Richard H. Rhodes was born in Walterboro, SC in 1947. While in college, he was a member of ROTC, and after finishing college in 1969, he served as an Officer in the U.S. Army in the Army Finance Corps. He finished his military career in 1974, after achieving the rank of Captain. Richard attended law school with the intention of joining the F.B.I.; however, after finishing law school, he had the honor and privilege of serving as a law clerk for the late Chief Justice C. Bruce Littlejohn on the South Carolina Supreme Court. At the recommendation of Justice Littlejohn, Richard joined as an associate with Sam Burts and Noel Turner.
One significant area of Richard’s work has been in appellate practice. Richard has gained recognition in the Bar throughout the State as a result of the numerous appeals that he has taken to the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Some of these appeals have resulted in landmark decisions that have significantly altered and improved South Carolina’s jurisprudence.
Wofford College, B.A. in Business Economics, 1969
Blue Key, member
University of South Carolina School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1974
Law Clerk to the Hon. C. Bruce Littlejohn, Supreme Court of South Carolina, 1974-1975
South Carolina Bar, 1974
Spartanburg County Bar, 1974
U.S. District Court, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals (4th Circuit), 1982
Spartanburg Rotary Club
United Way of Spartanburg
Cancer Association of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties
Episcopal Church of the Advent
Significant Reported Cases:
Doe v. Queen, 347 S.C. 4, 552 S.E. 2d 761 (2001)
Ascott v. Bacon, 361 S.C. 44, 567 S.E. 2d 898 (Ct. App. 2002)
Grant v. Grant Textiles, 372 S.C. 196, 641 S.E.2d 869 (2007)
Michael Scott B. v. Melissa M., 378 S.C. 452, 663 S.E.2d 58 (2008)
Annulment; Appellate Practice; Civil Appeals; Business Formation and Dissolutions; Business Litigation; Child Abuse and Neglect; Adoption Law; Child Custody; Parental Rights; Civil Practice; Contracts; Corporate Law; Family Law; Alimony; Divorce; Divorce Mediation; Domestic Relations; Legal Separation Agreements; Marital Agreements; Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs); Inheritance; Partnership Law; Probate Practice; Preparation of Wills & Trusts; Probate Administration; Probate Litigation; Property Law; Real Estate [practice including deeds, notes, and mortgages]; Contested Wills; Living Wills.