June 2018

June 2018: Lowcountry Attorneys

Author: Special to CH2

William M. Bowen
William M. Bowen, P.A

William M. Bowen, P.A. is one of the successors to West, Bowen, Cooper, Beard & Smoot, which was formed in 1975 with John C. West, a former Governor of South Carolina and United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The firm engages in general practice with strong concentration in real estate law, estate planning and administration, and trial practice in all Courts of General Jurisdiction and the Family Court.

With his 52 years of experience, William Bowen can provide you with the assistance your problem may need in order to achieve your goals and minimize any negative consequences. He limits the size of his practice so that he may provide each client with individual attention. This insures that a client will be informed of all pertinent ramifications of the problem and be in a position to select the options best suited for the solution of the problem. He has earned an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry for professionalism and ethics and a Certified Circuit Court Mediator.

The Jade Building
52 New Orleans Road, Suite 202
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Vaux Marscher Berglind, PA
Vaux Marscher Berglind, PA is deeply rooted in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The law firm was established in 1973 by Roberts Vaux. Over the years, the firm has provided legal services to thousands of individuals and businesses in Beaufort County, Jasper County and the surrounding areas. Vaux Marscher Berglind, PA focuses on providing the best legal services in the following practice areas: real estate, personal injury, workers’ compensation, probate, estate planning, family law, criminal law, corporate law, and general litigation.

The attorneys and staff members institute a team approach to understanding and resolving their clients’ needs. Collectively, the team works to offer insightful legal counsel and diligent representation to each and every client.

Vaux Marscher Berglind, PA currently has offices in Old Town Bluffton, Okatie and Charleston.

Bluffton Address
1251 May River Road,
Bluffton, SC 29910
Bluffton Telephone: (843) 757-2888

Meredith & Jim Bannon
Bannon Law Group, LLC

Bannon Law Group is Bluffton. Attorneys Jim and Meredith Bannon have called Bluffton home for the last 10 years.

Jim, like many Hilton Head area transplants, is from Pennsylvania. He grew up in State College and attended Penn State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre. He met Meredith, a child of a career Army officer, in their second year of law school at the University of Miami. Meredith found her way to Miami after graduating cum laude from Tulane University in New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in management and sociology. Needless to say, their backgrounds are quite different, but each complements the other.

The Bannons set out to find fortune, fame and trial experience in Northwest Arizona, as prosecutors. Jim focused on major drug crimes while Meredith focused on sex crimes against children. Upon landing in the Lowcountry, Jim and Meredith would help the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office found the Career Criminal Team, with Meredith handling the prosecution of every murder in Beaufort County in 2012.

The siren call of private practice sang, and Jim has enjoyed a thriving criminal and personal injury practice for the past six years. Jim can provide advice based on his years of experience in all criminal matters ranging from DUIs to federal drug charges.
Meredith entered private practice in 2013 and focuses on real estate closings and real estate litigation. She enjoys welcoming new neighbors into the community and talking about what good fortune one has to live in such an amazing place. Meredith further helps her clients by advising homeowners associations on risk liability and collections work.

Jim is the president of the Board of the Literacy Center of the Lowcountry, while Meredith is a board member of Hopeful Horizons, our local child advocacy center. They have an active kindergartner who pushes them to give back to the community and reinvest in all those they encounter. Their story is similar to that of a lot of Blufftonians: They didn’t realize they found home until they found Bluffton.

10 Westbury Pkwy. Unit A
Bluffton, SC 29910
(843) 815-4505

Dale Akins
Akins Law Firm, LLC

Dale Akins is a trial lawyer and is licensed in all state and federal courts in South Carolina and Georgia. He is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell and has earned a reputation for excellence and integrity. He has also been selected as a South Carolina Super Lawyer in the Plaintiff’s Counsel category and has lectured on several occasions as part of continuing legal education programs. He is an associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is on the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell list of Top Lawyers in South Carolina.

Mr. Akins graduated from Furman University in 1988 and earned his law degree from Mercer University in 1991. He has practiced in Beaufort County since that time. He and his wife, Sally, who is also an attorney practicing in Savannah, Georgia, have lived in Rose Hill since 1994.

Mr. Akins has provided aggressive, legal representation for nearly 30 years, mainly in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire, and currently maintains a dynamic practice in the heart of Old Town Bluffton, focusing on serious personal injury, wrongful death and bad faith insurance cases. He offers his clients rigorous representation and personalized focus and attention. He believes it is of paramount importance in any case to keep the client’s best interest at the forefront through innovative and ethical means, and he persistently advocates for his clients to ensure that they receive maximum recovery and the compensation they deserve. He has handled hundreds of cases and has a great deal of experience and skill, both in and out of the courtroom. If you find yourself in times of trial, consider the Akins Law Firm.

Akins Law Firm, LLC
6 Johnston Way, Second Floor
Bluffton, SC 29910
Telephone (843) 757-7574
Fax (843) 757-7601

Douglas W. MacNeille
Ruth & MacNeille, P.A.

Ruth & MacNeille, P.A. was re-organized as a professional association in 1987 as a successor to the Dowling Law Firm that was formed in 1948. The firm’s varied practice consists of both non-litigation and litigation legal matters including: Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts, Probate Administration, Divorce & Family Law and Homeowner Association representation. The firm occupies attractive office facilities at 10 Office Way, Suite 200 on Hilton Head Island, located in the South Island’s Pope Avenue business area.

Attorney Douglas W. MacNeille graduated from Lawrenceville School, University of Virginia and Southwestern University School of Law; he resides on Hilton Head Island where he has practiced law since 1984. MacNeille is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the States District Court for South Carolina, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He and his paralegal, Beth Meeder, strive to give their clients the prompt and individual attention expected in a strong lawyer-client relationship. Please visit our website or feel free to give us a call to discuss your legal needs and questions.

10 Office Way, Suite 200
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 785-4251

Beth Ann Prince
Prince Law Firm, P.C.

I don’t just represent “clients.” I represent people. My approach to the practice of family law is an integration of serious trial experience with compassionate understanding. Family law clients need strong, solid legal advice, but they also want to be heard. To ensure I can effectively tell each client’s “story” to the court, I dedicate myself to learning the specific details that make each person’s case different.

It is not enough to be knowledgeable about just the law. Modern family law practitioners must stay well-versed on increasingly common issues affecting their cases, such as mental illness, personality disorders, addiction, and abuse. How we present these issues in court may profoundly impact the outcome, particularly regarding child custody, which is why we often use expert witnesses to assist us.

We also often use experts to assist in presenting complex financial issues to the court. For example, many local individuals are self-employed, which poses a special set of financial issues, such as income verification and business valuations. Experience in handling complex issues and utilizing financial experts can be a crucial factor in achieving a favorable financial result in your case.

My legal career has afforded me trial experience from both sides of the bench: I started as an assistant solicitor and special gun prosecutor for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit. Following that, I was in private practice as a civil and family trial attorney. Eventually, I was appointed as a magistrate court judge, where I was responsible for the jury trial docket. After I finally returned to private practice, I quickly narrowed my focus exclusively to family law, because that was where I felt I was making the greatest difference in my clients’ lives.

Hilton Head has grown tremendously since the days when I could ride my moped from my father’s house in Sea Pines to the (old two-lane) bridge without the burden of the traffic we all expect today. I remember well the car dealership that once occupied the property where my office is currently located. I love the Lowcountry, and I love practicing law in our community. My husband and I are proud to be raising our daughter here, along with our five dogs: Duke, Jax, Ozzy, Ricky, and Elvis.

Prince Law Firm, P.C.
200 Central Avenue, Suite B
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
(843) 681-9000

David H. Berry& Patrick Carr
Berry & Carr

Berry & Carr provides their clients with the highest level of legal representation and personal service, tailored to meet their individual needs. Serving the Lowcountry since 1985, they now have two offices on Hilton Head Island as well as a Beaufort location. The firm has expertise in representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Whether your injury is the result of an automobile or truck accident, premises liability, on-the-job-injury, or other accident, Berry & Carr can help you get full and fair compensation, including pursuing workers compensation and insurance bad faith claims when necessary.

David H. Berry, founder of Berry & Carr, received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. He has served as counsel in over 100 trials and is licensed in four states: Ohio, South Carolina, Georgia, and South Dakota, as well as all federal courts in those jurisdictions. His areas of expertise include personal injury, workers compensation and automobile accidents. Berry is also a Diplomat with the American Association of Justice and is a South Carolina Certified Civil Mediator.

Patrick Carr is a respected litigator and skilled negotiator. He has served as lead counsel in more than 100 civil jury trials in South Carolina, covering more than a dozen counties. He is a Certified South Carolina Circuit Court Mediator and has been an invited lecturer at continuing legal education programs focusing on automobile accident litigation and civil litigation techniques in South Carolina.

Attorney Luke Paulick is a former University of South Carolina graduate, who works out of the Beaufort office. He’s experienced in immigration law, civil litigation and criminal defense. Prior to joining Berry & Carr, Luke ran his own practice for two years. Luke began his law career in 2013 and has since been recognized by the American Bar Association’s Immigration Justice Project.

The law firm of Berry & Carr has experienced trial lawyers and savvy negotiators. They know how to fully investigate your injury, negotiate with insurance companies and other at-fault parties, and make sure your claim is fully and properly valued. This is particularly important in cases involving brain, spinal cord, and other injuries that require long-term care and medical attention.

For more information on Berry & Carr please visit HiltonHeadLawyers.com.

2 Spanish Wells Rd,
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
(843) 686-5432

Mikkelson Law Firm, LLC
“Knowing our Community and Clients as We Help to Navigate Life’s Trials”

Mikkelson Law Firm, LLC, located in downtown Bluffton, offers a variety of legal services in the areas of commercial and residential real estate closings, family law, probate, estate planning, and business development.

Their team includes four attorneys: Ryan Mikkelson, Tiffany Mikkelson, Ashley Adams Brown, and Jacquelyn Bowler, along with an exceptional support staff.

Ryan Mikkelson obtained his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 2005. His practice consists of residential and commercial real estate closings, business formation, and other general contract and transactional legal matters.

Tiffany Mikkelson graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi College School of Law in 2005. Her practice specialties include marital separations, divorce, custody, spousal and child support, visitation, adoptions, and other family law matters. 

Ashley Adams Brown graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2015, with a doctorate of jurisprudence (J.D.) and a children’s law certificate. Her practice specialties include real estate closings, estate planning, and probate law.

Jacquelyn Bowler graduated cum laude from Marquette University Law School in 2010. Her practice specialties include estate planning, probate, business formation, and contract law.

214 Bluffton Road
Bluffton, SC
(843) 757-9330

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