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Catherine C. Christophillis

Child custody Attorney at Greenville, SC

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  • Licensed for 45 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1978
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Catherine Christophillis began her career in law thirty-eight years ago after receiving her juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina Law School.  Catherine joined our firm in 2016 and focuses her practice on family law issues such as divorce, separation, child custody name change, child support and alimony as well as preparation of wills, powers of attorney and health care powers of attorneys.

 Catherine is both a certified mediator/arbitrator and Guardian ad Litem. She was trained in Atlanta, GA in 1993 before South Carolina approved mediation.  She served on the committee that wrote and proposed mediation rules and continues to believe that mediation is a useful tool for families to successfully resolve their disputes. 

At the beginning of Catherine’s career in law, she went into private practice with Culbertson, Christophillis and Sauvain.  She worked in the practice on two different occasions, both before and after working for the 13th Circuit Solicitors.  While working for the 13th Circuit Solicitors, she headed a special unit for crimes against children and domestic violence, and also initiated a Domestic Violence Intervention Project as well as the Response and Review Team for infants exposed to drugs.  Starting in 1995, Catherine served the Attorney General’s office for five years, where she began and headed three special prosecution units: Directors of Insurance Fraud, Drug Prosecution and Elder Abuse. 

Catherine has published six different works during her career.  She was the author of the “Homicide by Child Abuse,” which was signed by Governor Carroll Campbell on June 2, 1992, the children’s section of “The Right of Children to be Free from Harm,” as a part of the South Carolina Jurisprudence, and Intervention Protocol for Drug Impaired Infants.  Catherine also made amendments to the Insurance Fraud Act, as well as was a co-author for the Child Fatalities Legislation and the Child Abuse Reform Act of 1996.

Catherine is happily married to Constantine S. Christophillis, and has three children: Tina, Cory and Anna Kate.  She is a member of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church, and serves as a choir member.  Currently, Catherine is a member of both the Junior League of Greenville and the Junior League Singers of Greenville, as well as is presently on the board for the Greenville Little Theatre. She is a performer, and has been a part of multiple stage performances with the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, the Greenville Little Theatre, the Upstate Shakespeare Festival, and Centre Stage of South Carolina.


Christophillis & Gallivan, P.A.
420 E Park Ave Ste 301
Greenville, SC, 29601-2257

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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Christophillis and Gallivan, P.A.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Catherine C. Christophillis, Attorney at Law
  • 2000 - 2016
  • Assistant Deputy
  • Attorney General's Office
  • 1995 - 2000
  • Managing Partner
  • Culbertson, Christophillis and Sauvain
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Assistant Solicitor
  • Solicitor's Office, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit
  • 1985 - 1992
  • Managing Partner
  • Culbertson, Christophillis and Sauvain
  • 1978 - 1985
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  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1975


  • Junior League of Greenville
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • The State Board for Very Special People
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • South Carolina Council for Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Executive Committee Secretary
  • N/A
  • South Carolina Children's Theatre
  • Chairman and Board Member
  • N/A
  • Council of Maternal Infant and Children's Committee
  • Gubernatorial Appointee
  • N/A
  • Advisory Board for the Children's Law Center
  • Advisory Board Member
  • N/A
  • Viola Street Advisory Committee
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • Business Women's Forum
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The Urban League
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • Upstate Community Mediation Center
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • Centre Stage
  • Executive Committee Chairman
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Downtown Area Council
  • Member
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Greenville Transit Authority
  • Board Member
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Greenville Housing Futures
  • Board Member
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Child State Fatalities Committee
  • Chairman
  • 1988 - 1995
  • Piedmont Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Board Member
  • 1983 - 1985
  • League of Women Voters
  • Member
  • 1978 - 1981
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Outstanding Leadership Experience
  • Leadership South Carolina
  • 1995
  • Outstanding Service
  • 13th Circuit Solicitor's Office
  • 1992


  • Insurance Fraud Act
  • Amendments to the Insurance Fraud Act
  • 1996
  • Act
  • Co-author, "Child Abuse Reform Act"
  • 1996
  • bill signed by Governor Carroll Campbell
  • "Homicide by Child Abuse" bill
  • 1992
  • South Carolina Bar Association publication
  • "The Right of Children to be Free from Harm"
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • US House of Representatives
  • Intervention Protocol for Drug Impaired Infants
  • 1998

Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 01
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"I endorse this lawyer. She has had experience in a number of different practice areas, but puts that experience to work to best serve her clients."
Family Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation

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Greenville Child custody Lawyer Catherine C. Christophillis
Catherine C. Christophillis
Child custody Attorney
Greenville, SC
Licensed for 45 years