In this difficult time, it is important that legal services remain available to everyone. Like
many firms, we are open with some lawyers and legal assistants working in the office (which has been professionally disinfected) and others from their homes. We are practicing social
distancing, and our office remains open as permitted under the City of Columbia Ordinance
passed on March 26, 2020. While we are not meeting with clients or potential clients in person, we remain available for consultation by telephone.
In parts of the country, the government is temporarily acquiring private property to assist
in the fight against COVID-19. In some cases, land is being acquired for the construction of
temporary hospital units. In others, existing facilities, such as hotels and former pharmacies, are in the process of being temporarily acquired. We certainly support these efforts by the
government, and should you find that the government needs your property in South Carolina,
please contact us to make sure that your rights are protected.
Some much needed change is coming to Columbia and malfunction junction, but not without a cost to businesses and property owners. In this Post & Courier article, our experienced eminent domain attorney, Keith Babcock, discusses the condemnation process and how involving an attorney at an early stage may benefit a landowner.
(February 12, 2020 – Columbia, SC) Lewis Babcock attorney, Joseph Berry was selected for membership in the 2020 class of the South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy. Each year the Academy selects attorneys from across the state practicing between 3 and 15 years, to participate in the program designed to develop leaders in the legal and business community.
The highly selective program provides members with networking opportunities, professionalism training, community awareness, and other skills necessary to give back to the profession and position themselves as leaders in the community. The class meets once a month for approximately five months, with each month’s program focusing on a different topic.
“It’s an honor to be selected for the program,” said Joseph Berry. “I’m looking forward to learning through this interactive program and building relationships with other members.”
Berry, an associate at Lewis Babcock in Columbia, South Carolina is a litigation attorney representing clients in the areas of fiduciary negligence, business disputes, eminent domain cases, and appeals.
Lewis Babcock, L.L.P. is a litigation law firm with a statewide practice and a national reputation. Led by founding partner Keith Babcock, the attorneys have significant experience representing plaintiff and defense clients all across South Carolina. The firm is known for their work representing clients in eminent domain cases, business disputes, professional negligence and appeals. For more information click here or go to www.lewisbabcock.com.
Keith M. Babcock has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2020. Keith Babcock is recognized for his efforts in the areas of Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law and Legal Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs.
"It has been my pleasure to participate in the 1L mentoring program for a number of years. I think the program does several things for the students.
First, they get ot interact with lawyers to calm some of the fears that first-year students have. After all, we were all first-year students at one point in time.
We normally meet at my law firm, so students not only interact with practicing lawyers, but get to see the practice of the law from a closer perspective.
While the program is primarily intended to benefit the students, there is no question that it benefits the lawyers as well."
- Keith Babcock
Congratulations Keith Babcock on receiving the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards for 2020!
In August 2018, the Columbia Business Monthly magazine announced the results of its Legal Elite survey of attorneys in various areas of law. Mr. Babcock was recognized as the leading vote-getter in the field of Business Litigation.
Keith Babcock spoke on two panels at the American Law Institute’s 35th Annual Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Conference, held in Charleston, South Carolina on January 25-27, 2018. The conference draws hundreds of eminent domain practitioners from all over the country and is recommended for experienced practitioners, as well as those new to the field. In addition to pertinent information such as effective case planning strategies and tips on staying current in eminent domain practice, discussions are targeted for attendees to learn about emerging issues. Mr. Babcock spoke on the panels of “Condemnation 101: Wanna Win ? Effective Attorney-Appraiser Interaction” and “The Project Influence Rule and its Evidentiary Burdens.” Mr. Babcock has been a regular speaker at this highly-regarded event since 2002.