Established in Charleston in 1938, Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC, represents and counsels businesses and professionals in both North and South Carolina, throughout the United States in Federal Court, and beyond. With over 75 years in business, the firm’s 18 members and associates focus on immigration, immigration litigation, mediations, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property protection, civil litigation defense, professional malpractice defense, business law and products liability defense in both state and federal courts.


image of M. Dawes Cooke, Jr. Banrwell Whaley member attorneyM. Dawes Cooke, Jr.

M. Dawes Cooke, Jr., is an award winning litigator and arbitrator. His awards alone speak to his experience: Dawes was selected by Super Lawyers as the #1 attorney in the state of South Carolina in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Dawes is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, holds a Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent rating (the highest, formerly called AV), and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.Dawes is a much sought after mediator and arbitrator, and he frequently lectures on the subject of alternative dispute resolution.
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image of BC Killough, South Carolina patent attorneyBill Killough

Bill Killough has prosecuted hundreds of patent applications, thousands of trademark applications, and has litigated patent, trademark and copyright matters, representing clients throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. As an engineering graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, Bill has the education and over thirty years of experience as an intellectual property and commercial transactions attorney to assemble a deal. Bill holds a Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent rating (the highest, formerly called AV), is a Litigation Counsel of America Fellow, is listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers as well as with Best Lawyers where was named Best Lawyers 2015 Corporate Lawyer of the year for Charleston, South Carolina.
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image of Brad Banias, immigration attorneyBradley Banias

Bradley Banias is an associate attorney at Barnwell Whaley and has been practicing law since 2007. A former trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Brad Banias developed a litigation practice solely in the area of immigration law, representing the government in federal courts on the District and Circuit levels throughout the United States. Brad applies the knowledge gained in his years with the Department of Justice as he represents companies wishing to bring professionals and investors into the United States via investor visas, EB 5 programs and other immigration needs. View full profile.


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John Fletcher

John Fletcher is an associate attorney at Barnwell Whaley and has been practicing law since 1997.  A legal writer and researcher for more than twenty years, John Fletcher has been deeply involved with many of Barnwell Whaley’s most complex and challenging cases, in such varied areas of the law as antitrust, intellectual property and professional malpractice.
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