Smith joins Parkwood Pediatric Group

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The physicians of Parkwood Pediatric Group announced that Kirby J. Smith, MD has joined their practice. Doctor Smith, who previously cared for patients at a Summerville pediatric practice, began caring for Parkwood Pediatric Group patients at the practice’s Daniel Island and West Ashley offices on May 1.

Dr. Smith earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. In 2006, Smith earned his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where he also completed his residency. Before becoming a physician, Dr. Smith was a research specialist at MUSC and a lab specialist at the University of Pennsylvania. He also served in several volunteer capacities, including working as an EMT with a volunteer fire company near his home in Pennsylvania and on the SUGAR bus, performing free diabetes screenings and education in underserved South Carolina communities.

“As a member of the Lowcountry’s medical community, and a graduate of MUSC’s Department of Pediatrics, I have been aware of the excellent reputation of Parkwood Pediatric Group for years,” said Kirby Smith, MD. “It’s an honor to join this practice. I look forward to caring for our patients and their families alongside this incredible team.”

To schedule appointments with Kirby Smith, MD, patients should call the practice’s Daniel Island office at 843-849.9582 or the West Ashley office at 843-556-8110.

Carolina One


The Coleman Boulevard office of Carolina One Real Estate announces the hiring of Elizabeth “Liz” Royster Gaymon and Heidi Noelle Mahoney as sales associates.

Liz Gaymon, who hails from Columbia, earned a marketing degree from Clemson University. She has worked as an account executive for Clear Channel Communications and is also licensed in the field of property and casualty insurance.

Heidi Mahoney moved to Mount Pleasant in 1981 from Maine and graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Biology. She managed Locklear’s Restaurant in Mount Pleasant for 18 years before deciding on a career in real estate. She is married and enjoys cooking, tennis, kayaking and walking her dog Bandit.

Visit the Carolina One website at www.carolinaone.com.

Realtor of Distinction


Debra Whitfield of Coldwell Banker United, Realtors who has been specializing and servicing the real estate needs of seniors, retirees and baby boomers since 2006, has recently been recognized when she received the 2012 Charleston Trident Association of Realtors Realtor of Distinction award, the 2013 Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society Award, the overall top supporter of Coldwell Banker Mortgage in the Charleston area, and the Coldwell Banker United, Realtors Closed Outgoing Referral Relocation Award with special recognition from Cartus and USAA .

These international and national awards recognize Whitfield’s level of excellence in understanding the real estate market, in achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction and clearly demonstrates that she consistently exceed her client’s expectations.

Rising Star

Alissa D. Fleming has been named to the 2013 South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, joining Barnwell Whaley attorneys M. Dawes Cooke, Randell C. Stoney, Jr. and Ernest Lipscomb, III each of whom is listed as 2013 South Carolina Super Lawyers. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

As an associate attorney at Barnwell Whaley, Alissa Fleming advises and represents a broad range of clients primarily in the areas of professional practice and liability, employment law, and civil litigation. As a nurse attorney, Fleming has litigated all types of matters, including professional liability matters involving the defense of physicians, nurses, attorneys and other professionals, hospitals, nursing homes, residential and nursing care facilities, as well as medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, in a variety of matters at the administrative, state, and federal court levels. In the area of employment law, Fleming handles matters on behalf of employers in the areas of contract disputes, wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination. She also has experience drafting documents such as employment contracts, compensation agreements and employee handbooks. In addition, she advises her clients on situations involving discipline, investigations, and terminations.

M. Dawes Cooke, Jr.’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, professional liability defense and personal injury litigation. He is also a much sought after mediator and arbitrator. He is admitted to the South Carolina Bar and the United States Supreme Court Bar. Cooke is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He holds a Martindale-Hubble Preeminent rating (the highest, formerly called AV), and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury litigation for defendants, personal injury litigation for plaintiffs, arbitration, and mediation. Best Lawyers named Cooke the Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year in both 2011 and 2013. In 2012, he was named Personal Injury Litigation Litigator of the Year. Benchmark Litigation has named him as a Local Litigation Star in 2012 and 2013 in the areas of insurance, product liability, medical malpractice, and construction. He is also regularly listed in Super Lawyers as one of the top 10 attorneys in the state of South Carolina, and he was profiled in the April 2011 edition.

For more than 30 years, Randell C. Stoney, Jr. has focused his law practice on premises and product liability, construction law and litigation, and general liability. He holds an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating, representing the highest level of professional excellence and since 2008 has been listed in Super Lawyers as one of the top attorneys in the state of South Carolina. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the South Carolina Defense Trial Lawyers Association and the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), and The American Board of Trial Advocates. Stoney has deep roots in Charleston and the Lowcountry. His grandfather began practicing law in Charleston more than 100 years ago. Prior to entering private practice, Stoney served as both assistant Ninth Circuit Solicitor for Charleston County and as Deputy Solicitor for Berkeley County.

Ernest “Lip” Lipscomb, III has been practicing law for 45 years. He is the author of the seminal 11-volume patent treatise, “Lipscomb’s Walker on Patents,” author of “Lipscomb’s Patent Claims” and has testified as an expert witness in patent cases. He has more than 20 years experience as in house intellectual property counsel for major corporations such as Westvaco, Revlon and Rorer Group. In addition, he has served as an Examiner in the United States Patent Office. Lipscomb has been listed as a Super Lawyer since 2006.

Established in Charleston in 1938, Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms represents and counsels businesses and professionals in the state of 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 mediations, intellectual property, civil litigation defense, professional malpractice defense, construction law, business law and products liability defense. For additional information, visit www.barnwell-whaley.com.

“Super Lawyers,” a Thomas Reuters publication, rates outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Top in the state


Clawson and Staubes’ attorneys Sam Clawson and Ron Jones recently made the 2013 Super Lawyers list. Five other attorneys at the law firm headquartered on Daniel Island with offices in Greenville and Charlotte - Christy Fargnoli, Kristen Nichols, Brittany Boykin, Barrett Brewer and Natalie Fisher - were named Rising Stars - a list of the top up-and-coming attorneys in South Carolina.

“Super Lawyers,” a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. The annual service selections are made using a rigorous, multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The Rising Stars lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country.

Sam Clawson has served as the managing member of Clawson and Staubes for the past 27 years. He is active in the tort defense of individuals, partnerships and corporations. As a certified mediator, Clawson has an interest in alternative dispute resolution and was a pioneer in the development of binding summary jury trials as an alternative to binding arbitrations. In addition to his AV rating from Martindale, he has also been named by Best Lawyers as the 2013 Insurance Lawyer of the Year.

Ron Jones, a certified specialist in bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law, established the commercial law and bankruptcy section at Clawson and Staubes in 1992. He is an active member of many groups including the SC Bankruptcy Law Association, the Commercial Law League of America and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Additionally, Jones holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and is one of the top bankruptcy specialists in the Charleston area.

For more information about “Super Lawyers,” please visit superlawyers.com

Christy Fargnoli, an associate attorney at Clawson and Staubes practices in the area of general civil litigation, with concentrations in insurance defense, business litigation and municipal law. She represents individuals, insurance carriers, businesses and municipalities in both state and federal courts.

Kristen Nichols joined Clawson and Staubes in 2006. Her area of practice focuses on consumer, corporate and commercial law, bankruptcy, foreclosure and general civil litigation.

Brittany Boykin specializes in civil litigation, defending the interests of insurance carriers and the individuals they insure. More specifically, her practice focuses on personal injury litigation, transportation and trucking matters.

Barrett Brewer joined the firm in 2002 and has been named a Rising Star for the second year in a row. Brewer’s litigation practice focuses on business and contract disputes, business property and trade secret disputes, banking and lender liability, real estate and property disputes, product and commercial liability claims, and negligence claims.

Natalie Fisher, associate attorney with Clawson and Staubes, practices primarily in the areas of general civil litigation and workers’ compensation defense. Fisher was honored on the 2012 South Carolina Rising Stars list as one of the best young lawyers in the state in the area of workers’ compensation.

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