Jay Babb is a member/partner at Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks, LLC. Jay has been practicing employment law for 10 years.
Jay is a well-known member of the employment law bar who has successfully represented public and private employees, including federal government employees, in employment law cases throughout the state of South Carolina. Jay has tried federal, state, and EEO cases to a jury or bench verdict. Jay has also argued appeals before the South Carolina Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and South Carolina Supreme Court.
Originally from Orangeburg, Jay is married to his grade school and college classmate Allison and they have two daughters, a son, and a dog named Watson in Irmo, South Carolina.
Jay graduated from the University of South Carolina's School of Law in 2008 and Clemson University in 2004 where he obtained a B.S. in Computer Information Systems. As a law student, Jay served as a staff member of the American Bar Association's Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal. Also, while in law school, Jay served as a clerk for the University of South Carolina's Clinical Legal Studies Program, which provides free legal services to residents of South Carolina with the assistance of law students.
Jay first joined a predecessor law firm, Cromer & Mabry, LLC as a clerk in 2007 and became an associate attorney thereafter. Jay continued to work with Lewis as an Associate Attorney at J. Lewis Cromer & Associates from 2010-2016. In January 2017 Jay, Lewis Cromer, Paul Porter, and Ryan Hicks formed Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks, LLC.
Jay graduated from Clemson University in Clemson, SC in 2004, where he earned a B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems.
James Paul Porter (Paul) is a member attorney at Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks.
Paul is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Specialist in Employment and Labor Law. The specialty designation was obtained after Paul was approved to sit for and passed a rigorous exam covering the comprehensive body of Employment and Labor law as it effects South Carolina's workers.
Paul practices in the areas of employment law, business litigation, sexual harassment and assault, governmental law, and general litigation. Paul also does appellate work and has argued before the South Carolina Court of Appeals, South Carolina Supreme Court, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond Virginia.
Paul has a passion for representing workers, victims of sexual abuse and harassment, small businesses, and government whistleblowers. He strives to be honest and direct in advising his prospective clients and clients because he believes that candid advice is essential to fair and diligent representation. Paul grew up working class. While also in school, he worked in several industries including construction, sales, and retail. His knowledge of the struggles and pitfalls faced by the average worker informs the way he represents his clients.
Paul's employment law practice involves the use of several legal claims and theories including discrimination (race, sex, disability, religion etc.), harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, family medical leave, wage claims and civil torts to secure positive results for his clients. Paul represents both public and private employees. His representation regularly includes state and local government employees in their pre-suit grievance processes and later in litigation against their public employers. Paul also has a sizable Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SHAC) practice, has represented federal employees in equal employment opportunity matters, and has brought claims administrative claims before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Office of Occupational Safety and Health and Department of Labor.
Paul also represents certified teachers in suspension and termination proceedings.
Paul can work your case from start to finish beginning with pre-suit negotiations, through the litigation process and civil discovery, to trial, and even to appeal. Paul has successfully argued before the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Moreover, while many metrics show civil jury trials are becoming less frequent nationally and in South Carolina, Paul has been to trial several times across the state and has tried multiple employment cases to a verdict. Paul has secured a multi-million-dollar verdict for an employee in an employment law case and multiple other money verdicts for his clients at trial. Paul's trial work includes cases as both plaintiffs and defense counsel.
Paul has been approached to work as co-counsel to high profile attorneys from around the country, and his cases have received news attention throughout South Carolina and the nation. Keep up with articles about Paul and the firms' cases at the CBPH Facebook Page.*
Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Paul graduated from Presbyterian College in three years with two degrees (Spanish and Political Science), with honors, in 2009. At Presbyterian College Paul was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Fraternity, and student government. He next attended the University of South Carolina School of Law where he was a recipient of the William L. Bethea Jr. Scholarship and was a member of the Moot Court Bar. Paul graduated from the from USC Law in 2012. Paul clerked, while in law school, for a local attorney practicing employment law and the 13th Circuit Solicitor's Office.
Paul began working for J. Lewis Cromer & Associates as a law clerk in June 2011. Lewis Cromer, Jay Babb, Ryan Hicks and Paul Porter formed Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks, LLC in January 2017.
Paul lives in the Earlewood Neighborhood of Columbia with his wife Ashley Dickinson Porter and their dog Snoopy.
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South Carolina State Courts
United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
American Bar Association
South Carolina Bar Association
Richland County Bar Association
South Carolina Association for Justice (Chairman - Employment Law Section/Member Board of Governors) (2019 to Present)
South Carolina Bar - Employment and Labor Law Seciton
Specialty Designation - Certified Specialist in Employment and Labor Law - Supreme Court of South Carolina Committee on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization (2019)
Presenter - "2020 South Carolina Employment Law Update" 36th Annual NC/SC Employment and Labor Law Conference (October 2020)
Presenter - "'Fired over Facebook' - Limitations on and Protection of Free Speech Rights at Work." SC Bar CLE (August (2020)
Presenter - "Employment Litigation Involving Government Employees" SC Bar CLE - Navigating the Stormy Seas: Governmental Liability Litigation (February 2020)
Presenter - "How to sue the government and win! or at least not lose. Sovereign Immunity and Employment Law" SCAJ Annual Convention (August 2019)
Award - Legal Elite of the Upstate (Labor and Employment Law) - Upstate Business Monthly (2020)
Award - Legal Elite of the Midlands (Business Litigation) - Columbia Business Monthly (2020)
Award - The Young Lawyer Award - South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (2017)
Award - Legal Elite of the Midlands (Labor and Employment Law) - Columbia Business Monthly (2017)
Award - Legal Elite of the Midlands (Labor and Employment Law) - Columbia Business Monthly (2016)
Award - Legal Elite of the Midlands (Labor and Employment Law) - Columbia Business Monthly (2015)
Author - "Preparing for Trial on a Dime" - South Carolina Young Lawyer (June 2016)
Shannon Polvi (Shannon) is an associate attorney with Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks, LLC. Shannon has been with the firm since March 2014. Shannon’s legal career has focused on advocating for employees in South Carolina.
Shannon's practice focuses on the employee/ plaintiff side of employment and labor law with various employment cases brought before federal, state, administrative, and appellate courts. Shannon represents individuals in discharge, wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, medical leave, whistleblower, and denial of benefits litigation (ERISA). Shannon also works with clients on claims before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, S.C. Human Affairs Commission, S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, State Employee Grievance Committee, Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Prior to her employment with CBPH, Shannon clerked at the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs and Mabry Law Firm, LLC. Shannon additionally participated in the Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic and the Judicial Observation Experience with the Honorable Amy McCulloch, Richland County Probate Judge.
Before attending the University of South Carolina School of Law, Shannon worked in Target retail stores for two years as an Executive Team Leader and she was a volunteer teacher in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In her personal time, Shannon travels the world, attends church, and spends quality time with family and friends.
South Carolina State Courts
United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Juris Doctor - University of South Carolina School of Law, 2014
Civic and Charitable Involvement
Homeless Experience Legal Protection Clinic
Ask a Lawyer Program
Rural Justice Project