News & Events

Terreni receives SC Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification

October 21, 2014

On October 21, 2014, the South Carolina Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification approved Charles Terreni to serve as Circuit Court Mediator.

Terreni to Serve on Legislative Audit Council

May 28, 2014

On May 28, 2014, Charles Terreni was elected by the General Assembly to serve on the Legislative Audit Council. The South Carolina Legislative Audit Council conducts independent, objective performance audits of state agencies and programs, as requested by the General Assembly and mandated by law. The purpose of this oversight role is to provide information which will assist the General Assembly and the public in determining whether state agencies are efficiently, effectively, and lawfully managing public resources, and whether agency programs are meeting their intended objectives. Learn more about the Legislative Audit Council at

Terreni completes FINRA Dispute Resolution Chairperson Training

May 15, 2014

Charles Terreni has successfully completed the FINRA Dispute Resolution Chairperson Training Course for arbitration of securities industry disputes. FINRA operates the largest dispute resolution forum in the securities industry to assist in the resolution of monetary and business disputes between and among investors, brokerage firms and individual brokers.

U.S. Census Bureau Releases S.C. Redistricting Data

March 22, 2011

On March 22, 2011, the Census Bureau shipped South Carolina's redistricting data to the Governor and the legislative leadership. The Bureau will make the data available to the public on its website on March 23, 2011. It can be downloaded at The data will include summaries of population totals, as well as data on race, Hispanic origin and voting age for multiple geographies within the state, such as census blocks, tracts, voting districts, cities, counties and school districts. The General Assembly and local governments will use this data to redraw their district lines in order to comply with state law and the United States Constitution’s guarantee of equal representation. For more information about the Census Bureau’s data release click here.

Department of Justice Issues Preclearance Guidance

February 17, 2011

The United States Department of Justice has issued its Guidance on how it will implement the Section 5 preclearance process in redistricting following the 2010 census.

Terreni now eligible to serve as public member in
FINRA securities arbitrations

November 11, 2010

Charlie Terreni has become a public arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). What is FINRA? It is “…the largest dispute resolution forum in the securities industry to assist in the resolution of monetary and business disputes between and among investors, securities firms and individual registered representatives.”; its mission is to provide a fair, expedient, and cost effective forum for resolving disputes involving the trading of securities. FINRA is subject to oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission. For more information about the FINRA arbitration process visit

Charlie Terreni to Speak on Redistricting Law

December 10, 2010

On Friday, December 10, 2010, Charlie Terreni will speak on redistricting law at the S.C. Association of Counties 2010 Local Government Attorneys' Institute. Click here for more information.

Students Compete in S.C. Bar Mock Trial Competition

September 9, 2010

The South Carolina Bar’s Mock Trial Program gives middle school and high school students a chance to learn about the legal process. Students participating in the competition are provided a case to prepare and try at the Richland County courthouse. This year’s case is a wrongful death suit arising from an accident at an amusement park. Students will improve their listening, speaking, reading, writing, and analytical skills. The mock trial teams compete regionally, and the top two teams from each region will go on to compete in the state championship in December. Charlie Terreni, of the Terreni Law Firm, LLC, and Travis Dayhuff, of Nelson Mullins, are coaching the St. Joseph’s Catholic School Mock Trial team in the 2010 middle school competition. To learn more about the S.C. Bar’s Mock Trial program please visit the South Carolina Bar website.

Law Firms Offer Seminar on Redistricting

August 19, 2010

The Terreni Law Firm, LLC and Hall & Bowers, LLC have teamed up to offer a seminar on redistricting after the 2010 census. The seminar will cover practical and legal topics associated with the redistricting process. Speakers at the seminar will include Charlie Terreni, Kevin Hall, Butch Bowers, and Todd Carroll, attorneys from the two law firms who have a range of experience in redistricting and election law issues. Other presenters will include Doris Jones, of the U.S. Census Bureau, Bobby Bowers, Director of South Carolina’s Office of Research and Statistics, Dr. John Ruoff, a veteran expert for the ACLU Voting Rights Project, the NAACP Branches, and other community groups, and Dale Oldham, Redistricting Counsel to the Republican National Committee. The seminar, which is complimentary, will be held on Friday, September 17, 2010 from 10am to 2pm., in the Saluda Building, 101 Executive Center Drive, #150, Columbia, SC. Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited, please RSVP now to or call 803-454-6504 if you have any further questions. Click here to see the brochure.

DOJ Proposes New Section 5 Regulations

May 4, 2010

On June 11, 2010, the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division released proposed regulations for the enforcement of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 42 U.S.C. 1973c. The new regulations are meant to conform the preclearance process to recent changes in the law and to clarify procedural aspects of the preclearance process.

Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 1973c, requires a state or political subdivision in a “covered jurisdiction” which makes a change in “any voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure with respect to voting” to obtain either administrative “preclearance” from the Attorney General of the United States, or a declaratory judgment from the District Court for the District of Columbia before implementing the change. South Carolina is a covered jurisdiction; therefore either the state or any of its political subdivisions must obtain preclearance of a change in voting practice or procedure (e.g. election schedules, districting plans, precinct boundaries, voting locations) before allowing it to take effect.

The proposed regulations reflect changes to Section 5 made by Congress in its 2006 renewal of the Voting Rights Act. Specifically, Congress added 42 U.S.C. § 1973c(c) which states that the term “purpose”, as employed in Section 5, “shall include any discriminatory purpose”. The addition of this subsection was intended to effectively reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Reno v. Bossier Parish School Bd., 528 U.S. 320 (2000) which held that the purpose prong of Section 5 was limited to a determination of whether the submitting jurisdiction had an “intent to retrogress”, and not to whether a change was made for other discriminatory purposes.

The new regulations also provide a “bailout” process for covered jurisdictions, including political subunits, such as cities, school districts, public service districts, or other jurisdictions that are now eligible to bring a declaratory judgment seeking to terminate their coverage under Section 5. These new regulations reflect the United States Supreme Court decision in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District v. Holder, 77 USLW 4539, 129 S.Ct. 2504 (2009), in which the Supreme Court held that such jurisdictions were among the political subdivisions eligible for bailout of the preclearance process.

Comments on the proposed regulations must be submitted on or before August 10, 2010. A copy of the proposed regulations may be accessed at this link:

SC Utility News Digest Available by Email

March 3, 2010

The Terreni Law Firm, LLC is pleased to offer an email subscription service for its S.C. Utility News Digest.  By visiting the SC Utility News Digest website and entering your email address in the "Subscribe" box, you can have a daily digest of news items delivered by email.  The S.C. Utility News Digest collects news items concerning the electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, water, and wastewater sectors in one convenient location.  We hope that you will find this service useful.  For more information about this new service, please contact Charlie Terreni.

Terreni Law Firm Offers Online Utility News Digest to Clients and Friends

February 22, 2010

The Terreni Law Firm, LLC is pleased to offer the web-based S.C. UTILITY NEWS DIGEST as an information service to its friends and clients. The S.C. UTILITY NEWS DIGEST collects news items concerning the electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, water, and wastewater sectors in one convenient location. We hope that you will find this service useful. For more information about this new service, please contact Charlie Terreni.

Terreni Law Firm Open for Business

February 1, 2010

Columbia, S.C. On February 15, 2010, a new law firm will open its doors at 1508 Lady Street in Columbia, S.C. Well, maybe not so new. After a five year hiatus, the Terreni Law Firm, LLC, established in 1996, is back in business.

From December 2004 to February 2010, Charlie Terreni, left private practice to serve as Chief Clerk and Administrator of the Public Service Commission of South Carolina. He took the job just as the agency was implementing Act 175 of 2004, a major restructuring, in which the General Assembly placed the Commission under the Code of judicial Conduct, a first for an administrative agency in South Carolina.

"I enjoyed working at the Public Service Commission' Terreni said, "in many ways, it was the best job I ever had." But, Terreni, who had practiced law for fourteen years before joining the Public Service Commission, felt called back to private practice.

"I’ve always thought of myself as a lawyer first, even in my job at the PSC" says Terreni. So five years later, with the restructuring of the PSC completed successfully, Terreni decided the time was right to return to private practice.

The Terreni Law Firm is a civil practice, focused on business, government, utilities, and public interest law. Terreni plans to represent clients in a wide variety of areas including civil litigation, administrative proceedings, and regulatory compliance.

Asked about starting a business in the middle of a recession, Terreni explained, "You can’t sit around waiting for all of the stars to line up. People and businesses need good lawyers, especially in tough times. I believe we’ll do just fine." The Terreni Law Firm, LLC will be located at 1508 Lady Street, Columbia S.C. (29201).

The law firm's website is and its phone number is (803) 771-7228. Charlie Terreni can be reached by email at

"SC Public Service Commission chief clerk resigns to practice law."

February 1, 2010

Charlie Terreni, chief clerk and administrator of the S.C. Public Service Commission, will resign from his job Friday...  Columbia Regional Business Report