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Spitz & Neville completes merger and will begin doing business as Saxton & Stump

CHARLESTON, S.C., June 27, 2022 — Saxton & Stump has announced that its planned merger with Charleston, S.C.-based law firm Spitz & Neville is complete, and the former firm will now do business under the Saxton & Stump name. All of the firm’s five attorneys, including Steven Spitz, Elizabeth Palmer, Irish “Ryan” Neville, Jacqueline Egan and Eli Lachenman will practice as a part of Saxton & Stump, along with five other professionals in the office, which is now Saxton & Stump’s South Carolina office in Charleston.

The former firm had continued doing business as Spitz & Neville after the partnership between the two firms first was announced in June 2021. Throughout the last year of transition, the office has continued integrating technical infrastructure and making significant hires, including Palmer as a shareholder, Egan as a senior counsel and Lachenman as an associate.

“We’re extremely pleased to be able to officially bring the Saxton & Stump name to South Carolina,” Saxton & Stump CEO James W. Saxton said. “It is an important step in our strategic plans for our firm to bring our full platform to South Carolina. We are honored to build on Steve Spitz and Ryan Neville’s excellent foundation through the addition of Beth Palmer and we look forward to the opportunities we can create for clients together.”

The merger agreement was born out of matching core values between the firms and similar approaches to providing five-star client service for every client. Now the merged firm can provide services to clients, which includes mergers and acquisitionsemployee benefits and executive compensationinformation privacy and cybersecurityintellectual propertyinternal investigationsattorney and judicial ethics and disciplinewhite collar defense, federal tax law and every legal service Saxton & Stump offers.

In addition to the legal services, the former firm’s clients have had access to comprehensive professional services through Saxton & Stump’s affiliate companies that will continue after the merger. The services include Granite GRC Consulting, which provides healthcare-focused consulting on corporate governance, risk management and information security; Granite HR Consulting, a human resources center; Granite Creative Group, a full-service marketing agency; and Optimal Dispute Resolutions, a company that offers private alternatives to litigation including mediations and arbitrations.

Saxton & Stump’s strategic growth outlook

The firm already has a number of clients in South Carolina and has been growing their local and statewide presence. Saxton & Stump serves national clients who operate in the region and across North America. Recently, the firm has added new services and established groups dedicated to white collar defense and environmental, workplace safety and utilities. In addition to bolstering their infrastructure, they have also 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.