Greenville, S.C. – Four Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys have been recognized by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly as "Leadership in Law" Award winners. Steven E. Farrar, Natalma M. McKnew, Robert W. Pearce, Jr. and Kurt M. Rozelsky will be honored at an awards ceremony on March 15 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston.
"We congratulate Steve, Tami, Bobby and Kurt on their recognition by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly," said Rob Marcus, chairman of the firm's management committee. "This honor confirms what we know to be true of so many of our attorneys – that they continually go above and beyond their duties, and that their contributions to their profession and communities makes them true leaders in South Carolina."
Steve Farrar (Greenville, S.C.)
Farrar is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex cases. He routinely works on cases involving complicated business litigation, professional liability defense and major products liability issues. He has tried numerous cases including, among others, fighting charges of securities fraud and improper corporate activity, defending accountants and lawyers in malpractice actions and defending automobile manufacturers from product liability exposure. In addition, Farrar has served as counsel for a federally appointed Receiver in a criminal action, and in that role he helped recover millions of dollars for defrauded investors. He is a civil mediator certified by the South Carolina Bar Association. Farrar serves on the Executive Committee and as a Director of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. He has served locally on the Boards of Project Host Soup Kitchen and Leadership Greenville, and is a past President of the South Carolina Special Olympics.
Tami McKnew (Greenville, S.C.)
McKnew's practice focuses in the areas of antitrust, franchising and dealerships, and intellectual property. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara; her master's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles; and her law degree from the Northeastern University School of Law. McKnew is actively involved in numerous community organizations, currently serving on the Boards of The Nature Conservancy's Board of Trustees, South Carolina Chapter; United Way of Greenville County; Clement's Kindness Fund for the Children; the Priester Foundation; the South Carolina Institute for Child Success; and the Attorneys Liability Protection Society.
Bobby Pearce (Charleston, S.C.)
With a B.A. in economics from Washington and Lee University and an M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of South Carolina, Pearce has built a practice including corporate law, private securities offerings, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, real estate finance, lender representation and trademark law. A member of the SMART STATE Centers of Excellence Review Board for the State of South Carolina, he was first appointed by Governor Mark Sanford and then later by Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell to help oversee over $210 million of funding for research-related projects and endowed chairs focused on creating new high-growth businesses centered around South Carolina's three research universities. Pearce is the immediate past Chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and serves on numerous boards of directors across the region, including the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, New Carolina (the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness), the Trident Technical College Foundation, the World Trade Center Charleston, the Charleston Chamber Foundation and AAA Carolinas.
Kurt Rozelsky (Greenville, S.C.)
Rozelsky's practice focuses on the defense of complex litigation, including transportation matters, product liability claims, and other technical and expert driven litigation. A member of the DRI Trucking Committee since 2004, Rozelsky currently serves as the 900-member Committee's Chairman. He is also involved with several other legal defense organizations, including the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel's Commercial Transportation Committee, the American Bar Association's Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee, the Trucking Industry Defense Association, the Transportation Lawyers Association and the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association. Locally, Rozelsky is on the Board of Public Education Partners and has previously served on the Boards of Leadership Greenville, the United Way of Greenville Palmetto Society, United Way Young Philanthropists Council (as Chairman), the Greenville Literacy Association and Compass of Carolina (as Chairman).
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