Nine alumni from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law have received 2019 Compleat Lawyer Awards.
The annual awards are given in three categories based on years in practice: platinum (31 years or more); gold (16-30 years) and silver (15 or less). The recipients were recognized at the School of Law’s 27th Annual Compleat Lawyer Awards ceremony on Thursday.
“This year’s recipients are servant leaders, champions of diversity and inclusion, and advocates for the disadvantaged,” Robert M. Wilcox, dean of the School of Law, said on the university’s website. “Each one leads with a true collegial spirit, embodying all aspects of what it means to be a Compleat Lawyer.”
The 2019 Compleat Lawyer Award recipients are:
- M. Malissa Burnette, Burnette, co-founder of Columbia law firm Burnette Shutt & McDaniel PA and a 1977 alumna
- Karl A Folkens of Folkens Law Firm PA in Florence and a 1981 alumnus
- C. Ben Garren of The Coca-Cola Co. in Atlanta and a 1987 alumnus
- John T. Lay Jr. of Gallivan White & Boyd PA in Charleston and a 1991 alumnus
- Boyd B. Nicholson of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd PA in Greenville and a 1992 alumnus
- Matthew T. Richardson of Wyche PA in Columbia and a 1998 alumnus
- Miles E. Coleman of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Greenville and a 2009 alumnus
- Allison P. Sullivan of Bluestein Thompson Sullivan LLC in Columbia and a 2005 alumna
- Sheila Willis of Fisher & Phillips LLP in Columbia and a 2011 alumna
The Compleat Lawyer Award, established in 1992, is the law school’s highest recognition of professional achievement and civic leadership. Recipients are nominated by members of the S.C. Bar or the public and are selected by a committee including the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, the chief judge of the S.C. Court of Appeals, the president of the S.C. Bar, the School of Law dean and the co-chair of the Law School Alumni Council.
Sullivan, a partner with Bluestein Attorneys, practices in areas including personal injury, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and whistleblower lawsuits.
“This award recognizes what her clients and we who have practiced with her already knew,” founding partner Margaret “Marti” Miles Bluestein said in a news release. “Allison is a tremendous credit to her alma mater and to the legal profession in South Carolina.”
Burnette, a S.C. Supreme Court-certified specialist in labor and employment law for more than 25 years, represents clients in areas including civil rights, constitutional rights, discrimination and sexual harassment.
All three founders of Burnette Shutt & McDaniel have now received the Compleat Lawyer Award. Nekki Shutt received a Silver Award in 2005 and Kathleen McDaniel received a Silver Award in 2012.