2019-02-08 / Front Page

ABOTA holds annual black tie dinner

Story and Photos by Cathy Cobbs


Newly inducted 2019 SC ABOTA Chapter members: J. Andrew Delaney, Geoff W. Gibbon, Vincent Sheheen, Randall Hood, Anthony Livoti, Chad McGowan, Charles Moore, and Daryl Hawkins (not present, Joe Mooneyham) Newly inducted 2019 SC ABOTA Chapter members: J. Andrew Delaney, Geoff W. Gibbon, Vincent Sheheen, Randall Hood, Anthony Livoti, Chad McGowan, Charles Moore, and Daryl Hawkins (not present, Joe Mooneyham) The South Carolina Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) held its annual black tie dinner at the Palmetto Club January 31 with a record crowd in attendance.

Current President James “Wally” Fayssoux welcomed the crowd, thanking Executive Director Patricia Cavanaugh for her excellent work on the event and throughout the year. H. Sam Mabry III conducted a brief business meeting before incoming president Kirby D. Shealy III gave the invocation and introduced the new ABOTA members— Andrew Delaney, Geoff W. Gibbon, Vincent Sheheen, Randall Hood, Anthony Livoti, Chad McGowan, Charles Moore, Daryl Hawkins, and Joe Mooneyham (who was not present).

The Honorable George C. James swore in the new officers—Dick Willis, Fayssoux, Robert Goings, and Shealy.


Executive Director Patty Cavanaugh and President Wally Fayssoux. Executive Director Patty Cavanaugh and President Wally Fayssoux. ABOTA National President John Rodman, in his foundation report, called the South Carolina Chapter “one of the legendary chapters in the nation.”

“You all are the heart and soul of our foundation,” he said.

Clarence Davis then presented Jim Griffin the Trial Lawyer of the Year award, saying, “He’s got a great heart, is a great advocate, and a great partner.”

“I will cherish this award for the rest of my life and the rest of my career,” Griffin said.

The Joel W. Collins Jr. Chapter Service Award was given to Lisa Anguilm, the first non-attorney to ever receive the honor.

Willis was then presented the Joel W. Collins Jr. Chapter Service Award by Goings.


SC ABOTA Chapter executive officers being sworn in by Judge James: Dick Willis, Wally Fayssoux, Robert Goings, and Kirby Shealy. SC ABOTA Chapter executive officers being sworn in by Judge James: Dick Willis, Wally Fayssoux, Robert Goings, and Kirby Shealy. “Dick, you are one of the lawyers we strive to be,” Goings said. “You put aside your practice to help prosecute corruption cases.”

The Jurist of the Year Award was presented by Reece Williams III to Jack Early, who said he was retiring in 28 days, and this award was the best retirement gift he had ever received.

The group also honored two members who passed away last year—Bill Gibbes and John Fields. Collins gave awards to the family members in attendance.



Richard Willis receives the 2018 Joel W. Collins Jr. Chapter Service Award from Robert F. Goings. Richard Willis receives the 2018 Joel W. Collins Jr. Chapter Service Award from Robert F. Goings.

Black Tie Dinner and Annual Meeting executive officers and judges(l-r)—back row Wally Fayssoux, Judge Joseph Anderson, Judge Bruce Williams, Robert Goings, and Clarence Davis; front row—Judge James, Judge Early, Judge Allison Lee, Kirby Shealy, and Dick Willis. Black Tie Dinner and Annual Meeting executive officers and judges(l-r)—back row Wally Fayssoux, Judge Joseph Anderson, Judge Bruce Williams, Robert Goings, and Clarence Davis; front row—Judge James, Judge Early, Judge Allison Lee, Kirby Shealy, and Dick Willis.

Chapter members Sam Mabry, Sam Outten, and Sharon Bramblett. Chapter members Sam Mabry, Sam Outten, and Sharon Bramblett.

Joel W. Collins Jr. presents the memorial Senior Life Fellow to Donna Fields, widow of John Fields. Joel W. Collins Jr. presents the memorial Senior Life Fellow to Donna Fields, widow of John Fields.

Jim Griffin receives the award for Trial Lawyer of the Year. Jim Griffin receives the award for Trial Lawyer of the Year.

Dick Willis and Wally Fayssoux. Dick Willis and Wally Fayssoux.

Keith Babcock presents the 2017 Joel W. Collins Jr. Chapter Service Award to Lisa Anguilm. Keith Babcock presents the 2017 Joel W. Collins Jr. Chapter Service Award to Lisa Anguilm.

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