Legendary Charleston Lawyer Gedney Howe III: A Master of Storytelling and Courtroom Triumphs

Charleston, South Carolina – Gedney Howe III, a seasoned lawyer with over 50 years of experience, has earned a reputation as one of the most formidable storytellers in the legal profession. With a career that boasts an impressive portfolio of landmark cases such as Lost Trust, Operation Jackpot, and Morning Dew, it’s no wonder that his friends affectionately refer to him as the “rainmaker,” the highest honor bestowed upon an attorney.

Recently, as Howe began his second half-century in the legal field, I had the opportunity to join him and his colleagues for lunch. The Howes continue to run their family practice, a legacy started by Gedney Howe Jr. in 1937, from their long-standing Chalmers Street office. Remodeled at the same time as Howe’s iconic former residence, the Calhoun Mansion, the office exudes an air of mystery reminiscent of a John Grisham novel. Its dark wood paneling, high ceilings, and impressive law library, complete with a picturesque view of St. Michael’s steeple, create an ambiance befitting of Howe’s illustrious career.

During our lunch, lawyer buddies Mike Spears, Alvin Hammer, and Bart Daniel regaled me with anecdotes from some of Howe’s lesser-known cases, which happened to be the most humorous. Daniel, who has both collaborated and competed with Howe as a prosecutor, shared a story that showcased Howe’s diplomatic skills and way with words.

In this particular case, a South Carolina couple had sought Howe’s expertise to extradite their son from New York. The young man, a cab driver, had landed himself in hot water after making serious public threats against a member of the then-first family during a call to Howard Stern’s radio show. Daniel recounted how Howe’s astute diplomacy proved invaluable in resolving the matter favorably for the couple.

As Gedney Howe III embarks on the next chapter of his storied career, his prowess in the courtroom and his ability to captivate audiences with his legal acumen continue to define his legacy. For all who have had the privilege of witnessing his courtroom theatrics first-hand, it is abundantly clear that the truth within the realm of law surpasses the wildest of fantasies. In this complex world of litigation, Howe embodies the bridge between law and storytelling, reminding us that within the hallowed halls of justice, truth is often stranger than fiction.

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