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Attorney Profiles

Gedney M. Howe, III

Mr. Howe, a native of Charleston, earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina and began practicing with his father, Gedney M. Howe, Jr., in 1973.

His focus is on representing plaintiffs in personal injury and criminal defense litigation. Mr. Howe enjoys winning complex cases by creatively applying the law and outworking his opponents.

Mr. Howe is Martindale-Hubbell®, AV-Rated®, the highest peer-review rating an attorney can attain for legal practice and ethics. He has been a member of the Best Lawyers in America, the International Society of Barristers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and National College of Criminal Defense Attorneys. He was ranked as the #1 attorney in South Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine for both the 2011 and 2012 editions. In 2012 Mr. Howe was honored by the American Bar Association with the Pursuit of Justice Award, in recognition of his outstanding merit and his efforts to provide access to justice for all.

"My clients don't want a fair shake. They want to win. We don't have files that sit. Our job is to initiate the next move, to always be moving the case forward. We're making every single effort to win from the beginning."
-Gedney M. Howe III

Alvin J. Hammer

Mr. Hammer is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, BA, and the University of South Carolina School of Law, JD. A native of Columbia, SC, he began practicing in 1973 with his father, the late Henry Hammer, who handled many appeals in state and federal courts.

In 1984, Mr. Hammer moved to Charleston to join the firm of Gedney M. Howe, III, PA. He has extensive experience in state and federal civil litigation and appeals, and is extremely familiar with the application of Federal Rules.

Mr. Hammer is a member of the American Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association and the Charleston County Bar, on which he has served on the Grievance Committee. He is Martindale-Hubbell AV-Rated.

Caroline West

Mrs. West is a native of the Charleston area. She attended Ashley Hall School before studying political science and economics at the College of Charleston where she served as the first female chair of the Honor Board. While in law school at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, she was recognized for her writing and research skills and served as a Cordell Hull Teaching Fellow.

From 1994 through 1996, Mrs. West was employed as a law clerk at McDaniel, Hall, Conerly, & Lusk in Birmingham, Alabama, and, from 1995 through 1996, she was also employed as a law clerk at Gedney M. Howe, III, PA. After graduating from law school in 1996, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Charles Whetstone, Judge for the First Judicial Circuit in South Carolina before she began practicing law at Gedney M. Howe, III, PA.

Mrs. West has held executive positions on the boards of the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry and the College of Charleston Cougar Club, and is a member of the National Alumnae Council for Ashley Hall School.

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