulators with emissions collusion (AutoNews)

BMW ditching pensions in favor of ‘defined contribution’ plan (Herald-Journal)

Additional software problem detected in Boeing 737 Max flight control system, officials say (WaPo)

Construction Industry Confidence Index Survey Results: Markets Remain Strong, But Execs Fear 2020 (ENR)

Hiring Report: Small Business Hiring Down While Wage Growth Continues (Manufacturing.Net)

What’s holding companies back from hiring people with criminal records? (Fast Company)

Potential U.S.-Mexico border closing raises supply chain and logistics concerns (Logistics Management)

NIH Begins First-in-Human Trial of a Universal Influenza Vaccine Candidate (NIH)

This tiny guillotine decapitates mosquitoes to fight malaria (Wired)

Is is OK to make your dog vegan (WIRED)

The Wire
Charleston-Based Hydroponic Farm Expanding To Columbia

NAI Columbia Facilitates Sale Of Former Dianne’s On Devine In Columbia

Providence Home To Break Ground On New Dormitory

50 Most Influential
Chuck Garnett
S. C. Division CEO 

Chuck Garnett is S.C. Division CEO of Synovus Bank. He joined NBSC in 1993 as vice president, senior commercial lender. Following Synovus’ acquisition of NBSC in 1995, he was promoted to senior vice president, Upstate regional executive in 1996, and multi-region executive in 1997. In December 2003, Garnett was appointed president and CEO of NBSC, which continued to operate under its legacy name until June 2018, when the bank was rebranded as Synovus. Garnett’s prior banking experience includes various management positions with The C&S National Bank of South Carolina from 1984–1993.

Garnett was born in Columbia and raised in Charleston. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, University of Puget Sound, and the LouisianaState School of Banking. He is chairman of the board of Midlands Housing Alliance/Transitions, vice chairman of USC Business Partnership Foundation, and a member of the board of the Central Carolina Economic Development Alliance, Midlands Business Leadership Group, S.C. Economics, and S.C. Business and Industry Political Education Committee.
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