Atwater and Associates develops strategies and solutions for managing government relations, regulations, and politics. It represents companies, organizations and individuals in complex political, regulatory and business environments and advises in various areas, including: representation before Government entities, representation and assistance with regulatory agencies, and business law.
The firm has a combined 60 years of legal, political and executive experience providing clients with the depth of knowledge, insight and effectiveness necessary to serve their needs in the public and private sectors. The firm has an unmatched depth of relationships with the legislative and executive branches in South Carolina. Atwater and Associates combines its legal and legislative expertise with expertise in business operations and development. The firm analyzes risks to reduce legal exposure, advises clients on existing and trending business law and regulations, and evaluates the effects of proposed regulation, court decisions and legislation on business performance. The firm also provides expert and articulate negotiation and legal liaisons with vendors, contractors, customers and government bodies at the federal, state and local levels.
Our firm is based upon sound morals and strong integrity. We do not accept clients, cases or causes that may have questionable merit. We do use our problem solving skills to get you from where you are to where you want to be.
Todd Atwater has enjoyed a multi-faceted career that has given him a wealth of knowledge in the legal, executive and political arenas. He has the unique experience of working as an attorney, as President and CEO of multiple businesses and organizations, and serving as a legislator.
Todd has served as Chief Counsel of the US Senate Labor and Human Relations Committee for Senator Strom Thurmond, Vice President and General Counsel of the SC Chamber of Commerce, Director of Government and Cabinet Affairs for Governor David Beasley, President and CEO of the SC Manufacturers Alliance, CEO of the SC Medical Association with multiple subsidiary companies, and founder of Coventry Partners. Todd also served as a member of the SC House of Representatives from 2010-2018, serving on the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry, the Committee on Rules, and the Committee on Education and Transportation. In addition, Todd was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the Special Committee on Opioid Abuse and the Special Committee on Comprehensive Tax Reform. After his eight years of service, Todd ran for South Carolina Attorney General, making the run-off against an eight-year incumbent.
In his 28 years of work and service in both the private and public sectors, Todd has earned a respected reputation for his leadership, effectiveness and integrity.
Beth Atwater is a founding partner of Atwater and Associates and has practiced law in public service at the federal and state levels in the US Court of Federal Claims, handling cases filed against the Federal Government, especially in the area of defense contracting; the US Sentencing Commission, analyzing and managing federal proposed sentencing guidelines; the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, managing issues ranging from Term Limits to a Balanced Budget amendment; the Office of SC Attorney General; Public Utility Review Committee (PURC) and for the SC Speaker of the House, working on legal, communications and legislative issues, as well as staffing the Chairmen of the Judicial Review Committee and the Ethics Committee. In addition, Beth has worked on and directed numerous political campaigns. She currently serves on the board of directors for Providence Home and SC Opportunity Now.
Austin Bowers is a graduate of Wofford College and the University of South Carolina School of Law. Prior to joining Atwater and Associates, Austin worked as a law clerk with several Columbia, South Carolina area law firms, handling cases in personal injury, business law, bankruptcy, and civil defense of law enforcement and other governmental agencies. He grew up in a family business environment, giving him strong entrepreneurial and business development experience. He has retained connections across multiple business industries.
Austin has been a candidate for public office and has worked with numerous political campaigns. He is involved in multiple community-led organizations and has served on several executive boards and committees. Austin is married to Holley Bowers and in their spare time they love to travel and spend time with their dog Emma.