Catching up with Turner Padget

Catching up with Turner Padget

Turner Padget, the PLAN South Carolina firm, invites you to tour their state, experience their culture and meet their attorneys:

Rich Dukes, Shareholder, Charleston Office

Rich Dukes is an experienced trial lawyer, mediator and e-discovery veteran. He frequently represents religious organizations in employment and liability actions and has developed a broad base of knowledge regarding the particular protections arising from the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses. Additionally, Rich has served on the national panel counsel for a Fortune 500 medical device manufacturer and has advised businesses and individuals in a range of products liability, commercial litigation and employment matters. He is an experienced class action practitioner, and has defended a wide range of businesses, professionals, municipalities and utilities against class action claims.


Frank Shuler, Shareholder, Columbia Office

Frank Shuler went to law school with the express purpose of becoming a labor and employment lawyer. In 1993, Turner Padget hired Frank to develop its employment practice. Today, he has a statewide practice and the firm’s practice includes two certified specialists and seven other attorneys who routinely handle employment law matters. Frank has practiced in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law, including matters arising under federal employment laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).


Kelli Sullivan, Shareholder, Columbia Office

Having been on all three sides of the litigation equation, Kelli brings a wealth of experience to her clients in the areas of insurance coverage, medical malpractice/licensing and nursing home defense. Kelli has experience representing Plaintiffs and Defendants in medical negligence and insurance matters, and has also served as general counsel for Nationwide Insurance on coverage issues.  She is also a certified mediator and author of many articles on long term care and medical negligence matters. Kelli believes that the key to any good defense is in a thorough and detailed analysis of the medical records and in preparing her clients for the litigation or regulatory hearing process. She often advises health care providers on issues relating to their consent forms, office practices, and other risk avoidance strategies, as well as defends providers in lawsuits and regulatory board matters.


About Turner Padget

Nathaniel A. Turner opened his office in Columbia for the general practice of law in 1929. In those early decades, Padget, Graham and Edward Laney built names for themselves and their firm as lawyers of impeccable skill and great client service. The firm really began to grow in the 1980s with its first satellite office in Florence. By the 1990s, the firm had dozens of lawyers and had begun its growth into Charleston, and eventually Greenville and Myrtle Beach. Today, Turner Padget is a vibrant multi-disciplinary firm that still seeks to reflect those early values instilled by its founders: Good lawyering and client service.