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Attorneys

 

James C. Harrison, Jr.

 

Jim Harrison concentrates his practice in real property and collections litigation and real estate transactions, as well as serving as a mediator, arbitrator, and special referee.  Jim is a certified mediator and arbitrator, having served as a mediator in hundreds of cases.

 

Jim’s litigation work encompasses property, foreclosure, and debt issues from the simple to the complex.  He has participated as a lecturer and seminar coordinator in numerous continuing legal education programs for the South Carolina Bar, including on the subjects of foreclosure and other real estate issues, and has been guest lecturer for the graduate program in conflict resolution studies at Columbia College.  He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Council for Conflict Resolution and served as chairman and member of the Board of Community Mediation Center.  He served on several occasions as mediator coach for the U.S. Department of Justice Dispute Resolution/Enhanced Negotiations Seminars at the National Advocacy Center.  He is a past member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the S.C. Bar Association and has served as chairman of the Professional Education Committee of that section and on the Richland County Bar ADR Committee for the pilot program.

 

Jim received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 1965 and his juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1968.  He is a member of the bars of Richland County, the State of South Carolina, the United States District Court of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.  He served as a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Jim has also served as associate municipal judge for the City of Columbia, as an assistant attorney general for South Carolina, and as a deputy public defender for Richland County.

   

Jim was formerly the master-in-equity for Richland County and has been appointed on several occasions as a special circuit judge.  He served as interim master-in-equity for Richland County for several months in 2009.          

   

Jim serves on the South Carolina Bar’s fee dispute resolution board, presently as co-chair of that board for the Fifth Judicial Circuit.

 

Jim started the firm, then known as James C. Harrison, Jr., P.A., in 1994.

Taylor M. Smith IV

 

Taylor Smith concentrates his practice in civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on media and internet speech law, freedom of speech, constitutional/civil rights, freedom of information, appeals, false arrest cases, and criminal defense. Taylor currently is an attorney for the South Carolina Press Association and its 106 member newspapers.  

 

Taylor’s work has also included representing clients in criminal defense matters, defamation (slander and libel) cases, mortgage foreclosure cases (representing debtors and homeowners as well as creditors and lenders), debt collection matters (representing both creditors and debtors), consumer protection cases, and real estate litigation such as quiet title and partition actions.

 

Taylor was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in May 2014 and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court of South Carolina. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. During pursuit of his undergraduate degree, Taylor wrote for several news publications, including The Gamecock student newspaper and The State newspaper. After graduating, Taylor was a business reporter for the Greenville Journal in Greenville, South Carolina. He returned to Columbia to attend the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2010. During law school, Taylor assisted Harrison & Radeker with Occupy Columbia’s lawsuit against state government and became a law clerk of the firm.

 

After his admission to the practice of law, Taylor became an associate with the firm in 2014.

Andrew S. Radeker

 

Drew Radeker concentrates his practice in civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on false arrest cases, constitutional/civil rights and free speech cases, appeals, and mortgage foreclosure cases (representing debtors and homeowners as well as creditors and lenders).

 

Drew’s work has also included representing clients in criminal defense matters, defamation (slander and libel) cases, wrongful death and personal injury cases, fraud and misrepresentation cases, consumer protection cases, and real estate litigation such as quiet title and partition actions. He has been a presenter at continuing legal education seminars, including the Master-in-Equity Bench/Bar CLE for the South Carolina judges who ordinarily hear real property disputes and foreclosure cases.

 

Drew regularly appears before South Carolina circuit courts in both jury and non-jury matters, with cases across the state. He has practiced before the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for South Carolina, the United States Bankruptcy Court for South Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, as well as in magistrate’s courts and municipal (city and town) courts.

 

Drew was admitted to the South Carolina Bar on November 14, 2005, and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court of South Carolina and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  He graduated from the College of Charleston in 2001 and from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2005.  He is a past real estate section chair of the South Carolina Association for Justice and is one of the co-authors of the third edition of the South Carolina Foreclosure Law Manual.

 

After graduating from law school, Drew became an associate with the firm (then known as James C. Harrison, Jr., P.A.).  He has been a shareholder in the firm since 2009.