Best Lawyers recognizes four Bluestein Attorneys in 2023, with two named “Lawyer of the Year”

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Best Lawyers in America® has, in its 2023 edition, once again recognized three partners at Bluestein Attorneys, two of whom received “Lawyer of the Year” distinction in their respective practice areas. Only one lawyer is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for each practice area and location.

The three partners who again have been honored on the Best Lawyers list for Columbia, and the practice areas in which they are named, are:

• Margaret Miles Bluestein – Workers' Compensation Law-Claimants
• Clarke Newton – Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs and “Lawyer of the Year” Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs
• Allison Sullivan – Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and “Lawyer of the Year” Workers' Compensation Law-Claimants

Also, Timothy Mercer has been listed among “Ones to Watch,” for his work in Administrative/Regulatory Law. “Ones to Watch” recognizes attorneys who are earlier in their careers – typically, they have been in practice for 5-9 years.

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Each of the three partners was cited last year, in those same practice areas. Marti Bluestein has been named by Best Lawyers each year since 2013, Allison Sullivan since 2015, and Clarke Newton since 2020.

This was Tim Mercer’s first year to be recognized on the “Ones to Watch” list.

“This is gratifying recognition,” said Founding Partner Margaret Miles “Marti” Bluestein. “We concentrate on serving our clients, but it’s good to know our professional peers can also see the quality of our practice.”

Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. For more information, go to

Bluestein Thompson Sullivan, LLC, combines innovative solutions with professional services to protect the rights of South Carolina citizens in a compassionate environment. Founded in 2000, the firm offers representation in the following areas: workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, veterans’ disability, personal injury, products liability, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and neglect, wrongful death, Camp Lejeune water contamination, and governmental fraud. Learn more at

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