Education: Clemson University (B.A. 1977), University of South Carolina (J.D. 1980), Masters in Tax Emory University (1990)
Admitted to Bar: 1980, South Carolina
Member: South Carolina Bar, Spartanburg County Bar Association
Practice Areas: Estate Planning, Probate/Estate Administration
Mr. Tewkesbury practices in the areas of estate planning and probate with the Johnson Smith law firm. He served as law clerk to South Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Bruce Littlejohn (1980-1982), as Assistant Solicitor for the South Carolina 7th Judicial Circuit (1982-1983), as Member of the law firm of Holcombe, Bomar, Wynn and Gunn (1983-1991), as Assistant General Counsel of Flagstar Corporation (1991-1995), and as a member of the law firm of Butler, Means, Evins & Browne (1995-2020). He served as a Member of the South Carolina Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline (1985-1988), and served as an Attorney to Assist Disciplinary Counsel of the South Carolina Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline. He is married to Karen Givins Tewkesbury and has two sons, Matt and Rick. He is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg. He enjoys golf, reading, and college sports. He also enjoys teaching and has spoken at various seminars for lawyers, paralegals, judges, and the general public about planning an estate, estate tax planning, elder law planning, probate and estate administration, and charitable giving.
Professional/Civic Activities- Member of the Spartanburg Estate Planning Council (past president); Member of the Spartanburg County Bar Association and South Carolina Bar Association (Member Probate, Estate, & Trust Law Section, past chairman), served as Council Member on the South Carolina Bar Probate, Estate Planning, and Trust Section (2004-2007, Chairman 2006-07), and served as a member of the South Carolina Trust Code drafting committee and South Carolina Probate Code revisions committee.
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