Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

Your Online Portal for Claims Industry Information

Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

Your Online Portal for Claims Industry Information



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


1303 Blanding Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7217, Columbia, SC 29201

Established: 1908

Practice Areas

  • Accountants
  • Agent/Broker Liability
  • Appellate Practice
  • Antitrust
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Bad Faith
  • Bankruptcy
  • Breach of Contract
  • Class Actions
  • Contract Disputes
  • ERISA
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Excess
  • First and Third Party Defense
  • Governmental Liability
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor and Employment
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lender Liability Defense
  • Life and Health
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property
  • Reinsurance
  • Retail Liability
  • Securities
  • Self-Insured
  • Subrogation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Trade Secrets
  • Transportation
  • Trucking
  • Workers' Compensation

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About Us

The McKay Firm is a defense-oriented civil litigation law firm based in Columbia, South Carolina. Since 1908, our skilled attorneyshave provided positive results to our clients throughout South Carolina and other states, including Alabama, North Carolina and Georgia.In 2010 and 2011, The McKay Firm was recognized in U.S News & World Report’s inaugural edition of the “Best Law Firms” publication. The McKay Firm received this recognition in the area of Worker’s Compensation Law.

The McKay Firm specializes in coverage disputes, general negligence, governmental liability, life, health and disability insurance, medical malpractice, healthcare law, products liability, professional licensure disputes, premises liability and workers’ compensation.

McKay Public Affairs, an affiliate of The McKay Firm, offers procurement, legislative advocacy and new media consulting services.

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

  • Midwestern Insurance Company
  • QBE Insurance Company
  • South Carolina Insurance Reserve Fund
  • South Carolina Medical Malpractice Insurance Company
  • South Carolina Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association
  • Travelers Insurance Company
  • Zurich North America

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Aiken County Government
  • South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association
  • Whole Foods Market, Inc.

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Personnel Information

Partners


Douglas McKay, Jr. — (1917-2008)

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Julius W. "Jay" McKay, II

Columbia, SC

Admitted
  • South Carolina, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1978
Memberships:
  • American and Richland County Bar Associations
  • South Carolina Bar
  • American Arbitration Council (Panel of Arbitrators)
  • American Counsel Association
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • Carolinas Association of General Contractors
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
Education:
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., 1974
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1977
Honors:
South Carolina Super Lawyers (2008-2011)

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Mark D. Cauthen

Columbia, SC

Admitted
  • South Carolina, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
Memberships:
  • American and Richland County Bar Associations
  • South Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Workers' Compensation Education Association (House of Delegates 2002-2010)
  • Kids' Chance of South Carolina (Member, Board of Directors)
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
Education:
  • Wofford College, B.A., 1983
  • Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., 1991

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Daniel R. Settana, Jr.

Columbia, SC

Admitted
  • South Carolina, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Memberships:
  • American and Richland County Bar Associations
  • South Carolina Bar
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association
  • The Citadel Alumni Association (Board of Directors)
  • Columbia Citadel Club (President, 2004-2005)
  • St. Joseph School (Former School Board)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
Education:
  • The Citadel, B.A., 1989
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1992

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Janet Brooks Holmes

Columbia, SC

Admitted
  • South Carolina, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2001
Memberships:
  • American and Richland County Bar Associations, South Carolina Bar
  • John Belton O'Neall Inn of Court (Member)
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
Publications:
  • Co-Author: "Insurance Law From A-Z," National Business Institute (February 2011)
  • Author: "Legal Pitfalls of Social Medical for the Physician Practice," The Palmetto Physician (June 2012)
  • Presenter: Insurance Coverage Litigation Course Book, National Business Institute (December 2009)
Education:
  • Clemson University, B.A. (Dean's List), 1984
  • University of South Carolina, J.D. (Order of the Coif), 1988

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Brandon P. Jones

Columbia, SC

Admitted
  • South Carolina, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 2011
Memberships:
  • American and Richland County Bar Associations
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Publications:
  • Author: "How Will Insurance Companies Adapt to Self-Driving Vehicles?," The McKay Legal Pad
Certifications:
  • Certified Claims Professional-CLM
Education:
  • Clemson University, B.A., 2007
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2010

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Temus C. Miles, Jr.


Associates



Rachel Peavy

Kyle McGann

Lauren Trask

Keith Taylor


Counsel



C. E. Hardin


Press Releases

Dan Settana Selected for the Trucking Substantive Law Committee by Ashley Hunter

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Articles

Marcy Lamar: Workers' Compensation Article

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Service Areas

Charleston, South Carolina 113 miles

Greenville, South Carolina 103 miles

Rock Hill, South Carolina 71 miles

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