David Lee Paavola

David Lee Paavola

Litigator - Construction, Business, Condemnation
  • Business Law, Appeals & Appellate, Arbitration & Mediation ...
  • South Carolina
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David's legal practice is devoted exclusively to litigation. Litigation is a broad term, but it generally refers to any type of legal dispute resolution process that may eventually require resolution through the court system.

While there are many areas of litigation, David primarily focuses on legal disputes:
(1) arising out of eminent domain and condemnation (government taking a private landowner's property);
(2) business disputes, such as contract or lease disputes, partnership breakups, or disputes with governmental bodies; and
(3) construction, both plaintiff and defendants, construction defects, breach contract, and professional negligence of design professionals.

David has trial court experience filing and defending lawsuits in state and federal courts. He also has experience drafting appeals in state and federal court. It is this combination of trial and appellate experience on both the plaintiff and defendant side of cases that makes his practice both challenging and unique.

Prior to becoming an attorney, David used his business degree working for seven years in the banking and finance industry, primarily as an analyst. His prior experience analyzing businesses gives him a unique perspective on the financial implications of litigation and an ability to quickly understand his business clients' needs.

University of South Carolina School of Law
J.D. (2012) | Law
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Baylor University
B.B.A. (2002) | Business
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Professional Experience
Of Counsel
Kenison, Dudley & Crawford, LLC
- Current
Construction Law - drafting contracts, purchase agreements, etc., litigating construction defects, breach of contract; Business Litigation - partnership disputes, breach of contract Condemnation - representing Landowners when their land is taken by the government
Lewis Babcock L.L.P.
Eminent Domain & Condemnation Business Disputes Legal Malpractice Accounting Malpractice
Assistant Attorney General
South Carolina Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection & Antitrust litigation practice
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
• Business Litigation • Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation • Products Liability Litigation
Law Student
University of South Carolina School of Law
Law Student
Credit Analyst
AgFirst Farm Credit Bank
• Credit facility underwriting for multi-national agricultural processors and distributors, and large domestic farming operations. • Analyzed borrower debt repayment capacity and credit quality, including cash flow analysis, financial performance trends, leverage ratios, and secondary repayment sources. • Underwriting portfolio primarily consisted of multi-million dollar loans originated through Farm Credit Associations in the Eastern United States, and loans syndicated through the capital markets.
Reporting Analyst
40|86 Advisors
• Collaborated with investment managers, derivatives traders, and information systems analysts to develop and implement automated internal performance reports. • Key reporting responsibility for equity-indexed annuity hedging portfolios. • Reporting for commercial mortgage backed securities and credit default swaps. • Collaborated with actuaries and CPAs to report quarterly investment performance metrics to the board of directors.
Commercial Loan Portfolio Manager / Commercial Credit Analyst
Five Star Bank
• Portfolio manager for $30 million commercial loan portfolio. • Credit underwriting for businesses across numerous industries including agriculture, real estate, construction, vineyards, heavy equipment dealers, sand and gravel, and trucking. • Analyzed borrower repayment capacity, cash flow, leverage, collateral position, and financial trends. • Reviewed UCC lien priority and mortgage filings. • Underwriting and credit monitoring for nonperforming assets and workout loans.
Professional Associations
Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity
Board President
- Current
Activities: Involved with Board since 2018
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
South Carolina
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4th Circuit
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Practice Areas
Business Law
Business Dissolution, Business Litigation, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Arbitration & Mediation
Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation
Construction Law
Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
Additional Practice Area
  • Eminent Domain
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Websites & Blogs
Kenison, Dudley & Crawford, LLC
Contact & Map
Kenison, Dudley & Crawford, LLC
1122 Barnwell Street
Suite B
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone: (803) 251-9202
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed