Law firm’s new mediation center named for Charleston attorney

Charleston attorneys Bachman S. Smith III (left) and Jeddie Suddeth of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd are shown outside the firm’s new mediation center named for Smith.

One of South Carolina’s largest law firms has opened a mediation center at its downtown Charleston office in recognition of a longtime local attorney.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd named the new addition at 134 Meeting St. after Bachman S. Smith III. The center is “dedicated to and designed for conducting mediation and other alternative dispute resolution matters,” the Columbia-based firm said in a written statement Thursday.

Smith maintained an active practice as a legal mediator later in his career, and about 95 percent of his mediation cases resulted in successful settlements, according to Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd.

Smith became a member of the firm in 1988. Also, he was managing partner at Sinkler and Boyd PA, which merged with a Greenville practice to form Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd in 2001.

Smith remains with the firm in an “of counsel” capacity, and he is a trustee and past president of Historic Charleston Foundation. Also, he is a past chairman of the Charleston Zoning Board of Adjustment and a former board member of Sullivan’s Island Board of Zoning Appeals.

“Toward the latter part of his career, Bachman focused his practice around mediations and other means of dispute resolution,” said James H. “Jeddie” Suddeth III of the management committee at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd. “I cannot imagine a better way to honor a man that has meant so much to this firm and to so many of us, personally.”

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd specializes in business, litigation and financial legal services, and its roots date back to 1887. The firm has more than 110 attorneys in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville and Myrtle Beach.