CHARLESTON, S.C.—Womble Carlyle attorneys Chuck Baker, Will Dawson, Melinda Davis Lux, David McCormack, Gordon Schreck and Henry Smythe, Client Service Director Stephanie Hinrichs and Marketing and Client Resources Coordinator Meg Grubbs represented the firm at the first College of Charleston German-American Business Summit.

The Feb. 2nd event targeted German companies in South Carolina and the Southeastern U.S. that are seeking to establish stronger ties to undergraduate education in the region. The summit focused on workforce needs for German industry in the state, as well as recognizing cultural differences in the workplace.

Speakers included:

  • Dr. Robin Mishra, Minister-Counselor, Head of Science and Technology for the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany;
  • Dr. Alan Shao, Dean of the College of Charleston School of Business;
  • Michael Balke, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Vans LLC
  • Max Metcalf, Manager, Government and Community Relations for BMW Manufacturing Co.;
  • Mauro Amarante, President & CEO of IFA Rotorion-North America LLC;
  • Dr. Peter von Wartenberg, Senior Vice President, Commercial Plan Management for Bosch LLC.

The event was attended by business leaders from across the Southeast, particularly from companies with operations in both Germany and the United States.

Chuck Baker is a trial lawyer with over twenty years of experience representing a wide variety of business interests. His clients range from major national and regional companies to locally owned concerns, in court cases in both the state and federal systems.

Will Dawson focuses his practice on banking and finance, creditor’s rights, loan workouts, forbearance and foreclosure, real estate development, real and personal property tax appeals, and commercial leasing.

Melinda Davis Lux focuses her practice on complex business deals, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and financing transactions. She also advises public companies, directors, and stockholders with respect to securities law and corporate governance matters, including SEC reporting requirements.

David McCormack litigates employment-related matters, including wrongful termination claims, employment discrimination claims and claims involving non-competition/trade secret agreements. He also serves frequently as a mediator and arbitrator in both employment and commercial disputes.

Gordon Schreck is a senior partner and a member of Womble’s Admiralty, Maritime and Global Logistics Team in the Charleston office, where he focuses his practice on intermodal transportation, global logistics and marine financing. A former director of the Maritime Law Association of the U.S., and former chairman of the Maritime Association of South Carolina, Schreck has some 47 years of experience representing shipping and marine insurance interests at the Port of Charleston.

Henry Smythe is a trial lawyer with 30 years of experience representing major corporations in complex litigation in the areas of product liability defense, mass tort defense, class action, and multidistrict litigation.

Stephanie Hinrichs initiates and builds client relationships, and works with Womble Carlyle attorneys to provide the highest quality client service. She brings more than a decade of experience in marketing and sales, specifically in the legal, economic development, airline, and transportation industries.