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Are you looking for trial support or help with an appeal? At Bluestein Attorneys, helping you to protect your individual rights is our most important priority — even after the initial trial has ended.

Appellate practice.

Blake Hewitt is an appellate litigator. He joined Bluestein Nichols Thompson & Delgado – the predecessor to Bluestein Attorneys – after clerkships at the Supreme Court of South Carolina and the U.S. District Court. He has served as lead counsel in more than 60 appeals and as consulting counsel in more than 80 others.

Blake 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.

The firm’s appellate practice is a statewide practice and it is not limited in subject matter. It involves all aspects of appellate litigation, including assisting people and organizations who desire to file amicus curiae briefs.

Most of the firm’s appellate work is in state court, but the firm has also handled federal appeals, including one case that was decided on the merits (a 5‑4 loss) in the Supreme Court of the United States.

Because the groundwork for an appeal begins at trial, Blake is also able to provide trial support, assisting other lawyers while a case is still being actively litigated in trial court.

If you are seeking appellate counsel or if you are in a complicated case and you are looking for help at trial, you can reach the firm by phone at (803) 779-7599 or schedule your free consultation just by clicking the banner at the top of the page. Scroll down to see a list of the firm’s published appellate decisions.

Smith v. Tiffany, Op. No. 27715
(S.C. Sup. Ct. April 26, 2017) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 17  at 37) (amicus curiae)

Machin v. Carus Corp., Op. No. 27714
(S.C. Sup. Ct. April 26, 2017) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 17  at 18)

Lewis v. L.B. Dynasty, Inc., Op. No. 27711
(S.C. Sup. Ct. filed April 19, 2017) (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 16 at 27)

Hanold v. Watson’s Orchard
419 S.C. 162, 797 S.E.2d 47 (2017)

Miteva v. Robinson
418 S.C. 447, 792 S.E.2d 920 (Ct. App. 2016)

Hilton v. Flakeboard
418 S.C. 245, 791 S.E.2d 719 (2016) (amicus curiae)

Buchanan v. S.C. Property and Casualty Ins. Guar. Assoc.
417 S.C. 562, 790 S.E.2d 783 (Ct. App. 2016)

Marshall v. Dodds
417 S.C. 196, 789 S.E.2d 88 (Ct. App. 2016)

Traynum v. Scavens
416 S.C. 197, 786 S.E.2d 115 (2016)

Roddey v. Wal-Mart
415 S.C. 580, 784 S.E.2d 670 (2016)

Lawing v. Univar
415 S.C. 209, 781 S.E.2d 548 (2015)

Rhame v. Charleston County Sch. Dist.
415 S.C. 162, 781 S.E.2d 151 (Ct. App. 2015)

Cunningham v. Anderson County
414 S.C. 298, 778 S.E.2d 884 (2015)

Columbia Venture v. Richland County
413 S.C. 423, 776 S.E.2d 900 (2015) (amicus curiae)

McAlhaney v. McElveen
413 S.C. 299, 775 S.E.2d 411 (Ct. App. 2015)

Skipper v. ACE Property & Casualty Ins. Co.
413 S.C. 33, 775 S.E.2d 37 (2015)

C.R. Meyer and Sons Co. v. Custom Mechanical CSRA
412 S.C. 575, 773 S.E.2d 361 (Ct. App. 2015)

Morrow v. Fundamental Long-Term Care Holdings
412 S.C. 534, 773 S.E.2d 144 (2015)

Rhame v. Charleston County Sch. Dist.
412 S.C. 273, 772 S.E.2d 159 (2015)

Rickerson v. Karl
412 S.C. 215, 770 S.E.2d 767 (Ct. App. 2015)

Fay v. Grand Strand Regional
412 S.C. 185, 771 S.E.2d 639 (2015)

Lewis v. L.B. Dynasty, Inc.
411 S.C. 637, 770 S.E.2d 393 (2015)

Curiel v. Hampton County E.M.S.
411 S.C. 426 768 S.E.2d 669 (2015)

Aiken v. Byars
410 S.C. 534, 765 S.E.2d 572 (2014) (amicus curiae)

Brown v. Baby Girl Harper
410 S.C. 446, 766 S.E.2d 375 (2014)

In the Interest of Kevin R.
409 S.C. 297, 762 S.E.2d 387 (2014) (amicus curiae)

Brown v. Baby Girl Harper
409 S.C. 470, 761 S.E.2d 779 (Ct. App. 2014)

Wilkinson v. East Cooper Community Hosp.
410 S.C. 163, 763 S.E.2d 426 (2014)

Dawkins v. Union Hosp. Dist.
408 S.C. 171, 758 S.E.2d 501 (2014)

Ranucci v. Crain
409 S.C. 493, 763 S.E.2d 189 (2014)

Levi v. Northern Anderson County EMS
409 S.C. 374, 762 S.E.2d 44 (Ct. App. 2014)

Shatto v. McLeod Reg’l Med. Ctr.
408 S.C. 595, 759 S.E.2d 443 (Ct. App. 2014)

Coleman v. Mariner Health Care, Inc.
407 S.C. 346, 755 S.E.2d 450 (2014)

Shatto v. McLeod Reg’l Med. Ctr.
406 S.C. 470, 753 S.E.2d 416 (2013)

Bone v. U.S. Food Service
404 S.C. 67, 744 S.E.2d 552 (2013)

Lawing v. Trinity Mfg., Inc.
406 S.C. 13, 749 S.E.2d 126 (Ct. App. 2013)

Babb v. Lee County Landfill
405 S.C. 129, 747 S.E.2d 468 (2013)

Gause v. Smithers
403 S.C. 140, 742 S.E.2d 644 (2013)

C-Sculptures, LLC v. Brown
403 S.C. 53, 742 S.E.2d 359 (2013)

Hampton v. Haley
403 S.C. 395, 743 S.E.2d 258 (2013) (amicus curiae)

Miranda C. v. Nissan Motor Co. 
402 S.C. 577, 741 S.E.2d 34 (Ct. App. 2013)

Cunningham v. Anderson County
402 S.C. 434, 741 S.E.2d 545 (Ct. App. 2013)

Lewis v. L.B. Dynasty, Inc.
400 S.C. 129, 732 S.E.2d 662 (Ct. App. 2012)

Roddey v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP
400 S.C. 59, 732 S.E.2d 635 (Ct. App. 2012)

Rhame v. Charleston County School Dist.
399 S.C. 477, 732 S.E.2d 202 (Ct. App. 2012)

Milliken & Co. v. Morin
399 S.C. 23, 731 S.E.2d 288 (2012)

Dawkins v. Mozie
399 S.C. 290, 731 S.E.2d 342 (Ct. App. 2012)

South Carolina Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. v. Kennedy
398 S.C. 604, 730 S.E.2d 862 (2012)

Argabright v. Argabright
398 S.C. 176, 727 S.E.2d 748 (2012)

State v. Whitesides
397 S.C. 313, 725 S.E.2d 487 (2012)

Curiel v. Hampton County E.M.S.
401 S.C. 646, 737 S.E.2d 854 (Ct. App. 2012)

King v. King
400 S.C. 611, 735 S.E.2d 551 (Ct. App. 2012)

Sullivan v. Hawker Beechcraft Corp.
397 S.C. 143, 723 S.E.2d 835 (Ct. App. 2012)

Graves v. CAS Medical Systems
401 S.C. 63, 735 S.E.2d 650 (2012) (amicus curiae)

Sulton v. HealthSouth Corp.
400 S.C. 412, 734 S.E.2d 641 (2012)

Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl
398 S.C. 625, 731 S.E.2d 550 (2012)

Florence County Democratic Party v. Florence County Republican Party
398 S.C. 124, 727 S.E.2d 418 (2012) (amicus curiae)

Smith v. Widener
397 S.C. 468, 724 S.E.2d 188 (Ct. App. 2012)

Lewin v. Lewin
396 S.C. 349, 721 S.E.2d 1 (Ct. App. 2011)

Fitzwater v. Fitzwater
396 S.C. 361, 721 S.E.2d 7 (Ct. App. 2011)

C-Sculptures, LLC, No. 3 v. Brown
393 S.C. 27, 709 S.E.2d 705 (Ct. App. 2011)

Murphy v. Owens Corning
393 S.C. 77, 710 S.E.2d 454 (Ct. App. 2011)

State v. Jennings
394 S.C. 473, 716 S.E.2d 91 (2011)

Shatto v. McLeod Reg’l Med. Ctr.
394 S.C. 552, 716 S.E.2d 446 (Ct. App. 2011)

Stiltner v. USAA Cas. Ins. Co.
395 S.C. 183, 717 S.E.2d 74 (Ct. App. 2011)

Ex Parte Brown
393 S.C. 214, 711 S.E.2d 899 (2011) (amicus curiae)

Tims v. J.D. Kitts Const.
393 S.C. 496, 713 S.E.2d 340 (Ct. App. 2011)

Burke v. AnMed Health
393 S.C. 48, 710 S.E.2d 84 (Ct. App. 2011)

Prince v. Liberty Life Ins. Co.
390 S.C. 166, 700 S.E.2d 280 (Ct. App. 2010)

State v. Tindall
388 S.C. 518, 698 S.E.2d 203 (2010)

Richitelli v. Motiva Enterprises
389 S.C. 184, 697 S.E.2d 667 (Ct. App. 2010)

James v. Anne’s Inc.
390 S.C. 188, 701 S.E.2d 730 (2010) (amicus curiae)

O’Neill v. Smith
388 S.C. 246, 695 S.E.2d 531 (2010)

Hooper v. Ebenezer Sr. Services and Rehabilitation Center
386 S.C. 108, 687 S.E.2d 29 (2009)

Ervin v. Richland Memorial Hosp.
386 S.C. 245, 687 S.E.2d 337 (Ct. App. 2009)

Binney v. State
384 S.C. 539, 683 S.E.2d 478 (2009) (amicus curiae)

Brayboy v. WorkForce
383 S.C. 463, 681 S.E.2d 567 (2009)

McCrosson v. Tanenbaum
383 S.C. 150, 679 S.E.2d 172 (2009)

State v. Tindall
379 S.C. 304, 665 S.E.2d 188 (Ct. App. 2008)

Horry County v. Parbel
378 S.C. 253, 662 S.E.2d 466 (Ct. App. 2008)

Madren v. Bradford
378 S.C. 187, 661 S.E.2d 390 (Ct. App. 2008)

Thomson v. Thomson
377 S.C. 613, 661 S.E.2d 130 (Ct. App. 2008)

Hooper v. Ebenezer Senior Services and Rehabilitation Center
377 S.C. 217, 659 S.E.2d 213 (Ct. App. 2008)

James v. Kelly Trucking Co.
377 S.C. 628, 661 S.E.2d 329 (2008)

Brown v. Brown
375 S.C. 48, 650 S.E.2d 84 (Ct. App. 2007)

Nash v. Tindall Corp.
375 S.C. 36, 650 S.E.2d 81 (Ct. App. 2007)

McCrosson v. Tanenbaum
375 S.C. 225, 652 S.E.2d 73 (Ct. App. 2007)

Taylor, Cotton & Ridley, Inc. v. Okatie Hotel Group
372 S.C. 89, 641 S.E.2d 459 (Ct. App. 2007)

State v. Davis
371 S.C. 412, 639 S.E.2d 457 (Ct. App. 2006)

Doe Law Firm v. Richardson
371 S.C. 14, 636 S.E.2d 866 (2006) (amicus curiae)

Walsh v. Woods
371 S.C. 319, 638 S.E.2d 85 (Ct. App. 2006)

Howell v. United States Fidelity and Guar. Ins. Co.
370 S.C. 505, 636 S.E.2d 626 (2006)

Reed-Richards v. Clemson University
371 S.C. 304, 638 S.E.2d 77 (Ct. App. 2006)

Baggerly v. CSX Transp.
370 S.C. 362, 635 S.E.2d 97 (2006)

Kelley v. Kelley
368 S.C. 602, 629 S.E.2d 388 (Ct. App. 2006)

Earl v. HTH Associates, Inc./Ace USA Ins. Co. of North America
368 S.C. 76, 627 S.E.2d 760 (Ct. App. 2006)

Love v. Love
367 S.C. 493, 626 S.E.2d 56 (Ct. App. 2006)

Floyd v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co.
367 S.C. 253, 626 S.E.2d 6 (2005)

Cooke v. Palmetto Health Alliance
367 S.C. 167, 624 S.E.2d 439 (Ct. App. 2005)

Simmons v. Mark Lift Industries
366 S.C. 308, 622 S.E.2d 213 (2005) (amicus curiae)

State v. Freiburger
366 S.C. 125, 620 S.E.2d 737 (2005)

Johnston v. South Carolina Dept. of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
365 S.C. 293, 617 S.E.2d 363 (2005)

Hawley v. Hawley
363 S.C. 318, 610 S.E.2d 309 (Ct. App. 2005)

Spruill v. Richland County School Dist. 2
363 S.C. 61, 609 S.E.2d 524 (2005)

McMaster v. South Carolina Retirement System
362 S.C. 362, 608 S.E.2d 843 (2005)

Rimer v. Rimer
361 S.C. 521, 605 S.E.2d 572 (Ct. App. 2004)

Collins Holding Corp. v. Landrum
360 S.C. 346, 601 S.E.2d 332 (Ct. App. 2004)

Stone v. Traylor Brothers, Inc.
360 S.C. 271, 600 S.E.2d 551 (Ct. App. 2004)

Rowell v. Whisnant
360 S.C. 181, 600 S.E.2d 96 (Ct. App. 2004)

Cowan v. Allstate Ins. Co.
357 S.C. 625, 594 S.E.2d 275 (2004) (amicus curiae)

Walsh v. Woods
358 S.C. 259, 594 S.E.2d 548 (Ct. App. 2004)

Gilliland v. Doe
357 S.C. 197, 592 S.E.2d 626 (2004)

Curcio v. Caterpillar, Inc.
355 S.C. 316, 585 S.E.2d 272 (2003)

Miles v. Miles
355 S.C. 511, 586 S.E.2d 136 (Ct. App. 2003)

Doe v. McMaster
355 S.C. 306, 585 S.E.2d 773 (2003)

Fleming v. Rose
350 S.C. 488, 567 S.E.2d 857 (2002)

Ness v. Eckerd Corp.
350 S.C. 399, 566 S.E.2d 193 (Ct. App. 2002)

Smith v. Newberry County Assessor
350 S.C. 572, 567 S.E.2d 501 (Ct. App. 2002)

Carson v. South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources
371 S.C. 114, 638 S.E.2d 45 (2002)

City of Rock Hill v. Thompson
349 S.C. 197, 563 S.E.2d 101 (2002)

Green ex rel. Estate of Cottrell v. Cottrell ex rel. Estate of Cottrell
346 S.C. 53, 550 S.E.2d 324 (Ct. App. 2001)

Brooks v. Kay
339 S.C. 479, 530 S.E.2d 120 (2000)

Steinke v. South Carolina Dept. of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
336 S.C. 373, 520 S.E.2d 142 (1999)

Allen v. Long Mfg. NC, Inc.
332 S.C. 422, 505 S.E.2d 354 (Ct. App. 1998)

Gray v. State Farm Auto Ins. Co.
327 S.C. 646, 491 S.E.2d 272 (Ct. App. 1997)

Significant Federal Cases

Bradacs v. Haley, 3:13-cv-02351-JMC (federal constitutional challenge to state’s refusal to recognize a same-sex marriage validly performed in another state; represented plaintiffs)

Condon v. Haley, 2:14-cv-4010-RMG (federal constitutional challenge to state ban on same sex marriage; represented defendant probate judge)

Babb v. Lee County Landfill SC, 3:10-cv-01724-JFA) (nuisance and trespass suit arising out of noxious odors produced by a landfill; represented plaintiff)

Banks v. Allied Crawford Greenville, 6:09-cv-01337-JMC (race discrimination case; represented plaintiff)

Snyder v. Roberts, 0:04-22910-CMC-BM (wreck case involving the novel question of whether South Carolina would recognize equitable tolling; represented plaintiff)

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