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  • YCRLAW is pleased to announce that J. Joseph (Joe) Owens has joined the firm as an Associate.  Joe will practice primarily in the Professional Liability Group.  Prior to joining YCRLAW, Joe served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable William P. Keesley, 11th Judicial Circuit.  Joe received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2016 and he earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Clemson University in 2013.  While in law school, Joe served as the President of the Environmental Law Society and received the CALI Award for South Carolina Administrative Law.  While attending Clemson University, Joe was on the Dean’s List and was a member of the Pre-Law Society.

  • D. Jay Davis, Jr. has been appointed to a three year term on the Board of Directors for Roper Hospital, Inc.  Jay is the chair of the firms Medical and Professional Liability Practice group and regularly represents medical and other professionals in both state and federal courts in South Carolina.

  • On June 9, 2016, Jay Davis presented to the American Law Firm Association (ALFA) at its bi-annual conference on Professional Liability in New York, New York.  Jay presented a mock trial on how to “win the difficult case.”  The conference was attended by attorneys, corporate counsel. and insurance carriers from across the country.

    ALFA International is a global legal network. With 145 member firms across the globe (80 in the United States).  ALFA is the premier global network of independent law firms whose success is driven by broad, deep, local relationships all over the world.

  • D. Jay Davis, Jr. has been asked to be a plenary speaker at the ALFA 2016 EPL & PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY Annual Seminar in New York, New York.   Mr. Davis will present a mock trial to attendees on how to win the “bad facts case.”  This abbreviated mock trial will provide attendees the opportunity to observe him cross-examine and rehabilitate witnesses in a professional liability case.

    Mr. Davis has also been asked to speak at the 2016 Winter meeting of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel in San Diego, California.   His topic is “Welcome to the Wild West: Arbitrating Professional and Medical Liability Cases.”   He will focus on the pros and cons of arbitration and innovative approaches to compelling and participating in Arbitration.

  • D. Jay Davis, Jr.  and James E. Scott secured a defense verdict after a week-long medical malpractice trial in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.   The Plaintiff initially filed suit alleging medical malpractice and violation of civil rights.   The Plaintiff specifically alleged that a healthcare provider failed to timely diagnose, refer, and/or treat his neuro-tuberculosis.  The Plaintiff alleged these failures lead to permanent blindness.  The Plaintiff sought actual and punitive damages in the case.  In closing arguments, the Plaintiff asked the jury to award a mid-seven figure number in damages and also attempted to prove gross negligence in hopes of defeating the South Carolina cap on non-economic damages.   The jury ruled in favor of the Defendant on all issues.

  • D. Jay Davis, Jr. has been asked to speak at the joint meeting of the Charleston County Medical Society and Charleston County Bar Association’s joint panel on “What does it take for a lawsuit to arise” to be held in Charleston.

  • D. Jay Davis, Jr. has been named to Best Lawyers in America for 2015.

  • D. Jay Davis, Jr. has been asked to speak to the annual meeting of the North and South Carolina Medical Directors Association meeting entitled – “Caring in the Carolinas – the 2015 Annual Symposium on Geriatrics and Post- Acute Care.”

  • D. Jay Davis, Jr. has been named South Carolina Super Lawyers for 2015.  Also, Christine K. Toporek has been named "Rising Stars" for 2015.

  • D. Jay Davis, Jr. recently spoke to the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel at its annual meeting in Banff, Canada on the topic of defense of a communicable disease case.  Jay spoke to the plenary session on the liability aspects and defense of a communicable disease exposure and the disruptive effects an outbreak on the operations at large healthcare institutions.