ACE recruits and retains a diverse and accomplished teaching staff comprised of academics, experts in the field, professional advisors, and published authors. In addition to our teaching staff, ACE’s Recruitment Committee selects legal & field professionals to be ACE Distinguished Speakers. These are people who have excelled and made a difference in their field of expertise and community. These speakers have the opportunity to create, network, and educate with us. Interested in becoming an ACE Distinguished Speaker? Click here.
Grant Smaldone a former Public Defender for the County of Sumter, SC. Mr. Smaldone is also the former assistant solicitor for Spartanburg County, SC. Grant Smaldone has been in private practice for a little over two years where he almost exclusively focuses on criminal defense matters. Having tried numerous cases in General Sessions court, most involving a firearm, Mr. Smaldone has a wealth of information and experience to share with all of our Guns in America CLE participants.
Perry Buckner DeLoach, Jr.
Perry Buckner DeLoach, Jr. was born and raised in Greenville County. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Perry DeLoach and has lived almost his entire life in the Upstate of South Carolina. After graduating from Riverside High School, located in Greer, Perry attended Clemson University and graduated with honors. He then earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina and completed a one-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable John C. Few, a Circuit Court Judge for the State of South Carolina.
Before entering private practice at The Law Offices of Perry B. DeLoach, Jr., Perry practiced for six years as a prosecutor with the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office. He practiced for three years in Pickens County and three years in Greenville County. During his time with the Solicitor’s Office, Perry prosecuted hundreds of cases ranging from magistrate court offenses to murder. He prosecuted DUI cases, drugs offenses, property offenses, white collar offenses, and violent crime. As a private attorney, Perry represents clients who have been charged with crimes no matter how serious the allegations may be. He also represents clients in personal injury actions, automobile accidents, civil litigation, and DUI defense. Perry has practiced all over the Upstate of South Carolina. He has worked for clients in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, and Pickens counties, and he looks forward to working in other counties around the State.
Chase Austin Elliott
Chase Austin Elliott is a native of Canton, Texas, a small town sixty miles east of Dallas. Mr. Elliott attended the University of Texas at Austin for undergraduate and the Charleston School of Law. He has been an associate at Kulp Law Firm since 2011.
Mr. Elliott represents clients in a variety of criminal defense, personal injury, and business litigation matters. He also has a Federal Firearms License and Special Occupational Tax certificate allowing him to buy, sell, and transfer Firearms and NFA items. He is the owner and operator of Charleston Firearms, serving customers with FFL transfers, NFA Trusts, and firearms sales.
Erin Hantske is a defense attorney who handles workers comp with McAngus Goudelock and Courie. Erin Hantske’s practice focuses on workers’ compensation defense. When she’s not in the office, Erin enjoys spending time with her family and outdoors playing tennis, boating and fishing.
University of Georgia (JD)
Wofford College (BS)
South Carolina Bar Association
Charleston County Bar Association
South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association
South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association
Defense Research Institute
Susan Gaddy, Esquire, has committed her career to standing up for her clients – both individuals and businesses. While serving as Special Counsel to the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Trustee for the largest bankruptcy in the state of South Carolina, her team recovered $42 million dollars for individuals who lost their money in a Ponzi scheme run by a subprime mortgage lender. Following the 2008 financial crisis, she pivoted from creditors’ rights to businesses and individual customers with mortgage and real estate issues. Susan Gaddy has represented hundreds of clients with successful resolutions since 1999 and is a certified mediator.
Ms. Gaddy has been licensed to practice law in South Carolina since 1992. She spent the first seven years of her legal career in Washington, DC working for the Federal Judiciary. She has regularly volunteered her time including serving as an Attorney to Assist Disciplinary Counsel for the Supreme Court of South Carolina and as President of the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association. In addition to her bar association leadership, Ms. Gaddy has been an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Charleston School of Law, Charleston Southern University, and The Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel.
Ms. Gaddy currently owns and operates The Gaddy Law Firm, a highly successful mortgage foreclosure defense and real estate litigation firm in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
“Applied Continuing Education was thrilled when Susan Gaddy decided to accept our invitation to be an ACE Distinguished Speaker. With her passion for educating lawyers and judges, Ms. Gaddy will no doubt satisfy your CLE expectations. You’ll benefit from the detailed, hands-on approach to learning Susan Gaddy will share with you. We cannot put into words how thankful we are to have her on board.”
- Anita Margaret Holly, Development Director, ACE
Sean A. Scapellato is a soon-to-be partner at Cobb, Dill, & Hammett Law Firm in Mount Pleasant, SC. He practices primarily in the areas of real estate, education, civil defense, and criminal law. Before joining Cobb, Dill, & Hammett, Sean was a writer and teacher, most recently at Charleston County School of the Arts.
John has been practicing law for nearly 27 years, primarily handling workers comp and personal injury cases for injured persons. He is licensed in State and Federal Courts in South Carolina and Maryland.
During his last year in law school, and immediately afterwards, John served as law clerk of the Chief Administrative Judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit in Maryland, before moving to South Carolina. For the past 16 years, John has served as the South Carolina Workers Compensation Panel member for the Professional Hockey Players Association, representing hockey players in South Carolina in injury claims. John has also served as an adjunct law professor at both the Citadel and Charleston School of Law, teaching legal research and writing, oral advocacy and a course on Law and Society, which Mr. Roxon developed. For many years, John served as counsel by appointment from the State for people involuntarily committed at their initial hearings.
After running his own firm for 10 years in Charleston, Mr. Roxon joined the Joye Law Firm to open and manage their first branch office in Myrtle Beach, where he is currently the managing attorney. John has handled cases throughout South Carolina, focusing primarily on workers comp and injury cases. This year Mr. Roxon was elected to the House of Delegates of the South Carolina Bar, for the Fifteenth Circuit.
Mr. Roxon still enjoy the challenges and rewards of the practice of law and look forward to many more years of helping those injured at work or by the negligence of others. John is excited to be presenting for ACE as a Distinguish Speaker for our 2017 Workers’ Compensation CLE in Myrtle Beach.
Having been born abroad, David has personal experience with the U.S. immigration process, and understands the importance of providing clear, professional, effective counseling to those who wish to live, work, or visit the United States. David employs his business background to assist global businesses of all sizes with all aspects of expansion to the United States, including visas for executives and employees, and assists foreign investors.
Seton Hall University, BA in Business Administration
Magna Cum Laude
Business Administration Program Award, highest Grade Point Average
University of Richmond School of Law, J.D.
President, Student Bar Association
President, Trial Advocacy Board
Associate Editor, Journal of Global Law & Business
Order of the Barristers, National Order of Barristers
Advocacy Award, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
International Business focus
Licensed to practice law in Virginia and United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.
Licensed to practice United States immigration law in all 50 states and throughout the world, and refers realted state-law matters to local lawyers.
Speaks English, French, Czech, some German and Italian.
“Immigration law is a constantly changing legal field. We cannot put into words how luck we are to have Mr. Vyborny featured as an ACE Distinguished Speaker. He has combined passion for immigration law that is more than professional, it's person. Mr. Vybrony brings that unique perspective to ACE along with quite an impressive background. You won't want to miss a CLE if he is presenting.”
- Dulcie Hanham-Gross, Development Director, ACE
Federal and State DUI Defense Lawyer Stephen Harris has practiced almost exclusively Criminal Defense his entire career. Mr. Harris served as a Public Defender with the Charleston County Public Defender’s Office in Charleston, SC until 2008. As a Public Defender in Charleston County, Mr. Harris was tasked with handling more than 200 cases at a time. Many of these cases went to trial and many resulted in the defendant being acquitted or the case being nolle prossed.
This Charleston DUI Lawyer also work daily with all of the solicitors in the Charleston and Berkeley County Solicitor’s offices, as well as developed a positive reputation with all of the Ninth Circuit Judges and most if not all of the South Carolina Circuit Judges. He attended the National Criminal Defense College in 2007 and received training in advanced cross-examination as well as DUI training.
Mr. Harris primarily handles DUI and criminal defense cases in Charleston County, Berkeley County, Dorchester County, and Beaufort County. Mr. Harris is a member of the South Carolina Bar, Charleston Bar, Federal Bar and a practicing member of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington DC. Mr. Harris is a former adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law, where he taught Criminal Trial Practice. He is a seasoned Charleston DUI Lawyer with many great results.
“Having tried cases against Stephen for years, I can confidently say he is a great candidate to be named as an ACE Distinguished Speaker. He has a passion for serving his clients, the community and is a superb trial attorney. If you’re taking a CLE with Stephen, you are in for a treat.”
-Katherine J. Dahlheim, Esq. & ACE Recruitment Committee
Stephen Corby is the Founder and Managing Attorney at The Law Office of Stephen M. Corby. He grew up in Fort Mill, SC and has stayed in the Charlotte area throughout his educational and legal career.
Stephen has the necessary skills to help you take your legal matters from start to finish. He captained his law school’s trial team and led them to become one of the top four teams in the country. He has interned in both the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s office and Union County District Attorney’s during his time in Charlotte. Stephen is very familiar with the legal community in this area and can help guide you through the complicated hurdles the law presents.
In Stephen’s free time he coaches the Charlotte School of Law’s Trial Teams where he teaches law students how to excel in the courtroom. He also volunteers at Safe Alliance, an organization that helps victims of domestic violence.
“Stephen is recognized as an ACE Distinguished Speaker because of his commitment to education. Every bit of knowledge Stephen has gained since working as an undergrad he has applied to his profession and community. Mr. Corby has a passion for the law, and we’re privileged to have him speak at many of our CLE Seminars.”
- Anita Margaret Holly, Development Director & President of the ACE Recruitment Committee