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Jesse Kirchner and David Savage of Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton, P.A., named Super Lawyers, Paul Thurmond named a Rising Star

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For Immediate Release: May 28, 2014

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Jesse Kirchner and David Savage of Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton, P.A., named Super Lawyers, Paul Thurmond named a Rising Star

Charleston, S.C. – Jesse Kirchner and David Savage of Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton, P.A., a Charleston-based law firm representing clients across a host of legal matters, have been selected for the 2014 South Carolina Super Lawyers list, while Paul Thurmond has been named a 2014 South Carolina Rising Star.

Jesse Kirchner, a founding partner of the firm, practices civil litigation with a focus on construction litigation and insurance coverage litigation. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina, where he studied political science, and his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he graduated cum laude in the top five percent of his class. There, he was inducted in the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Wig & Robe. Kirchner is a member of the Charleston County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, and the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry and is admitted to practice in South Carolina and before the U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, and before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. He holds an AV preeminent rating and has been named to the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

David Savage, of counsel to TKTY, handles plaintiff personal injury cases, trucking injuries, nursing home injuries, dram shop claims, and serious auto accident claims. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Charleston and his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and was also inducted into the Order of the Coif. A year later, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Justice School. Savage is a member of the Charleston County Bar Association, the South Carolina Association for Justice, and the American Association of Justice. Since 2007, he has been named among the Best Lawyers in America. He has also been recognized among the Best S.C. Attorneys and as a Super Lawyer. Notably, Savage also served in the United States Marine Corps, where he obtained the rank of Captain of Marines.

Paul Thurmond, founding partner, leads the firm’s criminal defense practice. Prior to founding TKTY in 2005, Thurmond served as an assistant solicitor with the 9th Judicial Circuit in Charleston, handling over one thousand criminal indictments with a 92 percent conviction rate. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston and as a part-time prosecutor for the City of North Charleston. Additionally, Thurmond was elected in 2006 to Charleston County Council. In 2009, he was elected vice-chairman. In November 2012 he was elected as a state senator representing District 41, which includes over 70,000 constituents covering both Charleston and parts of Dorchester County. Thurmond earned his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University, where he graduated with honors, and his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a member of the Charleston County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, and the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Thurmond is admitted to practice in South Carolina and before the U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina.

Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. The selection process is rigorous and results in third-party validation of their professional accomplishments. It is an honor limited to only five percent of attorneys in the state who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Founded in 2005, Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton, P.A., manages a broad range of legal challenges, including personal injury, criminal defense, business disputes, property defects, and construction litigation. The firm’s attorneys are committed to applying their focus, intense preparation, and strategic thinking to every phase of the case, from the beginning through trial and beyond. They work with individuals, business clients and associating law firms, with a majority of cases coming from other lawyers. The firm’s offices are located in historic downtown Charleston, S.C. More information is available at www.tktylawfirm.com or by calling 843-937-8000.

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Thomas Rode joins Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton

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For Immediate Release: June 11, 2014

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Thomas Rode joins Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton

Charleston, S.C. – Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton, P.A., founded in Charleston, S.C., in 2005 and representing clients across a wide range of legal matters, has added Thomas J. Rode as an associate attorney.

Rode, who focuses on civil litigation, business litigation, and appellate practice, began his career in private practice and with the Savage Law Firm, where he practiced criminal defense and plaintiff’s litigation. He has handled matters in both state and federal court in South Carolina. Prior to that, he served as the law clerk to the Honorable Paula H. Thomas of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Rode holds a J.D. from the Charleston School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude, and a B.S. from North Carolina State University, where he also graduated magna cum laude. A member of the South Carolina Bar Association, the Charleston County Bar Association, and South Carolina Young Lawyers, Rode also serves as an adjunct professor of legal research and writing at the Charleston School of Law. He is admitted to practice before all state courts in South Carolina and before the U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina. A native of Wilmington, N.C., he currently resides in downtown Charleston with his wife, Julie Moore Rode.

Founded in 2005, Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton, P.A., manages a broad range of legal challenges, including personal injury, criminal defense, business disputes, property defects, and construction litigation. The firm’s attorneys are committed to applying their focus, intense preparation, and strategic thinking to every phase of the case, from the beginning through trial and beyond. They work with individuals, business clients and associating law firms, with a majority of cases coming from other lawyers. The firm’s offices are located in historic downtown Charleston, S.C. More information is available at www.tktylawfirm.com or by calling 843-937-8000.

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Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton adds associate attorney

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For Immediate Release: June 25, 2014

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Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton adds associate attorney

Charleston, S.C. – Christopher C. Romeo has joined Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton, P.A., a law firm based in Charleston, S.C., representing clients across a wide range of legal matters, as an associate attorney. Romeo, who previously served as an assistant public defender in Brevard, Hendersonville, and Columbus Counties, N.C., will focus his practice on criminal and personal injury cases. Romeo earned his J.D. from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, and his B.S. in international affairs from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, where he minored in Italian studies. As an undergraduate, he also studied at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. Romeo is licensed to practice in both North Carolina and South Carolina and is a member of both state bar associations. A native of Hendersonville, N.C., Romeo currently resides in Mt. Pleasant with his wife Morgan Elizabeth Lee Romeo and their young son. Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton, P.A., manages a broad range of legal challenges, including personal injury, criminal defense, business disputes, property defects, and construction litigation. The firm’s attorneys are committed to applying their focus, intense preparation, and strategic thinking to every phase of the case, from the beginning through trial and beyond. They work with individuals, business clients and associating law firms, with a majority of cases coming from other lawyers. The firm’s offices are located in historic downtown Charleston, S.C. More information is available at www.tktylawfirm.com or by calling 843-937-8000.

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TKTY Media Coverage: People in the News

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Charleston Regional Business Journal: People in the News August 11, 2014

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Christopher C. Romeo has joined Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton as an associate. Romeo, who previously served as an assistant public defender in Transylvania, Henderson and Polk counties in North Carolina, will focus his practice on criminal and personal injury cases. Romeo earned his Juris Doctor degree from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala., and his Bachelor of Science in international affairs from the University of Georgia in Athens, where he minored in Italian studies. As an undergraduate, he also studied at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. Romeo is licensed to practice in North and South Carolina and is a member of both statesí bar associations.

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Condo owners awarded $7.7 million

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Mark Teseniar was skeptical when his telephone rang in 2007. On the line were his tenants who had just moved into a Johns Island condominium that he and his wife, Nan, own at Twelve Oaks at Fenwick, off Maybank Highway.

"They complained pretty quickly of mold and air-quality issues," Teseniar said. "I really didn't believe it at first. This was a pretty new unit."

Just in case, he decided to have some experts check it out.

"They discovered issues," he said.

Lawyers were called in. They, in turn, hired local architect Myles Glick, whose forensic analysis uncovered "a tremendous number of defects," Teseniar said Friday.

Those construction flaws mushroomed into a lawsuit that yielded a $7.7 million verdict last week against the company that installed the exterior stucco at Twelve Oaks at Fenwick.

"The jury gave us every nickel we asked for," said Jesse Kirchner, one of the attorneys representing the Teseniars and other property owners.

The award came on top of about $8 million that 16 other businesses previously agreed to pay to settle claims against them, Kirchner said.

The remaining defendant, Professional Plastering & Stucco Inc. of Sanford, Fla., elected to take its chances in front of a local jury. It lost, and an appeal is likely.

The company's president, Donnie King, and its attorneys did not respond to requests for comment Friday.


The case was not limited to the condo owned by Teseniar, a local teacher who was the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. The defects affected the entire 216-unit development, which was built within the past decade. Kirchner said the property includes a dozen residential buildings and a clubhouse.

"It was in pretty bad shape," he said.

The shoddily installed stucco allowed water to intrude behind walls, deteriorating trusses and other key wooden support structures, according the lawsuit.

Kirchner said residents began to notice water stains and mold building up on the interior walls. The damage was not obvious from the outside.

"If you looked at the buildings from the parking lot they really looked in good shape," he said. "It isn't until you peel back the skin of the buildings do you see the true nature of the problem."

He attributed the bulk of the defects to sloppy workmanship and lax supervision.

"It's really just an ... inattention to detail," Kirchner said

Professional Plastering & Stucco's trial started May 9 and wrapped on Friday the 13th. Mount Pleasant attorney Phillip W. Segui, who also represented the condo owners, said a turning point came when jurors were handed samples of rotted wood taken from the property.

"They were able to hold in Ziploc bags structural framing that looked as if it had turned to chewing tobacco," Segui said. "I think that got their attention."


Teseniar said owners will use the proceeds from the litigation to fix the damage. The repair bill is estimated at about $15 million.


"We've been through the wringer, but we're only halfway there," he said. "We still have to fix things."

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