Ian R. O'Shea

Founding Partner

 

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina - 2012

  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina - 2013

  • New York - 2014

 

Education

  • Charleston School of Law

    • J.D. - 2012

  • College of Charleston

    • B.S. Political Science & Communication - 2007

 

Professional Associations

  • Charleston County Bar Association

  • South Carolina Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • New York Bar Association

  • South Carolina Association for Justice

  • Charleston Lawyers Club

 

         Ian O’Shea grew up on James Island.  He attended Charleston County School of the Arts and graduated from James Island High School in 2003.  Ian double-majored, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication at the College of Charleston in 2007.  Ian was a walk-on freshman for the College of Charleston Men’s Soccer team and soccer has always been one of his greatest passions.

 

         Ian earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Charleston School of Law in May of 2012.  Ian was one of five 2012 graduates inducted into The Forensic Club, the law school’s top honor, based on demonstrated leadership, professionalism, public service, and academic commitment.  He also served as the Student Division Vice-President of the Charleston County Bar Association and was the President and Chapter Founder of the Charleston School of Law Toastmasters. 

 

         Ian has been an attorney in private practice since November of 2012. He is licensed to practice before all state and federal courts within the State of South Carolina and he was admitted to the New York Bar in June of 2014.  Ian began his legal career at a small plaintiffs' firm and worked with Cobb, Dill, & Frost until November of 2013, when he founded O’Shea Law Firm, LLC.  Ian routinely handles real estate transactions, criminal defense, and personal injury cases. He also takes pride assisting individuals and businesses in property law matters, both routine and complex.  Ian also devotes a great deal of time to pro bono work for individuals and organizations with unmet legal needs. In his free time, Ian enjoys spending time with his family, playing soccer, and boating.

 

Brooklyn A. O'Shea
 

Partner

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina - 2016

  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina - 2017

 

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law 

    • J.D. - 2015

  • University of South Carolina

    • B.A. English - 2012

 

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association

  • South Carolina Bar Association

  • Charleston County Bar Association

  • South Carolina Association for Justice

  • Charleston Lawyers Club

  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association

         Brooklyn O’Shea grew up in the lowcountry on Folly Beach, SC. Brooklyn is a proud Gamecock and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina in 2012 and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2015. Brooklyn ventured abroad during law school and studied international litigation and arbitration in London, UK at The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in 2013.

         As an undergraduate, Brooklyn worked as a Page for the South Carolina House of Representatives. While in law school, Brooklyn interned with the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina and worked as a law clerk for the City of Charleston Legal Department. After graduating law school, Brooklyn spent two years working for the South Carolina Judicial Department as a law clerk for The Honorable J.C. Nicholson, Jr. and The Honorable Thomas L. Hughston, Jr. in the 9th Judicial Circuit. She then joined the O’Shea Law Firm in 2017 where she works as a private practitioner.

          Brooklyn is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in South Carolina. Brooklyn handles complex civil litigation and catastrophic peronal injury cases, including wrongful death and survival actions, motor vehicle collisions, rideshare claims involving transportation network companies, such as Lyft and Uber, admiralty and maritime law, medical malpractice, and construction defect cases. Brooklyn spends her spare time on the water surfing and boating.

J.C. Nicholson, Jr.

Special Counsel

Mediator, Arbitrator

 

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina - 1973

  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina - 1973

  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • United States Supreme Court

 

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law 

    • J.D. - 1973

  • The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina

    • B.A. Political Science - 1964

 

Professional Associations

  • Retired South Carolina Circuit Judge (1999-2020)

  • United States Air Force, Retired Lt. Colonel (1965-1970)

  • Air National Guard (1970- 1989)

  • Councilman, Orangeburg County Council (1976-1982)

  • Assistant Solicitor, Orangeburg County (1973-1976)

  • Assistant Solicitor, Greenville County (1983-1984)

  • Attorney/Partner, Epps & Krause (1984-1999)

  • SCBAR House of Delegates

  • Charleston County Bar Association

  • Charleston School of Law Board of Advisors

          Retired Judge J.C. “Buddy” Nicholson, Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama. Nicholson moved to Camden, South Carolina at age three and grew up there. Nicholson received his bachelor's degree from The Citadel in 1964 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1973. Nicholson is a retired Lt. Colonel, having served in the United States Air Force as a pilot from 1965 until 1970 and in the Air National Guard until 1989. Nicholson began his legal career in Orangeburg County, where he was Assistant Solicitor from 1973 until 1974. In 1974, he entered into private practice and served as Assistant Solicitor on a part-time basis until 1976. From 1976 until 1982, Nicholson was a member of Orangeburg County Council. In 1983, he became Assistant Solicitor for Greenville County and served in that capacity for one year before entering into private practice with Epps & Krause, where he became a partner of the firm in 1986.

          Nicholson was elected judge at-large in 1999 and began serving as a Circuit Court judge. He served in this position from February 10, 1999 until June 30, 2001, when he was elected Judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in 2001 succeeding the seat of H. Dean Hall, retired. Nicholson officially retired from the bench in 2009; however, after retirement, he continued to work for the South Carolina Judicial Department as an active/retired Circuit Court judge. Nicholson received widespread notice for his ruling in State v. Jones, a case that addressed stand-your-ground law and domestic violence. Nicholson is also known for being assigned as presiding judge in State v. Roof, involving Dylann Roof and the Charleston church shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in 2015. Nicholson was also assigned and presided over other high profile matters, including numerous sex abuse cases brought against Catholic Church officials and the Diocese of Charleston.

          

           In 2020, Nicholson joined O’Shea Law Firm where he works as Special Counsel and advises on complex civil litigation. He also provides mediation, arbitration, and other alternative dispute resolution services. His years of experience on the bench as a trial judge and as a private practitioner bring a unique perspective for effective dispute resolution services. Nicholson is admitted to practice in all South Carolina Courts, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U. S. Supreme Court. Nicholson has served as a member of the SCBAR House of Delegates, the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Trial Lawyers and American Trial Lawyers Association. He is a past member of the Toastmasters Club and a current member of the Rotary Club, the USC Gamecock Club, of the Association of Citadel Men and the Citadel Alumni Club. Nicholson has four children, one stepson, and nine grandchildren. He enjoys playing golf, watching football, and spending time in the outdoors.

James H. Leffew

Attorney at Law

 

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina - 2015

 

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law 

    • J.D. - 2015

  • Denison University

    • B.A. History - 2012

 

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association

  • South Carolina Bar Association

  • Charleston County Bar Association

  • South Carolina Association for Justice

  • Charleston Lawyers Club

  • Clauses4Causes Until There is a Cure

         James was born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida. He attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History in May of 2012. James served as captain of the Denison University Men's Basketball team and he brings the same qualities of leadership, tenacity, and dedication he exhibited on the basketball court to the legal profession.

 

         James received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in May of 2015. While at USC, James interned in the Richland County Public Defender's Office, the Legal Department for Special Olympics International, and participated in a Non-Profit Clinic where he helped clients with the formation and governance of Non-Profit/Charitable Organizations.

 

         Upon graduation, James immediately settled into the Lowcountry. James interned for the City of Charleston Legal Department and in June of 2015, he began working for O'Shea Law Firm.  James practices in a variety of areas including criminal defense, personal injury, real estate/property matters, business formation, non-profit/charitable organization formation and governance. James also enjoys playing basketball and coaching Special Olympics and other youth sports teams.

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