Greenville County Bar “Year-End” CLE

SC Course # 192210- February 8, 2019

For the afternoon session, participants may choose between the Civil, Corporate, Criminal, Family or Probate Court/Elder Law tracks. Participants are free to attend any track and/or switch tracks.


Criminal Law AFTERNOON SESSION- Room 202B


1:15 - 1:45

Recent Case Update
(30 Minute CLE)


+ Sheria Clarke

Sheria Clarke is a member of the White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Team. She most recently worked as the Staff Director for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the United States House of Representatives. The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has one of the largest staffs and one of the largest jurisdictions of any House Committee. Before that she was Majority Counsel for the House Committee on Ethics,Counsel for the Select Committee on Events in Benghazi, Libya, and was an investigator on the House Ethics Committee. She worked closely with House Leadership, the Chairpersons of both Ethics and Oversight and Government Reform, and her work on House Ethics was bipartisan. She provided both legal and investigative work on scores of congressional hearings, interviewing witnesses, developing investigative strategies, and securing access to documents from both the Obama and Trump Administrations.

Previous Professional Experience:

  • Staff Director, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
  • Counsel to Chairwoman Susan Brooks, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics
  • Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on the Events in Benghazi, Libya
  • Investigative Counsel, House Committee on Ethics Clerkships
  • Senior Law Clerk, the Honorable Wanda G. Bryant, Associate Judge, The Court of Appeals of North Carolina
  • Law Clerk, the Honorable Ann Marie Calabria, Associate Judge, The Court of Appeals of North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, JD (2006)
  • Liberty University, B.S. Psychology, cum laude (2003)

+ Cindy Crick

Cindy Crick is a member of the White Collar Defense & Government Investigations team with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP.

Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Crick served as both deputy chief and chief of staff to Trey Gowdy, former U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District. She also practiced eight years with him as an assistant solicitor in South Carolina’s 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. While there, she spearheaded the Violence Against Women Task Force and gained valuable experience in prosecuting cases involving criminal domestic violence, sexual assault/HIV exposure, and domestic homicide. Ms. Crick has first-chair trial experience, a background in the scientific and technical issues of complex cases, and experience in co-prosecuting capital cases.


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (2002)
    • Order of Barristers
    • Moot Court National Team
    • Moot Court Associate Justice for Intramural Competitions
  • Hollins University, BA, Biology (1994)


Panel on fees and retainer agreements
(30 minute CLE)

+ beattie Ashmore

Beattie B. Ashmore is a former federal prosecutor with 30 years of trial experience in state and federal courts. He has been named one of the Top 25 lawyers in South Carolina for the last five years by Super Lawyers magazine. He grew up in Greenville as did his parents and grandparents. He has a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent, which is the highest possible rating. He has significant trial experience in state and federal court. He has argued before the South Carolina Court of Appeals, Supreme Court, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. His criminal defense experience focuses on white collar cases with trial experience ranging from DUI to white collar fraud to murder. He has had significant plaintiff’s verdicts including contract disputes, wrongful death and personal injury. His clients range from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. He has served as the receiver in criminal Ponzi schemes for three different federal judges in South Carolina with over 59 million dollars disbursed. He has appeared as local counsel for some of the largest law firms in the country.

+ Frank eppes

Frank L. Eppes is the biggest lawyer in South Carolina. He graduated Travelers Rest High School in 1979 and went to law school at the University of South Carolina as did his father and grandfather, who were also named Frank. On a side note, his mother’s name is Frankie and he has two cousins, an ex uncle, and a son named Frank. He began going to Circuit Court at age 3, and watched his first murder trial when he was around six years old. He and his law partner, Lee Plumblee met and became friends in the first grade. He enjoys his job.

+ Steve Sumner

Steve graduated from the USC School of Law in 1992. As a student, he was named to the Order of the Wig and Robe for superior academic achievement. Additionally, Steve was part of the Mock Trial Competition winning team at USC, which represented USC in the Southeastern regional of the national competition.

Steve served as a state court prosecutor from 1992 to 1994. His primary case load consisted of prosecuting DUI, Felony DUI, Reckless Homicide and Traffic offenses.

In 1997, Steve opened his own practice as a criminal defense attorney, with a special focus on defending clients accused of DUI, Felony DUI, all driving offenses and drug cases.

2:15 - 2:45

Can my client pay me in bitcoin? What you Should know about Cryptocurrency
(30 minute CLE)

+ Special agent bob Tartaglia

Special Agent Robert Tartaglia has been with the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 2010. His first assignment was to the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC. He is currently assigned to the Columbia, South Carolina Field Office where he works national security and criminal related cyber violations. Case topics have included extremism hacking, state-sponsored intrusions, banking intrusions and ransomware. Prior to working cyber violations, SA Tartaglia was assigned to the South Carolina Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Break with refreshments



Perspectives from the Bench
(60 Minute CLE)

+ The Honorable Timothy M. Cain

Timothy Cain is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. He was formerly a South Carolina state judge and a law associate of Senator Lindsey Graham.

Born in Seneca, South Carolina, Cain attended Anderson College in 1979 and 1980 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983 from University of South Carolina. He then earned a Juris Doctor in 1986 from University of South Carolina School of Law.

After graduating from law school, Cain worked in private legal practice in Walhalla, South Carolina from 1986 until 1988 (including a stint in 1987 as a public defender in Seneca, South Carolina), and then as an assistant county solicitor in Seneca from 1988 until 1989. He then worked as an associate for a Seneca law firm from 1990 until 1991. Cain then worked as a partner in differently comprised firms in Seneca from 1991 until 1993, 1993 until 1996. 1996 until 1998 and 1998 until 2000. During Cain's time in private practice, he worked alongside future United States Senator Lindsey Graham for about three years. Cain also served as county attorney for Oconee County, South Carolina from 1992 until 2000. In 2000, Cain became a family court judge in Columbia, South Carolina.

On February 16, 2011, President Obama nominated Cain to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina that had been vacated by the decision of Judge Patrick Michael Duffy to take senior status in 2009. He received his commission on September 26, 2011.

+ The Honorable Brian M. Gibbons

Brian McDowell Gibbons resides in Chester, SC and was born in 1966 in Orangeburg, SC. His parents Mac and Beverly Gibbons are retired and currently reside in Orangeburg. Brian’s older brother, Logan Gibbons, is a pediatrician and resides in Chester and Brian’s late maternal grandmother, Mrs. Margie Banks Williamson, was a Chester native.

Brian is a 1985 graduate of Wade Hampton Academy (Orangeburg Prep) and received his B.S. degree in Biology Cum Laude from The Citadel in 1989. While at The Citadel, Brian played on the rugby football team, as well as sitting on the Inn of Court and the Round Table. He consistently achieved academic Gold Stars and Dean’s List honors and was also involved in the South Carolina Student Legislature. Brian is a devoted alumnus of The Citadel, serving as Secretary/Treasurer and founding president of the Chester/Fairfield Citadel Club for the past 15 plus years.

Brian received his law degree from the USC School of Law in 1992. After graduation from law school, Brian started his legal career with two fellow Citadel graduates, Milton Hamilton and Greg Delleney. Brian practiced law with Hamilton, Delleney and Gibbons until May of 2005 when he was elected to the Family Court Bench. His practice consisted of a general practice with an emphasis on criminal defense, family law, and personal injury. Brian was also the former city attorney for Chester, and town attorney for both Fort Lawn and Great Falls, SC. He is licensed to practice in all state courts as well as the federal district court and US Court of Appeals. Brian was elected to the Circuit Court Bench in May of 2013 after eight years as a Family Court Judge.

Brian is past President of the Chester Rotary Club, Blackstock Bluegrass and the Chester YMCA board. He also served on the board of Richard Winn Academy in Winnsboro. Brian serves on the Diaconate of Chester Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, and has been a volunteer Junior or Senior High youth group leader for the past 20 years. He has served on the Children’s Attention Home board, is a certified Family Court Mediator, and has been on the staff of American Legion Palmetto Boys State for the past thirty plus years. Brian also served on the South Carolina Trial Lawyers (SCAJ) Board of Governors for numerous years.

Judge Gibbons is married to the former Lorena Crouch of Saluda, SC and they have three sons, Mason Bradley, Mitchell Banks, and Marshall Britt. He is an avid golfer, fisherman, and youth sports coach. He also plays the guitar and enjoys entertaining.

+ The Honorable Perry Gravely

Judge Perry H. Gravely was born in Pickens, South Carolina in 1960. He is married to Kathryn Coleman Gravely who is the Director of Community Relations for Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens and they have 4 children.

Judge Gravely, the son of David and Louise Gravely, grew up in Pickens and attended Wofford College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1983 with a Bachelor’s degree as a History Major. He then attended the University of South Carolina School of Law where he graduated in 1986 and was a member of the Order of Wig and Robe.

After law school, Judge Gravely worked as an associate for Leatherwood, Walker, Todd and Mann, in Greenville, South Carolina before moving back to Pickens in 1992 where he worked for Acker, Acker, Welmaker and Johnson and later became a partner at the firm. In 1995, Judge Gravely went into solo practice and started The Gravely Law Firm, P.A. where he worked until he was elected as Resident Judge for the Thirteenth Circuit (Seat 1) on February 4, 2015 and took the bench on April 13, 2015.

Judge Gravely also served as Municipal Judge for the City of Pickens from 2003 to 2015. He served 2 terms on the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates, was named as a finalist for Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (1989) and received the Bronze Compleat Lawyer Award from the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association in 1995. He has been very active in many civic and charitable groups in Pickens and Greenville through the years, including serving as Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 51 in Pickens since 2004.

+ The Honorable Letita Verdin

Judge Verdin graduated from Furman University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina in 1997. While in law school, she was a member of the National Moot Court team and was named the outstanding student volunteer at the University of South Carolina.

After graduation from law school, she became an Assistant Solicitor with the Office of the 13th Circuit Solicitor, and later, the Office of the 8th Circuit Solicitor. It was during this time that she headed the Family Court unit for juvenile prosecution in both circuits. In 2000, she accepted a position as an Associate Attorney with the firm of Clarkson, Walsh, Rheney, & Turner, P.A. in Greenville, SC, practicing in the areas of governmental and general civil liability defense, criminal defense, and family law. In 2005, she returned to the Office of the 13th Circuit Solicitor where she prosecuted cases in the areas of child abuse and neglect and domestic violence.

Judge Verdin was elected to the Family Court as a resident judge in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in 2008. In 2011, the South Carolina Legislature elected her to the Circuit Court, Seat 2, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.

+ Moderator: Lance Crick

Lance Crick is the Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney for the Greenville USAO. Since joining the United States Attorney’s Office in August 2001, Lance has advanced the prosecution of Project CeaseFire cases, the South Carolina component of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). As the state-wide coordinator for PSN/Ceasefire, Lance’s responsibilities include working with local, state, and federal authorities in order to target violent felons who continue to possess and use firearms as well as coordinating education and outreach efforts with community partners and schools on gun safety. Lance also handles OCDETF (Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force) drug prosecutions, cases which focus on the activities of drug trafficking operations which span multiple jurisdictions.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Lance worked for three years as a state prosecutor in the 13th Judicial Circuit, handling a variety of violent crime and narcotics cases, in Pickens County, South Carolina. Lance received his undergraduate degree from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1995 and his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1998.