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.