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Business Last Updated: Dec 12, 2012 - 10:27:08 AM

Business Briefs - December 13, 2012
Dec 12, 2012 - 10:25:06 AM

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Gray Coulton Awarded Advanced Wealth Management Designation— Certified Private Wealth Advisor

Daniel Island resident Gray Coulton, CIMA®, CPWA®, First Vice President at Robert W. Baird & Co. in Charleston, SC, recently earned the Certified Private Wealth AdvisorSM designation. The CPWA designation, delivered by Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA), is the only advanced designation designed for financial advisors and consultants who work with high-net-worth clients on the full life cycle of wealth; emphasizing not only investment management but also retirement planning, asset protection, estate planning and wealth transfer.  Gray has previously also earned the Certified Investment Management AnalystSM designation from IMCA, which focuses on portfolio construction, investment manager selection and risk management. Gray is responsible for working with both individual and institutional clients to identify their financial needs and goals, develop plans to meet these goals and manage their investments accordingly.
“Successfully managing our client’s investment portfolios to provide a secure, worry free retirement has been, and remains, our core focus”, say Gray.  “However, clients are also increasingly approaching us for advice with respect to taxes, estate planning and wealth transfer issues related to their investments.  This course of study has rounded out my experience and will allow me to offer even greater value to clients.”
The CPWA designation is awarded to individuals who have met the experience requirements, have successfully completed coursework in advanced wealth management strategies and applied concepts at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and have passed a comprehensive examination covering the following areas: advanced tax planning, asset protection, executive compensation plans, stock options, tax-efficient portfolios, business planning, retirement planning, charitable planning, and estate planning. CPWA licensees must also agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements, uphold IMCA’s Code of Professional Responsibility, and ahere to the Rules and Guidelines for the use of the Marks.

Clawson and Staubes Law Firm receives awards
Clawson & Staubes, a law firm headquartered on Daniel Island with offices in Greenville and Charlotte, was recently recognized by the national publication, U.S. News - Best Law Firm® for the 2013 edition. The firm received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2013 edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for bankruptcy. For more than a quarter century, Best Lawyers has been regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.
The U.S.News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. All of the quantitative and qualitative data were combined into an overall “Best Law Firms” score for each firm. This data was then compared to other firms within the same metropolitan area and at the national level. The first tier in each metropolitan area includes those firms that scored within a certain percentage of the highest-scoring firm(s).
Additionally, several attorneys in the firm were recognized by the national publication, The Best Lawyers in America®, for the 2013 edition.
Attorneys Sam Clawson, Ron Jones and Chris Staubes were selected as “Best Lawyers.” Sam Clawson also received the “Lawyer of the Year” award - the firm’s first ever “Lawyer of the Year” recipient. For more than a quarter century, Best Lawyers has been regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.
Sam Clawson was selected for the “Best Lawyers in America” in the area of insurance law, as well as Charleston, SC insurance law "Lawyer of the Year." Clawson has served as the managing member of Clawson & Staubes for 28 years and practices in the areas of personal injury litigation and insurance. He is a certified South Carolina Circuit Court mediator and mediates cases involving insurance law, business disputes, medical malpractice and personal injury. A proponent of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Clawson was instrumental in helping to establish summary jury trials in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties and lectures on this topic throughout the country.
Ron Jones was selected for the “Best Lawyers in America” in the area of bankruptcy law. He practices in the area of commercial law and bankruptcy, and is a certified specialist in bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law, receiving the specialist distinction from the South Carolina Supreme Court. Jones has also served on the South Carolina Specialization Committee for Bankruptcy and Debtor Creditor Law. Jones currently serves as the chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Chris Staubes was selected for the “Best Lawyers in America” in the area of corporate law. Staubes heads up the corporate law and business litigation sections at Clawson & Staubes. Within his areas of practice, Staubes assists corporations and other business entities with their legal and regulatory needs. Staubes is a certified South Carolina Circuit Court mediator and mediates cases involving business disputes.
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