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Columbia Attorneys/Professional Staff
Womble Carlyle’s Columbia office practices at the intersection of law, business, public policy and politics. Attorneys in the Columbia office regularly counsel clients in matters related to South Carolina state government affairs, and the team’s core practice areas include business litigation, public policy, administrative and regulatory law, constitutional litigation, and campaign finance and election law.
The Columbia office includes the former Chairman of the South Carolina State Election Commission, an experienced business litigator and political law advisor, and a special counsel to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Womble Carlyle’s Columbia office was formed in 2012 through a merger with the firm of Hall & Bowers, LLC. The office is located in the historic Lorick House, a Victorian-era mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The team formerly of Hall & Bowers, practices in courts from South Carolina all the way to the United States Supreme Court. They litigate business disputes, constitutional issues, and civil rights cases, and provide counsel to government entities and political candidates. Commercial litigation and public policy matters are at the heart of their practice.
Built in the 1830s, the Lorick House survived Sherman's raid during the Civil War and development in the decades since. Now, this historic house is home to Womble Carlyle’s Columbia office.
The Lorick House sits only seven blocks from the South Carolina State Capitol and is near the city’s central business district. The Victorian-style house is on the same block as U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s childhood home, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Built by Algernon Sidney Johnson in the late 1830s, the Lorick House was home to Gov. John Lawrence Manning from 1852-1856 and then was owned by the Lorick family for more than 130 years.
In late 2011, attorneys at Hall & Bowers (the firm that merged with Womble Carlyle to create the Columbia office), renovated the Lorick House and transformed it into the firm’s office. Careful attention was given to ensure that the renovations were consistent with the home’s historic character.
Click here to read an article from The (Columbia) State about the Lorick House renovations. (reprinted PDF)
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