Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters, Experts and TPAs
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters, Experts and TPAs



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


3700 Forest Drive, Suite 404, Columbia, South Carolina 29204

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7217, Columbia, SC 29202

Established: 1908

Practice Areas

  • Accountants
  • Agent/Broker Liability
  • Appellate Practice
  • Antitrust
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Bad Faith
  • Bankruptcy
  • Breach of Contract
  • Class Actions
  • Construction Law
  • 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


About Us

The McKay Firm is familiar with all aspects of insurance defense, no matter the issue or size of the claim. We vigorously represent our clients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner with the following Defense Practice Groups.

Insurance Defense

We represent some of the largest insurance companies and carriers nationwide. We defend complex matters from defective construction claims, professional negligence and multi-state transportation litigation. We are familiar with all aspects of insurance defense, no matter the issue or size of the claim.

Transportation

The McKay Firm Transportation Defense Team represents transportation related businesses across the United States. We are familiar with all areas of Transportation Defense and defend complex matters, including freight claims, accident claims and cargo claims.

Employment

We have years of experience and expertise in employment litigation defense, in areas including but not limited to, Discrimination & Harassment, Retaliation, Wage and Wrongful Discharge.

Professional Liability

Our Team has extensive experience defending against a variety of claims of malpractice and/or misconduct. We represent some of the largest professional organizations, as well as professionals in liability defense litigation across the United States. We are familiar with all aspects of professional Liability Defense, ranging from Legal and Insurance malpractice to Healthcare liability, and will thoroughly investigate and defend each unique claim.

Product Liability

Our Products Liability Defense Team has years of experience defending manufacturers and distributors against product defect claims across the United States. We vigorously represent our clients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, and work with each client to develop a strategic plan to minimize risk and defend reputation.

Professional Licensing

With over 40 years of experience representing medical professionals - including physicians, nurses, counselors, dentists, and pharmacists - the McKay Firm is uniquely qualified to assist professionals through the process.

Medical Malpractice

When health care professionals need defending, our experienced and knowledgeable medical malpractice team is ready. Having defended hundreds of cases, our attorneys have broad experience defending physicians, nurses, hospitals and other health care providers. We take an aggressive and efficient approach, assisting health care providers through every stage of malpractice lawsuits, including pre-litigation claims, discovery, depositions, and trials and appellate advocacy. We also offer mediation services to minimize risk and cost. Our goal is to effectively address the claims against you so that you can get back to taking care of patients.

Insurance Coverage

The McKay Firm works closely with our clients to develop a strategic plan in all our cases. Our Insurance Coverage Team has successfully helped defend leading insurers and brokers mitigate claims and plan to avoid future issues that may arise.

Construction

Our attorneys work to protect the interests of their clients in all aspects of the construction industry. We advise clients proactively on contracts, labor relations, employment issues and risk management.


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.

Personnel Information

Partners


Douglas McKay, Jr. — (1917-2008)


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)

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

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

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

Special Counsel


Brian Craven

Columbia, SC

Admitted
  • Illinois, 2003
  • Tennessee, 2004
  • South Carolina, 2008
Memberships:
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Tennessee Bar Association
Education:
  • University of South Carolina, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1996
  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2002

Associates


  • Alexander Zuraff
  • Joseph Catalano
  • Anthony Ibarra

Counsel


  • C. E. "Skip" Hardin

Press Releases

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


Articles

Marcy Lamar: Workers' Compensation Article


McKay Firm in the News


Service Areas

Charleston, South Carolina, USA 113 miles

Greenville, South Carolina, USA 103 miles

Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA 71 miles

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