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image of Barnwell-Whaley-law-firm-Charleston-SC-288-MeetingBarnwell Whaley South Carolina mediators work to reach an agreement between the parties to a lawsuit efficiently and cost effectively.

As cases back up for years in court and the costs associated with litigation rise, more courts are requiring alternative resolutions before a lawsuit is allowed to go to trial, and many contracts specify binding arbitration or mediations as the only means to settle a dispute between the parties to the contract.

Barnwell Whaley South Carolina certified arbitrators and mediators are attorneys familiar with the law applicable to a specific dispute, and provide a neutral, balanced view to all parties in a lawsuit, often tempering unrealistic expectations and allowing disputes to be settled without an expensive trial.

M. Dawes Cooke, Jr., recipient of numerous awards and accolades from his peers and state and national publications as both an arbitrator and bet-the-company civil litigator, brings that same energy to the mediation table. You will be hard pressed to find a mediator so committed toward achieving resolution.

B.C. “Bill” Killough’s mediation practice is limited to complex commercial disputes and intellectual property disputes. He has more than 30 years experience as a patent and trademark practitioner. He has prosecuted hundreds of patent and trademark applications, and he has litigated patent, trademark and copyright matters, including licensing issues. Bill is an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, teaching Patent Law. He has also handled hundreds of commercial transactions, representing buyers, sellers, lenders (banks) and borrowers. He is a licensed title insurance agent. His degrees in engineering and business, and his business and legal experience give him insight into, and understanding of, disputes in these areas.

Randell C. Stoney, Jr., a third generation Charleston attorney, has focused his 28-year law practice on construction law, premises and product liability, and general liability. He holds a Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent rating, (the highest, formerly referred to as AV), and is listed in the 2008 and 2009 editions of Super Lawyers as one of the top attorneys in the state of South Carolina.  Stoney is regularly listed in both Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers.

Phillip Ferderigos, member attorney at Barnwell Whaley, works in the areas of workers compensation, construction law and insurance matters. A native Charlestonian, Phillip brings his restaurant family background to the table to provide not only excellent service towards a resolution, his jovial style strives towards amicable solutions as well.

John Fletcher, associate attorney at Barnwell Whaley, has been practicing law since 1997, primarily in the most complex matters in the firm’s civil litigation and appellate practices.  With experience in all levels of state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, Fletcher now offers mediation services for his clients to settle their matters outside of the courtroom.

image of conference room A at Barnwell Whaley law firmThe new offices of Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC in downtown Charleston, SC have been built with facilitation in mind featuring six conference suites providing smaller spaces for private counseling in separate quarters and ample spaces to bring all parties together to work towards a resolution:

  • Multiple conference facilities equipped with LED screens and video conferencing
  • Private breakout areas for both parties to consult with counsel in separate quarters
  • A dedicated break room for settling stomachs while facilitating resolutions during the lunch hour
  • Dedicated phone rooms, to take your important private calls

Located at 288 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston, the Barnwell Whaley mediation suites overlook the corner of Meeting and George Streets. 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 while we facilitate a resolution.

Also see:

Complex Commercial Disputes
Construction Law
Intellectual Property – Patent and Trademark Law


Mediations PDF


M Dawes Cooke, Jr, certified mediatorDawes Cooke is a member of Barnwell Whaley. He has been practicing law since 1979. [Dawes Cooke South Carolina mediator and arbitrator ]


image of B.C. Killough, Charleston business and intellectual property mediator Bill Killough is a registered patent attorney. He has been practicing law since 1979.
[Bill Killough business and intellectual property mediator]


image of Randell Stoney Charleston mediator Randell Stoney is a member of Barnwell Whaley. He is certified as both an arbitrator and a mediator and has been practicing law since 1980.
[Randell Stoney, Jr. South Carolina Mediator]


image of Phillip Ferderigos, Charleston mediatorPhillip Ferderigos is a member of Barnwell Whaley. He is a certified mediator and has been practicing law since 1999. [Phillip Ferderigos Charleston Mediator ]


Justin P. NovakJustin P. Novak is special counsel at Barnwell Whaley. He is a certified mediator and has been practicing law since 2010. [Justin P. Novak Charleston Mediator ]


John Fletcher, South Carolina mediatorJohn Fletcher is an associate attorney at Barnwell Whaley. He is a certified mediator and has been practicing law since 1997.
[ John Fletcher,  Charleston Mediator ]


Cooke, Fletcher article on Charleston County Mandatory Arbitration, as published in the Charleston Mercury