Three Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey Attorneys Honored Among Greenville’s Legal Elite

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Greenville, S.C. – James W. (Jim) Bannister, the Managing Partner of Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, LLC, along with firm partner Bruce Bannister and associate Jack McDonald have been named to Greenville Business Magazine’s Legal Elite for the third consecutive year. The Legal Elite is composed of attorneys in the Upstate who were nominated by their peers as “the best and most well-respected in their field.”

Jim Bannister is named among the Legal Elite in the area of Criminal Defense Law. His practice consists of criminal defense, white-collar criminal defense and DUI defense in Upstate South Carolina. Bannister has tried numerous felony cases in both Federal and State Courts and holds notable experience in cases involving Drugs and Narcotics, RICO, Internet Crimes, White Collar Crime, Security Fraud, Tax Evasion, Murder, Criminal Sexual Conduct, Criminal Domestic Violence, and DUI. In addition to being named among the Legal Elite for his knowledge in criminal law, Bannister has consistently been named among South Carolina Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. He is one of only 4 attorneys in the State to be elected as a Fellow in the American Board of Criminal Lawyers.   He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, Federal Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and National Board of Trial Advocacy. As an active member of the community, Bannister is an elected Commissioner for Greenville Water.

Bruce Bannister was named among the Legal Elite in the practice of Family Law. As a firm partner, he focuses on Family Law, Eminent Domain, and Real Estate Law. He has tried cases involving Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Eminent Domain, Education Law, Residential Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate, Government, Zoning, Planning, and Land Use. In addition to his private practice, Bannister serves as the SC House District 24 Representative since 2005, where he sits on the Judiciary Committee and was elected House Majority Leader. His other accolades include Leadership Greenville Class XXVI graduate, Liberty Fellowship Class of 2014 graduate, board member of the Children’s Museum of the Upstate and the Andrews Society of Greenville, and recipient of the 2011 Children’s Hospital Legislative Advocacy Award.

Jack McDonald is recognized among the Legal Elite in the area of Real Estate Law. McDonald is an associate at Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, and focuses on commercial and residential real estate transactions. He also handles foreclosures, collections and probate law. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar Association in 2000 after receiving his law degree from the University of South Carolina. Upon graduation, Mr. McDonald served as law clerk for the Honorable Wyatt T. Saunders, Jr., Judge for the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Following his clerkship, he was an Associate at Hawkins, Richardson & Associates P.C. and Wendell L. Hawkins, P.A. Throughout his career, Mr. McDonald has continued to concentrate his practice on real estate. McDonald is a Greenville native and continues to remain active within the community.

Since 2012, Greenville Business Magazine has honored the area’s most respected attorneys through publishing the Legal Elite. Greenville Business Magazine sends its annual survey to more than 800 lawyers across Greater Greenville. Each lawyer nominates who he or she feels are the region’s best and most well respected attorneys in 20 practice areas. Respondents are allowed to nominate lawyers in their firms, but for each in-firm lawyer nominated, the nominator is required to nominate an out-of-firm lawyer, though not necessarily in the same practice area. Legal Elite is the only award program in the region that gives every active attorney the opportunity to participate.

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