September 6th, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. –  Three lawyers from Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc.)

Robert Bryan Barnes is recognized by his peers for Litigation – Construction.  A Shareholder in the firm’s Columbia office, Mr. Barnes serves on the firm’s Executive Committee.  His practice includes representation of manufacturers in products liability cases throughout the United States. He also handles toxic torts, construction, and surety and specialty litigation, both in court and in arbitration proceedings.

Kristine L. Cato, a Shareholder in the Columbia office, is listed in two categories: Employment Law – Individuals and Litigation – Labor & Employment Law.  Ms. Cato is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a specialist in labor and employment law. She handles employment contracts, wage/hour, affirmative action, union avoidance and campaigns, non-compete contracts, employment discrimination, and unemployment compensation. In addition, Ms. Cato practices in the area of business immigration law, assisting employers with obtaining temporary visas for employees to work in the United States. She is also a certified mediator and an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.

Robert P. Wood is listed in Banking and Finance Law, as well as Commercial Litigation.  A Shareholder in the firm’s Columbia office, Mr. Wood concentrates his practice in civil litigation, with particular emphasis in commercial litigation (including representation of creditors in bankruptcy court), real estate litigation, insurance litigation. He also counsels attorneys on legal ethics and defends legal malpractices suits and grievances.

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About Rogers Townsend & Thomas

Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC, with offices in South Carolina (Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville); Charlotte, North Carolina, and St. Thomas, USVI, has more than 60 attorneys practicing in a wide range of industries and practice areas. Rogers Townsend provides counsel in the areas of banking, default services, insurance, real estate, construction, corporate, estate planning and probate, and title services.

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