2004-12-24 / Society

Attorney receives the Matthew J. Perry Jr. Civility Award

Contributed by Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC

Jim Leventis, an attorney with Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC, received the Matthew J. Perry, Jr. Civility Award at the Richland County Bar Association’s (RCBA) annual meeting. The award is named after the US District Judge Matthew J. Perry Jr. It is awarded to a judge and to a lawyer who, in the opinion of the Executive Committee of RCBA, best exemplifies the word civility.

The executive committee recognizes that it is a high honor to be nominated or selected for this recognition as attorneys perform their responsibilities in various capacities of the legal profession. The prior recipients of this award have been Danny Crowe and the Honorable Casey Manning.

Jim Leventis, a Rogers Townsend & Thomas shareholder, concentrates his practice in banking, business, real estate and government services. He is currently chairman of the Board for First Community Bank; a founding board member of City Center Partnership and chair of its Long Range Planning Committee; and former chairman of the Board of Republic National Bank. Leventis previously served as vice president and general manager of Genway Corporation, a nationwide leasing system of General Motors Dealers, and he was a commercial lending officer, Citibank N.A., of New York.

Leventis is active in local and civic affairs, and he places particular interest on youth and educational issues. He was a member of the Board of Commissioners for Richland School District One for eight years, former chair of Cities in Schools, former chair of the Youth Initiative for the United Way, and former president of the Parish Council for the Greek Orthodox community of Columbia. He has extensive service on the executive board of the local council of the Boy Scouts of America, and he is an Eagle Scout.

Leventis was an elected member of Richland County Council, former chairman of the Central Midlands Regional Planning Council, past president of the USC Alumni Association, and former chairman of the Committee of 100.

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