Attorneys

Michael Ballenger, Member, *BV®

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Criminal Law

Admitted: 1972, South Carolina; 1974, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Member: Florence County (Past President, 1992-1993) and American Bar Associations; South Carolina Bar; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers; South Carolina Association Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Educated: Clemson University (B.A., 1969); University of South Carolina (J.D., 1972)


Kevin M. Barth, Member, *AV®

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Family Law, Worker's Compensation

Admitted: 1981, South Carolina; 1983, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina; 1985, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1994 U.S. Supreme Court

Biography: Law Clerk to Circuit Court Judge Ralph K. Anderson, Jr., 1982. Member, Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, 1988-1989. Chairman, 12th Judicial Circuit, Fee Dispute Resolution Board. Certified Mediator and Arbitrator. Former Member, Joint Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Member: Supreme Court ADR Long Range Planning Committee and ADR Administrative and Education Committee; S.C. Car Judicial Screening Committee, 2000-2004; Certified Civil Arbitrator and Mediator, 1994-present; Supreme Court Commission on CLEs - Specialization (and a member of the Executive Commission) 2007 to present.

Member: Florence County Bar Association (President, 1996-1997); South Carolina Bar (President, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 2004-2005; Commissioner, Alternative Dispute Resolution); South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Southern Trial of Lawyers Association; Southern Trial Lawyers Association, 2000-present; Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2005-present; American Board of Trial Advocates, 2005-present; American Bar Association, 1982 – present.

Educated: Clemson University (B.A., 1979); University of South Carolina (J.D., 1982)

Reported Cases: Russell James v. Horace Mann, 371SC 187, 638 S.E.2d 667 (2006); State v. Jones 500 S.E2d 499 (SC Ct App 1998) 536 SE2d 675 (2000); Oliver v. SC Highway Dept. 422 SE2d 128 (1992); OHG of Lake City v. McCutcheon 2004 SC Lwxis 2008; Florence Paper Co. v. Orphan 379 SE 2d 289 (1989); State v. Perterson 335 SE2d (1985)


Frederick A. Hoefer, II, Member, *BV®

Practice Areas: Criminal Law, state and federal, Family Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate

Admitted: 1980, South Carolina; 1987 U.S. District Court, District Court, District of South Carolina and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Biography: Law Clerk to the Hon. John. H. Waller, Circuit Judge, 1980-1982. Assistant Solicitor, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, 1982-1987. Certified: Circuit Civil Mediator; Circuit Civil Arbitrator. Member, 1992-1998, and Chairman, 1993-1998, South Carolina State Ethics Commission. South Carolina Bar Examiner. 2003 – present.

Member: Florence County Bar Association; South Carolina Bar; South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Educated: Clemson University (B.S., 1977); University of South Carolina (J.D., 1980)

Associations: ABA, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, South Carolina Bar


E. Guy Ballenger, Associate

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Criminal Law, Family Law, Worker's Compensation, Medical Malpractice

Admitted: 2004, South Carolina, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Biography: Law Clerk to the Honorable James Brogdon, Circuit Judge, 2004-2005.

Member: Florence County and American Bar Associations; South Carolina Bar; South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association; South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Educated: Wofford College (B.A., 2001); University of South Carolina (J.D., 2004)


Nicholas W. Lewis, Associate

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Family Law, Criminal Law, state and federal, Worker's Compensation, Medical Malpractice

Admitted: 2004, South Carolina; 2006, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Biography: Law Clerk to The Honorable R. Bryan Harwell, United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina, 2004-2006.

Member: South Carolina Bar, Florence County and American Bar Associations

Educated: Francis Marion University (B.S., 2001); Mississippi College School of Law (J.D., 2004)


*AV®, BV® and CV® are the peer review ratings that reflect career development and are used in agreement with the Martindale-Hubble certification procedures. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Below are each of the ratings and their descriptions as described exactly on www.martindale.com. Please refer to the Martindale-Hubble website for more details about these ratings.

CV® – The CV® certification mark is a definitive statement of their above-average ability and unquestionable ethics. This is the maximum rating a lawyer can receive who has been admitted to the bar from 3-4 years.

BV® – The BV® certification mark is an excellent rating for a lawyer with more experience. This is the maximum rating a lawyer can receive who has been admitted to the bar from 5-9 years.

AV® – An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV® rating.