Phipps Family Law, P.A.

Phipps Family Law,  P.A.

Phipps Family Law, P.A. is a boutique law firm which handles only family law cases and has offices in both Hilton Head Island, and Newberry, South Carolina

Firm Overview

Phipps Family Law, P.A., is a boutique law firm which only represents clients in family law matters. Mr. Phipps has been a practicing attorney for over 33 years and has dedicated his practice to family law cases for the past 22 years. Family law cases include Divorce, Equitable Distribution, Custody, Visitation, Alimony, Child Support, Separate Maintenance, Prenuptial Agreements and other family law issues. Mr. Phipps' practice is a state-wide practice and he has successfully represented a multitude of clients in various counties throughout South Carolina, with an emphasis in Beaufort, Jasper, Newberry and Laurens Counties. Mr. Phipps is dedicated to successfully resolving each client's individual matrimonial issues through negotiation and mediation if possible, but if not, through contested litigation. Mr. Phipps has over 30 years of litigation experience and is both comfortable and proficient in the courtroom.

Main Office

Main Office
11 Marina Side Drive, Suite B
Post Office Box 8027
Hilton Head SC 29938


(843) 689-6242


(843) 689-6282

Office Information

Office Hours

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday

Emergency After Hours


Other Offices

Phipps Family Law, P.A.
1201 Boyce St., Ste 1
Newberry, SC 29108


Phipps Family Law, P.A., is a law firm dedicated exclusively to providing counsel, advice and representation to clients undergoing family and matrimonial difficulties. We also represent clients in the negotiation drafting of prenuptial agreements.

Areas of Law:
-Family Law and Divorce
-Child Custody
-Alimony and Child Support
-Equitable Distribution
-Matrimonial Law
Prenuptial Agreements.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Beginning at the initial consultation and throughout our representation, we listen to you. We will provide you with answers to your questions and help you plan for the future. We will also lead you through the often complicated legal process, all the while fighting for what is important to you and for the best possible outcome. In addition to providing you with the benefit of our seasoned knowledge and experience, we also want to help shoulder the burden of your stress and anxiety throughout the process so that you don't have to bear it alone. We care about our clients as individuals. It is our goal that on each and every occasion when you meet with us, that you leave our office feeling just a little better and a little less stressed then when you arrived.

William R. Phipps

Phipps Family Law,  P.A.

William R. Phipps has been practicing law for over 33 years and his statewide practice is limited exclusively to family law and divorce cases. He has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Phipps served on the Family Law Section Counsel of the South Carolina Bar from 1995 through 2008 and was its President in 2000-2001. He has additionally been a speaker on various family law issues at 25 Continuing Legal Education seminars over the last 22 years and was a member of the Board of Editors for 3 different South Carolina family law publications.

Education: Mr. Phipps attended the University of South Carolina beginning the fall of 1974 through the spring of 1978. During those four years, he was the recipient of a full swimming scholarship and in his senior year set a school record and made all-conference. He graduated in May 1978, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude. He attended the University of South Carolina School of Law from the fall of 1979 through the spring of 1982, when he received his Juris Doctor. Mr. Phipps was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in November 1982.

Military Service: In the spring of 1981, Mr. Phipps was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Naval Reserve, Judge Advocate General Corps. And attended Officer Indoctrination School in Newport Rhode Island in the summer of 1981. During his senior year of law school, he participated in monthly naval reserve drills. After graduation from law school, Mr. Phipps began active duty in the United States Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps and served on active duty until 1989. During his period of active duty, he was stationed at the Naval Stations in San Diego, California and Charleston, South Carolina. While in San Diego, Mr. Phipps also served on board the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and made two deployments to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. After getting off active duty in 1989, Mr. Phipps continued to drill in the United States Naval Reserve until his retirement in 2006 as a Commander. Mr. Phipps earned the following awards during his naval service: Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (2), Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2) and Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2).

Employment History: From March 1989 through January 1995, Mr. Phipps was employed as an associate litigation attorney with Bethea, Jordan and Griffin, P.A. on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. His practice was focused on general civil litigation and during his last year at the firm, his practice began to focus primarily on family law. January 1995 through 2000. Mr. Phipps opened his own practice which was focused primarily on family law. In 2000, Mr. Phipps founded the first family law practice on Hilton Head Island, Phipps & Geis, P.A., which was dedicated exclusively to the practice of family law. Mr. Phipps and Mr. Geis practiced together through 2010. In 2011, Mr. Phipps and Susan L. Brach formed Phipps & Brach, P.A., which firm was also dedicated exclusively to the practice of family law. On February 25, 2016, Ms. Brach retired and Mr. Phipps opened his current firm, Phipps Family Law, P.A., which as the name suggests, is a practice dedicated solely to representing clients in family law matters.


1.South Carolina Bar Association. 1982 through present.
2.Beaufort County Bar Association 1989 through present.
3.Hilton Head Island Bar Association. 1989 through the present.
4.Family Law Section of South Carolina Bar 1994 through the present.
5.Family Law Section Counsel of the SC Bar from 1995 through 2008
6.Newberry County Bar Association 2003 through present.


1.President, Family Law Section Counsel of the SC Bar 2000-2001
2.President, Beaufort County Bar 1999-2000


1.AV, Martindale-Hubbell.
2.Superb, AVVO


University of South Carolina
Juris Doctorate, 1982