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About Barnwell Whaley law firm.

image of conference room A at Barnwell Whaley law firmEstablished in Charleston in 1938, Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC, represents and counsels businesses and professionals in both North and South Carolina, throughout the United States in Federal Court, and beyond.

With over seven decades in business under the same banner, the firm’s 18 member and associate attorneys focus on complex civil litigation defense, patents, trademarks and intellectual property, professional malpractice defense, construction law, business law, business immigration, immigration litigation and products liability defense in both state and federal courts.

Geographical areas served

With offices in Charleston and Wilmington, Barnwell Whaley attorneys serve and counsel businesses and professionals in both North and South Carolina, throughout the United States, and is engaged as counsel in international matters involving intellectual property. Sample clients include Sawgrass Technologies, Maybank Industries Group, The Medical University of South Carolina, the South Carolina State Ports Authority, The Citadel (including its defense in the landmark case attempting to admit women to the institution in 1995), Traveler’s Insurance, CNA Insurance, and Lloyds of London, among others.

Practice areas

One of the central practice areas for Barnwell Whaley is its insurance defense practice, which represents numerous insurance carriers and self-insured businesses in the state. The firm is frequently retained to defend insured individuals and businesses who have been sued in various types of negligence actions, including professional liability and malpractice, products liability, construction defects, vehicular accidents, premises liability and other insured risks.

The common thread that connects all of Barnwell Whaley’s practice areas is complexity. Barnwell Whaley attorneys have been described by their peers as “lawyers’ lawyers.” The firm is frequently called by other attorneys to help at trial and is often selected to handle the most difficult cases in a company’s portfolio.

Keys to Success

Barnwell Whaley is dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for its clients. Often that means carefully and thoroughly preparing a case for trial and then trying the case to a decision. However, there are times when a thoughtfully negotiated settlement is the best interest of the client. In any case, the firm puts the needs and best interests of its clients first. Many of the attorneys are certified mediators and arbitrators, certified by the South Carolina Bar Association and trained to provide skilled, experienced, objective facilitation of a resolution amenable to both parties.


The home office of Barnwell Whaley is located at 288 Meeting Street, Suite 200, in historic Charleston, SC. Limited parking is available on site (call the receptionist for availability) and ample parking is available a block away at the Gaillard Auditorium Parking Garage, at 32 Alexander Street.  We are happy to provide parking validation for our clients.

The North Carolina office is located at 1427 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 202 in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Parking at Barnwell Whaley Wilmington is available on site.


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