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January 2017

Kenneth B. Wingate, Partner with Sweeny, Wingate and Barrow, has updated the treatise "Wills, Trusts & Estates in South Carolina" for current updates in the federal estate and gift tax laws. See the brochure under the "Estate Planning" practice area on this website.

Kenneth B. Wingate, Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law, spoke to the Lexington County Forestry Association about estate planning and asset protection for land owners. See the outline of his talk and a sample waiver/release of liability for a hunt club under the "Estate Planning" practice area on this website.

October 2015

Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A. is pleased to announce that Associate Ryan Holt was named to Columbia Business Monthly magazine's "Legal Elite of the Midlands" in the category of Insurance Law.

September 2015

Partner Martin Driggers Jr. Was published in the DRI with an article titled, Seismic Changes for Liability Risk for Some Religious Organizations and Charities in the Wake of the Supreme Court's Obergefell Decision

"On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015), holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State. While the direct impact of the decision will impact the state's that had enacted laws barring same-sex marriage, the impact on the liability risk for some religious organizations and charities could be far greater...[Read More]"

July 2015

"Martin S. Driggers, Jr., partner with Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, has been elected to the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates beginning on July 1, 2015 for a two year term. The House of Delegates establishes policy for the South Carolina Bar. It meets at least twice a year and includes delegates from each judicial circuit. Between House meetings, the Board of Governors may act on matters not inconsistent with House policy. Recommendations for changes in South Carolina rules of procedure and practice are considered by the South Carolina Supreme Court."

May 2015

Associate Ryan Holt has been named a 2015 Rising Star in the category of Personal Injury General: Defense by Super Lawyers

Member Jason Reynolds has been named a 2015 Rising Star in the category of Transportation by Super Lawyers

Associate Ryan Holt has been appointed to a second term on the Board of the Lexington County Health Services District which operates the 414-bed Lexington Medical Center, several community medical centers, and a network of 60 physician practices.

February 2015

Kenneth Wingate, managing partner of Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, PA, has been appointed chairman of South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness by Governor Nikki Haley. SC First Steps is a statewide initiative for improving early childhood development and school readiness.

January 2015

We are pleased to announce that Jason Reynolds has been named a member of Sweeny Wingate & Barrow, PA. as of January 1, 2015.

Partner Bill Sweeny has been nominated to be featured in the Personal Injury Litigation-Defendant section of the 2015 Best Lawyers of America listing in December 2014 addition of the Columbia Metropolitan magazine.

Partner Ken Wingate has been nominated to be featured in the Litigation, Trust & Estate and the Trust and Estate section of the 2015 Best Lawyers of America listing in the December 2014 addition of the Columbia Metropolitan magazine.

November 2014

Associate Ryan Holt's article "Safe From Prying Eyes: How to protect your insurance claims files from the discovery process" was published in the October 2014 issue of Claims Management Magazine.

Associate Ryan Holt recently began his first term on the Board of Visitors for the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Carolina. The Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Dean of Arts & Science, who manages a college of nearly 10,000 students and more than 550 faculty.

Sweeney, Wingate, & Barrow, P.A. is pleased to announce that partner Christy Mahon has been elected to be the Secretary of the Construction Law Section Council.

October 2014

P. Jason Reynolds and Benson H. Driggers have been recently named Senior Associates.

September 2014

Partner Mark Gende will be speaking at the 2014 Annual Meeting for the Professional Liability Defense Federation covering "National Practitioner Data Bank Practices Update".

February 2014

Associate Jason Reynolds has been selected as a 2014 South Carolina Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

January 1, 2014

Partner Mark Gende has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Other Healthcare Claims Committee of the Professional Liability Defense Federation. The Professional Liability Defense Federation™ is a not-for-profit organization designed to bring together attorneys, claims professionals and risk management specialists to share expertise and information helpful to the successful defense of professional liability claims.

July 29, 2013

Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A. is pleased to be partnering with the Columbia, South Carolina Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the 2013 Light the Night Walk which will take place on October 3, 2013. The Light the Night Walk funds lifesaving research and support for people battling cancer. SWB employees and their families will be walking to make a difference in the fight against cancer. All funds raised will support the LLS's efforts to cure leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and Hodgkin's disease while improving the quality of life for patients and their families. Please follow "Katie's Crew" as together we honor survivors and commemorate family and friends who have battled these diseases at http://pages.lightthenight.org/sc/Columb1213/KatiesCrew.

July 29, 2013

Associate Jason Reynolds was nominated and approved by the Columbia City Council to serve on the City of Columbia's Commercial Revolving Loan Fund Committee and will serve a two-year term. Reynolds was then nominated and elected vice-chairman of the committee.

June 10, 2013

Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A. would like to welcome Dalton Barfield, Todd Lyle, Leary McKenzie, Katherine Myers and Leslie Simpson to the 2013 Summer Law Clerk Program This program offers second and third year law students the opportunity to gain valuable experience as they pursue their goals in the legal profession.

June 3, 2013

Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A. is pleased to congratulate Associate Richard McLawhorn, currently located in the Hartsville Office, on his graduation from the 2012-2013 Leadership Hartsville Program. This nine-month program is a collaboration between the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce and Coker College and is designed to identify and cultivate individuals with the interest and potential to serve the community in various leadership roles.

May 22, 2013

Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A. is pleased to announce that Kenneth B. Wingate has been selected as a "2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Trusts & Estates". This achievement is based on Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™which are objective indicators of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.

May 16, 2013

Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A. is pleased to announce that the firm has received recognition as one of the 2013 Best Law Firms by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. The firm has been ranked as a Tier 2 firm in Trusts and Estates Law and a Tier 3 firm in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants.

APRIL 18, 2013

Recent speaking engagements of Member Everett (Rett) Kendall include: Associated General Contractors of America Annual Convention, Desert Palm, California, "BIM Contract Negotiation Strategies", USLAW Network Client Conference, Tucson Arizona, "Family Feud: Hot Topics Affecting Contractor-Subcontractor Relationships" and South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association Trial Academy, Columbia, South Carolina, "Winning Your Case in Opening Statement".

December 20, 2012

Firm Member Christy Mahon has been selected for the Super Lawyers 2013 South Carolina Rising Stars List for demonstration of excellence in the practice of law. This honor is limited to only 2.5 percent of the attorneys within South Carolina. Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. The selection process is rigorous and results in third-party validation of Christy's accomplishments.

November 14, 2012

Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A. recognizes Associate Jason Reynolds for his article, "Is the Independence of that Driver Being Maintained?", in the Fall 2012 South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association publication, The Defense Line. Jason concentrates his practice, in part, on trucking defense litigation and also serves on the Trucking Committee within the SCDTAA..

November 8, 2012

Associate Aaron Hayes was named to the 2012 Midlands Legal Elite for the Insurance practice category. Aaron concentrates his practice, in part, on insurance coverage questions and litigation.

September 19, 2012

Associate Jason Reynolds has been named to the South Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Special Olympics Committee for 2012-2013.

May 25, 2012

The May 2012 issue of the Columbia Regional Business Report has ranked Sweeny, Wingate and Barrow, P.A. among the top fifteen law firms in the Columbia, South Carolina area.

May 16, 2012

Kenneth B. Wingate was a guest speaker May 18, 2012 at the South Carolina Probate Judges' Bench-Staff Seminar at Seawells in Columbia, South Carolina. Mr. Wingate spoke on South Carolina laws concerning the elective share rights of a surviving spouse to claim one-third of his or her spouse's probate estate, "Determining and Calculating the Elective Share and Omitted Spouses's Share".

APRIL 3, 2012

Sweeny, Wingate and Barrow, P.A. is pleased to announce that Mark Gende has been admitted as a member into the Professional Liability Defense Federation for the 2012-2013 term. The mission of the Professional Liability Defense Federation is to "enhance the stature and effectiveness of professional liability professionals through education, training and the exchange of information."

MARCH 16, 2012

Associate Attorney Ryan Holt has been appointed to the Lexington Medical Center Board of Directors. Ryan received unanimous approval from the Lexington County Council to serve his first term on the Board which oversees the management and operations of the hospital. Lexington Medical Center has served the Midlands community since 1971 and is one of the largest employers in South Carolina with more than 5,000 employees.

William O. Sweeny, III and Kenneth B. Wingate are included in "The Best Lawyers in the Midlands" section of the December 2011 edition of Columbia Metropolitan magazine in the areas of Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Trusts and Estates, respectively.

The listing was compiled from the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America®, a national publication that ranks attorneys based on the votes of their peers.


Kenneth Wingate Re-appointed Chairman of the S.C. Commission on Higher Education

Gov. Nikki Haley has re-appointed Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A. founding member Ken Wingate to a four-year term as chairman of the S.C. Commission on Higher Education. In this role, Wingate will continue to oversee implementation of an action plan for the state's higher education system, with the goals of: (1) making South Carolina one of the most educated states, (2) increasing levels of research and innovation, and (3) increasing levels of workforce training and educational services.

Wingate previously served on the Commission as an at-large Governor's appointee and as Chairman under former Governor Mark Sanford. He has also been Gov. Sanford's Transition Team leader; chairman of the Governor's Commission on Management, Accountability and Performance; and interim state treasurer.