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January 2017 // Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Elects Christie Companion Varnado as Chairman

At its January 2017 meeting, the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration elected Christie Companion Varnado as Chairman. She has been appointed by South Carolina's governors to serve on the Board since 2003. The Board is responsible for conducting all county, state, and federal elections that are held in Charleston County. The Board also serves as a resource for election support for Municipal Election Commissions.

August 2016 // JASON LUCK OBTAINS SETTLEMENT FOR VETERAN TASED BY NORTH CHARLESTON POLICE OFFICER

Attorney Jason Luck, along with co-counsel Gordon Garrett, represented an Iraq War veteran in an excessive force action against a City of North Charleston police officer. The client alleged that he was subjected to multiple taser blasts, in the presence of his mother and brother, for no discernable reason, though the officer disputed this account. After Jason prevailed in Federal District Court on the issue of qualified immunity, the officer appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, where Jason prevailed again. After remand back to the District Court for trial the officer settled with the client for $380,000.00.

The Fourth Circuit opinion (Yates v. Terry, 817 F.3d 877 (4th Cir. 2016)), can be found here.

More about this case can be found in the: Post and Courier.

April 2016 // Self Insurance Institute of America's political action committee

Jay Seibels attends the Self Insurance Institute of America's political action committee dinner in Charleston, South Carolina. The Self Insurance Institute of America is dedicated to protecting and promoting the business interests of companies involved in the self insurance/alternative risk transfer risk industry. The Self Insurance Political Action Committee supports and builds relationships with elected officials who understand and share SIIA’s goals and interests. SIPAC's dinner was held on April 21, 2016 at Cypress.

April 2016 // South Carolina Captive Insurance Association's legislative dinner in Columbia

Jay Seibels attends the South Carolina Captive Insurance Association’s legislative dinner in Columbia. The South Carolina Captive Insurance Association hosted the House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee at the Palmetto Club in Columbia, South Carolina on the evening of April 12, 2016. Jay attended the dinner with several Association members. Eleven House members, including the Honorable Chairman Bill Sandifer, attended along with certain committee staff including the Assistant Chief Counsel Steve Davidson.

January 2016 // Board of the South Carolina Captive Insurance Association

Jay Seibels begins a three year term on the Board of the South Carolina Captive Insurance Association. He will serve as the Board's liaison to the Association's Government Affairs Committee. The South Carolina Captive Insurance Association promotes the formation and growth of captive insurance programs within South Carolina.

September 2015 // Seibels elected to the Board of Directors of the Association

At the South Carolina Captive Insurance Association Annual Conference, Jay Seibels is elected to the Board of Directors of the Association. This is Jay's second three year term on the Board. He also served on the Board from 2009-2011.

September 2015 // VARNADO ELECTED TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CENTER FOR WOMEN

Christie Companion Varnado of The Seibels Law Firm, P.A. was elected to the Board of Directors of the Center for Women for a three-year term ending in 2019. The Center for Women ("C4W") is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves to educate and advocate so that women in South Carolina have economic success and are leaders in their professional, community and personal lives. Through its mix of educational and networking opportunities, training and development workshops, mentoring, programs, services and special events, the C4W facilitates South Carolina women in building better lives for themselves, their families, organizations, employers, and communities.

September 2015 // Varnado elected to the FBA Board of Directors

At the September 2015 annual meeting of the Federal Bar Association held in Salt Lake City, Utah, Christie Companion Varnado of The Seibels Law Firm, P.A. was elected to the Board of Directors for a term ending in 2018. She previously served as Chair of the Vice Presidents for the Circuits. The Federal Bar Association, founded in 1920, is dedicated to the advancement of the science of jurisprudence and to promoting the welfare, interests, education, and professional development of all attorneys involved in federal law. The Federal Bar Association is the catalyst for communication between the bar and the bench, as well as the private and public sectors.

February 2015 // The Federal Bar Association presents Varnado with Special Recognition Award

At the 2015 annual meeting of the Federal Bar Association held in Salt Lake City, Utah, Christie Companion Varnado of The Seibels Law Firm, P.A. was presented with a Special Recognition Award for her outstanding leadership, initiative, and effective contributions as Chair of the Vice Presidents for the Circuits. The Federal Bar Association, founded in 1920, is dedicated to the advancement of the science of jurisprudence and to promoting the welfare, interests, education, and professional development of all attorneys involved in federal law. The Federal Bar Association is the catalyst for communication between the bar and the bench, as well as the private and public sectors.

February 2015 // Christie Varnado was elected Vice Chair of the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration by her fellow members of the board.

She is pleased to serve in this capacity along with Chair, Dan Martin.

January 2015 // Christie Varnado was reappointed to the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration by Gov. Nikki Haley.

Her term expires on December 1, 2018. Christie has served on this Board since 2003.

January 2015 // Christie Varnado and Jason Luck have received AV Preeminent® Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings.

Christie Varnado and Jason Luck have received AV Preeminent® Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings. According to Martindale.com, “AV Preeminent® is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.”

November 2014 // Christie Varnado has been named a 2014 Top Rated Lawyer

Christie Varnado has been named a 2014 Top Rated Lawyer and Women Leader in Law by ALM, a global leader in specialized business news and information and the publisher of The
American Lawyer.

September 2014 // Varnado elected as Chair of the FBA Circuit Vice Presidents

At the annual meeting of the Federal Bar Association held in September of 2014 in Providence, Rhode Island, Christie Companion Varnado of The Seibels Law Firm, P.A. was elected by her peers to serve as Chair of the Circuit Vice Presidents and as an ex officio member of the national Board of Directors. She has served as a Circuit Vice President representing the Fourth Circuit since 2010. The Federal Bar Association, founded in 1920, is dedicated to the advancement of the science of jurisprudence and to promoting the welfare, interests, education, and professional development of all attorneys involved in federal law. The Federal Bar Association is the catalyst for communication between the bar and the bench, as well as the private and public sectors.

August 2014 // Federal Bar Association FY 2015 National Election Results


FBA FY 2015 National Election Results

FBA FY 2015 National Election Results On Aug. 1, 2014, ballots were counted and verified for the FBA FY 2015 national officers. Their terms will begin Oct. 1, 2014. The president-elect and treasurer will serve a one-year term, which expires on Sept. 30, 2015; directors (groups 1–4) will serve three-year terms, which expire Sept. 30, 2017; and vice presidents for the circuits will serve two-year terms, which expire Sept. 30, 2016. Congratulations to these leaders who will serve the association next year!

National Officers
Mark K. Vincent, President-Elect
Hon. Michael J. Newman, Treasurer

Board of Directors
Richard S. Dellinger, Group 1 Director Dawn Stern, Group 2 Director
Katherine Gonzalez-Valentin, Group 3 Director
Kristin M. Kimmelman, Group 4 Director

Vice Presidents for the Circuits
Matthew C. Moschella, Vice President for the First Circuit
Ernest T. Bartol, Vice President for the Second Circuit
Bridget Montgomery, Vice President for the Third Circuit
Christine C. Varnado, Vice President for the Fourth Circuit
Barry W. Ashe, Vice President for the Fifth Circuit
James W. Satola, Vice President for the Sixth Circuit
Sheri H. Mecklenburg, Vice President for the Seventh Circuit
To be appointed, Vice President for the Eighth Circuit
Alison S. Bachus, Vice President for the Ninth Circuit
Jonathan O. Hafen, Vice President for the Tenth Circuit
Richard S. Dellinger, Vice President for the Eleventh Circuit
Elizabeth Pugh, Vice President for the D.C. Circuit

December, 2013 // Jason Luck Speaks at College of Charleston

Jason Luck spoke to students enrolled in the "Risk Management and Insurance" class at the College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina. Invited by Professor Peter Alan Smith of the School of Business, Luck spoke to the students on the legal aspects of the traditional insurance and captive insurance industries and how litigation interacts with the claims adjustment process.

The College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation's top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. More information about the College of Charleston can be found at http://www.cofc.edu/.

December, 2013 // Attorney Jason Luck selected for South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy

The South Carolina Bar has selected Jason Luck to participate in the 2014 South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy. This program is designed to enhance the professional growth and leadership skills of members of the Bar to prepare them for greater contributions to the legal profession and the community. The program meets once a month for approximately six months, with each month's program focusing on a different topic. Participants are given opportunities to connect with judges and legislators, gaining insight into the political process and opportunities for community leadership. Participants also learn from other attorneys on topics of professionalism and rainmaking, including how to have healthy relationships with clients, judges and colleagues. Current issues facing the Bar and the importance of pro bono and community service are also emphasized.

March, 2013 // S.C. Bar to recognize Pro Bono Award Winner

The S.C. Bar will bestow the 2013 Pro Bono Award upon Jason Scott Luck of Charleston for his contributions to meeting the civil legal needs of citizens who cannot afford the services of an attorney. The award will be presented at the S.C. Bar Foundation Gala March 22, at 8:30 p.m., at the Columbia Marriott Hotel.

Mr. Luck, an attorney with Seibels Law Firm, PA, earned his Bachelor of Science in 2000 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina in 2005. He is a trial and appellate attorney at various levels of both state and federal courts and is a frequent lecturer in university classes and continuing legal education seminars. In 2009, Luck assumed the defense of an indigent father in a termination of parental rights (TPR) action. The Family Court ultimately sided with the plaintiff, a decision that Luck appealed to the S.C. Supreme Court in 2011. On Oct. 3, 2011, the Supreme Court reversed the order of the Family Court and directed that the father be reunited with his daughter after nearly four years of separation.

"Mr. Luck's commitment to this case was exceptional," said Beth Palmer, attorney with Rosen Rosen and Hagood, LLC in Charleston, and Luck's nominator. "He devoted more than 200 hours to the actions, the appeal of TPR and subsequent proceedings before the Family Court… with no hope of compensation."

This case has seen wide application in the Family Court and has already been cited by American Jurisprudence in Trials and American Jurisprudence: Proof of Facts. Mr. Luck has since advised many attorneys on handling TPR trials and appeals, and has presented the S.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education seminar, Representing Parents in DSS Abuse and Neglect Proceedings.

"Jason is an attorney of great character with a heart for helping others," said Angie Kohel, Legal Services Manager for CASA. "While I am sure his clients are very grateful for his help… I want him to know that his colleagues are also grateful."

The S.C. Bar Pro Bono Award is presented annually to a lawyer(s) who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. These services ensure that representation is provided to individuals and families in need of free civil legal assistance.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

November, 2012 // Jason Luck Speaks at College of Charleston

Jason Luck spoke to students enrolled in the "Risk Management and Insurance" class at the College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina. Invited by Professor Peter Alan Smith of the School of Business, Luck spoke to the students on the legal aspects of the traditional insurance and captive insurance industries and how litigation interacts with the claims adjustment process.

The College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation's top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. More information about the College of Charleston can be found at http://www.cofc.edu/.

November, 2012 // Jason Luck Presents at Child Abuse and Neglect CLE

Jason Luck spoke on his experiences in representing a parent in a termination of parental rights action, and subsequent appeal, at a South Carolina Bar Continuing Legal Education seminar. The seminar, titled "Representing Parents in DSS Abuse and Neglect Proceedings" and moderated by Charleston Family Law attorney Gregory Forman, included presentations by Justice John W. Kittredge of the South Carolina Supreme Court and former Charleston County Department of Social Services chief counsel Frampton Durban.

The South Carolina Bar began in 1884 as the South Carolina Bar Association, a voluntary organization of approximately 200 lawyers. The South Carolina State Bar was created in 1968. The two organizations were merged in 1975. Currently the Bar has a membership of more than 12,500. Learn more about the South Carolina Bar at http://www.scbar.org/.

September, 2012 // Jay Seibels Speaks at Captive Educational Conference

Jay Seibels gave a presentation on the attorney’s role with captive insurance companies and risk retention groups, emphasizing director and officer responsibilities and duties, at the Captives Academy portion of the 13th Annual Executive Educational Conference of the South Carolina Captive Insurance Association. Captive Academy occurred on September 17, and included 7.5 hours of intensive basic training for newcomers to the captive insurance industry in South Carolina.

February, 2012 // Timothy Cooper Dargan Joins the Seibels Law Firm, P.A.

Timothy Dargan has become of counsel to the Seibels Law Firm. Timothy was formerly an associate at Buist Moore Smythe McGee, P.A. and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Weston Houck, United States District Court Judge for the District of South Carolina.

January, 2012 // Jay Seibels Appointed Liaison

The South Carolina Captive Association appointed Jay Seibels to serve as liaison to The Friendly Society Restored. In that capacity, Jay will coordinate activities among the SCCIA and The Friendly Society Restored including recruitment, sponsorship, and education. The Friendly Society Restored is an organization primarily consisting of captive insurance service providers who support one another in their mutual goal to promote and grow South Carolina as a captive insurance domicile.

January, 2012 // Luck interviewed by Walter Edgar

Jason Luck was interviewed by Professor Walter Edgar for his weekly radio program “Walter Edgar’s Journal” on South Carolina ETV Radio. The interview, which was Dr. Edgar’s first in ETV’s new facilities, focused on Luck’s heritage as a sixth-generation potter.

Walter Edgar is George Washington Professor of History and Neuffer Professor of Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina. More information about Dr. Edgar can be found here: http://www.cas.sc.edu/hist/facultyprofiles/edgarw.html

A podcast of the interview, along with links to photographs of Luck’s pottery, can be found here: http://www.scetv.org/index.php/walter_edgars_journal/show/jason_scott_luck_sixth-generation_potter/

November, 2011 // Jason Luck Appointed to Business License/User Fee Appeals Board

Jason Luck has been appointed to the Charleston County Business License/User Fee Appeals Board. The Business License/User Fee Appeals Board is a six member board that is charged by Charleston County Council to receive testimony and make written determinations concerning appeals of citizens and the business community aggrieved by any action taken by the Business License/User Fee Department. Luck's term will expire in September of 2014.

More information about the Business License/User Fee Appeals Board can be found at:
http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/Council/AppointCommissions.htm

October, 2011 // Jason Luck Wins Reversal at South Carolina Supreme Court

On October 3, 2011, the South Carolina Supreme Court issued its opinion in Charleston County DSS v. Marcucci, reversing the Family Court’s termination of a father’s parental rights. Attorney Jason Luck represented the father, Sean Taylor, before the Family Court and the South Carolina Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court’s opinion can be found on its website: http://www.sccourts.org/opinions/displayOpinion.cfm?caseNo=27049

More commentary on this opinion can be found on attorney Gregory Forman’s blog:
http://www.gregoryforman.com/blog/2011/10/supreme-court-reverses-termination-of-parental-rights-where-father-not-responsible-for-numerous-court-delays/.

September, 2011 // Jay Seibels Moderated a Regulatory Panel at the SC Captive Insurance Association Executive Conference

Jay Seibels moderated the SC Regulatory Panel at the 12th Annual SCCIA Executive Educational Conference held in Charleston on September 12 – 14, 2011. The panel consisted of Leslie Jones, Deputy Director, South Carolina Department of Insurance, Jeff Kehler, Program Manger, Alternative Risk Transfer Services, and Bobby Troutman, Chief Financial Examiner. The audience engaged the panel in a lively discussion of the state’s legislative priorities, its goals for the future, and recent changes in the SCDOI internal structure relating to financial examinations and business recruiting.

September, 2011 // Jason Luck Speaks at Wingate University

Attorney Jason Luck spoke to students enrolled in the “Careers and Professional Practices” class at Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. Invited by Professor Lex Youngman of the Art Department, Luck spoke to the students on intellectual property law, and specifically what students need to know about copyright law as they start their careers as artists. Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a comprehensive university with more than 2,300 students on campuses in Wingate, Matthews, and Hendersonville, North Carolina. More information about Wingate University can be found at: http://www.wingate.edu/.

September, 2011 // Christie Varnado elected to serve on the council of Circuit Vice Presidents

At the Federal Bar Association’s annual meeting in Chicago on September 10, 2011, Christie Varnado was elected by her peers to serve as Secretary of the council of Circuit Vice Presidents. She was elected as Vice President for the Fourth Circuit in September of 2010. The Federal Bar Association is the premier professional organization for the federal practitioner and federal judiciary.

July, 2011 // Jay Seibels and Scott Forster Obtain Summary Judgment for Insurer

Jay Seibels and Scott Forster obtained summary judgment for one of the firm’s insurer clients in the Greenville Division of the United States District Court of South Carolina. The court ruled that the expected or intended acts provision of the insurer’s homeowners’ policy excluded coverage for a wrongful death claim against a policyholder who shot a guest during a poker game at his house. The policy holder had testified that the gun discharged accidentally during a scuffle.

June, 2011 // Christie Varnado attended the 77th Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit

The conference was held at The Greenbrier in White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia. Other attendees included The Hon. John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, The Hon. William B. Traxler, Jr., Chief United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit, as well as federal circuit, district, bankruptcy and magistrate judges from throughout the Fourth Circuit.

April, 2011 // Christie Varnado was named to the South Carolina Super Lawyers list for 2011

Christie Varnado was named to the South Carolina Super Lawyers list for 2011 in the field of construction litigation. This is the third year in a row that she has been included in the publication. Candidates for inclusion in Super Lawyers are selected based on numerous indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

September, 2010 // T. Scott Forster Joins the Firm as an Associate

Scott Forster joined the firm as an associate. Scott was formerly a prosecutor in the Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office. Prior to his work as a prosecutor, Scott was a law clerk to the Honorable John C. Hayes.

September, 2010 // Christie Varnado was sworn in as a Fourth Circuit Vice President of the Federal Bar Association

Christie Varnado was sworn in as a Fourth Circuit Vice President of the Federal Bar Association at the organization’s national conference in New Orleans. Her two-year term will officially begin October 1, 2010.

June, 2010 // Christie Varnado prevailed in a jury trial in Beaufort County, South Carolina

Christie Varnado, representing one of the firm's window manufacturer clients, prevailed in a jury trial in Beaufort County, South Carolina. The plaintiff was a homeowner who sought recovery from the client for an alleged failure of the manufacturer's products, which it was asserted had caused significant water intrusion damage to the home. Plaintiff sought over $300,000 in damages for product liability, negligence, and breach of warranty. The jury found for our client on all claims, and no recovery was awarded.

April, 2010 // Christie Varnado was named to the South Carolina Super Lawyers list for 2010

Christie Varnado was named to the South Carolina Super Lawyers list for 2010 in the field of construction litigation. This is the second year in a row that she has been included in the publication. Candidates for inclusion in Super Lawyers are selected based on numerous indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

July, 2009 // Christie Varnado joins the firm as a partner

Christie Varnado joined the firm as a partner. She was formerly with Kernodle, Root, Varnado & Coleman of James Island, South Carolina. She brings over 17 years of general litigation experience to the firm.

January, 2009 // Jay Seibels Elected to the Board of the South Carolina Captive Insurance Association

Jay Seibels was sworn in as a member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Captive Insurance Association, the State's premier organization providing advocacy, promotion and education to the stakeholders of the South Carolina captive insurance iudustry.

November, 2007 // Jay Seibels speaks at Friendly Society South Carolina Domicile Course

Jay Seibels was a featured speaker at the Friendly Society Restored's one-day course on the South Carolina domicile, a course intended to familiarize newly hired professionals in the banking, insurance, actuarial, investment, and legal fields with the state's captive insurance industry. Jay spoke on the role of the attorney in captive insurance company licensure, formation and operation in South Carolina.

The Friendly Society Restored is an organization of captive insurance service providers whose goal is to promote and grow South Carolina as a domicile in the global captive community. Find out more about the Friendly Society Restored at http://www.themendlysocietvrestored.com.

November, 2007 // Jay Seibels Completes 40 Hour Course on Civil Court Mediation

Jay Seibels completed the South Carolina Bar Association's 40 hour Circuit Court Mediation Certification Training.

October, 2007 // Jason Luck obtains Summary Judgment for Insurer

Jason Luck, representing one of the firm’s excess and surplus lines insurer clients, prevailed in the Florence Division of the United States District Court of South Carolina.

July, 2007 // Jason Luck Appointed to South Carolina Bar Committee

Jason Scott Luck has been appointed by South Carolina Bar Association President Lanneau Wm. Lambert, Jr. to serve on the Intellectual Property and Unfair Trade Practices Committee of the South Carolina Bar.

It is the responsibility of the Intellectual Property and Unfair Trade Practices Committee to study and recommend improvements in the areas of patent, trademark and copyright law, intellectual property and software protection.

More information about the South Carolina Bar can be found at www.scbar.org.

January, 2007 // Jason Luck's case mentioned in The State

Jason Luck's defense of an alleged copyright infringer has been mentioned in The State in its Sunday feature on record companies' file-sharing lawsuits in South Carolina.

January, 2007 // Jason Luck's case mentioned in legal blogs

Two of Jason Luck’s cases have been featured in blogs that follow in the music industry and RIAA litigation.

January, 2007 // Jay Seibels named to committee

Jay Seibels was named to the Steering Committee of the Friendly Society (Restored). The Friendly Society is an organization of captive insurance service providers whose goal is to promote and grow South Carolina as a domicile in the global captive community.

August, 2005 // Jay Seibels traveled to Anguilla, British West Indies to meet with leaders of Anguilla's emerging captive insurance infrastructure.

Jay Seibels traveled to Anguilla, British West Indies to meet with leaders of Anguilla's emerging captive insurance infrastructure. Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory and a zero tax jurisdiction whose legal system is based on English common law.

Anguilla's Insurance Act contains no requirement of a local director, local auditor, local lawyer or local bank account. Its Protected Cell Companies Act may be well suited for very small captives.

Mr. Seibels was privileged to meet with John D. K. Lawrence, Director of Anguilla's Financial Services Commission, the government's chief regulatory body. Mr. Lawrence has visited South Carolina on a few occasions, offering his vision of the two domiciles cooperating in several areas, including Anguilla's use of South Carolina based insurance manager expertise. Mr. Seibels also met with the Executive Director of the Anguilla Financial Services Association and a number of attorneys, trust company officers and managers in The Valley.
 







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