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Barnwell Whaley Careers

image of Barnwell-Whaley-law-firm-Charleston-SC-288-MeetingWith offices located in Wilmington, North Carolina and historic Charleston, South Carolina, Barnwell Whaley law firm offers an opportunity for professionals to develop their careers in an environment which values superior work quality and service to the client.  Our 75+ year “mid-sized” law firm makes decisions in house, and values the input and opinions of all attorneys and staff.

The premier downtown Charleston location of Barnwell Whaley offers staff on-site parking, and is walking distance to area restaurants, shopping and local attractions.  The quality of life and job outlook in Charleston is excellent as noted in Forbes as Charleston was ranked 7th in “Where the jobs will be in 2015” and Conde Nast Traveler ranked Charleston once again as the #1 travel destination in the United States.  Travel + Leisure magazine named Charleston the #1 city in the United States in 2017 and best city in the world in 2016.

The Wilmington, North Carolina location is convenient to Wilmington’s pristine beaches and historic sites including the best riverfront boardwalk in the country by USA Today.  Wilmington is a water lover’s dream from river to sea.

Growing Needs

We are currently seeking lateral attorneys with a portable book of business to join our growing firm.  Attorneys with substantial portable business will be considered for special counsel or member status.  This is an ideal situation for an attorney seeking to better manage their practice in a familial environment with decisions made on site.   Ideal candidates will possess a teamwork-oriented attitude, strong work-ethic and desire to provide outstanding client service.  Candidates must be admitted to the South Carolina Bar,  admission to the North Carolina Bar is considered a plus.  

CONFIDENTIAL Inquiries and resumes may be submitted to firm administrator Judith Carberry.
No phone calls, please.

Barnwell Whaley provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Barnwell Whaley complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Barnwell Whaley expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Barnwell Whaley’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.



About Barnwell Whaley law firm.

Established 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 17 member and associate attorneys focus on the areas of complex civil litigation defense, patents, trademarks and intellectual property, professional malpractice defense, construction law, business law, business immigration, immigration litigation and products liability defense.

Geographical areas served

Barnwell Whaley attorneys serve and counsel businesses in Charleston, SC, Wilmington, North Carolina, throughout the Carolinas and the country, 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 Patterson and Helms’ 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 Charleston, South Carolina home office of Barnwell Whaley is located at 288 Meeting Street, Suite 200 in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina. 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 Wilmington, North Carolina office is located at 1427 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 202 in Wilmington. Parking is available on site.

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