Nine Saxton & Stump attorneys named to “Super Lawyers” lists

LANCASTER, Pa., July 28, 2022 — Nine Saxton & Stump attorneys have been selected to the 2022 Pennsylvania and South Carolina Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, and each state has its own individual list of deserving attorneys. The nine Saxton & Stump attorneys recognized are:

James W. Saxton, shareholder and CEO at Saxton & Stump, has now made the list for his 11th consecutive year and 12th year overall in the practice area of Civil Litigation: Defense. He is a member of the firm’s Healthcare Litigation and Mitigation, Medical Device Litigation, Internal Investigations, Quality Assurance and Peer Review, and Risk Mitigation and Safety groups. Saxton has been named to the Central Penn Business Journal’s “Power 100” list in 2021 and 2022 as one of the region’s top professional, political and economic leaders who hold positions that give them the ability to shape our communities and influence our quality of life. He also made CPBJ’s “Power 30” list for law and lobbyists in both 2021 and 2022. He is rated AV Preeminent by the Martindale-Hubbell rating service and has been named to the “Best Lawyers in America” list from 2016 to 2022.

William C. Costopoulos was included on the 2022 Super Lawyers list for his work in the Criminal Defense: White Collar practice area, representing clients in matters related to institutional and individual criminal investigations. He has earned acquittal for his clients in several high-profile cases throughout Pennsylvania during his decades-long career, which was preceded by a tour in the U.S. Army as a sergeant from 1966 to 1968. This is the 15th consecutive time he has made the list, and the 18th overall.

Elizabeth “Beth” J. Palmer made her debut on the South Carolina Super Lawyers list in 2021. This year, she is now a shareholder at Saxton & Stump and has returned to the 2022 list in the Business Litigation practice area. She had been named to the South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars List from 2013 to 2020. Palmer is a member of the Saxton & Stump Business and Corporate Law, Commercial Litigation, Trusts and Estates, Labor and Employment and Insurance Law groups, and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Alice F. Paylor also made the list in South Carolina as a Business Litigation attorney. Providing legal representation in South Carolina for a variety of different issues, Paylor was selected to Super Lawyers from 2009 to 2022. “Best Lawyers in America” named her the “Lawyer of the Year” in the “Bet-the-Company Litigation” category in 2019, and she has been recognized on the Best Lawyers list since 2011. In 2021, the American College of Trial Lawyers inducted her as a fellow, and the organization recently named her a member of its South Carolina Committee. Paylor is a shareholder in the firm’s Charleston office where she focuses her practice on representing businesses, governmental entities and individuals in complex commercial litigation, probate and estate litigation, zoning issues, labor and employment matters and investigations.

After Irish “Ryan” Neville had earned Rising Stars recognition on previous lists, this year he has been named to the South Carolina Super Lawyers list for the first time in the Business Litigation practice area. He is a shareholder and a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, Business & Corporate, Insurance Law and Appellate and Post-Trial Advocacy groups. Neville is a member of the board of directors of Make-A-Wish South Carolina and is president of American Inn of Court Charleston Chapter.

Jennifer A. Galloway, senior counsel with the firm, has been recognized as a 2022 Pennsylvania Rising Star for the second straight year in the practice of Family Law. In late 2021, she became a part of the Saxton & Stump Trusts and Estates Group, working in elder law, Orphans’ Court litigation and family estate planning. A Duquesne University School of Law graduate, she is the Chair-Elect of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates and is on the board of directors at the York County Bar Association.

Jarina D. Duffy has been named to the Pennsylvania Rising Stars list for the third straight year in the practice area of Franchise/Dealership. Senior counsel at Saxton & Stump based in its Malvern office, she is a member of the firm’s Franchising, Licensing and Distribution, Business and Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions and Intellectual Property Law groups. The International Franchise Association has approved Duffy as a Certified Franchise Executive, a program that educates individuals and organizations to the highest standards of franchising. She is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law.

Associate Lauren A. Green has been named a Pennsylvania Rising Star for the first time in her career in the practice area of Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense. She is a member of the firm’s Franchising, Licensing and Distribution, Healthcare Litigation and Mitigation and Quality Assurance and Peer Review groups at Saxton & Stump. Green is a graduate of the Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Bijan K. Ghom made his debut on a Super Lawyers list this year when he was named to the 2022 South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. An associate that recently joined Saxton & Stump in its Charleston office, he is a member of the Saxton & Stump Business and Corporate Law, Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment and Trusts and Estates groups and received his law degree at Charleston School of Law and his MBA from the College of Charleston.

Saxton & Stump’s strategic growth outlook

The firm was named the fastest growing law firm in Pennsylvania by The Legal Intelligencer, having added 53 professionals in 2021, including 22 attorneys. Overall, Saxton & Stump has grown to a team of more than 150 professionals, including 90 attorneys. Recently, the firm has added new services and established groups dedicated to environmental, workplace safety and utilities, franchising, licensing and distribution and investigations and criminal defense. In addition to bolstering their infrastructure, they have added a new office location in Center City Philadelphia and grown key existing practice areas such as healthcare, senior care, real estate, government affairs and trusts and estates.

The firm continues to grow based on their strategic plan for 2022 and will continue to expand its current team of lawyers and professionals, focusing on bringing additional resources to support client needs.

Saxton & Stump provides solutions for complex legal issues and partners with clients to create a roadmap for their success. The firm is committed to empowering clients by delivering five-star service and results-focused advice.

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