General Liability

Practice Chair, Charles M. McDaniel, Jr.

One of the strengths of our firm’s General Liability group is our ability to handle any type of civil litigation, whether contract, commercial, tort or administrative. The concentration of the firm in the litigation arena has allowed Copeland, Stair, Valz & Lovell attorneys to develop outstanding trial skills and experience. At the same time, our work in several different practice areas such as Auto, Premises Liability, Coverage and Products Liability, has led to the development of resources and skills that translates to any situation that might arise in litigation. Whether complex or simple, large or small, Copeland Stair has the resources to handle the litigation needs of our clients.

In the General Liability arena, Copeland, Stair, Valz & Lovell represents a wide variety of insurance companies, corporations, partnerships and individuals.

General Liability Team Contacts

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Charles M. McDaniel, Jr.

Practice Group Chair

Charles M. McDaniel, Jr. is Chair of the General Liability Practice Group. Charlie is an “AV Preeminent” rated lawyer, has over 30  years of experience advising insurers in the management of risk through representation in complex coverage and bad faith litigation, involving both first party and third party insurance policies.  He prosecutes and defends insurance coverage and…


Melissa L. Bailey

Practice Group Co-Chair

Melissa represents her clients in a variety of complex litigation and serves as the Chair of the CSVL Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Practice Group and Co-Chair of the General Liability Practice Group. A large portion of her practice focuses on advising clients in pre-suit coverage and bad faith claims and litigating those matters to…


Sarah Wetmore Butler

Practice Group Co-Chair

Sarah has been practicing law in Charleston, South Carolina for twenty years.  She is a 1999 graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law.  Sarah focuses her practice in the areas of construction litigation, professional liability, premises liability, personal injury defense, and general insurance defense and coverage. A frequent speaker at seminars and events, Sarah most recently presented at the…