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.
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|Shareholder||Phipps & Brach, P.A.||2010 - Present|
|Shareholder||Phipps & Geis, P.A.||2001 - 2009|
|Shareholder||William R. Phipps, P.A.||1995 - 2000|
|Associate Litigation Attorney||Bethea, Jordan & Griffin, P.A.||1989 - 1995|
|Judge Advocate General Corps||U.S. Navy||1982 - 1989|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Beaufort County Bar Association||President||2000 - 2001|
|South Carolina Bar, Family Law Section||Chairman||1999 - 2000|
|South Carolina Bar, Family Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Beaufort County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Hudson v. Hudson, 530 S.E.2nd 400, 340 S.C. 198 (S.C.App. 2000)||The trial court was reversed on both issues that were appealed.|
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|University of South Carolina School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|University of South Carolina||Political Science||Bachelor of Arts||1978|
|Hot Tips From the Coolest Family Law Practitioners, Continuing Legal Education||The Incapacitated Spouse in Family Court||2014|
|Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners, Continuing Legal Education||Emancipation||2013|
|SCAJ Annual Convention||Common Law Marriage||2012|
|Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners, Continuing Legal Education||What's Yours is Mine (Transmutation)||2012|
|Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners, Continuing Legal Education||Dawn of the Dead ... lines (Health Insurance)||2011|
|SC Bar Convention - Family Law Section Seminar||MySpace, Facebook and other Titillating Evidentiary Issues||2009|
|Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners||MySpace, Facebook and Other Evidentiary Issues||2008|