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The attorneys and staff at DesChamps Law Firm have served the real estate, civil litigation, and corporate law needs of business people and professionals of Horry and Georgetown Counties for nearly four (4) decades. Skilled at handling a full range of corporate and real estate legal matters, we have been recognized in Myrtle Beach and throughout South Carolina for our reputation as leaders in the legal field. We have been accepted for inclusion in the Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers which is exclusive to AV/Preeminent Attorneys – those who have achieved the Highest Possible Peer Review Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. Fewer than five (5%) percent of all law firms qualify; making subscribers to the Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers the most respected in the country. Learn more about DesChamps Law Firm’s attorneys and staff below.


William W. DesChamps, Jr.

William "Bill" W. DesChamps Jr.

Managing Attorney & Founder

Martindale-Hubbell™ AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating

  • Selected as a Top Rated Lawyer in Construction Law and Litigation by “Corporate Counsel” and “The American Lawyer”

 

Recognized as counsel and/or advisor for local attorneys, judges, lenders, business leaders, banks, contractors, hoteliers, franchisors, franchisees, and commercial real estate investors and participants.

Established "wrap-around" mortgage case law in South Carolina in a 1994 Court of Appeals published opinion.

In addition to the practice of law and mediation, Mr. DesChamps has substantial ownership interests in motels, office buildings, and commercial real estate.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Real Estate Litigation
  • Commercial & Residential Real Estate
  • Construction Law, Contracts & Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Review counsel for area lenders
  • Mortgage Foreclosures
  • Expert Witness
  • Arbitration & Mediation

Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1977

Education

  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1976
  • University of Virginia, B.A., with distinction, 1973

Certifications

  • Certified mediator, South Carolina Council for Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Certified circuit court mediator and arbitrator, Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification, South Carolina Supreme Court

Qualifications

  • Qualified in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit as an expert in the field of real estate law

Sponsorships:

  • Murrells Inlet 2020
  • Beach Ball Classic

Organization and Association Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Horry County Bar Association (chairman, Grievance Committee, 1990-1991)
  • South Carolina Bar (member: Ethics Advisory Committee, 1992-1995; Real Estate Practices, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction Law and Senior Member Sections; Lawyer Referral Program)
  • Licensed title insurance agent
  • Life member of the National Registry of Who's Who
  • Member: Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Grand Strand graduated 1996
  • Member and past trustee of Belin Memorial Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet, SC
  • Past member, Horry County Board of Education
  • Past advisory board member, Carolina First Bank
  • Past president, Mt. Gilead HOA, Inc.
  • Former instructor and law lecturer: Greater Horry County Association of Realtors, "Legal Pitfalls" course
  • Healy's Real Estate Institute, 1978-1981
  • Member of VSAF (Virginia Student Aid Foundation at the University of Virginia)
  • Life Member University of Virginia Alumni Association
  • Jervey Member of IPTAY at Clemson University

Selected Cases

  • Carolina First Bank v. BADD, LLC, 400 S.C. 343, 7333 S.E.2d 619 (Ct. App. 2012)
  • Bradley v. Brentwood Homes , Inc., 398 S.C. 447, 730 S.E.2d 312 (2012)
  • Saro Invs. v. Ocean Holiday P'ship, 441 SE 2d 835 (Ct. App. 1994)
  • Curtis v. DesChamps, 290 SC 315, 350 SE 2d 201 (Ct. App. 1986)

Representative Clients

  • CresCom Bank
  • Harrington Construction Company, Inc.
  • Anderson Brothers Bank
  • Surfside Realty Co., Inc.
  • L & R Sitework, Inc.
  • Sea Dip, Inc.
  • Mt. Gilead Special Tax District
  • Arcadian Special Tax District
  • Hidden Woods Special Tax District
  • The Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood
  • Drunken Jacks
  • Kamla, Inc.
  • Southwest Motels Partnership
  • C & P Partnership
  • McDillon Holdings, LLC.
  • Midlands-I-77-Holdings, LLC
  • American Safety Insurance Company
  • BNC Bank
  • NBSC - Synovus
  • Conway National Bank
  • South Atlantic Bank
  • Old Republic Title Insurance Company
  • Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
  • S & W Construction Company
  • ASAP Construction Company
  • TD Bank

Our Associate Attorneys

Peggy DesChamps

William "Trey" W. DesChamps III

William “Trey” W. DesChamps III is an associate of DesChamps Law Firm and primarily practices in civil litigation matters. After earning his Juris Doctor in 2008 from the Charleston School of Law, Mr. DesChamps served as a law clerk to the Honorable Steven H. John from August 2008 to August 2009. He is the first graduate of the Charleston School of Law to successfully argue a case before the South Carolina Supreme Court, resulting in a published opinion, establishing case law regarding the applicability of the Federal Arbitration Act to a contract for the sale and purchase of a home. He earned a B.S. degree in 2005 from Clemson University and was a cum laude graduate. He is also a graduate of the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University. He recently received his certification as a certified circuit court mediator.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Real Estate Litigation
  • Construction & Contract Litigation
  • Creditor Representation
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Mortgage Foreclosures
  • Mediation

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 2008

Certifications:

  • Certified circuit court mediator, Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification, South Carolina Supreme Court

Education

  • Charleston School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • Clemson University, B.S. in Finance, Cum Laude, 2005
  • Calhoun Honors College, 2005

Organization and Association Memberships

  • Horry County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar

Representative Cases

  • Bradley v. Brentwood Homes, Inc., 398 S.C. 447, 730 S.E.2d 312 (2012)

 

Office Administrator & Senior Real Estate Paralegal

Peggy DesChamps

Peggy DesChamps has been with the DesChamps Law Firm since 1982 and is the supervisor of the real estate department and the contact person with DesChamps Title Agency, Inc.

She is also the office administrator and is the contact person for all administrative matters. Please contact her for administrative and real estate matters at her email address, peggy@deschampslaw.com.

Organization and Association Memberships

  • Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Licensed South Carolina real estate broker
  • Palmetto Land Title

We understand what you value and deliver what you need

When you need experienced legal advice and trusted guidance with your real estate, civil litigation and corporate transactions call the DesChamps Law Firm at 843-353-6120 or contact us online today.

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