Bettis then worked for Turner Padget, a large...
Bettis then worked for Turner Padget, a large...Bettis is an advocate. He is committed to representing individuals in personal injury and wrongful death cases. He handles those matters at every stage in every court, state or federal, throughout South Carolina and Georgia. His career began in Columbia, South Carolina by clerking for Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. who instilled in him a dedication for the pursuit of the truth and a genuine love for trial.
Bettis then worked for Turner Padget, a large regional defense litigation firm based in Columbia, where he represented large manufacturers and insurance companies in catastrophic personal injury cases ranging from products liability to medical malpractice. Specifically, he spent more than half his time working on behalf of one the “Big Three” automotive manufacturers in cases involving airbags, seatbelts, and crashworthiness.
In 2019, Bettis joined Ray in Augusta where he now devotes his practice to representing people injured by automobile and trucking collisions, slips and falls, medical and nursing malpractice and defective products.
Bettis has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers – an honor bestowed on only the top 2.5% of attorneys in each state.
He, his wife, Melissa, and three sons, Beau, Vann, and Phin, reside on a farm in his native Edgefield County, South Carolina. When not practicing law, Bettis can be found outside – hunting, playing golf, and spending time with his family.
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