After a twelve year career in agriculture, I am now in my 33rd year practicing law. For fourteen years I had a general practice trying to meet the needs of clients in a rural setting. Real estate, domestic, business transactions, plaintiff and defense work were part of this practice. From January 1993 until June 1998 I was Chief Deputy Solicitor for the First Judicial Circuit in South Carolina, responsible for prosecuting all criminal cases for both Orangeburg and Calhoun counties. I tried many felony cases and supervised a staff of lawyers and support personnel.
In June 1998, I was elected by the state legislature as Resident Circuit Judge for the First Judicial Circuit of South Carolina. In that position I have presided over court terms in 40 of South Carolina's 46 counties. Upon my retirement from the resident judge's seat in January 2009, I chose to continue to hold court for three weeks each month. In May 2010 I made the decision to hang up my robe, lay aside my gavel and devote full time to the practice of mediation and arbitration. I believe my extensive experience on the circuit bench will significantly benefit my clients in this arena. I am Certified as both a Mediator and an Arbitrator in civil cases and as a Mediator in Family Court cases by the South Carolina Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification.
I was a founder and President of Heritage Hall, Inc. a local independent school and for 16 years served as President of the South Carolina Independent School Association, a statewide organization of more than 100 independent schools. This involvement has given me a good knowledge of education and educational management as well as student discipline and teacher employment issues.
My wide array of experience, make me uniquely qualified to understand and relate to a broad spectrum of clients. While my practice is concentrated in the upstate of South Carolina, I am available statewide. I look forward to discussing your client's needs and how I may be of service to you.