Barbara Chesley

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Office: 1900 Barnwell Street 

Columbia, SC 29201

Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 7788 

Columbia, SC 29202

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Daisy Bonds 


Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice Defense 
  • Nursing Home Litigation 
  • Professional Malpractice


  • Edinboro State College (B.S.N., 1978) 
  • University of South Carolina (M.S., Nursing, 1987) 
  • University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 1997)

Bar Admissions

  • 1997, South Carolina

Barbara A. Chesley is a shareholder of Richardson Plowden in the Columbia office. She focuses her practice on medical malpractice defense, insurance defense litigation, hospital law and nursing home/long term care litigation. She has a special interest in legal risk management for the healthcare professional. As an attorney and registered nurse, she offers a unique insight into these areas.

Mrs. Chesley's experience includes:

  • More than 16 years experience as a registered nurse. 
  • Served as a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist at Baptist Medical Center in Columbia, S.C. 
  • In-house Legal Risk Manager for Palmetto Baptist Medical Center from 1997 to 2000. 
  • Frequent guest speaker for nursing, medical and other healthcare professionals on health law and legal risk management for the healthcare provider.


Scholarly Lectures and Speaking Engagements

  • An experienced speaker, Mrs. Chesley most recently presented at the South Carolina Student Nurse Convention in Myrtle Beach.



  • Previously certified as a Critical Care Registered Nurse

Other Professional

  • South Carolina Bar 
  • Richland County Bar Association 
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association 
  • Defense Research Institute 
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society 
  • University Affiliate for the USC College of Nursing

Awards, Honors, Accolades

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  • Rated AV Preeminent® for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell American
  • One of 12 South Carolina attorneys selected to be featured in SC Bar Video Campaign.