Kirby D. Shealy  III - Adams and Reese LLP

Kirby D. Shealy III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001

Kirby D. Shealy III joined Adams and Reese in 2013 as a Partner following the firm’s expansion into Columbia.

Kirby’s practice focuses on a wide array of litigation issues, including jury trial and appellate experience in contract disputes, real property concerns and First Amendment issues. In addition, he has handled copyright and trademark infringement claims, insurance coverage matters, corporate governance cases, and catastrophic injury and death claims against trucking, manufacturing and other commercial enterprises.

Kirby ranks among Best Lawyers in Personal Injury Litigation.

Kirby’s representative matters include:

  • Grostick v. Minor, 2012-UP-354 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed June 13, 2012)
  • West v. Morehead, 396 S.C.1, 720 S.E.2d 495 (Ct. App. 2011)
  • Fairchild v. S.C. Dept. of Transp., 385 S.C. 344, 683 S.E.2d 818 (Ct. App. 2009), aff'd, 398 S.C.90, 727 S.E.2d 407 (2012)
  • Hancock v. Mid-South Management Co., Inc., 381 S.C. 326, 673 S.E.2d 801 (2009)
  • James v. Kelly Trucking Co., 377 S.C. 628, 661 S.E.2d 329 (2008)
  • Beneventano v. Gonzales, 2007-MO-031 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed June 4, 2007)
  • Smoak v.McCullough, 2004-UP-098 (S.C. Ct. App. filed February 17, 2004)
  • Covington v. George, 359 S.C. 100, 597 S.E.2d 142 (2004)
  • Toomer v. Norfolk Southern Ry. Co., 344 S.C. 486, 544 S.E.2d 634 (Ct. App. 2001)

Kirby is an active member of several professional organizations.  He is a past-president of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court, an organization of lawyers and judges whose mission is to promote the highest standards of civility, professionalism and competency in the legal profession.  He also serves on the South Carolina Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness, the entity charged with determining the suitability of applicants to the South Carolina Bar.

Beyond his law practice, Kirby participates in an array of public service activities. He has served on the Richland Library board of trustees for many years and also serves on the board of directors for Growing Home Southeast and Thompson Child and Family Focus, agencies that serve children and families with emotional and psychological issues.  At his church, Trinity Cathedral, Kirby has served on the vestry, as a warden and as the parish chancellor.  He is currently the vice-chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina and is the immediate past president of the Trinity Foundation Commission.

Davidson CollegeBA 1993University of South Carolina School of LawJ.D. 1996
John Belton O'Neall Inn of CourtDefense Research InstituteRichland County Bar AssociationSouth Carolina Supreme Court Committee on Character and FitnessAmerican Board of Trial Advocates

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • South Carolina
  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina

Office Location

1501 Main Street, Fifth Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
United States

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Other Information

Gender: Male