The lawyers in our Charleston office, who have been recognized by Chambers USA, the Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News-Best Lawyers, and South Carolina Super Lawyers, counsel and defend local, regional, national, and multi-national businesses in a wide range of practice areas, including commercial real estate, resort development, labor and employment, business litigation, product liability, environmental, toxic tort, transportation, construction, insurance coverage, banking and finance, tax, corporate/M&A, private equity, corporate governance, securities, maritime, energy, international trade, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, and outsourcing. More specifically, our Charleston office was awarded six Tier 1 practice rankings by the 2014 U.S. News-Best Lawyers® in the areas of Admiralty & Maritime Law, Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Litigation -- Banking & Finance, and Real Estate Law.
Our multinational resort and hospitality practice focuses on resort, hotel, golf, and real estate development and transactions in the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America, along with emerging hospitality markets around the globe. Our capabilities include representing clients in structuring and documenting resort, urban, and other planned and mixed-use communities; negotiating development agreements with governments and assisting governments in enacting pro-development legislation; preparing management agreements, franchise agreements, and other documentation associated with the sale, acquisition, and financing of hotels, golf clubs, marinas, and other leisure projects; and representing clients in the financing, restructuring, and sale and purchase of such assets.
The labor and employment team handles all types of employment and labor disputes, including class and collective actions and multi-district litigation. The team represents local, regional, national, and multinational companies in virtually every industry ranging from athletic equipment and aviation to banking, health care, manufacturing, telecommunications, and textiles. The team also assists employers with reductions in force, trade secret and confidential information protection, executive training, sensitive terminations and employment agreements, and compliance with the myriad of state and federal employment laws and regulations.
Our litigation group handles all types of business and commercial disputes and toxic tort claims, including class actions and bet-the-company litigation. The team represents local, regional, national, and multinational companies in virtually every industry. The team also handles environmental disputes, construction disputes, white collar criminal defense matters, intellectual property disputes, insurance coverage disputes, antitrust disputes, securities disputes, maritime and trade-related disputes, healthcare disputes and appellate litigation. The team also handles government investigations and international arbitration. In addition, the team handles disputes concerning distribution and licensing agreements, and vehicle and equipment dealership disputes.
The environmental team works regularly with industry on compliance, enforcement, and permitting matters, and also assists business owners and developers of projects with the acquisition, sale, and redevelopment of contaminated property. The team also defends toxic tort cases and develops national defense strategies in such cases.
Our lawyers in the banking and tax group represent CMBS mortgage portfolio servicers, master servicers, and borrowers in a variety of financing transactions, including defeasances, assumptions, workouts, restructurings, and the origination of commercial mortgage loans. The team also has significant experience in transfers of business interests involving REMICs. Additionally, our team represents banks, investment funds, and private equity firms in distressed asset stand alone and loan portfolio acquisitions, workouts, and dispositions, in addition to advising on the tax aspects of such transactions.
Our corporate/M&A capabilities include: advising public and private companies on corporate governance and securities law; structuring and executing mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and licensing arrangements, including cross-border transactions; public and private debt and equity offerings; initial public offerings; assisting with recapitalizations; and experience coordinating and supervising multinational projects. Our team represents Fortune 500 companies as well as middle-market and emerging growth companies in a broad range of industries, including paper and packaging, agricultural and industrial biotechnology, manufacturing, technology, distribution, resort, hospitality and leisure, retail, transportation and logistics, healthcare and media.
Our securities practice includes advising public companies on capital markets transactions and offerings, securities law compliance, reporting requirements, and compliance with stock exchange rules. Our creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practitioners represent financial institutions and other creditors in commercial foreclosure collection, lender liability, and bankruptcy proceedings.
Our maritime practitioners assist shipping and other maritime companies with maritime emergencies, such as oil and hazardous materials spills, vessel collisions and groundings, accidental injury and death, and other maritime casualties. In addition, our maritime practitioners, handle all forms of maritime-related litigation, and represent lenders and vessel owners with respect to ship mortgages and other maritime transactions.