Charleston-area attorney combining hotel purchase with love of law
12 / 02 / 2010
Johnny Linton and Dahli Myers at Woodlands Inn
Johnny Linton linking Five Star Woodlands Inn to his passion for legal profession
Summerville, SC – A longtime Charleston-area attorney is combining his recent purchase of one of the nation’s most decorated hotels with a deep love for the law.
In September, Johnny Linton and his family acquired Woodlands Inn, which is one of only six properties in the United States to hold the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both lodging and dining. The Summerville, SC, landmark is located just a few miles away from the Linton home.
The first official function under Linton’s leadership was to host 125 lawyers from over 30 countries, who visited Woodlands as part of a convention for the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).
“It was fantastic to share this beautiful property with members of the legal profession from around the world,” said Linton, who serves as special counsel for the Duffy & Young law firm in Charleston. “To hold it on the evening that my family purchased the property made it even more special.”
To commemorate the event, Linton recently presented Conference Committee Member Dalhi Myers, an attorney with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd in Columbia, with a painting of the International Court of Justice at The Hague by Woodlands’ artist in residence Rick Reinert. A limited addition original has been made available for the 335 participants of the weeklong event which was held in Charleston; this was the first United States venue for the event in over 30 years.
Woodlands’ central location within the South Carolina Lowcountry (25 minutes to both Charleston International Airport and I-95) has always proved a popular place for board meetings. However, since purchasing the hotel, Linton has set about creating an environment even more conducive to legal matters like depositions, as well as law retreats.
“I have been a member at Woodlands for 15 years and often used its facilities for meetings with clients,” said Linton, an accomplished trial lawyer and graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, and the University of South Carolina’s School of Law. “I’d now like to share this venue with the rest of the state’s attorneys and law firms.”
In addition to working on trials throughout coastal South Carolina and in the United States District Court, Linton has prevailed in appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, South Carolina Supreme Court and the South Carolina Court of Appeals. He also argued an original jurisdiction case in the United States Supreme Court. Linton is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and on its State Committee, and a permanent member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. He is also a Life Fellow of American Bar Foundation.
Managed by Salamander Hospitality, the 18-room Woodlands Inn is a restored 1906 mansion, and was ranked earlier this year as the fourth finest hotel in the United States by readers of Travel + Leisure.
For more information about Woodlands Inn call (800) 774-9999 or visit www.woodlandsinn.com.
About Johnny Linton’s Legal and Civic Career
Johnny Linton is an accomplished trial lawyer and graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC and the University of South Carolina’s School of Law. Before joining Duffy & Young in Charleston, SC as special counsel, he was a member of Sinkler, Gibbs & Simons, and Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd. In over 30 years of handling civil matters, Linton has worked on a wide variety of cases. In addition to trials throughout coastal South Carolina and in the United States District Court, he has prevailed in appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, South Carolina Supreme Court and the South Carolina Court of Appeals. He also argued an original jurisdiction case in the United States Supreme Court. Linton is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and on its State Committee, and a permanent member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Chamber's Best Business Lawyers in America (Litigation). Locally, he has served as President of the Charleston County Bar and as President of the Coastal Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates. He was previously appointed by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a South Carolina Bar examiner and as a member of the South Carolina Supreme Court’s Grievance Committee. The United States District Court appointed him to a committee to review a Magistrate Judge's qualifications for re-appointment. Linton has served on Wofford College’s Alumni Advisory Board. He also received the Compleat Lawyer Award from the University of South Carolina and is also a Life Fellow of American Bar Foundation.
About Woodlands Inn
Located in the charming village of Summerville and just a short drive from historic Charleston, SC, Woodlands Inn, a Salamander Hospitality property, is an immaculately restored 1906 classic revival mansion set amidst parkland grounds. It is one of only a handful of properties in North America to hold the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both its accommodations and dining room. In 2010, it was also ranked by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine as fourth finest property in the US and Canada. Owned by the Linton family, the inn features 18 guest rooms and suites, a country guest cottage, a day spa, croquet lawn, red-clay tennis courts, a temperature-controlled swimming pool, unique meeting facilities, golf privileges at nearby area courses, and a short drive to the region’s renowned plantations. The Dining Room at Woodlands is widely known for its innovative and sophisticated version of New American Cuisine and the use of fresh local foods to create a nightly menu with a Lowcountry influence. Woodlands is a member of the Preferred Boutique and Historic Hotels of America programs. For more information call (800) 774-9999 or visit www.woodlandsinn.com.
About Salamander Hospitality
Salamander Hospitality is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company manages and develops hotels, resorts and inns that reflect the authenticity and character of their surrounding environment. The portfolio currently includes the recently renovated Innisbrook resort near Tampa, FL., host to the PGA TOUR Transitions Championship every March and the LPGA Legends Tour Open Championship in November; Woodlands Inn near Charleston, SC, which is one of only six properties in North America to hold Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both accommodations and dining; and the under-construction Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-themed resort located near Washington, D.C. Salamander Hospitality also operates Market Salamander, a division of gourmet prepared food markets with locations in Middleburg and Innisbrook, and Salamander Touch, a boutique lifestyle store in Middleburg. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit www.salamanderhospitality.com.