Simons & Dean

Simons & Dean


Firm Overview

Simons & Dean, Attorneys at Law, is a Charleston law firm representing plaintiffs and defendants in litigation matters across eastern South Carolina from Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head. Firm partners Keating L. Simons, III and Derek F. Dean have practiced law together since 1996 and have nearly 50 years of legal experience between them in the areas of business and commercial litigation, including disputes involving construction, real estate, condominiums and homeowners associations, and more.
At Simons & Dean, the focus is on producing results expeditiously, not simply processing cases. The law firm of Simons & Dean strives to provide the level of professionalism and expertise one would expect from a large firm, but without the big firm overhead and high rates that go along with it. At the same time, the firm aims at providing clients with a high level of customer service. Cases are handled personally by experienced lawyers and not relegated to paralegals or associates in training. All calls are answered or returned promptly with a high level of responsiveness and efficiency.
Simons & Dean has earned a reputation of providing superior quality representation to business and litigation clients with honesty and integrity. The firm's size, experience, commitment to investment in office technology, and careful client selection allow the firm to provide responsive and personalized legal representation efficiently. For effective, professional legal assistance with a South Carolina business litigation matter, contact Simons & Dean, Attorneys at Law.

Main Office

Main Office
147 Wappoo Creek Drive, Suite 604
Charleston SC 29412





Banking and Foreclosure Law
Business, Employment and Commercial Law
Construction Law
Debtor, Creditor and Collections
General Civil Litigation
Insurance Law and Litigation
Partnership and Limited Liability Company Law
Real Estate and Homeowners Associations


Simons & Dean

Keating L. Simons III, is managing partner at Simons & Dean, Attorneys at Law, where he practices in Charleston and throughout eastern South Carolina in the areas of business law and litigation, including business planning, business entity formation and corporate governance, and resolving partnerships disputes, insurance matters, and general commercial litigation.
Mr. Simons attended law school at the University of South Carolina in Columbia before returning home to Charleston to practice law in 1979. Prior to founding Simons & Dean, Mr. Simons spent many years representing corporate clients such as utilities, railroads, automobile and other product manufacturers, insurance and construction companies. He has extensive experience in successfully litigating significant civil cases, including representing one of the Big Three automakers nationally in defending thousands of cases involving allegedly defective transmissions in the 1980's. He has tried numerous large cases to verdict, involving claimed product defects, construction defects, trademark infringement, securities violations, FELA claims, insurance coverage, eminent domain, and deed covenants and restrictions, among others.
Mr. Simons has also successfully represented home owners in lawsuits against construction companies, pest control companies, home owners associations, and governmental agencies, among others, and has successfully defended and prosecuted numerous breach of contract cases in a wide variety of business contexts. Mr. Simons' extensive appellate experience includes arguing numerous cases before the South Carolina Supreme Court, the South Carolina Court of Appeals, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. In 1991 he briefed and argued an important states rights constitutional case in the United States Supreme Court.
In addition to trying cases, Mr. Simons frequently uses his extensive litigation experience to assist businesses and individuals in negotiating and structuring contracts and business arrangements in ways to avoid litigation risks. His practice includes advising insurance companies concerning their coverage and defense obligations in complex litigation matters, as well as assisting businesses and individuals in dealing with consequences of the financial downturn, including defending foreclosure and guaranty cases brought by banks.
A native of Charleston, Mr. Simons maintains an avid commitment to the advancement of the law and the legal profession and the improvement of his community. He has lectured and given seminars to lawyers and others concerning legal ethics, construction claims and insurance coverage, limited liability company litigation, and liability risk management for businesses, among other topics. In addition, Mr. Simons has served as legal counsel, board member, and officer for a variety of non-profit and charitable organizations.
J.D., University of South Carolina (1979)
A.B., University of Virginia (1976)
South Carolina State Courts
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court