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Affectionately known as “Bamberg from Bamberg,” Justin Bamberg is a native of Bamberg, South Carolina. Growing up in “Family Circle” with his parents and younger brother, he lived next door to his great-grandmother until he left for college. Surrounded by immediate and extended family, he learned quickly that hard work, discipline, integrity and doing things right the first time are mandatory qualities – not optional ones. Bamberg founded Bamberg Legal, LLC in 2016, with the goal of continuing to provide his clients with the dedication, discipline and determination required to get results.
After graduating from The University of South Carolina and finishing its three-year law school program in just two and a half years, Bamberg began his legal career with one of the premier insurance civil defense litigation firms in the State of South Carolina, where he litigated simple and complex cases on behalf of his clients in state and federal court.
In 2014, he left the insurance defense industry to represent injured and the families of wrongfully killed persons, where he advocated for clients throughout the State of South Carolina and the United States. He has since been invited to join the ranks of some of the nation’s most respected ranks:
- The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
- The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
- The National Trial Lawyers Mass Tort Trial Association Top 25
- The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
In 2014, Bamberg was first elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives, where he presently serves the citizens of House District 90 in Bamberg, Barnwell & Colleton Counties. He currently sits on the House Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee and the House Operations & Management Committee.
In 2015, Bamberg was appointed by South Carolina Speaker of the House Jay Lucas to serve on the Human Services & Public Safety Committee of the 15-state Southern Legislative Conference (SLC). Founded in 1947 and located in Atlanta, the SLC is a member-driven organization and the largest of the four legislative groups operating under The Council of State Governments.
Bar Admissions: South Carolina; U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina (Pro Hac Vice Admission in other states on a case-by-case basis)
Practice Areas: Car Accidents, Tractor Trailer Accidents, Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents, Drunk Driving Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Wrongful Death/Survivorship, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Electrocution, Slip and Fall, Insurance Claims, Insurance Bad Faith, Misplacement of Insurance Coverage, Workers Compensation/On-the-Job Injuries, Nightclub Shootings/Bar Shootings, Sexual Assault/Rape, Civil Rights Litigation, Unconstitutional Use of Force, Prescription Drug Mistakes, Nursing Home Neglect, Class Action Litigation.
Education: University of South Carolina School of Law; Law Clerk, 5th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office; Research Assistant, Prof. Kenneth Gaines, Dept. of Clinical Studies; Judicial Intern, The Honorable Clifton Newman, Fifth Judicial Circuit; USC Law Student Ambassador; USC Mock Trial Bar; Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Co-director; B.A., University of South Carolina; Bamberg County Public Schools K-12; Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School.
Distinctions: Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Lifetime Member); Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Lifetime Member); National Academy of Trial Attorneys SC Top 10 Under 40; National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40; National Trial Lawyers Top 100; National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40; National Trial Lawyers Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association Top 25.
Professional Memberships: South Carolina Association of Justice South Carolina Bar; Healing Species, Inc. Board of Directors, Fmr. Chairman of the Board; Bamberg County Democratic Party
Fraternities/Sororities: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated
Marcello Buckner is the Chief Operations Officer of Bamberg Legal, LLC. Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Ehrhardt, South Carolina, Marcello is a product of Bamberg County communities and public schools. He is a proud United States Army and Iraq War Veteran with 13 years’ experience as a Combat Medic/Health Care Specialist. Marcello’s compassion, resiliency, and leadership experience are all traits that reflect the core values of Bamberg Legal, LLC and our vision for the future of our clients and their loved ones.
Melissa joined Bamberg Legal as a Paralegal shortly after its inception in 2016. A Native of Bamberg, SC, Melissa attended Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College where she graduated with an Associates in Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies. She began her Paralegal career in Charleston, SC where she worked as part of a large real estate firm before returning to her home town in order to gain experience in other areas of law including family law, criminal defense, and personal injury. Since joining the firm, Melissa has been instrumental in assisting the firm secure some of its largest recoveries for personal injury clients.
Tenita joined the Bamberg Legal family in February 2018. Originally from New Jersey, she made Orangeburg her home over 20 years ago. Tenita is a graduate of South Carolina State University, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science.
Over the course of her career as a paralegal, Tenita has assisted attorneys with a variety of legal matters including serious personal injury and civil rights violations.
Her years of experience working for a robust plaintiff personal injury firm have left her well-equipped to efficiently manage cases with a client’s best interests at heart. Tenita is a member of the South Carolina Association of Justice and South Carolina State University Alumni Association.
LaTrell is a native of Bamberg, South Carolina and was raised in Orangeburg. Since she was a teenager, she was been very involved in the local Hispanic community as a Spanish interpreter. She often interprets for the South Carolina Department of Social Services, law enforcement agencies, courts, schools, hospitals, and other entities. After attending Edisto High School, she further her education at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College where she received her Paralegal degree and Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.
She took Basic Law Enforcement training in 2009 and the Basic Jail training in 2011 at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Most recently, LaTrell served as a paralegal at the SCDSS in the Neglect and Abuse Unit. She has experience in the insurance industry having been a licensed insurance agent for 12 years in addition to being a licensed insurance adjuster. LaTrell is the Vice President and Policy Council Representative of the Parent Committee at OCAB-Neeses and also serves as the Secretary of the Policy Council at OCAB and Personnel Representative of OCAB in Orangeburg, Bamberg, and Calhoun Counties. She attends Cornerstone Community Church and enjoys traveling, going to the gun range, photography, and spending time with her family.
Ronda joined the Bamberg Legal family as Case Manager in July 2017, shortly after retiring from a 32-year career serving both her Country and her. She began her career in 1986 as a member of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, where she received two Good Conduct Medals, an Army Accommodation Medal, an Overseas Ribbon, and a Humanitarian Ribbon.
After 8-years of military service, she began her civilian law enforcement career. Ronda served in various capacities, including as a Patrol Office early on and later achieving the rank of Commander of Investigation with the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office. She has vast knowledge in Narcotics, having served on a multi-jurisdictional semi-covert narcotics and violent crimes task force. As a criminal investigator, she investigated and/or supervised over 300 homicides. She was also a Nationally certified hostage negotiator and a member of the S.W.A.T. team.
She believes her greatest accomplishments are her two sons, her youngest serving the public in his position with the S.C. Department of Public Safety and her eldest, attorney Justin Bamberg. Ronda has been married to her loving husband, who has also served over 30 years in military and civilian law enforcement, for over 30 years. She is also the proud grandmother of one.
Shari Nichols is the Administrative Assistant to Attorney Bamberg, as well as the lead administrative assistant for the firm. She brings over 20 years of administrative experience to the table with expertise in scheduling, task management, and administrative staff support. Born in Greenville, Alabama and raised in Barnwell, South Carolina, Shari is a two-degree graduate of Aiken Technical College. She has a background of dedicated public service, having worked as an E-911 dispatcher for the Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office in addition to having served the citizens of Bamberg, Barnwell, and Aiken Counties for 10 years as a Paralegal at the 2nd Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Aiken, South Carolina.
Paulette H. McDonald joined Bamberg Legal after retiring from the Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office where she served her community for 28 faithful years. She began her law enforcement career with the City of Bamberg Police Department as a Dispatcher from 1976 until 1992, when she became the Sheriff’s Office’s first Victim’s Advocate. In 1995, Paulette accepted the position of Deputy Sheriff, where she remained until her retirement in 2017. She brings extensive knowledge in the law enforcement field as well as a compassionate understanding to victims of injustice. Paulette is the widow of the late James McDonald and has three sons and two daughters.
Trena Crosby is a native of Bamberg, South Carolina and joined Bamberg Legal, LLC in 2018 as the firm’s Community Outreach Director on her retirement after 28 years with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). As Community Outreach Director, a position created by the firm to further strengthen its support of the communities around it, Trena is tasked with extending the firm’s grassroot support of community-oriented initiatives, including monitoring of community calendars, attending community events on behalf of the firm in support of those hosting them, and working on youth development strategies.
She is an active member of Gethsemane Baptist Church where she serves as the Youth Coordinator, Sunday School Superintendent, and AD of the Missionary Society. Trena is also an avid cook who enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on the local athletic teams at sporting events.