On April 21, 2014, the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission unanimously elected Kappel to the post of Vice-Chairman. As Vice-Chairman, Kappel will fill in for Delphin A. Gantt, Jr. anytime Chairman Gantt is unavailable. Kappel is excited to step into this new position and support Chairman Gantt in carrying out the mission of the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission.
The South Carolina Aeronautics Commission implements statewide policy regarding the SC aviation system and state owned aircraft which includes a Beechcraft King Air 350 and a King Air C90.
Martindale and Hubble awarded Matt Kappel an AV rating based upon the opinions of lawyers and judges in South Carolina. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings which were created in 1887 are based on the opinions of other lawyers and judges who have worked with the lawyers they are evaluating. Responding to Martindale and Hubble’s inquiry, a former circuit court judge stated “I have known Matt Kappel for about 16 years. I saw him try many cases while I served as a judge and we have represented co-defendants in criminal matters since I returned to private practice. Matt is one of the most capable trial lawyers in this area.”
Only lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability receive a AV Peer Review Rating.
State v. Gutierrez: Ms. Gutierrez was charged with two counts of forgery by the S.C. Department of Public Safety with a maximum term of imprisonment of 6 years. Ms. Gutierrez is a Permanent Resident (Green Card) of the United States and faced certain deportation if convicted of the crimes. Ms. Gutierrez has three US citizen children and removal from the United States would have been devastating.
A jury trial was held on December 10, 2013 and after the State’s presentation of their case, Kappel moved the court for a Directed Verdict. Kappel stated it would be inappropriate to submit the case to the jury because the documents admitted into the record and testimony elicited through cross-examination of the State’s four principal witnesses did not support a finding of guilt. The court agreed and entered a judgment of not guilty.
On July 3, 2013, the Superior Court of Buncombe County in North Carolina and the U.S. District Court of the Western District of North Carolina, respectively, administered the lawyers’ oath and admitted Matt to practice in their courts. Admission to practice in North Carolina was the culmination of a long journey that included three weeks of intense study, passing the two-day North Carolina Bar Examination, and the National Multi-State Ethics examination.
Matt’s daughter joined him for this memorable day and watched as he signed the NC Attorney’s Oath.
The South Carolina General Assembly elected Matt to the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission representing the 4th Congressional District. On May 22, 2012, South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond administered the oath of office. As Commissioner for the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, Matt participates in the implementation of statewide policy regarding the SC aviation system and state owned aircraft which includes a Beechcraft King Air 350 and a King Air C90.
On March 16, 2012, WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, SC, aired a segment that centered around Matt Kappel’s participation in Angel Flight, a non-profit organization out of Atlanta, Georgia that provides free air transportation to individuals with any legitimate charitable or medically related need. Matt came to the assistance of Jacob Hayes who had survived a near fatal burn accident. Click this link for more information.
On April 25, 2011, Angel Flight accepted its first mission for the Shriners Hospital for Children of Greenville, SC. In the early morning hours, Matt flew to Greenville, NC to pick up the Glisson family and bring them to Greenville, SC. The Glisson’s two year-old son suffered a stroke at birth which caused developmental complications. The Shriner’s Hospital planned to evaluate William for surgery to correct irregularities in the development of his feet. The event was featured on Fox Carolina News.