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I am a shareholder in the law firm of Phipps & Brach, P.A., which has offices on Hilton Head Island and in Newberry, South Carolina. I have been practicing law for over 33 years and my statewide practice is limited exclusively to family law cases and divorce mediation/arbitration.. 

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in 1978, cum laude, and my Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1982. I was admitted to the South Carolina Bar later that same year. Thereafter, I began active duty in the United States Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps and served on active duty until 1989. During my period of active duty, I was stationed in San Diego, California and Charleston, South Carolina. I also served on board the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). I continued to remain active in the United States Naval Reserve until my retirement in 2006 as a Commander. 

Upon discharge from active duty in 1989, I went into private practice. In 1995 I was elected to the Family Law Section Counsel (FLSC) of the South Carolina Bar and lectured for the first time at the Annual “Hot Tips” family law continuing legal education (CLE) seminar. I have continued to write materials for and speak annually at various South Carolina Bar sponsored family law CLE seminars from 1995 through the present. I remained a member of the FLSC until 2009 and was its Chairman in 2000. I also served as an officer of the Beaufort County Bar for several years and was its President in 2000. 

I have served as a member of the Board of Editors for two books: Marital Litigation In South Carolina Substantive Law, Second Edition and Marriage and Divorce Law in South Carolina, A Layperson's Guide. I additionally contributed to the drafting and editing of the South Carolina Family Lawyers’ Tool Kit 2003 Edition which was created and written by the 2002-2003 FLSC.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 30%
  2. Family: 25%
  3. Child Custody: 25%
  4. Child Support: 10%
  5. Alimony: 10%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • J. Benjamin Stevens

    Randy is an experienced and very well respected family law attorney. He frequently gives CLE presentations to help educate other attorneys, and they are always entertaining, informative, and well received.


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Contact info

Phipps & Brach, PA

11 Marina Side Drive, Suite B
P.O. Box 8027
Hilton Head Island, SC, 29936

Phipps & Brach, P.A.

1201 Boyce St., Suite 1
Newberry, SC, 29108



SCGood Standing198201/13/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderPhipps & Brach, P.A.2010 - Present
ShareholderPhipps & Geis, P.A.2001 - 2009
ShareholderWilliam R. Phipps, P.A.1995 - 2000
Associate Litigation AttorneyBethea, Jordan & Griffin, P.A.1989 - 1995
Judge Advocate General CorpsU.S. Navy1982 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Newberry County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Beaufort County Bar AssociationPresident2000 - 2001
South Carolina Bar, Family Law SectionChairman1999 - 2000
South Carolina Bar, Family Law SectionMember1993 - Present
Beaufort County Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Hilton Head Island Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
South Carolina BarMember1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hudson v. Hudson, 530 S.E.2nd 400, 340 S.C. 198 (S.C.App. 2000)My client prevailed as the trial court was reversed on both issues that were appealed.
Dillman v. Dillman, Op. No. 04-UP-322 (S.C. Ct. App. filed May 14, 2004)N/A
Kaiser v. Kaiser, Op. No. 05-MO-009 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed February 28, 2005)N/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of South CarolinaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hot Tips From the Coolest Family Law Practitioners, Continuing Legal EducationThe Incapacitated Spouse in Family Court2014
Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners, Continuing Legal EducationEmancipation2013
SCAJ Annual ConventionCommon Law Marriage2012
Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners, Continuing Legal EducationWhat's Yours is Mine (Transmutation)2012
Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners, Continuing Legal EducationDawn of the Dead ... lines (Health Insurance)2011
SC Bar Convention - Family Law Section SeminarMySpace, Facebook and other Titillating Evidentiary Issues2009
Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law PractitionersMySpace, Facebook and Other Evidentiary Issues2008
Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law PractitionersDrug Testing in Family Court2007
South Carolina Bar ConventionThe Need for a New Financial Declaration in Family Court2006
Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law PractitionersAttorney Fees in Family Court2006
Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law PractitionersWhen a Separation Agreement Becomes Binding in Family Court2005
Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law PractitionersUniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act2004
Hot Tips from the Best Domestic Law PractitionersJurisdictional Considerations in Family Court2003
Hot Tips from the Best Domestic Law PractitionersClient Intake Procedures in a Domestic Practice2002
South Carolina Family Law Ethics UpdateLawyer Advertising2001
Hot Tips from the Best Domestic Law PractitionersGuardian Ad Litems in Family Court2001
South Carolina Bar Midyear MeetingJurisdiction in Family Court & Moderator/Coordinator2000
Hot Tips from the Best Domestic Law PractitionersTax Issues in Family Court2000
Hot Tips from the ExpertsLawyer Advertising1999
Hot Tips from the ExpertsFamily Law1998
Hot Tips from the ExpertsFamily Law1997
Hot Tips from the ExpertsFamily Law1996
Hot Tips from the ExpertsCredit Reports in Family Court1995
Hot Tips from the ExpertsSurveillance Equipment for Spying on a Spouse1994