I am a Member of the firm, Gillen & Pickelsimer, LLC, where I focus my practice on matters involving the family. I have been fortunate to receive an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Newberry College, and my Master of Criminal Justice and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of South Carolina.
Whether the issue is a divorce; child custody; parenting time; spousal and child support; property division; division of retirement benefits; tax consequences of divorce; mediation and arbitration; annulments; paternity; prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; change of domicile; or post-judgment proceedings, the investigative and conflict resolution skills I developed during my 16+ years as a law enforcement officer, coupled with my knowledge and experience in family law, equip me well to serve the best interests of my clients.
I know that the legal process can be confusing. Keeping this in mind, I am committed to ensure that my clients know what to expect along each step of their cases, and I am sensitive and responsive to all questions my clients may have concerning the legal process. Having personally experienced a divorce, I understand the emotional impact a divorce has on both parents and their children. I make it a point to keep my clients focused on their children and how their decisions and actions throughout the case will impact them. Because of my concern for children, I am also privileged to serve as a Guardian ad litem in cases, where I advocate for best interests of children in custody disputes.
While in law school, I served as a member of the South Carolina Law Review, which is the principal legal publication in South Carolina. My article "Attorney Malpractice in Will Drafting: Will South Carolina Expand Privity to Impose a Duty to Intended Beneficiaries of a Will?" was published in South Carolina Law Review and has been cited by the South Carolina Supreme Court, in a published opinion, and various legal publications. I have also served as an adjunct faculty member for Newberry College and Piedmont Technical College, and I have made presentations at Continuing Legal Education courses on the topics of Securities Fraud, Expert Witness Testimony, and Spyware. I have several published decisions in the South Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of South Carolina.
With regard to any endorsements or reviews appearing on this site, please note that results achieved on behalf of one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2020|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2019|
|Client Champion - Gold||Martindale-Hubbell||2019|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2018|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Certified Family Court Mediator||SC Board of Arbitration and Mediation||2015|
|Member||South Carolina Law Review||2006|
|South Carolina Outstanding Young American||South Carolina Jaycees||2002|
|Partner/Member||Gillen & Pickelsimer, LLC||2019 - Present|
|Partner/Member||Payne, Black & Pickelsimer, LLC (formerly Warner, Payne & Black)||2008 - 2019|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|South Carolina Bar||Member||2008 - Present|
|Richland County Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Lexington County Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|American Bar Association||member||2008 - Present|
|York County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||Member||N/A|
|South Carolina Law Review||ATTORNEY MALPRACTICE IN WILL DRAFTING: WILL SOUTH CAROLINA EXPAND PRIVITY TO IMPOSE A DUTY TO INTENDED BENEFICIARIES OF A WILL?||2007|
|University of South Carolina School of Law||Juris Doctor||2008|
|University of South Carolina||Master of Science||1997|
|Newberry College||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|2017 Hot Tips From the Coolest Domestic Law Practictioners||Spies Like iOs: Now that you've found spyware, what are your remedies?||2017|
|SCACPA Litigation Conference||Expert Witnesses||2009|
|Federal and State Securities Enforcement||Securities Fraud||2008|
|Jennings v. Jennings, 401 S.C. 1, 736 S.E.2d 242 (2012)||The South Carolina Supreme Court found that the emails in question were not being held in elecronic storage as defined by the SCA.|
|Cannon v. Georgia Attorney Generals Office, et al, 397 S,C, 541, 725 S.E.2d 698 (2012)||The Court court affirmed the Court's imposition of attorneys fees while reducing the amount of the award.|
|Roof v. Steele, 396 S.C. 373, 720 S.E.2d 910 (Ct. App. 2011).||The Court held that the trial court improperly tethered the alimony award to the costs of insurance.|
|Sheila R. v. David R., 396 S.C. 41, 719 S.E.2d 682||The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court.|
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