Frequently Asked Questions: BNTD Law is Now Bluestein Attorneys
What’s the difference between BNTD and Bluestein Attorneys?
Our name is changing but our commitment to justice never will. A few of the names and faces at the firm may be different but the philosophy will remain the same. Bluestein Attorneys will continue to value our clients and believe in them.
How does this impact my case?
It doesn’t. Everything about your case will remain the same. The letters you receive from us will look different with our new name and logo, but you’ll still work with the same team you were working with before.
How do I contact Bluestein Attorneys?
Our office is still located at 1614 Taylor Street in Columbia, SC and our phone numbers are still the same. You can find us online at BluesteinAttorneys.com. Our emails are changing, but don’t worry, the old emails will work as well. Head over to https://www.bluesteinattorneys.com/your-bluestein-attorneys-team/ to update your attorney’s contact info and download a new v-card. All other email addresses will change to firstname@BluesteinAttorneys.com.
Will you still handle criminal defense cases?
Absolutely! Our criminal defense team is lead by Clarke Newton and Bennett Gore. Before joining Bluestein Attorneys, Clarke worked as a public defender in Richland County and has experience representing individuals accused of DUI, domestic violence, property crimes, drug offenses, and assault. During his time in the Army, Bennett both prosecuted and defended at court martial proceedings involving violent crimes, drug offenses, crimes against property and white collar crimes. In addition to his more than 7 years of litigation experience, Bennett has also instructed at a number of Army legal conferences and schools.
We combine Clarke and Bennett’s longtime trial experience with the appellate experience of Blake Hewitt who has handled multiple criminal appeals.
Will you still handle appellate and trial support matters?
Yes! Our appellate team is led by Blake Hewitt. Blake has personally handled 70 appellate cases as lead counsel, argued over 40 cases before the SC Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, and consulted on more than 80 additional appeals. He has represented all types of clients, from private individuals to small businesses and non-profit organizations. He has also represented public officials and local governments.
Prior to joining Bluestein Nichols, Blake served as a law clerk for Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr., of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. Before that service, he was a law clerk and legislative liaison for Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal of the South Carolina Supreme Court.
Because the groundwork for an appeal begins at trial, Blake is also able to provide trial support, in both civil and criminal matters, assisting other lawyers while a case is still being actively litigated in trial court. In these cases, Blake serves as the “second” (or third, or fourth) chair, helping you to focus on the trial while he focuses on protecting the record and performing up-to-the-minute research.
Why the name change?
The name transition is necessary as founding partner John Nichols will be leaving the firm to lead the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. As Chief Disciplinary Counsel, John will supervise the lawyers charged by the Supreme Court of South Carolina to receive, screen, investigate, and as necessary, prosecute the complaints made against either
judges or lawyers. John will be with Bluestein Attorneys until October 31, 2017, and joins ODC on November 1, 2017.
John Delgado will also be embarking on a new endeavor as he will be joining the practice of former U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles. John joined the Law Office of Bill Nettles on October 1, 2017.
If you have any other questions regarding our name change from Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado, LLC to Bluestein Thompson Sullivan, LLC, feel free to ask! You may reach us by phone at (803) 779-7599 or contact us online at any time.