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Adams and Reese Partner Kirby Shealy, in the firm’s Columbia office, has been selected by his alma mater, the University of South Carolina School of Law, as a recipient of the 2015 Gold Compleat Lawyer Award, given by the law school’s Alumni Council. These awards are given annually to alumni who have extraordinarily high standards of professional competence, ethics, integrity, and who have demonstrated superior performance in their professional careers.

Shealy will receive the award at the Annual Alumni Dinner on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Capstone Conference Center. Shealy received his J.D. from University of South Carolina School of Law, in 1996.

The members of the selection committee included Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals, President of the South Carolina Bar, Co-Chair of the Law School Alumni Council and Dean of the Law School.

At Adams and Reese, Shealy focuses his practice on a wide array of litigation issues, including jury trial and appellate experience in contract disputes, real property concerns and First Amendment issues. In addition, he has handled copyright and trademark infringement claims, insurance coverage matters, corporate governance cases, and catastrophic injury and death claims against trucking, manufacturing and other commercial enterprises. Shealy ranks among Best Lawyers® (by BL Rankings, LLC) in Personal Injury Litigation.

Shealy is an active member of several professional organizations. He is a past-president of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court. He also serves on the South Carolina Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness, the entity charged with determining the suitability of applicants to the South Carolina Bar.

In the community, Shealy serves on the boards of Growing Home Southeast and Thompson Child and Family Focus, and is a longtime trustee of Richland County Library, having served as its chair from 2011-2013. At his church, Trinity Cathedral, Shealy has served on the vestry, as a warden and as the parish chancellor. He is currently the vice-chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina and is the president of the Trinity Foundation Commission.