About plw

Discover the difference of personalized service.

At Patrick, Lewis & Watts, you’ll notice a difference from your first call. We want to hear about the unique circumstances of your case. Our lawyers talk and meet directly with clients.

We pursue prompt and fair outcomes. If that means a trial, PLW lawyers are ready to go. We have vast experience representing South Carolina residents in state and federal courts.

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Attorney information

Meet the PLW partners.

Stephen R.H. Lewis
Douglas f. Patrick
Austin Watts
Rusty Patrick

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Practice Areas

The Results are Evident.

Read about PLW's successful approaches and outcomes for clients throughout South Carolina in these practice areas:

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Business Litigation


Verdict in an ERISA case involving retirement benefits owed to a bank president.

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Wrongful Death


Verdict for the death of a child at a state park due to the failure to install smoke detectors.

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Traumatic Brain Injury


Settlement of automobile collision resulting in a traumatic brain injury

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Insurance Litigation


Verdict for an insurance company’s bad faith refusal to settle a personal injury case for $25,000.

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Medical Negligence


In settlements for nursing home created pressure ulcer

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Personal Injury


Verdicts for automobile collisions for failure to yield right of way, improper lane change, and speeding.

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Premises Liability


Settlement in a case involving insufficient security at a hotel resulting in a gunshot wound to a guest during the commission of a robbery.

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Product Liability


Settlement for gas tank explosion case.

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Estate/Inheritance Litigation


Defended Estate from Inheritance claims of Undue Influence & Mental Incapacity.

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Tractor-Trailer Collision


Settlement in an underride trucking case.


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Frequently Asked Questions

The following answers address questions we commonly hear from clients. We will update this section periodically. If you seek additional information, please contact the PLW law firm.

How do I select the right lawyer for my case?
Before hiring a lawyer, you should research the firm you are considering. Ask for information about the lawyer’s education, training, and experience dealing with cases like yours. Ask the lawyer to discuss the fee contract with you in detail. Be sure you understand your obligations and timeframe for paying the lawyer’s fees and costs. Ask about possible adverse consequences in the event your case is lost. Ask whether your lawyer intends to handle your case alone. Find out about fee arrangements if lawyers from outside firms will be assisting.
Once a PLW lawyer takes my case, what guarantees will I have?
We represent all clients to the best of our abilities. There are no guarantees associated with any lawsuit or claim. Our clients can count on thorough preparation and hard work toward gaining a fair settlement — or dogged pursuit of a justified award if a trial is necessary.
How does PLW decide whether to accept a settlement or take a case before a jury?
Deciding when to accept or reject a settlement is seldom an easy decision. PLW lawyers will advise you of the pros and cons of settling your case or moving forward to trial. We do our best to help a client decide whether a settlement offer is fair, but the decision ultimately is the client’s.
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