Find Lawyers in Greenville, South Carolina for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Practice Area Overview
It is important for a defendant not to ignore the deadline to answer the complaint, because doing so can lead a court to decide in favor of the plaintiff and award money damages. Many times, a defendant will have insurance that covers any allegations being made in a complaint. For example, if you are being sued for an auto accident, you probably have car insurance. If someone was injured on your property, you probably have homeowner’s insurance. If you believe you have insurance for the claims being made against you, immediately contact your insurance agent to report the claim and to provide information about the complaint. Failing to do this could result in an insurance company refusing to pay for any money damages awarded in the lawsuit. If you do not have insurance for the claims being made against you, it is important to contact an attorney so that they can protect your interests in court.
When you are a defendant in a civil lawsuit (a matter not involving a crime) you need to consult with a civil defense attorney who specializes in litigation (i.e., matters pending in court). Civil defense attorneys tend to specialize in a specific area. Some examples include: auto claims, homeowner claims, business/contract claims, property disputes, etc. Before hiring a lawyer, you should determine if a particular lawyer has experience in the subject matter relevant to the complaint. If you have insurance that covers a specific claim, your insurance company will typically hire and pay the lawyer for you.
Chris Gantt-Sorenson is a shareholder in Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd's Greenville office and serves as the employment law practice team leader, working exclusively with all types of employers, providing advice and counsel and representation when an employee or employees file a claim or a lawsuit. Chris advises employers and human resource professionals on issues that arise in the workplace daily. She defends clients in employment-related claims and litigation before administrative agencies, such ...
Sam Mabry is an experienced litigator and shareholder in Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd's Greenville office. Sam defends clients in class actions, business, commercial and financial services litigation and products liability actions involving drugs and medical devices. Sam has also handled employment contract disputes and patent and trade secret litigation.
Frankie Marion is a litigator in Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd's Greenville office. Frankie has represented several major manufacturers on a state or regional basis and often represents insurers in contract and bad-faith actions as well as arson and coverage disputes. In his commercial litigation work, he primarily works on disputes involving business transactions, trade secret and protection of intellectual property.
Sally Purnell, represents hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers in a wide range of legal matters. With over 25 years of experience defending and litigating medical malpractice claims, Sally has tried to verdict cases involving the most severe of damages, including birth injuries, profound neurological impairment and death.
For nearly 30 years, Matt Utecht has devoted his practice to representing healthcare providers. Matt works in Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd's Greenville office where he concentrates his practice on provider mergers, acquisitions and innovative integration strategies and advises clients on regulatory requirements and business considerations unique to healthcare transactions. Matt also practices healthcare alternative dispute resolution and conflict management.
Patrick Bradley is a construction and commercial litigator in Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd's Greenville office. In his practice, Patrick advises and represents corporations, small businesses, individuals and governmental entities in a range of business, construction, manufacturing, insurance and tort-related matters.
Demetrius Pyburn, an associate and employment attorney in Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd's Greenville office, offers his clients a unique background. Demetrius combines technical experience in aviation and logistics from his service in the U.S. Army's Special Operations Aviation Regiment and human resources experience from his service in the U.S. Army Reserves, providing clients with knowledgeable, effective and efficient legal representation in employment law and aviation law. Demetrius also defend...
Meghan Riordan focuses her practice on providing advice to healthcare providers as a healthcare attorney and shareholder in Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd's Greenville office. Meghan frequently represents healthcare clients in practice acquisitions and mergers and also assists clients with general healthcare-related business and operational issues, including drafting organizational documents, employment and service contracts, and provider policies.
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