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Languages spoken: German

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 70%
    18 years, 400 cases
  2. Employment: 10%
    18 years, 200 cases
  3. Contracts: 10%
    18 years, 150 cases
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%
    6 years, 10 cases

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Lesemann & Barks LLC

80 Alexander Street, Second Floor
Charleston, SC, 29403


SCGood Standing199803/07/2013
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Notable PractitionerChambers & Partners USA Guide2012
Best Lawyers in America - Labor and Employment LitigationBest Lawyers in America2012
South Carolina Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Notable PractitionerChambers & Partners USA Guide2011
Best Lawyers in America - Labor and Employment LitigationBest Lawyers in America2011
South Carolina Super LawyerSuperLawyers2010
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
South Carolina Super LawyerSuperLawyers2009
40 Under 40Charleston Regional Business Journal2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Member and Chair, Litigation DepartmentHarvey & Vallini, LLC2011 - Present
Partner (Business Disputes); Charleston Marketing PartnerParker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP2005 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lowcountry Food BankChairman2007 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Dove Data Products, Inc. v. Jamie DeVeaux, S.C. Ct. App., 2008-UP-202Obtained summary judgment on all claims; judgment upheld by South Carolina Court of Appeals
Rockford Manufacturing, Ltd. v. David D. Bennett, et al.. 296 F.Supp.2d 681 (D.S.C. 2003)Preliminary injunction granted by the United States District Court; competing business was shuttered due to ruling and the existing customer relationships were protected
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Publication nameTitleDate
Informational BookletA Guide to Labor and Employment Law in South Carolina2008
Charleston Regional Business JournalProtect Your Assets: Craft a Non-Compete That Won't Let You Down.2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South CarolinaGermanOther - Masters1998
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of South Carolina Honors CollegeHistory; GermanBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
University of Michigan, Ann ArborHistoryHonors College1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
QHR Annual Leadership ConferenceManaging Hospitals and Managing Risk2011
In House Corporate ConferenceLessons Learned: Avoiding, Mitigating and Winning Business Disputes2010
New Requirements, Risks & Strategies for Hospitality Industry EmployersImage and Appearance Based Discrimination2005
In House Corporate Presentation for BPThe FMLA: Guidelines for Supervisors2005
Employment Law from A to ZProtecting Business Assets2005
Employment Law from A to ZTrade Secrets and Non-Compete Agreements2004
Employment DiscriminationState and Federal Law Update2002