Achievements

We are proud of our achievements, mostly because of the benefit they provide to our clients. Our attorneys are known for taking cases to trial and some of our attorneys have taken hundreds of cases to trial verdict. Our legal teams are committed to providing clients with representation based on our experience and hard work. We craft strategy best suited for client-specific business goals; whether that is settlement, mediation, trial or other alternative methods of resolution. Our peers and clients acknowledge our skill and affirm that we work to obtain the right result. Our skills have been acknowledged by the industry organizations and groups noted below.

2 NATIONAL AWARDS AND 11 METROPOLITAN AWARDS

BEST LAWYERS® “Best Law Firms” 2022 Edition

  • National Tier 2
    • Construction Law
    • Litigation – Construction
  • Metropolitan Tier 1
    • Atlanta, GA
      • Construction Law
      • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
      • Litigation – Construction
      • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
    • Charleston, SC
      • Construction Law
      • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
      • Litigation – Construction
      • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Metropolitan Tier 2
    • Atlanta, GA
      • Insurance Law
      • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

BEST LAWYERS® 2022 Recognition

Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell congratulates the following attorneys who have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2020®. These attorneys practice in commercial litigation, medical malpractice law, personal injury litigation, construction law, construction litigation, and insurance law.

  • Anna Beaton2022 Best Lawyers®; Ones To Watch recognition for Insurance Law and Transportation Law in Atlanta, GA
  • Sarah E. Butler,  2022 Best Lawyers® recognition for Litigation – Construction and Litigation – Insurance in Charleston, SC
  • Matthew Gass2022 Best Lawyers®; Ones To Watch recognition for Commercial Litigation in Atlanta, GA
  • Erin E. Gomez2022 Best Lawyers®; Ones To Watch recognition for Litigation – Labor and Employment; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; and Professional Malpractice Law in Chattanooga, TN
  • Eric Frisch2022 Best Lawyers® recognition for Litigation – Health Care and Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants in Atlanta, GA
  • Johannes S. Kingma2022 Best Lawyers® recognition for Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants in Atlanta, GA
  • Angela C. Kopet2022 Best Lawyers® recognition for Insurance Law and Litigation – Insurance in Chattanooga, TN
  • Gary Lovell, Jr., 2022 Best Lawyers® recognition for Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants in Atlanta, GA and Charleston, SC
  • Rolfe M. Martin2022 Best Lawyers® recognition for Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants in Atlanta, GA
  • Dan B. Millman2022 Best Lawyers®; Ones To Watch recognition for Commercial Litigation in Atlanta, GA
  • Paul Sperry2022 Best Lawyers® recognition for Construction Law and Litigation – Construction in Charleston, SC
  • Kent T. Stair2022 Best Lawyers® recognition for Construction Law and Legal Malpractice Law – Defense and Litigation – Construction in Atlanta, GA and Charleston, SC
  • Fred M. Valz, III2022 Best Lawyers® recognition for Insurance Law in Atlanta, GA
  • Lee C. Weatherly2022 Best Lawyers® recognition for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants in Charleston, SC

ABA STANDING COMMITTEE ON LAWYERS’ PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY

Joe Kingma Appointed Member of ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer’s Professional Liability.

FELLOWS OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRIAL LAWYERS

Wade Copeland, Joe Kingma, David Root and Lee Weatherly are fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

ATTORNEYS NAMED LEGAL ELITE BY GEORGIA TREND MAGAZINE

Wade Copeland.

ON THE RISE” AWARD

Shannon Sprinkle received the “On the Rise” award by The Daily Report in 2016.

SOUTH CAROLINA 2016 LEADERSHIP IN LAW AWARD RECIPIENT

Sarah Wetmore received the 2016 South Carolina Leadership in Law Award.

THE FEDERATION OF DEFENSE AND CORPORATE COUNSEL (FDCC)

David Root is a member of The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC).

SUPER LAWYERS® AND RISING STARS®

CSKL ATTORNEYS SELECTED FOR GEORGIA 2021 SUPER LAWYERS® AND RISING STARS®

Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell is proud to announce our lawyers selected for inclusion on the Georgia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars® lists for 2021.

Super Lawyers®

Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers®. The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers®, which is a service of Thomson Reuters. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers® undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

Wade K. Copeland – Civil Litigation: Defense

Eric J. Frisch – Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense

Johannes S. Kingma – Professional Liability: Defense

D. Gary Lovell, Jr. – Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense

Charles M. McDaniel, Jr. – Insurance Coverage

David F. Root – General Litigation

Douglas W. Smith – Personal Injury General: Defense

Kent T. Stair – Professional Liability: Defense

Frederick M. Valz, III – Insurance Coverage

Rising Stars®

Rising Stars® is a listing of exceptional lawyers who are 40 years of age or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less, and have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 2.5 percent of the total lawyers in the state are honored on the Rising Stars® list.

Melissa L. Bailey – Insurance Coverage

Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell ATTORNEYS SELECTED FOR 2021 SOUTH CAROLINA SUPER LAWYERS® AND RISING STARS®

Super Lawyers®

D. Gary Lovell, Jr. – Medical Malpractice: Defense

Kent T. Stair – Construction Litigation

Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers®. The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers®, which is a service of the Thomson Reuters. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers® undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

Rising Stars®

Alexander Lemons – Civil Litigation: Defense

Tyler P. Winton – Construction Litigation

Rising Stars® is a listing of exceptional lawyers who are 40 years of age or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less, and have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 2.5 percent of the total lawyers in the state are honored on the Rising Stars® list.