Section Information

The Section provides information, education and advice to our members, the general public and the S.C. Workers' Compensation Commission on matters affecting the Bar. The section serves as a resource regarding potential legislation before the General Assembly, executive branch and the S.C. Workers’ Compensation Commission. The council conducts six meetings each year in order to discuss section-related issues and keep members abreast of current South Carolina Workers’ Compensation topics. Additionally, the section sponsors educational seminars designed to improve the quality and professionalism of attorneys appearing before the S.C. Workers’ Compensation Commission.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Workers' Compensation Section, please forward dues payment in the amount of $15 to: SC Bar, Attn: Donna Oelhafen, P.O. Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202. Please make checks payable to the S.C. Bar and note in the memo portion Workers' Compensation Section Dues.

Section Goals

  • Conduct quarterly meetings of the Section Council.
  • Coordinate and participate to provide advice and serve as a resource regarding potential legislation before the general assembly, executive branch, and the SC Workers’ Compensation Commission for potential issues facing the upcoming legislative session of the General Assembly to improve the practice before the Workers’ Compensation Commission.
  • Provide information as requested by the SC Workers’ Compensation Commission on requested topics.
  • Improve communications with, and continue to inform, members about Section-related issues through the Section list serve and posting on the Web site.
  • Continue to work with the SC Workers’ Compensation Commission on matters affecting the Bar and attend and participate in its monthly business meetings in order to keep Section members aware of issues being considered by the Commission and provide input to the Commission on those issues.
  • Continue support for Kid’s Chance of South Carolina, Inc., a scholarship program for children of injured workers affiliated with the SC Workers’ Compensation Educational Association.  Continue to encourage Section members to become active in the organization.
  • Continue to provide assistance to the Bar, as needed, with pending workers’ compensation legislation which would jointly affect both the claimants and the defense bars.  The Section would preclude itself from becoming involved in any type of legislation that would be detrimental to either side of the Workers’ Compensation Section.
  • Encourage ongoing cooperation between claimants and defense lawyers on issues affecting the practice of workers’ compensation including the oath of civility and other issues of professionalism.
  • Continue to serve as a source of guidance to the Workers’ Compensation Commission regarding the efficient administration of the Workers’ Compensation Act.
  • Educate and become a resource to the members of the public who will be affected by the SC Workers’ Compensation Act.
  • Host an annual reception for SC Workers’ Compensation Commissioners and Section members.

Section News

The SC Bar Workers’ Compensation Section conducted a seminar “Watch your Step!  Navigation Liens and Third-Party Actions” on January 22nd, during the 2022 SC Bar Convention in Greenville, SC.

The seminar began with a very informative panel discussion on All Aspects of Workers’ Compensation Liens. The panel consisted of Vince Northcutt with Lueder, Larkin & Hunter, LLC in Mt. Pleasant; Brad Easterling and David Hartman with The Clardy Law Firm, PA in Greenville; and Zachary S. Brown with McAngus, Goudelock & Courie, LLC in Greenville.

In the next segment, Drew Smith with McAngus, Goudelock & Courie, LLC in Mt. Pleasant provided a Workers’ Compensation Case Law Update. (Refer to photo) Following Mr. Smith’s presentation was a Legislative Update delivered by David Carter with Capitol Consulting Group, Inc. in Mt. Pleasant and Allison P. Sullivan with Bluestein, Thompson, Sullivan, LLC in Columbia.

The program concluded with a report on the SC Workers’ Compensation Commission by the Honorable T. Scott Beck.

Lee Gremillion and Chair Cynthia Dooley presented a donation to Kid’s Chance in the amount of $1,500 at the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association Annual Conference on behalf of the Workers’ Compensation Section.

Contact
Section Chair:
Michelle D. Powers
(864) 227-2500 
 
Staff Contact:
Marla Wood
(803) 576-3782
marla.wood@scbar.org