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Office Hours

Monday - Friday

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Other times by special appointment.

Our Attorneys

Karl A. Folkens

Over 35 years of experience

Kaye Patel Fraley

Over 7 years of experience

Philip B. Atkinson

Over 16 years of experience

Louis D. Nettles

Over 36 years of experience

Areas of Practice

Louis D. Nettles

Louis has been trying cases in South Carolina since he was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in November 1979 after receiving his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina in May of that year. He also earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) from the U.S.C in 1976.

Louis was admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina in 1982 and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1983.

Louis was privileged to learn the art of trial practice from his father, John L. (Jack) Nettles with whom we practiced from 1979 until 2002.

Louis completed the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Advanced Trial Advocacy Program in 1989 and has completed the S.C. Bar Mediation Training Program.

Louis' practice areas include

  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Law
  • Business Litigation - including Shareholder Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation

He has tried more than three hundred civil jury trials in Florence, Marion, Darlington, Dillon, Marlboro, and Williamsburg counties, as well as in the federal courts.

Louis gave his blood to the American Red Cross for 29 years and his sweat as Chairman of the Board of the Florence County Chapter when Hurricane Hugo hit Florence County in 1989; fortunately, no tears were required. He has also served two terms as Chairman of the Board of the Florence Area Literacy Council. He supported the work of Habitat for Humanity in Florence County and was also a member of the Florence Toastmasters Club for 25 years.

He has served the Bar as a member of the Resolution of Fee Disputes Board, Twelfth Judicial Circuit Panel since 2000 and a Judge of the Mock Trial Competitions

Louis volunteered his time as a member of the Legal Advisory Board, Journal of Controversial Medical Claims, Aspen Publishers, Inc (formerly Hippocrates Lantern) from 2001 to2005.

His appeal work includes the following notable cases:

South Carolina Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. v. S.E.C.U.R.E. Underwriters
353 S.C. 249, 578 S.E.2d 8, (2003). Insurance, Priority of Insurance Coverages

Pruitt v. South Carolina Medical Malpractice Liability Joint Underwriting Assn.
343 S.C. 335, 540 S.E.2d 843 (2001). Contract Law, Structured Settlement and Insolvency of Annuity Company.

Crow v. McAlpine 277 S.C. 240, 285 S.E.2d 355 (1981). Constitutional Law, Taxation Without Representation by School Board

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