The following announcement was posted on the Collins & Lacy, P.C. website.  Congratulations, Stan. I am honored to have learned workers’ compensation law from this man when he gave me my first job after law school.  He is a true icon in his field, and I will always be grateful for his early mentoring and long-lasting guidance in my career.

Collins & Lacy, P.C. and the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association (SCWCEA) are pleased to announce founding partner Stanford E. Lacy has been honored with the Lifetime Service Award.

The SCWCEA Lifetime Service Award is given by the SCWCEA Board to individuals who have contributed significantly to the success and betterment of the SCWCEA and/or the South   Carolinaworkers’ compensation system. The Board unanimously determined there was one individual that completely fit the criteria of this great designation.

“Stan Lacy lives and breathes workers’ compensation. His institutional knowledge of the Association and the South Carolinaworkers’ compensation system is invaluable, and his presence and with are infectious,” said Chris Daniel, 2011 SCWCEA President and Claims Director for Companion Property & Casualty Group.

The Lifetime Service Award is not an annual event. It is given sparingly and only to those individuals who have made it their life’s work to enhance the SCWCEA and/or the SC workers’ compensation system.

“Stan has been a devoted member of the SCWCEA for more than 30 years. He’s served as president of the association, as well as an officer, board member, chair of multiple committees, a member of even more committees, and has even been a registration packet stuffer. Stan has done everything except run the organization, and I’m not certain he didn’t do that,” said Donna Croom, SCWCEA Executive Director.

Lacy graduated from the Universityof Virginiain 1967 and earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1974. South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell appointed him to the Advisory Committee for the Improvement of Workers’ Compensation Laws in South Carolina, where he worked with the legislature to review and revise legislation affecting the state’s workers’ compensation system. He began teaching workers’ compensation as an adjunct instructor at the USC School of Law in 1981 and has continued to teach ever since. Lacy is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been selected by his peers for seven consecutive years to be included in The Best Lawyers in America, and was most recently honored by Best Lawyers as the 2012 Columbia,S.C. Lawyer of the Year for Workers’ Compensation Law.

“The Lifetime Service Award is a testament to Stan’s lifetime of work on behalf of the businesses of South Carolina. He is a magnificent lawyer, a leader in the legal community and a fixture of workers’ compensation law in South   Carolina. We couldn’t be more proud of our partner and friend,” said Collins & Lacy Managing Partner Ellen Adams.

About Collins & Lacy, P.C.

In 2011, Collins & Lacy, P.C. celebrates 27 years of providing legal services to South Carolina.  With offices in Columbia, Greenville and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the firm’s primary focus is defense litigation, representing local, regional and national clients in the areas of construction, employment law, hospitality/retail/entertainment law, insurance/bad faith, products liability, professional liability, public policy, transportation and workers’ compensation.   Collins & Lacy is committed to upholding the highest standards for integrity, civility and community service.

About the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association

The SCWCEA is a non-profit organization of over 800 workers’ compensation professionals from throughout the United States. It conducts educational programs and provides educational resources for its members and the general public pertaining to the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act and its administration by the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. These programs and resources keep our members up-to-date on the very latest on medical and legal issues related to workers’ comp.

At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP, our lawyers are experienced workers’ compensation attorneys.  Robert J. Reeves is a former Registered Nurse (RN) who has actually treated patients with the same type of serious injuries he now represents in workers’ compensation cases.  Both Robert J. Reeves and Arthur K. Aiken are former insurance defense attorneys who know how to anticipate and prepare for defenses and insurance company tactics.  During our twenty-two (22) years each of practicing law, we have successfully handled virtually every type of workers’ compensation injuries, including neck, back, shoulder, knee accidents, closed head / brain injury, herniated disks, bulging disks, diskectomy surgery, fusion procedures, arthroscopy, chemical and fire burns, automobile accidents on the job, psychological / post traumatic stress, permanent and total disability claims, and wrongful death. We would be honored to have the opportunity to sit down and personally discuss your case.

Call us today for a private, confidential consultation to review your particular case and determine the best course of action to protect you and your family.  The sooner you call; the quicker we can start helping.