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Carole M. Dennison

Carole M. Dennison

Attorney at Law

Carole is from Brookville, Pennsylvania, a small town located in the Allegheny Mountains of western Pennsylvania. Brookville is the county seat of Jefferson County, which incidentally, includes the town of Punxsutawney, home of the infamous forecasting groundhog. As the county seat, Brookville has a historic colonial county courthouse where Carole’s father practiced law and litigated cases for over 50 years.

Carole graduated with honors from Grove City College in Pennsylvania with a degree in business. She then achieved a master’s degree in psychology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Thereafter, she worked in student counseling for the University of Wisconsin system until she decided the winters there were too unbearably cold, even for a Pennsylvanian. It was time to move farther south. And she did.

Carole moved to Greenville in the upstate of South Carolina. The familiar foothills, rivers, forests, and mountains of the upstate region resembled her hometown. She owned and operated her own business for 5 years in Greenville. Then she decided to become an attorney like her father, brothers, and sister-in-law in Brookville, Pennsylvania.

Carole went to law school at the University of South Carolina School of Law, graduating in 1984. After graduation, she worked for a law firm in Anderson as a plaintiff’s attorney representing individuals from diverse and less fortunate backgrounds in the areas of workers’ compensation, personal injury, family law, and criminal law. In 1988, she was honored to serve a one-year term as a law clerk to the Honorable William M. Catoe, Jr., a U. S. Federal Magistrate Judge. After clerking for Judge Catoe, Carole worked for a law firm in Greenville where she learned business and corporate law. While there, Carole was proud to represent such companies as The Greenville News, Glidden Paint Company, and McDonalds Corporation in various business and contractual disputes. During this time, she has also represented clients on appeals to the U.S. District Court and to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Carole opened The Dennison Law Firm, P.C. in 1992. Since then, she has practiced in the areas of Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, and Probate law. She has also pursued general civil and business litigation. In 1996, Carole was appointed as the part-time Associate Probate Judge for Anderson County, South Carolina where she served for 17 years, presiding over probate litigation of all varieties, including will contests, guardianships, conservatorships, creditors’ claims, estate and tax disputes, in addition to the proper distribution of estates and accountings. Carole retired from the Anderson County Probate Court in early 2013 to pursue legal representation and practice for individuals in probate courts throughout the state. In 2013, she was certified as a Civil Mediator by the South Carolina Bar. As part of her legal representation of individuals, Carole prepares Last Will and Testaments, powers of attorneys, and health care directives. With her knowledge and understanding of the heartbreaking and avoidable disputes that she presided over as a probate judge, Carole firmly believes that all responsible adults should execute wills, powers of attorney, and health care directives in the best interests and welfare of their families and loved ones.

South Carolina, 1984

U.S. District Court District of South Carolina

U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina, J.D. - 1984

Grove City College - 1972, Honors: With Honors, Major: Business

Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Major: Psychology

Honorable William M. Catoe, Jr., U.S. Federal Magistrate, Law Clerk, 1988 - 1989

University of Wisconsin, Student counseling

Anderson County, South Carolina, Associate Probate Judge, 1997 - 2013

Social Security Disability

Workers’ Compensation

Probate Litigation

Simple Estate Planning

South Carolina Bar Association, Member

Anderson County Bar Association, Member

Greenville County Bar Association, Member

Judicial Qualifications Committee, South Carolina Bar, 2001 – 2003

U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

South Carolina Association of Probate Judges, 1996 -2013

National Association of Probate Judges, 2006-2013

Injured Workers’ Advocates, Executive Committee, 2012 – 2014

South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Council, 2013 – 2019

South Carolina Bar Workers’ Compensation Council, Chairperson 2017 – 2018

 Greenville County Probate Court Advisory Committee, 2017 – 2022

City of Greenville Homeless Alliance

Civil Mediator, South Carolina Bar, 2013