A true Southern gentleman, Hamlin O’Kelley was raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. A partner with Buist Byars & Taylor, he manages the litigation practice for the firm.
Based in the Mt. Pleasant office, he travels throughout South Carolina and beyond to handle matters related to real property, including landlord tenant disputes, foreclosures, quiet title actions, construction litigation, and title insurance defense. Additionally, he represents numerous homeowners’ and property owners’ associations in debt collection, covenant disputes, risk management, and general litigation.
In addition, Hamlin has been approved by the South Carolina Board of Arbitration and Mediation Certification to serve as a Circuit Court Mediator. In order to earn this designation, he completed 40 hours of specialized training and instruction, as approved by the SC Supreme Court.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Hamlin earned a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Jackson V. Gregory in Beaufort County, South Carolina. He served as a member at-large on the South Carolina Real Estate Commission for seven years, the last three as Vice Chairman.
Hamlin enjoys Lowcountry living, especially its food culture, of which he considers himself an active participant, whether as a cook, consumer or critic, and he follows his beloved Tar Heels with passion and pride. He resides in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife, Mary Perrin, and their two daughters.
South Carolina Supreme Court
United States District Court for District of South Carolina
United States Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit
American Bar Association
South Carolina Bar Association
Charleston County Bar Association
South Carolina Board of Arbitration and Mediation Certification