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William Randall Phipps - Hilton Head Island, SC

11 Marina Side Drive Hilton Head Island, SC 29938

Updated: 02/15/2017

Hilton Head Island Family Law Lawyer

Overview

Overview: William R. Phipps has been practicing law for over 33 years and his statewide practice is limited exclusively to family law and divorce cases. He has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Phipps served on the Family Law Section Counsel of the South Carolina Bar from 1995 through 2008 and was its President in 2000-2001...

Overview: William R. Phipps has been practicing law for over 33 years and his statewide practice is limited exclusively to family law and divorce cases. He has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Phipps served on the Family Law Section Counsel of the South Carolina Bar from 1995 through 2008 and was its President in 2000-2001. He has additionally been a speaker on various family law issues at 25 Continuing Legal Education seminars over the last 22 years and was a member of the Board of Editors for 3 different South Carolina family law publications.

Education: Mr. Phipps attended the University of South Carolina beginning the fall of 1974 through the spring of 1978. During those four years, he was the recipient of a full swimming scholarship and in his senior year set a school record and made all-conference. He graduated in May 1978, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude. He attended the University of South Carolina School of Law from the fall of 1979 through the spring of 1982, when he received his Juris Doctor. Mr. Phipps was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in November 1982.

Military Service: In the spring of 1981, Mr. Phipps was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Navel Reserve, Judge Advocate General Corps. And attended Officer Indoctrination School in Newport Rhode Island in the summer of 1981. During his senior year of law school, he participated in monthly naval reserve drills. After graduation from law school, Mr. Phipps 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 his period of active duty, he was stationed at the Naval Stations in San Diego, California and Charleston, South Carolina. While in San Diego, Mr. Phipps also served on board the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and made two deployments to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. After getting off active duty in 1989, Mr. Phipps continued to drill in the United States Naval Reserve until his retirement in 2006 as a Commander. Mr. Phipps earned the following awards during his naval service: Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (2), Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2) and Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2).

Employment History: From March 1989 through January 1995, Mr. Phipps was employed as an associate litigation attorney with Bethea, Jordan and Griffin, P.A. on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. His practice was focused on general civil litigation and during his last year at the firm, his practice began to focus primarily on family law. January 1995 through 2000. Mr. Phipps opened his own practice which was focused primarily on family law. In 2000, Mr. Phipps founded the first family law practice on Hilton Head Island, Phipps & Geis, P.A., which was dedicated exclusively to the practice of family law. Mr. Phipps and Mr. Geis practiced together through 2010. In 2011, Mr. Phipps and Susan L. Brach formed Phipps & Brach, P.A., which firm was also dedicated exclusively to the practice of family law. On February 25, 2016, Ms. Brach retired and Mr. Phipps opened his current firm, Phipps Family Law, P.A., which as the name suggests, is a practice dedicated solely to representing clients in family law matters.

About William Randall Phipps

Practice Areas

  • Family Law

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1989
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1989

Other Affiliations

  • South Carolina Bar Association, 1982 - Present
  • Beaufort County Bar Association, 1989 - Present
  • Hilton Head Island Bar Association, 1989 - Present
  • Family Law Section of South Carolina Bar, 1994 - Present
  • Family Law Section Counsel of the SC Bar, 1995 - 2008
  • Newberry County Bar Association, 2003 - Present
  • Family Law Section Counsel of the SC Bar, 2000 - 2001 (President)
  • Beaufort County Bar, 1999 - 2000 (President)
  • Family Law Section Committee of the South Carolina Bar Association, 1999 - 2000 (Chair Elect)
  • Family Law Section Committee of the South Carolina Bar Association, 2000 - 2001 (Chairman)
  • Family Law Section Committee of the South Carolina Bar Association, 2001 - 2002 (Past Chair)
  • Beaufort County Bar Association, 1998 - 1999 (Vice President)

Classes and Seminars

  • 2014 Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners on the topic of representing the incapacitated spouse in family court, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2013 Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners on the topic of emancipation of minors, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2012 Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners on the topic of transmutation in family court, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2012 Annual Convention of the South Carolina Academy of Justice on the topic of transmutation in family Court, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2011 Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners on the topic health insurance issues in relation to divorce, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2010 Hot Tips for the Solo or Small Firm on the topic of case management software, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2009 Annual South Carolina Bar Meeting on the topic of MySpace, Facebook and Other Evidentiary Issues, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2008 Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners on the topic of MySpace, Facebook and Other Evidentiary Issues, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2007 Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners on the topic of drug testing in family court, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2006 Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners on the topic of attorney fees in family court, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2006 South Carolina Bar Convention on the topic of the need for a new financial declaration in family court, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2005 Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners on the topic of when a separation agreement becomes binding in family court, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2004 Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Law Practitioners on the topic of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2003 Hot Tips from the Best Domestic Law Practitioners on the topic of jurisdictional considerations in family court, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2002 Hot Tips from the Best Domestic Law Practitioners on the topic of client intake procedures in a domestic practice, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2001 South Carolina Family Law Ethics Update on the topic of lawyer advertising, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2001 Hot Tips from the Best Domestic Law Practitioners on the topic of guardians ad litem in family court, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • 2000 Hot Tips from the Best Domestic Law Practitioners on the topic of tax issues in family court, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • Moderator/coordinator for the Family Law Section of the 2000 South Carolina Bar Midyear Meeting and additionally made a presentation on jurisdiction in family court, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • South Carolina Bar 1999 Hot Tips from the Experts CLE on the topic of lawyer advertising, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • South Carolina Bar 1998 Hot Tips from the Experts CLE on a topic of family law, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • South Carolina Bar 1997 Hot Tips from the Experts CLE on a topic of family law, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • South Carolina Bar 1996 Hot Tips from the Experts CLE on a topic of family law, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • South Carolina Bar 1995 Hot Tips from the Experts CLE on the topic of the use of credit reports in family court, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • South Carolina Bar 1994 Hot Tips from the Experts CLE on the topic of surveillance equipment which could be used for spying on a spouse, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar

Past Positions

  • United States Navel Reserve, Judge Advocate General Corps, Ensign, 1981 - Present
  • United States Navy, Officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps
  • United States Naval Reserve, Commander
  • Bethea, Jordan and Griffin, P.A., Associate Litigation Attorney, 1989 - 1995
  • Phipps & Geis, P.A., Founder, 2000 - 2010
  • Phipps & Brach, P.A., 2011 - 2016

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, 1978
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: cum laude
    Major: Political Science

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Articles

Published Works

  • Marital Litigation in South Carolina Substantive Law, Second Edition, Roy T. Stuckey (S.C. Bar CLE 1997), Editorial Board
  • Marriage and Divorce Law in South Carolina, A layperson’s Guide, Roy T. Stuckey (S.C. Bar CLE 2001), Editorial Board
  • Carolina Family Lawyers’ Tool Kit, (S.C. Bar CLE 2003), one of many writers as well as a member of the Editorial Board

Office Information

Address

11 Marina Side Drive Hilton Head Island, SC 29938

Fax

  • 843-706-5979

Achievements

Honors

  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Superb Rating, AVVO
  • Navy Commendation Medal
  • Navy Achievement Medal
  • Navy Unit Commendation
  • National Defense Service Ribbon
  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal

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