Blackstock, South Carolina Lawyers

Winnsboro, SC Lawyer with 18 years experience
206 S Congress St
Winnsboro, SC 29180
Widener Law School
Chester, SC Lawyer with 17 years experience
120 Saluda St
Chester, SC 29706
Employment
Winnsboro, SC Lawyer with 39 years experience
105 Francis Marion Dr
Winnsboro, SC 29180
Winnsboro, SC Lawyer with 18 years experience
229 S Congress St
Winnsboro, SC 29180
Chester, SC Attorney with 19 years experience
176 Columbia St
Chester, SC 29706
Mississippi College School of Law
Bill Powers
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(877) 462-3841 331 E Main St
#200
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Free ConsultationRock Hill, SC Lawyer with 27 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
Campbell University
Charlotte NC "Lawyer of the Year - Criminal Defense: General Practice"
2018 Best Lawyers®; 2019 Best Lawyers® Past President of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice 2016 - 2017
Andrew Littlejohn Johnson
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Columbia, SC Lawyer with 5 years experience
(803) 790-2800 5205 Forest Drive
Suite 2
Columbia, SC 29206
Free ConsultationMedical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Workers' Comp
University of South Carolina School of Law
Born and raised in Greenwood, South Carolina, I grew up in a small community with people who took care of each other. After moving to Columbia, I worked for a boutique law firm where I later clerked during law school. I earned my Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law a semester early, and later became a staff attorney at the South Carolina Court of Appeals.

My experience at the court gave me the opportunity to learn different facets of law and work alongside some of the brightest minds in our field. As my...
Kenneth E. Berger
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Columbia, SC Attorney
(803) 790-2800 5205 Forest Dr.
Suite 2
Columbia, SC 29206
Free ConsultationMedical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Workers' Comp
University of South Carolina School of Law
I am a Columbia, SC personal injury and workers' comp attorney. Since my first day in practice, I have been protecting the rights of those harmed by unsafe drivers, caregivers, and products.

Among the cases I accept are those arising from car accidents, wrongful death, traumatic brain injuries, and on-the-job injuries.
Lisa H. Brown
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Columbia, SC Lawyer with 11 years experience
(803) 563-5163 120 Sparkleberry Crossing
Ste 1B
Columbia, SC 29229
Elder, Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
University of South Carolina School of Law
Long term care and Medicaid planning. Special needs trusts. Guardianship and Conservatorship actions. Probate litigation. Estate administration. Estate planning. Real estate closings. Title searches.
Robert J. Reeves
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Fort Mill, SC Lawyer with 30 years experience
(803) 554-4157 1012 Market Street
Suite 205
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Free ConsultationDUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of South Carolina School of Law
At Robert J. Reeves P.C., our attorneys focus on serious personal injury accidents (automobile, motorcycle, tractor trailer, workers' compensation), criminal (DUI / DWI), and family law / divorce cases. We help clients in both South Carolina and North Carolina. We are experienced trial lawyers willing to do whatever it takes for our clients. In addition, every client has our personal cell phone number and direct email address. As a result, you can reach us directly when you need answers, even after hours or on the weekend.

-Robert J. Reeves is a seasoned trial attorney with 30 years of litigation experience in...
Freddy Woods
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Columbia , SC Lawyer with 23 years experience
(803) 233-1828 3501 N Main Street, #200
Columbia , SC 29203
Free ConsultationCannabis Law, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Howard University School of Law
I am the Senior Partner at the The Woods Law Firm. I have been practicing for over 24 years. Our law firm's areas of practice are Criminal Defense, DUI Defense, Military Criminal Defense (Worldwide Representation) and Personal Injury Law. Our logo is "Justice On Your Side" and our stated mission is to defend the defenseless and help you get your life back. We represent the people against the powerful. Call, Click or Text us today at 864-810-0384 or call us at 864-298-8111 and see how we fight to win for you and your family!
Lacey Thompson
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Columbia, SC Lawyer with 6 years experience
(803) 724-8916 1430 Blanding St
Columbia, SC 29201
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
University of South Carolina School of Law
Lacey Thompson is a dedicated criminal defense lawyer with offices in Myrtle Beach and Columbia, SC. She has focused solely on criminal defense in SC state courts for her entire career, and she is proud to say that she has never been and likely never will be a prosecutor.

She received her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2013, and she is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL). She is a former board member for SCACDL, representing the 15th circuit which includes Horry and...
Scott Shirley
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Columbia, SC Attorney with 21 years experience
(803) 799-2100 1430 Blanding Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Workers' Comp
University of South Carolina School of Law
J. Scott Shirley is one of the owners of Popowski Callas & Shirley, P.A., and since 1995 has dedicated himself to the firm's Workers Compensation Practice and the representation of injured South Carolina workers and their families. Prior to attending law school at the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shirley worked as a roofer. His experience observing injured colleagues led him to the conclusion that no one was standing up for their rights; insurance companies and employers were backed by high-powered attorneys. His mission then became to put injured workers on equal legal footing with their employers.

Mr. Shirley graduated from...
Mark D. Chappell
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Rock Hill, SC Attorney with 34 years experience
(800) 531-9780 1770 India Hook Road
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Personal Injury, Products Liability and Workers' Comp
University of South Carolina School of Law
Mark Chappell is a founding partner of Chappell, Smith & Arden. He concentrates his practice in personal injury, truck and auto accidents, catastrophic injury and product liability cases. Since he was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1985, Mark has handled thousands of cases, winning millions of dollars for injured clients. One of Mark’s cases created a new South Carolina law protecting young ATV riders. Mark served as Chair of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee representing 71 race fans injured in the bridge collapse at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and was the plaintiff’s liaison in the Graniteville train derailment class...
Stephen G. Vicari II
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Rock Hill, SC Attorney with 4 years experience
(866) 783-9278 1242 Ebenezer Rd
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Workers' Comp
University of South Carolina School of Law
“No one can ever plan for the physical, financial, or emotional toll an accident has on them or their family. I am very grateful that I became a personal injury lawyer because making a positive, concrete difference in someone’s life adds meaning to mine.”

– Stephen Vicari
Matthew Burgess
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Rock Hill, SC Attorney with 6 years experience
(803) 909-9415 331 E. Main St., Suite 200
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
Charleston School of Law
Matt Burgess is a South Carolina attorney and has represented clients across the state in matters involving Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, General Civil & Appellate Litigation. Matt has been chosen a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Top 40 Under 40; selected by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys and the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as a member of their “10 Best Attorneys”; by the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the State of South Carolina; and has been recognized by...
Jeremey Poindexter
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Fort Mill, SC Lawyer with 12 years experience
(803) 548-5367 1012 Market Street
Suite 205
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Divorce and Family
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Jeremey Poindexter has been practicing law in the Upstate for more than 11 years. He has focused the majority of his practice on family law. He has handled a full range of family law cases including simple divorces, complex high net-worth divorces, custody actions, grandparents’ rights cases, DSS cases, and termination of parental rights cases. He is married to his wife, Katie, and they have two children, Calvin and Adia.

When Calvin was born, he was diagnosed with Down syndrome. This has led Jeremey to focus much of charity work on issues dealing with disabilities. He has served on the...
Dayne C. Phillips
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Columbia, SC Lawyer with 8 years experience
(803) 272-4503 1614 Taylor Street
Suite D
Columbia, SC 29201
Free ConsultationAppeals, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
University of South Carolina School of Law
ATTORNEY DAYNE PHILLIPS has dedicated his life to defending those who are wrongfully accused or who have made an unfortunate mistake and need help. He is a trained and experienced South Carolina criminal defense attorney and appellate litigator. He has successfully defended citizens in felony jury trials and has successfully argued before the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

Dayne is the 2018 President of the South CarolinHa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a former circuit representative on that organization's Board of Directors. He is also a graduate of the National Criminal Defense...
Bradley Lewis Lanford
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Columbia, SC Attorney with 17 years experience
(803) 790-2800 5205 Forest Dr
Suite 2
Columbia, SC 29206
Free ConsultationMedical Malpractice, Nursing Home, Personal Injury and Products Liability
Growing up in the small town of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, home of Gamecock greats Phil Petty and Dylan Thompson, I attended Winthrop University and then received my Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. After graduation, I worked as a staff attorney at the South Carolina Supreme Court, while also moonlighting as a legal writing instructor at the law school.

After leaving the Supreme Court, I worked at an insurance defense firm representing insurance companies, individuals, and corporations in personal injury, bad faith, product liability, and commercial litigation, trying numerous cases to verdict. After...
Brian R. Murphy
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Fort Mill, SC Attorney with 10 years experience
(888) 510-9359 1012 Market St Suite 301
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Free ConsultationInsurance Claims and Personal Injury
University of South Carolina - Columbia
Brian believes in the timeless principles of justice and personal responsibility. He promotes these principles in his law firm by holding wrongdoers accountable for the harm they cause others. He is a trial lawyer who fights for those who have been hurt through no fault of their own. Brian has been recognized as one of the Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40 in South Carolina by The National Trial Lawyers. Brian was born and raised in Fort Mill, South Carolina and graduated from Fort Mill High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Winthrop University in business...
Keith Robert Powell
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Columbia, SC Attorney with 23 years experience
(803) 790-0603 P.O. Box 1486
Columbia, SC 29202
Administrative, Construction, Education and Municipal
Vanderbilt University
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David W Martin
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Fort Mill, SC Lawyer with 5 years experience
(803) 590-1958 108 Springs Street
Fort Mill, SC 29715
Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Charlotte School of Law
As a native of Fort Mill, Attorney David Martin brings an in-depth knowledge of the legal landscape to each case he takes. If you are facing a problem involving family law, personal injury, or criminal defense, call David W. Martin Attorney at Law, LLC to schedule a consultation with their team. During your case evaluation, you will go over the details of your case to better understand how to prepare and what to expect. Mr. Martin can help you build a compelling case to tell your story effectively. Call their Fort Mill law firm today and get started.
Eric Christopher Hale
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Columbia, SC Attorney with 15 years experience
(803) 250-5252 1300 Pickens Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Business, Collections, Criminal and DUI
University of South Carolina School of Law and Florida Coastal School of Law
General legal practitioner. I have represented businesses and citizens throughout the State of SC in: business law matters, civil litigation, criminal defense, personal injury, appeals. I am SC certified Civil Mediator and presently serve as the Town Attorney for the Town of Irmo.
Justin D. Bice
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Rock Hill, SC Lawyer with 11 years experience
(855) 500-2423 2237 Celanese Road
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Free ConsultationInsurance Claims, Nursing Home, Personal Injury and Products Liability
University of South Carolina - Columbia
Originally from rural South Dakota, Justin Bice spent eight years in the United States Army working in the Military Intelligence Detachment of the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He participated in three tours of duty in Afghanistan and one in Iraq during the initial invasion, in addition to participating in various peacetime operations around the world. Justin graduated first in his class at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC with a degree in business administration. He later graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law. During law school, Justin was Editor-in-Chief for...
Wesley Graybill
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Columbia, SC Attorney with 24 years experience
(803) 404-5703 2721 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29202
Business and Real Estate
University of South Carolina School of Law
Wesley concentrates his practice in commercial real estate development. He advises developers, buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, lenders, and investors with regard to real estate development, sales, acquisitions, financing, leasing, construction, land use and zoning, and title insurance matters. Wesley initially served as outside counsel to a commercial real estate development company which focused on large shopping center and free standing drugstore development. He continued his practice at a large firm headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina before co-founding Graybill, Lansche & Vinzani, LLC.
Daniel Coble
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Columbia, SC Attorney with 6 years experience
(803) 576-2300 2500 Decker Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29206
Arbitration & Mediation, Criminal, DUI and Landlord Tenant
University of South Carolina School of Law
Daniel Coble is the Associate Chief Magistrate Judge for Richland County. He serves full time in Central Court located on Decker Boulevard. He handles criminal and civil trials, mediation, preliminary hearings, traffic court, domestic violence court, and landlord tenant court.

Daniel previously worked as a prosecutor with the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office. He handled a wide range of cases, including burglary, robbery, DUI & DUAC, and drug cases. As a prosecutor, he worked with Nelson Mullins, the Public Defender's Office, and Chief Municipal Judge Dana Turner in establishing South Carolina's first homeless court. In 2014, Daniel...
Peter J. Nosal
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Fort Mill, SC Attorney with 9 years experience
(803) 351-3597 852 Gold Hill Rd Ste 201
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Free ConsultationDUI, Estate Planning, Probate and Traffic Tickets
University of South Carolina School of Law
Former Police Officer with a Traffic, Estate Planning, and Probate law practice in South Carolina.
Pat McWhirter
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Newberry, SC Lawyer with 46 years experience
(803) 321-0451 2203 Wilson Road
Newberry, SC 29108
Free ConsultationMedical Malpractice and Workers' Comp
University of South Carolina School of Law
H. Patterson McWhirter was born and raised in Walterboro, South Carolina and is a founding member of McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., with offices in Columbia, Lexington, Orangeburg, Sumter, Aiken, Camden and Newberry, South Carolina. We continue to strive to give the very best legal service to the thousands of clients we have been honored to serve over the past 40 years.

The practices focuses primarily in the areas of workers' compensation, medical malpractice, automobile accidents, tractor trailer wrecks, nursing home litigation, premises liability, product liability, wrongful death and all forms of personal injury cases.

Mr McWhirter received his B.A. from...
Robert Norris Hill
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Lexington, SC Attorney with 27 years experience
(877) 407-6457 P.O. Box 1323
Lexington, SC 29071
Appeals, Consumer, Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
University of South Carolina School of Law
Are you a solo or small firm attorney who needs help with an appeal? Or with trial motions and memoranda? The Law Offices of Robert Hill is devoted to helping lawyers persuade judges what the law is and how it applies in their client's particular case. Please ask me if I can help you with the book work or writing to free you up to perform other services. Or take a vacation knowing that someone is watching your back.
Jake Modla
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Rock Hill, SC Lawyer with 29 years experience
(803) 351-3008 454 S Anderson Rd
#303
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Free ConsultationEmployment, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
University of South Carolina School of Law
Mariana Toledo-Hermina
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Fort Mill, SC Attorney with 14 years experience
(980) 785-4923 120 Academy Street
Fort Mill, SC 29715
Free ConsultationImmigration
City University of New York - Queens College
My legal practice is dedicated entirely to immigration law. I came to immigration law after working extensively with immigrant communities in the context of health education and community organizing. I started my legal career as a juvenile defense attorney with the Bronx Legal Aid Office in New York, and have since spent over 8 years practicing immigration law.

I earned my Juris Doctor from City University of New York School of Law and my B.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, PR.

I am fluent in Spanish and am a member in good standing of...
Tyler Bathrick
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Rock Hill, SC Attorney with 12 years experience
1242 Ebenezer Rd
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Workers' Comp
University of South Carolina School of Law
After earning a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 2003, Tyler left the cold winters of the Midwest to attend University of South Carolina School of Law. He fell in love with the south and opted to make South Carolina his permanent home. Tyler began his career working in personal injury law immediately after he graduated from law school in 2006. He had the beneficial opportunity to work as an associate attorney, training directly under two former South Carolina workers’ compensation commissioners. During this time, he represented hundreds of injured workers and gained extensive knowledge of...
Thomas C Jeter III
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Fort Mill, SC Lawyer with 10 years experience
(803) 351-3597 852 Gold Hill Rd Ste 201
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Free ConsultationBusiness, Estate Planning, Probate and Traffic Tickets
University of South Carolina School of Law
Thomas C Jeter III is a North Carolina and South Carolina attorney focused in the practice areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration, business succession and corporate law, and traffic law.
Brent Paul Stewart
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Rock Hill, SC Lawyer with 30 years experience
(866) 783-9278 1242 Ebenezer Rd
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Workers' Comp
West Virginia University College of Law
Attorney Brent P. Stewart made it his mission early on to not only become an injury lawyer, but to create a place where victims could turn in the darkest hour and seek the help they needed.  That’s why Brent focused on building his law firm to feel like a family atmosphere and a firm that truly puts their clients first.  With over 30 years of experience, he knows how important it is to have someone to stand up and fight for you against the insurance companies and corporations.  At Stewart Law Offices, you will not be just another case, but...
Robert Fredrick Goings
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Columbia, SC Attorney with 13 years experience
(803) 350-9230 1510 Calhoun Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Free ConsultationInsurance Claims, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Workers' Comp
University of South Carolina School of Law
Robert F. Goings focuses his practice on catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and workers compensation. He is known to be a fighter in the courtroom-- just ask the lawyers that go up against him in trial.

Robert grew up on his family's farm in Union County, South Carolina. Mr. Goings is a 2003 graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, receiving the highest distinction in his major. He graduated with highest honors as a summa cum laude graduate. He was was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa...
Alexandria Broughton Skinner
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Columbia, SC Lawyer with 35 years experience
(803) 414-0185 3924 Forest Drive
Suite 1
Columbia, SC 29204
Arbitration & Mediation, Elder, Family and Probate
University of South Carolina - Columbia
Whether working as a mediator or as an attorney, I work to empower individuals and families who desire to find fair and sustainable solutions to complex family transitions, conflicts, and legal issues. Some representative types of issues include mediated divorce, collaborative divorce, elder law, estate planning, probate administration, prenuptial agreements, adoptions, name changes, adult guardianships, issues related to mental illness, and protection of long term but non-married partners.
John Elmer Lansche Jr
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Columbia, SC Lawyer with 18 years experience
(803) 404-5701 2721 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29205
Business and Real Estate
University of South Carolina School of Law
John practices in business transactions and concentrates his practice in commercial real estate development, commercial real estate leasing (with an emphasis on retail leasing), commercial lending, mergers and acquisitions and marina/resort development. John advises developers, investors, lenders, buyers and sellers with regard to financing, leasing, land use and development, conservation easements, construction, real estate title insurance, and all aspects of structuring commercial loan and business transactions. John enjoyed similar practices with large firms headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina before co-founding Graybill & Lansche, LLC. John graduated with Honors in Psychology from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia....
Haley Chapman Floyd
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Columbia, SC Lawyer with 23 years experience
(803) 404-5708 2721 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29205
Business and Real Estate
University of South Carolina School of Law
Haley graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law and concentrated her studies in real estate and taxation. Haley is a licensed real estate broker and began her career managing and selling real estate. Her practice involves advising lenders, developers, investors, buyers and sellers with regard to all aspects of commercial real estate transactions.
William James LaLima
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West Columbia, SC Lawyer with 21 years experience
(803) 807-6292 1635 Sunset Blvd.
West Columbia, SC 29169
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce and Personal Injury
Ryan William Newton
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Columbia, SC Attorney with 14 years experience
(803) 404-5709 2721 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29205
Business and Real Estate
University of South Carolina School of Law
Ryan focuses his practice in business transactions, commercial real estate development, commercial leasing and commercial lending. Ryan is capable of handling all aspects of commercial real estate transactions representing clients in their capacities as lenders, purchasers, sellers, developers, landlords and tenants. His familiarity with the aspects of a complex real estate transaction allows him to focus on the details necessary to complete the transaction efficiently and confidently. Ryan began his career at a large firm headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina before joining Graybill, Lansche & Vinzani, LLC at the end of 2010.
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