Dustin Lee is a true native of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, located in Beaufort County. Dustin was one of the first babies born at the then newly opened hospital, and he attended local schools until he graduated Hilton Head High School and left for college.
Dustin followed the advice of a respected South Carolina trial attorney mentor and attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, where he majored in history, and minored in criminal justice/criminology. During his undergraduate time, Dustin lived and studied abroad for one (1) summer in the Yucatan state of Mexico, and was a resident adviser for two (2) years in the freshman “honeycombs” (a.k.a. “towers”), living in Moore hall (since replaced with newer accommodations). Dustin was also Vice President and a founding father of the University of South Carolina’s Lambda Alpha Epsilon criminal justice association, and while in charge of recruiting the chapter grew from about ten (10) to over one-hundred (100) members, becoming the largest active chapter in the country at the time. Many of Dustin’s fellow officers and members of the chapter are now involved in law enforcement throughout the state of South Carolina as state troopers, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division officers, and Solicitors. Dustin was also invited to join the University of South Carolina’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
Dustin Lee followed the same attorney mentor’s guidance, and stayed at the University of South Carolina for law school. During law school, Dustin clerked his second and third years for the law firm then known as Gergel, Nickles, and Solomon P.A. Gergel, Nickles, and Solomon was a small firm, with five (5) attorneys, located in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, handling primarily personal injury and accident matters statewide. Mr. Richard Gergel, a then name partner, is currently a federal district court judge based out of Charleston, South Carolina, and Mr. Carl Solomon is a past president of the South Carolina Bar Association. Dustin was able to gain invaluable experience working for the firm as a law clerk, with each of the attorneys one-on-one in the small firm environment, and Dustin is especially grateful for the excellent guidance he was given by attorney Al Nickles (Dustin considers Mr. Nickles to be one of the best legal writers in South Carolina). Dustin also worked as a live-in graduate Resident Tutor for the residents of Preston Hall at the University of South Carolina and participated in the Juvenile Justice clinic at the law school, representing juveniles in delinquency proceedings in Richland County, both during his third year of law school.
After being sworn in as a member of the South Carolina Bar, Dustin opened Lee Law Firm, LLC, in December, 2008, with the aim of providing quality legal services to members of the community. Dustin is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, the Hilton Head Island Bar Association, the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the South Carolina Bar’s Family Law Section.
Dustin formerly served as a South Carolina Municipal Court Judge for the Town of Bluffton.
In addition to the practice of law, Dustin enjoys both mountain and road biking, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and hanging out with his dog Pushkin (Pushkin happens to love the beach).
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Insurance Law C.A.L.I. Award||C.A.L.I.||2018|
|Agency, Partnerships, and LLCs C.A.L.I. Award||C.A.L.I.||2018|
|Top 10 South Carolina Family Law Attorney Under 40||National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA)||2015|
|Lee Law Firm, LLC||2008 - Present|
|Associate Municipal Court Judge||Town of Bluffton||2014 - 2017|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Hilton Head Island Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|South Carolina Bar, Family Law Section||Member||2009 - Present|
|South Carolina Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Beaufort County Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|South Carolina Bar, Criminal Law Section||Member||2011 - 2019|
|La Isla Magazine||Utah - More Middle of the Road, But Maybe Not the Road Immigrants Should Take||2011|
|Bluffton Today||Quoted in: “Effort to ban common-law marriage poses problems” – Bluffton Today, December 14, 2009.||2009|
|University of South Carolina School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2008|
|University of South Carolina, Columbia||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|Going Solo - Starting a Solo Practice||Starting a Solo Law Practice - Discussed Client Development Issues||2009|