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1303 Blanding Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 803-256-4645
Fax: 803-765-1839
www.mckayfirm.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7217, Columbia, SC 29201
Established: 1908

Practice Areas
  • Accountants
  • Agent/Broker Liability
  • Appellate Practice
  • Antitrust
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Bad Faith
  • Bankruptcy
  • Breach of Contract
  • Class Actions
  • Contract Disputes
  • ERISA
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Excess
  • First and Third Party Defense
  • Governmental Liability
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor and Employment
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lender Liability Defense
  • Life and Health
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property
  • Reinsurance
  • Retail Liability
  • Securities
  • Self-Insured
  • Subrogation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Trade Secrets
  • Transportation
  • Trucking
  • Workers' Compensation
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About Us
The McKay Firm is a defense-oriented civil litigation law firm based in Columbia, South Carolina. Since 1908, our skilled attorneyshave provided positive results to our clients throughout South Carolina and other states, including Alabama, North Carolina and Georgia.In 2010 and 2011, The McKay Firm was recognized in U.S News & World Report’s inaugural edition of the “Best Law Firms” publication. The McKay Firm received this recognition in the area of Worker’s Compensation Law.

The McKay Firm specializes in coverage disputes, general negligence, governmental liability, life, health and disability insurance, medical malpractice, healthcare law, products liability, professional licensure disputes, premises liability and workers’ compensation.

McKay Public Affairs, an affiliate of The McKay Firm, offers procurement, legislative advocacy and new media consulting services.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Accident Insurance CompanyAmerisafe Insurance Group
Carolina Casualty Insurance CompanyCherokee Insurance Company
GMAC InsuranceGUARD Insurance Group
Lancer Insurance CompanyMAG Mutual Insurance Company
Midwestern Insurance CompanyQBE Insurance Company
South Carolina Insurance Reserve FundSouth Carolina Medical Malpractice Insurance Company
South Carolina Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty AssociationTravelers Insurance Company
Zurich North America
Non-Insurance Clients
Aiken County GovernmentSouth Carolina Automobile Dealers Association
Whole Foods Market, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Partners
Douglas McKay, Jr. — (1917-2008)
Julius W. "Jay" McKay, II
Columbia, SC
E-Mail:jmckay@mckayfirm.com
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1978
Memberships:
  • American and Richland County Bar Associations
  • South Carolina Bar
  • American Arbitration Council (Panel of Arbitrators)
  • American Counsel Association
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • Carolinas Association of General Contractors
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
Education:
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., 1974
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1977
Honors:
South Carolina Super Lawyers (2008-2011)
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Mark D. Cauthen
Columbia, SC
E-Mail:mcauthen@mckayfirm.com
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
Memberships:
  • American and Richland County Bar Associations
  • South Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Workers' Compensation Education Association (House of Delegates 2002-2010)
  • Kids' Chance of South Carolina (Member, Board of Directors)
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
Education:
  • Wofford College, B.A., 1983
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1991
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Daniel R. Settana, Jr.
Columbia, SC
E-Mail:dsettana@mckayfirm.com
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Memberships:
  • American and Richland County Bar Associations
  • South Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association
  • The Citadel Alumni Association (Board of Directors)
  • Columbia Citadel Club (President, 2004-2005)
  • St. Joseph School (Former School Board)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
Education:
  • The Citadel, B.A., 1989
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1992
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Janet Brooks Holmes
Columbia, SC
E-Mail:janetholmes1@mac.com
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2001
Memberships:
  • American and Richland County Bar Associations, South Carolina Bar
  • John Belton O'Neall Inn of Court (Member)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
Publications:
  • Co-Author: "Insurance Law From A-Z," National Business Institute (February 2011)
  • Author: "Legal Pitfalls of Social Medical for the Physician Practice," The Palmetto Physician (June 2012)
  • Presenter: Insurance Coverage Litigation Course Book, National Business Institute (December 2009)
Education:
  • Clemson University, B.A. (Dean's List), 1984
  • University of South Carolina, J.D. (Order of the Coif), 1988
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Kelli Sullivan
Columbia, SC
E-Mail:ksullivan@mckayfirm.com
Admitted
  • South Carolina, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
Memberships:
  • American and Richland County Bar Associations
  • South Carolina Bar (Ethics Advisory Committee)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
Education:
  • University of South Carolina, B.A. (cum laude), 1993
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1996
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Associates
Temus C. Miles, Jr.Brandon Jones
James E. FicklingDavid M. Bornemann
Charles A. KinneyErica E. Loudin
Counsel
C. E. HardinGeorge D. Gallagher

Press Releases
Dan Settana Selected for the Trucking Substantive Law Committee by Ashley Hunter
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Articles
Marcy Lamar: Workers' Compensation Article
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Service Areas
Charleston, South Carolina113 miles
Greenville, South Carolina103 miles
Rock Hill, South Carolina71 miles
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