Consumers in need of legal assistance in the Midlands now have an additional, proven resource to fall back on.
Five attorneys with decades of experience have formed the new law firm Richardson, Thomas, Haltiwanger, Moore & Lewis, led by veteran litigation attorney Terry Richardson. The company will focus on product liability, vehicle accidents, serious injuries and deaths, medical misconduct, class actions and whistleblower litigation.
Richardson is supported by Brady Thomas, Chris Moore, Dan Haltiwanger and Will Lewis, the company’s co-founder.
“The four of us have been together for a long time,” said Chris Moore. “We were part of a bigger company and we just looked around a bit and said we like to work together and it was time to do our own thing and so we did it. … We help people who have been harmed by medical malpractice. We help people hurt by financial advisors who stole money. We help people who have been injured in boat fires, car wrecks, heavy truck suitcases and just a wide variety of people. When people are hurt, we are happy to help them. “
Named SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center’s Lawyer of the Year and Compleat Lawyer by the University of South Carolina, Richardson pioneered asbestos litigation. His cases also include a settlement in a train derailment, which was the largest single case in South Carolina’s history.
“Terry has been a nationally recognized attorney for many, many decades, and has been known in and outside of South Carolina,” said Moore. “Terry is always there. Dan has been with him for over 20 years, I’ve been with him for over a dozen years, Brady is about the same with him. So this is our collective experience. Will is kind of the newest partner and has had very different experiences. He just didn’t do it for as long as we did. You wouldn’t know by his trust. “
The four lawyers were formerly Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, now Rogers, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman.
“Fortunately, we have been able to do this in a way that is mutually beneficial to both companies. After we leave, everyone gets along well, which I think is rare, ”said Moore. “We still have cases that we work with them on and vice versa. It was just more a wish to have our own thing and a smaller thing and have a little more control over marketing and things like that. “
Thomas has been involved in the consumer goods drive, including “wrong parking” cases with vehicle transmission errors, cases where the formulas used in plastics and packaging on tire treads were changed, and more than 60 cases where gasoline cans exploded, “which really hurt people terribly “. “he said.” That led to the industry adopting the safety devices in 2017 that we said should have been in the cans. “
While such cases can be difficult and complex, Thomas said they are also rewarding.
“Our law firm is getting a lot of cases from other law firms because of this,” he said. “We routinely work with companies from across the country who come across a strange product, such as: B. a petrol can. It’s complicated and expensive, but when you do a few of these, economies of scale make it easier for us to help people. “
Richardson Thomas has offices in Columbia, Aiken, Barnwell and Florence.
“We love to work together,” said Thomas. “We have a group of energetic optimists who all share the common goal of helping people. We love, what we do. “
This article first appeared in the April 26 print edition of the Columbia Regional Business Report.
Contact Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.