Community Service

GWB is a respected member of the Charleston, Charlotte, Columbia, and Greenville communities.  The firm takes an active role in professional, trade, and civic organizations. 

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for websiteGWB is proud of its history of leadership and contributions to the community and legal profession. The firm is a long-standing, respected member of professional and civic communities in North and South Carolina with many of the firm’s attorneys holding leadership positions in distinguished professional and civic organizations. For example, firm attorneys have served as President of the South Carolina Bar, President of South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association, President of the Greenville County Bar, and Chair of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. GWB attorneys have also held leadership positions or have been significantly involved in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, United Way of Greenville County, United Way of the Midlands, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Arts Foundation, and South Carolina Museum Commission. The firm encourages this type of individual involvement and looks for ways GWB can collectively become involved in resolving issues that affect its clients, profession, and community.

PRO BONO

An additional way the firm gives back to the community is through pro bono legal work.  GWB embraces pro bono work as an extremely rewarding opportunity which provides unique experiences for the firm’s lawyers.  The projects below exemplify GWB’s spirit of voluntarism.

Intellectual property and appellate attorney Tom Vanderbloemen has handled numerous federal court appeals for parties who could not afford representation.  In a recent case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC (also the federal appeals court with exclusive jurisdiction over patent appeals), Vanderbloemen successfully persuaded the court to vacate an order denying compensation to a veteran who had been improperly re-employed upon returning from military service.  Vanderbloemen has handled several other matters at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, where he previously worked as a law clerk.  In one appeal, he obtained a rare reversal of a criminal conviction and, in another, succeeded in having a dismissal of a civil rights claim reversed.  GWB is proud of the pro bono leadership its lawyers display.

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Community Organizations of Current & Past Involvement

  • Anderson Chamber of Commerce
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters – Charlotte
  • Buncombe Street United Methodist Church
  • Camp Opportunity
  • Charleston Chamber of Commerce
  • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Charlotte Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Christ Church Episcopal Pre-School
  • City of Greenville Planning Commission
  • Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • Columbia Museum of Art
  • Community Works Carolina
  • Conservation Voters of South Carolina
  • Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties
  • Diversity Recruitment Consortium
  • Downtown Presbyterian Church
  • Downtown Rotary of Greenville
  • Downtown Symphony Club
  • Easter Seals
  • Eastside Sertoma Club
  • The Federalist Society, Charlotte Lawyers Chapter
  • Free Medical Clinic of Columbia
  • Friends of Pendleton Place
  • Friends of Richland County Library
  • Girls Golf at Furman
  • Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Greer Rotary Club
  • Greenville Chorale
  • Greenville Connect
  • Greenville County Clemson Club
  • Greenville County School Foundation
  • Greenville Friends of the Zoo
  • Greenville Hospital System
  • Greenville Humane Society
  • Greer Jaycees
  • Homeworks of South Carolina, Inc.
  • Hospice of the Upstate, Inc.
  • Interfaith Forum
  • Junior Leadership of Anderson
  • Junior League of Charlotte
  • Junior League of Columbia
  • Junior League of Greenville
  • Justice Ministries
  • Leadership Charlotte
  • Leadership Columbia
  • Leadership Greenville
  • Leary Bar Association, Mecklenburg County
  • Mental Health Association of Greenville County
  • Military Transition Services, Inc.
  • Museum Association of Greenville County
  • National Association of Women in Construction, Charlotte Chapter
  • National Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Peace Center
  • Poinsett Corridor Revitalization Coalition
  • Project HOPE Foundation, Inc.
  • Public Education Partners
  • Rotary Club of the Vista Night
  • Riley Institute for Diversity
  • Senior Action
  • Sertoma Club
  • South Carolina Arts Foundation
  • South Carolina Association of Residential Care Homes
  • South Carolina Health Care Association
  • South Carolina Museum Commission
  • South Carolina Water Matters
  • South Carolinians for Civil Justice Reform
  • Special Olympics Mecklenburg County
  • Speech, Hearing, and Learning Center
  • The Links, Inc. – Columbia
  • Trees Greenville
  • Trinity Housing Corporation
  • United Way
  • Upcountry History Museum
  • Upstate Community Mediation Center
  • Upstate Forever
  • Urban League Central Carolinas
  • Urban League of the Upstate
  • US Army Reserves
  • Washington & Lee Palmetto Alumni
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Wills for Heroes Program, Charlotte
  • Women In Philanthropy
  • YMCA Teen Center
  • YMCA