Dewey Oxner Honored
Dewey Oxner Jr., a noted trial attorney and Shareholder
Emeritus of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., received the 2009 DuRant Distinguished Public Service Award.
This annual recognition by the South Carolina Bar Foundation is the
most prestigious statewide award members of the Bar can bestow on a
fellow attorney. Oxner, who practices in the Firm’s Greenville
office, accepted the award at the South Carolina Bar’s Annual
Convention’s plenary luncheon on Friday, January 22, 2010, at the
Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The DuRant Award was presented by SC
Bar Foundation President George M. Hearn Jr.
who served as President of the South Carolina Bar (2001-2000), is
recognized nationally for excellence in defense of medical
malpractice, products liability and consumer litigation cases. He
has served as a trial lawyer for more than four decades and
successfully has tried more than 100 cases to jury verdict. He has
been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since its
inception and was recognized as the “Senior Statesman” among all
South Carolina litigators by Chambers USA – The Client’s
Guide. He was included in the 2009 and 2008 editions of South
Carolina Super Lawyers™ – Personal Injury Defense: Medical
Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers where he served as
State Chairman (1992-94), Oxner is a former State Chair of the
American Board of Trial Advocacy (ABOTA). He is admitted to practice
in South Carolina, South Carolina Supreme Court, U.S. Court of
Appeals, Fourth Circuit, U.S. District Court, South Carolina, and
the U.S. Supreme Court.
Oxner currently Co-chairs with South Carolina Supreme Court Justice
John Kittredge the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism. He
was appointed in 2000.
Oxner received the Greenville County Bar Association’s highest
honor, the Tommy Thomason Award in 2007; Oxner served as this bar’s
President in 1985. The University of South Carolina School of Law
Alumni Association’s Compleat Lawyer (Platinum) Award, which
recognizes high standards of professionalism and performance, was
presented to Oxner in 2005. Oxner was also presented the Jeter E.
Rhodes, Jr. Trial Lawyer of the Year Award (2003) from the American
Board of Trial Advocates and the South Carolina Defense Trial
Attorneys Association’s Robert W. Hemphill Award (1993).
former board member and treasurer of The Defense Research Institute,
Inc., and former President of the South Carolina Defense Trial
Attorneys’ Association, Oxner served as Managing Partner (1995-1998)
of Haynsworth Marion McKay & Guérard, LLP, a predecessor of
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA, in Greenville.
Ellefson, the Firm’s current Managing Director, said, “Dewey is an
extraordinary lawyer who is dedicated to the practice of law and to
maintaining the reputation and integrity of our profession. He
serves as a wonderful role model and mentor for all of us with his
collegiality and his dedicated service to the legal profession. His
high ethical standards are evident in the way that he conducts his
practice and his life with an integrity that is an example to all of
active in the community, Oxner is a former board member of The
Palmetto Conservation Foundation and now serves as Board Chair of
Trustees of Faith Memorial Chapel in Cedar Mountain, NC.
joins four Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd lawyers who previously received
this lifetime achievement recognition of the legal profession, the
DuRant Distinguished Public Service Award:
Eugene N. (Nick) Zeigler, Jr., Florence, SC (2004)
H. Simmons Tate, Jr., Charleston, SC (2001)
Julius W. (Jay) McKay, Columbia, SC (1997)
The late Charles W. Knowlton, Columbia, SC (1988)
received his J.D., from the University of South Carolina in 1959,
and his B.A., from
Washington and Lee University in 1956, where he served on the Honor
Council. He, and his wife, Louise, are the parents of three
About the DuRant Award
Selection criteria include meritorious service to the law and the
community. Established in 1980 to honor living members of the South
Carolina Bar, the DuRant Award is considered the most prestigious
statewide recognition that is bestowed upon an attorney. The
recipient is nominated and selected by his or her professional
peers. The Foundation established the award in memory of Charlton
DuRant, a well-known Manning attorney who served as state senator
and special associate justice of the SC Supreme Court.