Proudly Representing People Injured on the Job
Dewana Flynn Looper
Dewana Flynn Looper spent roughly 9 years defending businesses and insurance companies in workers’ compensation claims. As a defense attorney at one of the Carolinas’ leading workers’ compensation defense firms, Dewana traveled to multiple states teaching adjusters about South Carolina workers’ compensation laws. She regularly speaks at seminars about the ins and outs of workers’ compensation. Atkins Law Firm is honored to have her as a part of our team both because of her track record of professional success and the values and personality she brings to our team.
Dewana grew up in Great Falls, South Carolina. She comes from a long line of textile workers and blue collar workers. If you ask anyone who knew her as a child, they will tell you that as far back as they can remember, Dewana wanted to be a lawyer and she worked hard to make that dream come true. In 2000, Dewana graduated Valedictorian from Great Falls High School. She then moved to the “big city” of Columbia and attended the University of South Carolina Honors College. A lifelong Gamecocks fan, Dewana fell in love with Columbia. She graduated magna cum laude in 2004 with an English major and took a year off working in a real estate law firm before pursuing her legal education at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she graduated cum laude in 2008. Dewana earned the distinction of being appointed to the Order of the Coif (an honor reserved for those graduating in the top 10% of the law school class), the Order of the Wig and Robe, and the Knox Haynsworth Scholarship (for excellence in employment and labor law). Dewana was also a member of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Journal, where she honed her legal writing skills.
After law school, Dewana spent a year practicing workers’ compensation in Charlotte, North Carolina, before she moved back “home” to Columbia. Lord willing, she swears she will never leave. She is licensed and in good standing in both states. Dewana’s understanding of both North and South Carolina laws make her especially valuable in cases where a claim could be brought in either state. At a personal level, Dewana’s upbringing helps her understand and appreciate the working people of South Carolina. Her experience defending the types of claims she is now bringing gives her tremendous insight and knowledge into how workers’ compensation claims are viewed by the defense—including what type of documentation is needed to help your claim move more smoothly and how insurance companies value claims. We look forward to putting her experience to work for you.
When she isn’t practicing law, Dewana enjoys spending time with her husband of 11 years, her two rotten boys (lovingly dubbed “the tumultuous tornado” and “the pint-sized dictator”), and her family. She also loves Gamecocks sports—even when the Gamecocks stink.
Christy Harris is a native of Morgantown, WV and a proud graduate of West Virginia University. She graduated with a degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Criminology in 2005. Her educational background also includes Intelligence Operations, Homeland Security, Equine Management, and is certified in Arabic and Farsi. Christy also is a 9 year veteran of the Army, having served overseas. She is continuing to serve her country in the West Virginia National Guard.
Christy brings 2 years of Workers Compensation experience to the Atkins Law Firm. She previously was an insurance adjuster with the South Carolina State Accident Fund. Extremely hard working and detail oriented, Christy brings a great work ethic to the Atkins Law team, and strives to manage the best situation for our clients.
Growing up in the hills of West Virginia, Christy loves the outdoors and anything animal related. She has competed in the hunter/jumper equestrian sport for over 20 years, and continues to show her 2 horses. When she’s not serving her country or showing her horses, Christy likes to spend time at home with her dogs and family, and is an avid baker, having her own side business.
Vicki Sarvis Proctor
Vicki Sarvis Proctor is a native of Columbia, SC. She began her career working with attorneys full time while she attended evening classes at Midlands Technical College in the evening and received an Associate’s Degree in Legal Secretarial Science. After working in a law office setting for many years, Vicki went to Midlands Technical College where she obtained a Court Reporter Certificate and worked as a court reporter for approximately seven years, after which time she has remained in the legal setting.
Vicki brings 5 years of Workers Compensation experience to the Atkins Law Firm. She has a passion for helping others and dedication to getting the job done and is always ready to assist.
In Vicki’s free time she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
William Lorenzo is a native of Miami, Florida, and grew up in Covington, Georgia. William attended college at Georgia Perimeter College for Engineering and Political Science. William became a resident of the great state of South Carolina in December 2008.
William brings over 14 years of Workers’ Compensation experience to the Atkins Law Firm. William’s education and experience brings a helpful knowledge that he can share with clients of what to expect during their Workers’ Compensation claim. He has a passion for helping others in need and it shows every day as he assists clients through the Workers’ Compensation process. He is also fluent in Spanish and English.
Having grown up in Georgia, William loves sports and being outdoors. He enjoys fishing, watching sporting events, and spending time with his two little boys. William also enjoys good music, good stories, and a good laugh.
Tracey J. Hanna
Tracey recently graduated with her Masters’ of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. A long time book lover, she has left the Atkins Law Firm to pursue her career as a librarian, particularly in schools to help students gain a love of books and learning and to help teachers integrate reading skills into classroom curriculum.
Tracey was with the Atkins Law Firm for just about three years as a legal assistant. She loved working with our clients and establishing relationships with them while utilizing the skills she learned to facilitate medical treatment and other needs. When not at work, just like before, she will be spending time with her husband and furry family (which has doubled in size since she started here).
Whenever she can find the chance, she enjoys reading, watching, and listening to various Japanese programs – in order to maintain her conversational fluency in Japanese – especially ones starring her favorite pop group, Arashi.
Karen N. Hanna
Ms. Hanna has 21 years of experience in the Workers’ Compensation field. As a former lab technician, she worked in the hospital lab and in cotton dust research with Clemson University and J.P. Stevens. Ms. Hanna brings with her medical and industrial experience to the insurance field. Her past experience also includes working as Workers’ Compensation Adjuster with SC State Government. Ms. Hanna’s Workers’ Compensation background includes working as a paralegal for Plaintiff, as well as, Insurance Defense Law Firms.
Ms. Hanna is a member of the Injured Workers’ Advocates in which she served on the Paralegal Committee from 2010 to 2012 and the S.C. Workers’ Compensation Education Association. In her spare time, Ms. Hanna enjoys raising funds for organizations including Children’s Miracle Network, the Leukemia Foundation, the American Heart Association, Breast Cancer Awareness, and the Lexington Race for Hunger. She also loves to cook and has won Blue and Red ribbons at the S.C. State Fair for her biscuits and cookies.
Ms. Hanna’s other loves are decorating for the holidays, traveling and spending time with her husband, daughter and their Shih Tzu, Honeybelle. Growing up just one mile away from Death Valley, she is also an avid Clemson fan. Go Tigers!
Chance grew up in Carrollton, Georgia, and graduated from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. He graduated with a Language Arts degree in December 2013, where he was on the Deans list for seven consecutive semesters. Chance was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, where he held many positions, including President. Chance joined the Atkins Law Firm team in April of 2016.
Chance is currently in his second year of law school at the University of South Carolina School of Law. He was elected to the Student Bar Association his 1L and 2L years. He volunteers for the Constitutional Scholarship Pipeline Program, a program where he helps educate middle school kids in relevant areas of the law. Further, Chance will be a 1L peer mentor to the incoming 1L students for the 2016/17 school year.
Chance hates to be bored, and is always looking for something fun to do. He is an avid sports fan and supports all the professional Atlanta sports teams. Although Chance is from Georgia, he has enjoyed his time in South Carolina and is looking forward to learning more about the great state of South Carolina.
Jas Barr is a native of Florence, South Carolina, and a proud graduate of The University of South Carolina (The Best University in the World). She graduated with a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice in May of 2011, and ended her final school year on the Dean’s List. Jas is also a member of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, National Criminal Justice Association. Jas joined the Atkins Law Firm team in June of 2011.
She enjoys singing, dancing, spending time with her family, and participating in various functions at her church, Savannah Grove Baptist Church, in Florence South Carolina. She is a diehard Gamecocks and Pittsburgh Steelers Fan, and has even attended two Super Bowls in her lifetime. She thoroughly enjoys football season like no other!