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Recognition for a Rodney Dangerfield

In his 30-year legal career, Washington and Lee alumnus Rob Wendt, of the Class of 1978, has specialized in issues involving the environment, mental health patients and the disabled. He has become a specialist in Social Security disability issues.

Rob recently described his work this way to a reporter for a major feature in The Post and Courier of Charleston: “I guess I’m like a lot of lawyers out there–the Rodney Dangerfield lawyers of the world–people who are doing a lot of hard work and believe in what they are doing but don’t always get much attention for it.”

The Post and Courier’s feature was sparked by a major award that Rob won this month. He was one of 10 attorneys that South Carolina Lawyers Weekly presented with a Leadership in the Law award.

Getting such recognition, Rob added, “is not your principal motivation, of course, but it’s nice to have some recognition for what you’re doing.”

Rob is one of only two nationally certified specialists in Social Security disability law in South Carolina. He also served as that state’s first environmental crimes prosecutor from 1990 to 1994 and has served two terms as chairman of the Charleston Area Mental Health Center board.

In the profile accompanying the South Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s story on the awards, Rob was asked what he thinks is the most important attribute for a good attorney to have. His answer? Integrity.

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