Firm Overview

Carter, Smith, Merriam, Rogers & Traxler began as a general practice firm in 1952, but Carter Law has since evolved into a firm devoted to complex litigation.

Its civil litigation practice focuses on complex commercial and business litigation, medical malpractice, and substantial personal injury cases. The firm also has an extensive family law practice with an emphasis on complex domestic relations cases and contested child custody cases. The firm also handles criminal defense cases in State and Federal Court.

The firm's senior partner, Rex Carter, was a retired Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives and historically practiced predominantly in legislative affairs and appearances before state regulatory agencies. Rex passed away on June 9, 2014.

Jeff Merriam handles the firm's criminal defense litigation, as well as general litigation and family law.

Tom Traxler focuses primarily on complex commercial litigation and family law and has written various software programs used by the South Carolina Family Court judges and lawyers. Mediation also constitutes a significant portion of Mr. Traxler's work.

Brook Fowler represents clients in a wide array of legal matters including medical malpractice, personal injury cases (including tractor-trailer and automobile wrecks), banking litigation, wrongful death litigation, probate and estate litigation, as well as other general litigation cases.

Travis Olmert focuses on general litigation, family law and appellate practice. 

Jeff Smith historically emphasized medical malpractice and large personal injury claims but has become "of counsel" to the firm.

David Rogers was focused on commercial and banking law and litigation David passed away in 2010.

Katherine Tiffany was sworn in as a Family Court judge in 2016 and is no longer associated with the firm.

Carter, Smith, Merriam, Rogers & Traxler prides itself not only on its skill in the preparation and actual trial of cases, but also on its reputation for integrity, collegiality, civility, and genuine compassion and dedication for those that it represents.