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Dedicated, passionate and motivated are just a few words colleagues use to describe Beverly A. Carroll.
Her dedication to her clients, passion for serving the community and motivation to improve the legal profession are a few of the many reasons Carroll was named the 2019 Distinguished Lawyer by the Employment and Labor Law Section of the SC Bar.
“From working with closely and watching Bev for many years, I observe the following – she is bright, she is always prepared, you will never outwork her, and she is fearless,” Benjamin Johnson, a colleague of Carroll, says.
While it may seem like Carroll was always meant to practice employment and labor law, she started her law journey as a traditional insurance defense attorney handling medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death suits and workers’ compensation matters.
“More clients started asking about employment law issues, and it was a natural transition,” Carroll says.
Since that time, Carroll has built a management based employment law practice and has become a certified specialist in employment and labor law by the South Carolina Supreme Court. However, she said she could not have done it without involvement in the Employment and Labor Law Section and its members who are always willing to discuss issues, share ideas, and teach others.
Receiving the Employment and Labor Law Section award is just one of Carroll’s recent achievements this year. She will apply her dedication, passion and motivation to lead the entire SC Bar as its next president.
On May 16, Carroll was sworn in by South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Beatty. She is the first president of the state Bar from Rock Hill since 1972, and she is honored to have the opportunity to lead.
“Bob Carpenter, who was a former president of the SC Bar and my mentor and friend, told me that the best part of being involved in the Bar would be the people I would meet and come to know,” Carroll said. “He was right.”
Carpenter’s family along with Carroll’s family, friends and Rock Hill community members attended her swearing-in ceremony as part of the Annual Assembly at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. A Winthrop alumna and strong supporter of the Rock Hill community, Carroll was proud to bring the two-day SC Bar event, including the Leadership Academy and House of Delegates meeting, to Rock Hill.
“This is a special day for Rock Hill,” Carroll said after she was sworn in as president. “[Immediate Past President] Dawes [Cooke] often says I’m a walking chamber of commerce for Rock Hill, but it has been a wonderful place to have my entire legal career. I follow a long line of great SC Bar presidents.”
Under Carroll, the Board of Governors will focus on its mission to provide members with the services and support deserving of great lawyers and strive to ensure access to justice for all South Carolinians.
“There’s no greater honor than serving our clients, our communities and working to improve this state,” says Carroll. “The SC Bar is here to help all our members succeed in these endeavors, and I and all members of the Board of Governors invite your ideas and thoughts for this year and the future.”