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J. Eric Cavanaugh

J. Eric Cavanaugh

Columbia, South Carolina

Eric joined Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow in September 2011. Eric comes to the firm after spending a number of years working in both the public and private sector.

From October 1996 to January 1999, Eric worked in the communications office of former Governor David Beasley.  Following his work for Governor Beasley, Eric was awarded the order of the Palmetto, which is the state's highest civilian honor.

Immediately prior to joining the firm, Eric was the co-owner of a successful family business specializing in consumer products.  Eric's business dealt with all aspects of the distribution chain including manufacturing and distribution.  Eric helped to negotiate a valuable licensing agreement for a well-known local consumer product.

While attending law school at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Eric received CALI awards in Entertainment Law and Advanced Legal Research for achieving the highest grade in those classes.  Eric also co-founded the school's ambassador program as a way to foster relations between students and alumni.  Following his second year, Eric was elected as one of only three students nationwide to serve in the American Bar Association's House of Delegates.

Eric is married to the former Andrea Freeman of Greenville, South Carolina.  Eric and Andrea have two daughters.  Eric and his family are members of First Presbyterian Church.

Eric enjoys golfing and is an avid fan of all University of South Carolina sports.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction
  • Personal Injury - Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Transportation
  • General Negligence

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 2011
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit