Ernest “Ernie” G. Lawhorne joined Adams and Reese in 2013 as a Partner following the firm’s expansion into Columbia.
Practicing law since 1979, Ernie has substantial trial experience in civil litigation and has focused his practice on workers’ compensation matters – representing employers, both self-insured and commercially insured – at the trial and appellate levels. He is a certified circuit court mediator with expansive experience in mediations of workers’ compensation cases.
Ernie ranks among both Best Lawyers and South Carolina Super Lawyers in workers’ compensation law, and was honored in 2010 to be named the “Best Attorney in Columbia” by readers of The State newspaper.
Ernie’s representative matters include:
- Brown v. Owen Steel Co., Inc., 450 S.E.2d 57 ( S.C. Ct. App. 1994)
- Stanley Smith & Sons v. D.M.R. Inc., 415 S.E.2d 428 (S.C. Ct. App. 1992)
- Ross v. Am. Red Cross, 381 S.E.2d 728 (S.C. 1989)
- Hubbs v. Gov't Employees Ins. Co., 340 S.E.2d 532 (S.C. 1986)
Ernie is a longtime member of the University of South Carolina Alumni Association and presently serves on the Board of Governors. He has served as an advisor for student groups, including the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, and mentored young attorneys and undergraduate students. Ernie has a long history of helping with Carolina Children’s Home and sponsoring a young man 30 years ago who basically became a son and whose children are now god-children and that involvement has been significant in his life.
In his spare time, Ernie is crazy about college sports, watching and attending, especially the University of South Carolina and SEC games. He also enjoys traveling, scuba diving, snow skiing and boating.
Among the people Ernie admires is his father and his history of growing up as an orphan in a children’s home in Georgia, coming to University of South Carolina on a football scholarship, coaching and being a self-made man who worked hard to help others in need. Ernie also admires people who are unselfish; who try to help those they encounter instead of just do what is best for themselves; who are generous with their time, knowledge and wealth, helping those in need as best they can.