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Addison Dowling Fender

Divorce and separation Attorney at Beaufort, SC

4.7   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State SC
    Acquired 2010
    Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Tracy and I enjoy helping people get through difficult situations by proactivly working to find positive solutions. Whether this be at the office, in the community, or at home while raising our 2 children, we try and get together all of the facts and circumstances so that intelligent and informed solutions can be made.  

When not at work, our family enjoys an active lifestyle.  On any given weekend you might find us in the garden, paddling the local rivers, running an obstacle race, or at the arena supporting our favorite minor-league hockey team.  Go South Carolina Stingrays.     

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Fender Law Firm located at 1307 Prince Street, Beaufort South Carolina


Fender Law Firm
Fender Law Firm - Mail Address
Po Box 1101
Beaufort, SC, 29901-1101
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Posted by Cynthia | March 4, 2014
Addison D. Fender - 5 stars
Addison Fender is an outstanding lawyer. He handled my divorce. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a lawyer. He is knowledgable, professional, and caring. I'll use him for any other legal needs I may have in the future. His office staff is also top-notch. I was extremely satisfied with his legal service.
Posted by Curtis | March 7, 2014
Would recommend to anyone who is looking for a lawyer, and doesn't want to deal empty promises
Addison represented me in the same custody matter on two different occasions. The custody of my oldest was settled outside of court. Addison helped me to get the best terms possible. He is very straight forward and honest with you, he will tell you if he can or can't help. He does not make empty promises like other lawyers I have had in the past. I would highly recommend Addison Fender to anyone looking for a Lawyer.
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Posted by Tina Marie Tauscher | April 11, 2024
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Tina Marie Tauscher
I am truly grateful for the representation of Fender Law Firm during an extremely difficult divorce. Addison and Tracy are "The Real Deal". Addison remained professional and made it a point to encourage me to share my thoughts throughout the process. Both Addison and Tracy wanted to know often how the children were processing their daily challenges and celebrated their milestones along the way. My case was definitely unique and Addison prepared and sought experts to best represent both my children and me. He respected my faith and encouraged me to pray prior to making decisions. Most importantly I needed a strong litigator to defend me who actually cared and could clearly see the truth. Fender is a team and they take a family personal approach. Tracy manages the office and communications which kept us all focused and on track. I admire their work ethic and the heart they place into the day to day grind. Fender Law Firm is by far set apart and a true asset to the community. A. must hire Divorce/Custody Counsel. Hands Down Wonderful!
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2019
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Best divorce attorney in Beaufort
Addison and his paralegal, Tracy, made my divorce easy. They always communicated and got back promptly. Addison was great in court and let me know what to expect and also explained things clearly. Very friendly. Recommend!
Posted by Christine | March 28, 2016
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Outer state child custody issue
I moved to South Carolina from California with an exsisting child custody plan. Nothing was being followed by my ex husband. Addison was able to guide and assist me in establishing a plan I could propose and use with my Ex Husband. Of course my ex husband was difficult to work with, eventually leading us to go to court. The Fender law firm team was there every step of the way. Always available, always willing to help and kept me informed every step of the way. I was always given the reality and truth, never given false information or unattainable goals. I couldn't have asked for better representation. Very professional. Very reasonable. From day 1 to the end, I was always steered in the path that was best for my family and my needs.
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Posted by Ken | March 6, 2016
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Domestic Situation Resolved
I met with Addison and Tracy seeking legal advise and ultimate assistance. They thoughtfully and thoroughly provided service in a professional manner. Through this difficult time they kept me properly informed and help me to resolve the issue in the Best possible manner. Thanks for your efforts and kindness throughout this process.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2016
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Excellent Law Firm
My divorce/child custody case was very complicated and difficult, ultimately going to trial. Mr. Fender and his team were professional, honest, thorough, and very proactive in navigating me through the legal process of divorce and child custody. Mr. Fender's firm made me feel that my case was their top priority. Mr. Fender gave me sound legal advice, that resulted in a great outcome. I couldn't have chosen a better attorney to handle my case. I would highly recommend Fender Law Firm.
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Posted by Lindsay | October 3, 2015
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Couldn't have been a better choice!
My experience with lawyers and the Family Court system in the Beaufort/Charleston area is extensive. Addison Fender and his highly professional team have been a breath of fresh air. He represented us with vigor and compassion when necessary. He was fully committed and very familiar with the particulars of our case. Five stars aren't enough!
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Posted by Dayna | September 1, 2015
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Great Law Firm
Addison Fender is a great attorney. Him and Tracy are a great team and answered any question I had in a timely manner. I am very pleased with my services from Fender Law Firm and I will recommend them to anyone.
Posted by Mike | June 25, 2015
Outstanding Law Firm
The service provided to me by the Fender Law Firm was outstanding. They were in constant contact and kept me informed all the way through the process. They were easy to reach and addressed all of my questions and concerns no matter how minimal they might have seemed. They put in many hours and were very dedicated to my case; they seemed to have a personal interest and gave undivided attention. I will never forget what they have done for my family and would recommend their services with the highest regard.
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Posted by Beale | March 18, 2014
Addison Fender represented me in a most intelligent and pro active manner. He was there every step of the way, and fully explained all aspects throughout the entire process of my successful case.
Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2018
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His main concern is how he can transfer your money to him
Addison is very dishonest. I hired him for custody issues related to an abusive father. Throughout the process it became apparent his main concern was dragging the case on so I would have to keep paying him. After our last Hearing he asked me to come to his office with the understanding he was going to help me. He nonchalantly had me sign some paperwork and without realizing it i rehired him so he could bill me for conversations we had after the Hearing was over—very dishonest!!!!
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Response from Addison Fender June 2, 2018
Anonymous- I have gone back through our files (and memory) and have no records of any client who has "rehired" the firm immediately after a final hearing, and question why there would be the need to "rehire" the firm following any final hearing. Additionally, when there are any questions after any hearing, I always make it a point to stick around the court house and work through these. It has been the rare occasion when a client has come back to the office after a hearing and this has never been to "sign some paperwork" that "rehired" me as you allege. The reality is that had you ever been a client, which is doubtful based on your recollections, you would have remained a client of the firm until your case was concluded. After a final hearing, as you allege we represented you on, that would mean that once the signed order is received and you are provided with copies of any final order. When our representation was completed, you would then receive a disengagement letter from us thanking you for allowing us to represent you, explaining various things such as what we do with your file, and enclosed would also be either a final bill for services or a return of any funds you had remaining in trust. Also, we have clients contact us asking questions weeks, months and even years after the conclusion of our representation and generally we are available to speak with them that very day and work through the problem. There is never any bill sent for this. Anonymous, your negative review simply does not add up and is certainly not something that was ever brought to my attention before your having taking to the keyboard. Given that your accusations are not consistent with our standard operating procedure, coupled with the fact that at the Fender Law Firm we build relationships with our clients based on hardwork and dedication, we have to assume you are an internet troll with too much free time or possibly an opposing party unhappy with the result we achieved for our client. If you are in fact a former client Anonymous, and feel that you were not treated with the utmost respect and professionalism by me or anyone with my law firm, I urge you to give me a call personally to discuss the situation and allow me to make it right. I look froward to hearing from you.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Fender Law Firm
  • 2010 - Present


  • Charleston School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Appellate Case No. 2015-001467 Court of Appeals of South Carolina Michael Ashburn v. April Rogers and SCDSS
  • Overturned the Family Courts decision that Ashburn was the legal father of the minor child based


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Beaufort County Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorney
  • 2020
  • Top Attorney
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Contributor and Sponser
  • Beaufort County PALS
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker Series
  • Family Law
  • 2019
  • 2019 Family Law Essentials
  • Motions For Temporary Relief
  • 2019
  • Family Law Essentials 2018
  • Motions Hearings and Contempt Hearings Presentation
  • 2018
  • Family Law Presentation
  • Family Law
  • 2017
  • Charleston School of Law Guardian ad Litem Training
  • What it means to be a Guardian ad Litem
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
Endorse Addison
Family Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer! Addison does a great job for his clients. He is thoughtful and thorough and pleasure to work with. He is highly thought of as a knowledgeable and effective attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very professional and trustworthy. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been in close proximity to Mr. Fender for the last 6 months, and I am continuously impressed not only by his professionalism, but also to the personal commitment he makes to resolve his clients' issues in the most effective manner possible."
Divorce and separation
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