Three at Lewis Babcock listed in 2023 “Best Lawyers” guides

COLUMBIA, SC - Three attorneys at Lewis Babcock L.L.P. are honored in the just-released 2023 edition of “Best Lawyers in America” and its companion piece, “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.”

The list includes firm co-founder Keith Babcock, who has been included in the national directory every year for the past 15. This year, attorneys David Paavola and Joe Berry also are honored as “Ones to Watch”.

Joe Berry

All three are recognized for their work in multiple practice areas in the Columbia area.

The attorneys and their honors:

• Keith Babcock, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law; Legal Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
• David Paavola – Commercial Litigation, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
• Joe Berry – Commercial Litigation, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Litigation – Real Estate



Keith Babcock

The firm has a strong reputation for their work in eminent domain law. Keith Babcock is the sole South Carolina attorney who’s a full member of the “Owners’ Counsel of America.” The group consists of attorneys who represent property owners in eminent domain and condemnation cases. Berry and Paavola recently were invited to join the group as affiliate members.

The goal of “Best Lawyers” is to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the abilities of their colleagues within the same geographic regions and same practice areas. The selection process begins with a nomination from a colleague and then peer review from attorneys previously recognized in “Best Lawyers.” Independent research also is conducted.

David Paavola

“Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” recognizes attorneys who have practiced less than 10 years. Otherwise, the selection criteria are the same.

Founded in 1984, Lewis Babcock is a litigation law firm with a statewide practice and national reputation. Practice areas include business disputes, professional negligence, and eminent domain. Learn more at

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