Former Chief Justice Costa M. Pleicones Joins Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd

Costa M. Pleicones, Esq.

Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd is pleased to announce that Costa M. Pleicones, former Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, will join the firm in the Columbia office as Special Counsel. Pleicones will advise clients on complex litigation and appellate issues, in addition to providing mediation and arbitration services.

Pleicones served as Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court from January 2016 to December 2016 and as Associate Justice for 15 years. Prior to his election to the South Carolina Supreme Court, he served as Resident Circuit Court Judge for the 5th Judicial Circuit for nine years. While in private practice, he also served as a part-time municipal judge for the City of Columbia and as County Attorney for Richland County.

“We are honored by Costa’s decision to spend the next phase of his distinguished legal career at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd,” stated Nick Nicholson, Managing Director. “His judicial experience at the municipal and trial court levels, followed by his service as an Associate Justice and Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, in addition to thirty years of active and reserve service with the United States Army, is without parallel. Those experiences, combined with his keen intellect and practical judgment, will provide tremendous value to the firm’s attorneys and clients from day one.”

Pleicones is a graduate of Wofford College and the University of South Carolina School of Law and is a Certified Circuit Court Arbitrator and Mediator. He is admitted to practice before all South Carolina Courts, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Services and the United States Supreme Court. He is a frequent presenter for CLE programs hosted by the SC Bar and other professional organizations and currently serves on the Wofford College Board of Trustees.

About Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd provides business, litigation, and financial legal services to national and international clients. With a history dating back to 1887, it is one of the largest law firms in South Carolina with more than 110 attorneys. The firm has offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville and Myrtle Beach, SC. For more information about HSB, visit

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