Gary Christmas

Gary Christmas

  • Nursing Home Abuse, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation
  • South Carolina
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Gary Christmas is a senior partner in the law firm of Howell & Christmas, LLC. His practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the injured and their families including representing those injured on the job under the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Act, the Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, as well as negligence from DUI and other automobile accidents, with retail stores, bars, hotels, landlords and apartments, wrongful death and all other cases where there are victims who suffer injuries caused by the negligence of others. Gary is in his 14th year of practice and takes great pride in developing meaningful relationships and partnerships with his clients, doctors, other lawyers and other professionals. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina where he received the University Scholars Award for exhibited academic excellence. During law school, Mr. Christmas was a research assistant to Professor John Montgomery, former Dean of the South Carolina School of Law, and worked with him and Professor David G. Owen, co-author of Prosser and Keeton on Torts, on their case book Products Liability & Safety (3rd ed.). He also worked as a research assistant for Professor Jon P. Thames on his book South Carolina Criminal Defense (3rd ed.) and received the American Jurisprudence Award for Damages and for Interviewing, Negotiating and Counseling. He is a member of the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Education Association, the Workers' Compensation Section of the South Carolina Bar, where he serves a Council Member, the Workers'Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG) where he serves on the State Legislative Committee and the South Carolina Injured Workers' Advocates (IWA) where he serves as Secretary of the organization and as Chairman of the Brief Bank Committee. He is a member of the American Association of Justice, the South Carolina Association of Justice, the United States Supreme Court Historical Society and the Small Business Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the South Carolina Bar and Charleston County Bar Associations and serves as a Mentor for the Lawyer Mentoring Pilot Program. Mr. Christmas is admitted to practice law before the South Carolina Bar, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. He is also a Certified Circuit Court Mediator, has tried more than 200 cases, concentrating on legally complex issues, and has represented numerous clients in appellate practice including several appearances before the South Carolina Appeals Courts. Appellate decisions include: Lance v. Hawke v. Pat Mellen and Hurricane Restoration Fund, Employer, and South Carolina Uninsured Employers' Fund, (Ct. App. 1998, Unpublished); Jennifer Lynn Christmas and Jay Christmas v. Dale Eugene Enos, Jr, and A Rainbow of Carpets, Inc., (Ct. App. 2008, Unpublished); Otis W. Snipe v. SSA Cooper, LLC (Ct App. 2010, Unpublished); and Regina Rainey v. Nestle Frozen Foods and Constitution State Service Company, (S.C. Circuit Court 2003). The Rainey case was cited as one of the fifty most important court decisions for 2003 by Lawyers Weekly Newspaper.

Files principally handled in our Mount Pleasant Office

Practice Areas
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers' Compensation
Additional Practice Areas
  • Auto Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
South Carolina
Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Howell and Christmas, LLC
- Current
University of South Carolina School of Law
B.A. | Government
Honors: cum laude, received the University Scholars Award for exhibited academic excellence and was on the honor and/or president's roll seven semesters.
University of South Carolina School of Law
J.D. (1997) | Law
Honors: American Jurisprudence Award in Damages and in Interviewing, Negotiating and Counseling. University Scholars Award for Exhibited Academic Excellence.
Activities: South Carolina Trial Lawyers
University Scholars Award
Professional Associations
South Carolina Association for Justice
American Association for Justice
South Carolina Workers' Compensation Education Association
South Carolina Injured Workers' Advocates
South Carolina Supreme Court
Certified Circuit Court Mediator
South Carolina Bar Workers Compensation Section
Council Member
Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group
State Legislative Committee
United States Court of Appeals
- Current
South Carolina U.S. District Court
- Current
Injured Workers Advocates
- Current
Activities: Our mission is to protect injured workers and their families.
South Carolina Supreme Court
Member of the South Carolina Bar
- Current
Charleston County Bar
- Current
Websites & Blogs
Gary Christmas Website Profile
Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered

Q. What is the statute of limitations for a work accident in South Carolina?
A: While there are exceptions to the rule the statute of limitations is 2 years from the date of your work accident.
Q. I got hurt at work in dec 28th 2010 and workmans comp is not paying me yet what do i do ?
A: You should either file with your local Commission or have an attorney in your area assit you in doing so. If the insurance company/employer will not voluntarily do what they are supposed to do by law, then you have to move before your Commission seeking an Order making them.
Q. What is the notice deadline for reporting an accident in South Carolina?
A: While there are exceptions to the rule, 90 days from that date of the accident.
Q. Got injured at work and fractured left elbow and I am now 3% disabled in elbow. Workers comp wants togive me a settlemet
A: First, the 3% you were given by your doctor is likely impairment (which is a medical determination) and not disability (which is a legal determination). Your disability is likely greater than your impairment. If your doctor is recommending future medical treatment you usually should not settle this out and should negotiate to keep said medical treatment open and on going.
Q. Does workmens comp cover me on my break?
A: Each state WC system is different so you need to contact an attorney in your area. The initial consultation is usually free and make sure you establish this up front. In many states like South Carolina where I practice, you are covered on your break as long as there is no "substantial deviation from your employment" while on your break. Again, each state has different laws on this so make sure you consult an attorney in your area.
Q. What happens if you can not afford a lawyer and you are being sued in a civil lawsuit
A: There may be a pro-bono (free legal services) program that can help you depending on what type of civil suit you have against you. You should contact the South Carolina Bar @ 800 868 2284 to obtin a list of all current pro-bono programs available. Best of luck.
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Contact & Map
N. Charleston Office
1495 Remount Road
North Charleston, SC 29406
Telephone: (877) 849 4455
Telephone: (843) 566-8030
Telephone: (843) 529 0123
Fax: (843) 308-0337
Mt. Pleasant Office - Files principally handled in our Mount Pleasant office
250 Mathis Ferry
Road Suite 102
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Telephone: (843) 849-2800
Telephone: (843) 529-0123
Telephone: (877) 849 4455
Fax: (843) 884-2007