Womble Carlyle’s South Carolina offices held a three-hour CLE on Thursday, April 27th as part of the firm’s sponsorship of the Association of Corporate Counsel – South Carolina Chapter. Participants were given the opportunity to attend the event in one of the firm’s three South Carolina offices—Charleston, Columbia and Greenville.

Each office had one live speaker give a one-hour presentation and participated via video conference for the second and third speakers. Womble Carlyle attorneys Josh Howard (Greenville), Stephanie Yarbrough (Charleston) and Belton Zeigler (Columbia) gave three lively presentations:

  • Investigating and Evaluating Company Recovery Opportunities (Howard);
  • South Carolina Economic Development Success Stories: What Lawyers Can Learn from What Worked (Yarbrough);
  • Practical Steps for Limiting Cyber Liability (Zeigler).

A Cocktail Reception was held in each office afterwards.


Josh Howard is a veteran business, financial services and regulatory attorney with a focus in litigation and regulatory disputes, internal and government investigations, and is frequently called upon to advise and craft solutions to complex business and regulatory issues.

Stephanie Yarbrough’s practice focuses on guiding clients in economic development and general corporate matters. She works closely with domestic and international companies seeking to expand or relocate operations to the Carolinas and the Southeastern United States. She works with new and expanding businesses in identifying and negotiating incentives and in drafting all related documentation for Fee-in-Lieu of Tax Agreements, state grants, job tax credits, job development credits, utility grants and many other economic development incentives and grants.

Belton Zeigler brings more than 30 years of experience to his South Carolina-based municipal, utility, environmental and energy practice. He has served as General Counsel to a major electric utility, and also served as Vice President for industrial customer relations, power marketing and strategic planning. In addition, he has litigated a number of important municipal powers and public finance cases in the South Carolina courts, including appearing before the South Carolina Supreme Court in numerous cases.