South Carolina COURSE # 181282

6.5 hours of credit with 2.5 in Ethics and 1.0 in Substance Abuse/Mental Health


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


corporate Law section afternoon session


immigration fundamental an federal update
(30 Minute CLE)



+ Garrett D. Steck

Garrett Steck is a member of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s corporate and employment practice groups where he represents international and domestic clients with regard to the cross border movement of goods and personnel. He has experience in managing cases and representing multinational corporations, healthcare facilities, small businesses and individual clients before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, US Department of State and US Department of Labor. His practice facilitates the movement of key executives, management and technical workers and their family members into the US by obtaining and maintaining temporary and permanent visas for specialty occupation workers, NAFTA professionals, intra-company transferees, investors/traders, nonagricultural workers, exchange visitors and for aliens possessing extraordinary ability. He provides strategic consulting and advice concerning foreign workforce availability for new US start-up operations and the impacts to foreign workforce associated with mergers, acquisitions, restructuring and other downsizing efforts. He also provides counseling and guidance with regard to E-Verify, I9 and SCIIRA employment verification compliance matters. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and frequent lecturer on employment-based immigration topics.

Garrett also offers a broad range of transactional services to his clients with a focus on economic development, corporate formation and governance, restructuring, foreign sourcing and distribution, and contract drafting and negotiation. He assists clients in complying with the Federal International Traffic in Arms Regulation and US export control laws as regulated by OFAC, BIS and DDTC, including regulation and licensing of noncitizen nationals.

+ Suyash Raiborde

Suyash Raiborde’s practice focuses on corporate and business immigration matters. His corporate practice includes representing and advising newly-formed and established companies in commercial transactions, corporate governance and foreign in-bound investment matters. As a business immigration advisor, Suyash enjoys staying abreast of the evolving immigration regulations under the current administration and finding effective solutions for employers’ immigration needs.

Prior to joining Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, Suyash worked at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Court of Appeals as a Legal Extern and the Emory University School of Law as a Teaching Assistant. In addition, he worked in Mumbai, India assisting international companies on cross-border foreign direct investments.


Compliance and HR Issues for Small Businesses
(30 Minute CLE)



+ Stephanie E. Lewis

Stephanie E. Lewis is the Office Managing Principal of the Greenville, South Carolina, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is the Co-Chair of the Pay Equity Resource Group. Ms. Lewis represents employers in employment litigation and advises clients on preventive practices and policies to avoid litigation. Ms. Lewis has handled all aspects of employment law but focuses on sexual harassment, pay discrimination, and disability discrimination issues in the automotive, manufacturing, retail, and pharmaceutical industries. She regularly presents on employment-related topics to Bar and industry groups.

Ms. Lewis served as a law clerk for Karen Johnson Williams of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and Patrick Michael Duffy of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

While attending law school, she served as Articles Editor of the North Carolina Law Review and received the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Award for Character and Service.

Handling the sale of a business
(30 minute cle)



+ Todd R. Davidson

Todd is a member of Nexsen Pruet, LLC where he serves as the practice group leader for the corporate and tax practice group. Todd is based out of Nexsen Pruet’s Greenville office where he focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, economic development incentives, and commercial real estate transactions. Todd has over 28 years of experience handling commercial transactions and serves in the role of outside general counsel for many companies across the region.

Todd graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1989 and from Furman University with bachelor in Business Administration in 1985.


business and tax update
(30 Minute CLE)



+ Andrew d. Merline

Mr. Merline is an associate at Merline & Meacham, P.A. He specializes in the area of estate planning and also represents small business owners in their business planning and transactions. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Tax Section Council. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Clemson University, his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and his Master of Laws in Taxation from the Boston University School of Law. He is married to Erin Merline.

+ Douglas B. O'Neal

Mr. O’Neal is a shareholder at Merline & Meacham, P.A. He specializes in the areas of estate planning and the representation of privately owned businesses. He is certified specialist in the fields of both Taxation Law, and Estate Planning and Probate Law by The Supreme Court of South Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Furman University, his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He is married to Mary Teal O’Neal and they have three children ages 5 to 9.

incentives for economic development in SC: An introduction for the non-Specialist
(30 minute cle)



+ Jay Rogers

Jay Rogers is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's Greenville office. He provides corporate counsel to businesses, advising as to economic development incentives, corporate structure, cross-border business and legal strategy, mergers and acquisitions, consumer finance (including CFPB and state consumer finance law) and vendor/customer contracting.