Columbia law firm Riley Pope & Laney, LLC opens Charleston office B.C. Killough joins as Member, Ernest Lipscomb as Special Counsel

Business law firm for the Carolinas, Riley Pope & Laney, LLC announces the opening of a new branch office location in Charleston, South Carolina this week. Registered patent attorney and experienced business counselor B.C. “Bill” Killough joins Riley Pope & Laney as an equity member and will lead the Charleston office. Registered patent attorney Ernest B. “Lip” Lipscomb joins the firm as Special Counsel. Headquartered in Columbia, SC, Riley Pope & Laney provides legal services in the areas of banking and financial services, real estate transactions and litigation, business and defense litigation,, government relations, commercial transactions, technology, and all manners of intellectual property to include patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law.

Founded in Columbia by 2001 by Ted Riley, Lowndes Pope and current South Carolina Bar President Roy Laney, Riley Pope & Laney is a full-service law firm representing business and financial interests throughout North and South Carolina. Heidi Carey joined the firm in 2008 bringing her extensive experience in banking and financial services. In 2017, the firm added a Charlotte, NC office to expand legal services to clients.

The Charleston office is the firm’s third location in the Carolinas. “Our new Charleston location emphasizes our commitment to advancing business throughout the Carolinas,” commented Roy Laney, Riley Pope & Laney founder. “The depth of experience in corporate and intellectual property law which these attorneys bring to our firm perfectly complements our existing practice areas. Bill and Lip have built solid reputations for providing practical solutions to complex legal matters. Current and prospective clients can take advantage of the exceptional legal knowledge and practical advice being brought together with this new partnership.”

Bill Killough brings years of experience to Riley Pope & Laney, the last 29 years as a member at Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC. As a business attorney he has counseled buyers, sellers, borrowers and lenders in more than 200 commercial transactions. As a registered patent attorney he has successfully obtained patents for over 300 devices on behalf of his clients, and he has filed more than 1,000 trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on behalf of his clients. Killough is an experienced litigator and mediator specializing in intellectual property and commercial disputes. “I am excited to join the skilled legal professionals at Riley Pope & Laney. On behalf of the firm, we look forward to helping advance business in the Lowcounty.,” commented Killough.

Bill earned his Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees at the University of South Carolina. He taught patent law at the University of South Carolina School of Law for six (6) years. Killough is a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America, and has been recognized by Lowcountry Legal Elite, South Carolina Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers of America in the areas of intellectual property, innovation, litigation and corporate law. Best Lawyers named him the Charleston SC 2015 Corporate Lawyer of the Year. Killough is a monthly contributor to the Federal Circuit Bar Association Circuit Case Digest providing Federal Circuit patent case summaries. He annually reviews patent, trademark and unfair competition case law in South Carolina for Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law, Intellectual Property and Technology. Killough serves as Chair of the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) Industry 4.0 Board. He is a member of SCRA’s Business and Science Advisory Board: Biomedical Sciences and the Medical Device Commercialization Advisory Panel (MDCAP).

Special Counsel Ernest “Lip” Lipscomb, III literally wrote the book on patent law. With more than 45 years of experience, Lipscomb is the author of the seminal eleven-volume treatise in the patent field, Lipscomb’s Walker on Patents, author of Lipscomb’s Patent Claims and has testified as an expert witness in patent cases. He formerly served as an adjunct professor, teaching patent law, at the University of South Carolina School of Law. He served as an Examiner in the United States Patent Office, and has more than 20 years experience as in-house intellectual property counsel for major corporations such as Westvaco, Revlon Inc., and Rorer Group, Inc. Lip was a partner with law firm of Alston and Bird in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a concentration in chemical, pharmaceutical and medical device patents and most recently practiced at
Barnwell Whaley in Charleston with Killough.

Lip Lipscomb has a preeminent (the highest, formerly referred to as AV) Martindale-Hubbell rating, and is recognized by Best Lawyers of America, South Carolina Super Lawyers, and Charleston Business Magazine for his work in trademarks, patents and intellectual property law.

With offices in Charlotte, Columbia, and Charleston, the members and associates of Riley Pope & Laney are lawyers advancing business in the Carolinas. Riley Pope & Laney counsels corporations and individuals doing business throughout the Carolinas in the areas of banking and financial services, real estate transactions and litigation, business and defense litigation, commercial transactions, technology, and all manners of intellectual property to include patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. With a unique understanding of state government processes and complex public policy initiatives, the Firm provides strategic counsel and legislative representation for clients before the South Carolina General Assembly, Governor’s Office, state agencies and local governments. To contact Bill Killough, Lip Lipscomb, or for more information contact the Charleston office of Riley Pope & Laney at 288 Meeting Street, Suite 200, Charleston, SC 29401, via phone 843.577.9800 or visit

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