George Beighley

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Office: 1900 Barnwell St. 

Columbia, SC 29201

Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 7788 

Columbia, SC 29202


Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice Defense 
  • Mediation


  • Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1970) 
  • University of South Carolina (J.D., 1975)

Bar Admissions

  • 1975, South Carolina 
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit 
  • U.S. Supreme Court

George C. Beighley
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George C. Beighley is a shareholder of Richardson Plowden in the Columbia office. He focuses his practice on medical malpractice defense. He is also a certified mediator. Before joining the firm, Mr. Beighley was the assistant attorney general for the State of South Carolina from 1975 to 1978.

Mr. Beighley’s experience includes: 

  • Representing insurance companies in major medical malpractice claims
  • Defending physicians, dentists, and practices in medical and professional malpractice cases 
  • Providing legal risk management services to major hospital networks and physicians practices


  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator by the South Carolina Supreme Court
  • Certified by S.C. Supreme Court as an Arbitrator

Scholarly Lectures and Speaking Engagements

  • Participant, “Masters in Trial” seminar, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2014 
  • Presenter, “The Claim of Patient Abandonment Law,” Greenville Continuing Medical Education Program 
  • Speaker, “Professional Negligence Defense for Medical Malpractice,” USC School of Law, Law Practice Workshop 
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University

Major Verdicts/Settlements

  • August 2015, Obtained a Defense Verdict in Johnnie Mae Reed, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Sandra Gilbert, Plaintiff vs. CareNet, Inc. of Lancaster and Nimal A. Perera, MD, Defendants


Pro Bono/Community Involvement

  • 2011-2012, Medical University of South Carolina Board of Visitors 
  • Columbia Medical Society, Sporting Clay Benefit Tournament to fund scholarships to medical students

Other Professional

  • South Carolina Bar 
  • Richland County Bar Association 
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association 
  • International Association of Defense Counsel 
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Diplomate
  • USC School of Law, Order of the Wig and Robe

Awards, Honors, Accolades

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  • 2023-2018 Recognized as one of the "Midlands' Legal Elite" in the area of Medical Malpractice Defense Law by Greater Columbia Business Monthly
  • 2023-2012 South Carolina Super Lawyer  for Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
  • For 25 years, Rated AV Preeminent® for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell American Jurisprudence Award in Commercial transactions and Domestic Relations