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288 Meeting Street, Suite 200
Charleston, South Carolina 29401Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 843-577-7700
Fax: 843-577-7708
E-Mail: bwph@barnwell-whaley.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer H, Charleston, SC 29402
Established: 1938

Practice Areas
  • Accountant Malpractice
  • Accountants and Attorneys Liability
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Advertising Injury
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Aviation
  • Bad Faith
  • Business and Real Estate Transactions
  • Business Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Transactions
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Copyright and Trademark Law
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Engineering and Construction
  • Entertainment Law
  • Governmental Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense
  • Intellectual Property
  • Liquor Liability
  • Maritime Law
  • Mediation
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Patent Infringement Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Retail Liability
  • Subrogation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Trucking
  • Workers' Compensation
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About Us
Established in Charleston in 1938, Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC, serves and counsels businesses and professionals in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and beyond. Widely respected for their work in complex litigation matters, the firm's 17 members and associates focus on the areas of insurance coverage, insurance defense, intellectual property, civil litigation defense, professional malpractice defense, construction law, business law and products liability defense. In addition to their legal educations, many of the attorneys and staff have degrees in complementary fields, including business management, engineering, accounting, nursing and chemistry.

The firm is frequently called upon to handle very complex litigation, often involving many parties, complex legal issues and high dollar amounts. The firm's attorneys have been admitted to practice in both state and federal courts at trial and appellate levels.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
American Liability Protection SocietyAmerisure Insurance Company
Atlantic Casualty Insurance CompanyBlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Builders Insurance GroupCincinnati Insurance Company
CNA Insurance CompanyCrum & Forster Insurance Company
FCCI Insurance GroupFireman's Fund Insurance Companies
First Mercury Insurance CompanyFounders Insurance Company
The Hartford Insurance GroupHCA, Inc.
James River Insurance CompanyJoint Underwriting Association
Lawyers Protector PlanLiberty Mutual Insurance Company
Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.North American Risk Services
Philadelphia Insurance CompaniesQBE Specialty Insurance Company
Safeway Insurance CompanySentry Insurance Company
South Carolina Insurance Reserve FundTravelers Insurance Companies
US Liability Insurance GroupUtica Mutual Insurance Company
Wells Fargo Insurance ServicesXL Design Professional
Zurich North America
Non-Insurance Clients
The Citadel Military College of South CarolinaGeneral Motors Corporation
Historic Charleston Foundation
Self-Insured Clients
Home Depot USA, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Members of the Firm
M. Dawes Cooke, Jr.
Charleston, SC
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • American and Charleston County Bar Associations
  • South Carolina Bar (Secretary, 2015-2016; Past Member, Board of Governors)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Inns of Court
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
Certifications:
  • Certified Mediator
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A. (with high distinction), 1976
  • University of South Carolina, J.D. (cum laude), 1979
Military:
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Hon. D.L., 1993
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B.C. Killough
Charleston, SC
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Additional Biographical Details:
Registered to Practice before United States Patent and Trademark Office in patent cases
Memberships:
  • Federal (South Carolina Chapter Co-Chair, IP Committee) and Charleston County Bar Associations
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Carolina Patent Trademark and Copyright Law Association
Certifications:
  • Certified Mediator
Education:
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.I.E., 1974
  • University of South Carolina, M.B.A., 1979
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1979
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Randell C. Stoney, Jr.
Charleston, SC
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
Assistant Solicitor, Ninth Judicial Circuit, Charleston Office, 1981-1983; Deputy Solicitor, Ninth Judicial Circuit, Berkeley County, South Carolina, 1983-1986
Memberships:
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Charleston County and Berkeley County Bar Associations
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • College of Charleston, B.A., 1974
  • Campbell University, J.D., 1980
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Phillip S. Ferderigos
Charleston, SC
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
Memberships:
  • American and Charleston County Bar Associations
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
Certifications:
  • Certified Mediator
Education:
  • College of Charleston, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1996
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1999
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Kenneth Michael Barfield
Charleston, SC
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 2002
Memberships:
  • American and Charleston County Bar Associations
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
Education:
  • Furman University, B.A., 1997
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 2001
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David S. Cox
Charleston, SC
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Memberships:
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (Product Liability Section)
  • Product Liability Advisory Council
  • Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Charleston
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • Tulane University, B.A. (cum laude), 1990
  • Duke Law School, J.D., 1993
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Chris Hinnant
Charleston, SC
Admitted
  • North Carolina, 1997
  • South Carolina, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
Memberships:
  • North Carolina and New Hanover County Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Education:
  • University of North Carolina, B.A., 1994
  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, J.D., 1997
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Special Counsel
Jay A. Jones
Charleston, SC
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 2005
Memberships:
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1994
  • University of Miami, J.D., 2004
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Alissa D. Fleming
Charleston, SC
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 2005
Memberships:
  • American and Charleston Bar Associations
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Association of Nurse Attorneys
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.S.N. (with distinction), 2000
  • University of Miami, J.D., 2005
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Barbara J. Wagner
Charleston, SC
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 2007
Additional Biographical Details:
Holder of 20 U.S. and numerous foreign patents
Memberships:
  • American and Charleston County Bar Associations
  • South Carolina Bar
  • American Chemical Society
Education:
  • Indiana University, B.S. (with honors), 1984
  • University of California, Davis, Ph.D., 1989
  • University of Charleston, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2007
Law Review:
Charleston Law Review; Maritime Law Bulletin
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Associate Attorneys
John William Fletcher
Charleston, SC
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1997
  • South Carolina, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1998
Memberships:
  • South Carolina Bar
Education:
  • Grove City College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1994
  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1997
Law Review:
Research Editor, Pittsburgh Law Review
Honors:
Order of the Coif
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Jeremy Bowers
Charleston, SC
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 2006
Memberships:
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Charleston and Beaufort County Bar Associations
Education:
  • The Ohio State University, B.S./M.S., 2003
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 2006
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D. Summers Clarke II
Charleston, SC
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2009
Memberships:
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S.B.A., 2004
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 2007
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Jeffrey Bogdan
Charleston, SC
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 2007
  • South Carolina Court of Appeals
Memberships:
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
Education:
  • College of Charleston, B.A., Business Administration, 2003
  • Charleston School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2007
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Bradley C. Banias
Charleston, SC
Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Immigration Law
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 2007
Memberships:
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Charleston County Bar
Education:
  • College of Charleston, B.A. (cum laude), 2003
  • Charleston School of Law, J.D. (summa cum laude), 2007
  • Columbia Law School, LL.M., 2009
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Service Areas
Beaufort, South Carolina69 miles
Columbia, South Carolina114 miles
Florence, South Carolina135 miles
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina114 miles
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina98 miles
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