Gary Christmas is the founding partner of The Christmas Law Firm. He has over 20 years of legal experience protecting individuals and families in over 250 cases. Gray studied at the University of South Carolina College of Law, is a proud member of South Carolina Injured Worker’s Advocates (IWA), and has been featured in publications such as USA Today, CBSNews Moneywatch, Morningstar, and Market Watch.
The Christmas Law Firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of injured people and their families across Charleston and South Carolina. Gary has successfully handled legal claims for people harmed on the job under the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, the Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, the Defense Base Act, the Federal Employees Liability Act, Jones Act Seamen, and General Maritime law.
He also represents those who have sustained personal injury due to negligent behavior. Gary has represented clients in over 250 cases, protecting those hurt in automobile accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, people injured due to unsafe premises, and many other situations of personal injury.
Education and Qualifications
Gary is a certified attorney in his 21st year of practice and takes great pride in developing strong defenses and meaningful relationships with those he represents. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina. During his undergraduate career, he received the University Scholars Award for exhibited academic excellence.
During law school, Gary was a research assistant to Professor John Montgomery, former Dean of the South Carolina School of Law, and worked with him and Professor David G. Owen, co-author of Prosser and Keeton on Torts, on their case book Products Liability & Safety (3rd ed.) He also worked as a research assistant for Professor Jon P. Thames on his book South Carolina Criminal Defense (3rd ed.) and received the American Jurisprudence Award for Damages and for Interviewing, Negotiating and Counseling.
Memberships and Community Involvement
Gary Christmas is a member, and served as President, of South Carolina Injured Workers’ Advocates (IWA) and also served as Chairman of its Continuing Legal Education and Brief Bank Committees.
He served as a member on the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission (SCWCC) Ad Hoc Narcotics Advisory Committee and as Chairman for the Workers’ Compensation Council of the South Carolina Bar. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has also been a member of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Education Association, the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG), where he served on the State Legislative Committee, the American Association of Justice, the South Carolina Association of Justice (SCAJ) and the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. He has taught Continuing Education courses to attorneys and paralegals for SCAJ, IWA and the National Business Institute. He has also testified before the South Carolina House Labor, Commerce and Industry Insurance Sub Committee and the Senate Judiciary Sub Committee regarding state workers’ compensation and federal longshore workers’ compensation laws. He is a member of the Charleston County Bar Association and the South Carolina Bar Association where he has served as a Mentor for the Lawyer Mentoring Pilot Program. He is also a founding member and Chairman of the non-profit charity Helmets For Kids – whose mission is to prevent child brain injury and also served as a board member for the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina. Mr. Christmas is admitted to practice law before the South Carolina Bar, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Gary has tried more than 250 cases, concentrating on legally complex issues, and has represented numerous clients in appellate practice including several appearances before the South Carolina Appeals Courts. Appellate decisions include: Lance v. Hawke v. Pat Mellen and Hurricane Restoration Fund, Employer, and South Carolina Uninsured Employers’ Fund, (Ct. App. 1998, Unpublished); Jennifer Lynn Christmas and Jay Christmas v. Dale Eugene Enos, Jr, and A Rainbow of Carpets, Inc., (Ct. App. 2008, Unpublished); Otis W. Snipe v. SSA Cooper, LLC (Ct App. 2010, Unpublished); and Regina Rainey v. Nestle Frozen Foods and Constitution State Service Company, (S.C. Circuit Court 2003). The Rainey case was cited as one of the fifty most important court decisions by Lawyers Weekly Newspaper.
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At The Christmas Law Firm, our South Carolina injury lawyers provide representation after collisions, work accidents, construction accidents, accidents on property, and many other types of personal injuries. We have more than 40 years of collective experience and are skilled at negotiating out-of-court resolutions and in fighting for your rights in civil court. We believe firmly in the rights of injured victims and we have dedicated our careers to fighting for those whose lives have been derailed by accidents.
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