Allison Dunham has been handling family court cases for more than 25 years. As the former chairman of the South Carolina Family Law Section Council, Allison has developed a keen understanding of what it takes to not only be effective in family court, but to make her clients’ lives tolerable as they go through the legal process.
After receiving her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1995, she practiced briefly in a small law firm before joining the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, where she was a prosecutor. As a prosecutor, one of her goals was to rehabilitate youthful wrongdoers. She was a member of the Governor’s Youth Council in an effort to bring together a variety of community resources to build a coalition that sought to break the cycle of crime.
After four years, she joined the Department of Social Services as a lawyer focusing on protection of children from parents and guardians. She became the managing attorney of the agency’s legal department and in 2006 she went into private practice with the law firm.
Dunham describes her practice as one that encompasses almost the full range of family law: divorce, custody and custody modification, child support and child support modification, and division of assets. In addition, she handles DSS actions in Family Court.
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South Carolina, 1995
Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina – B.A.
University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina – J.D.
Greenville County Bar, 1996 – Present
South Carolina Family Law Section Council, 2017-2022 (Chairman, 2022)
Governor’s Youth Council (Former Chairman)
Spartanburg County Bar Association
South Carolina Association for Justice
American Association for Justice
South Carolina Bar
Honors and Recognition
AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale Hubbell®, 2013-2022
South Carolina Legal Elite Award, 2021-2022
Kappa Alpha Theta
Past Employment Positions
Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Office, Career Criminal Prosecutor, 1996 – 2000
South Carolina Dept. Social Services, Attorney and Managing Attorney, 2000 – 2006
Areas of Practice
I wanted to prosecute cases, which is where I started in my career. I know as a lawyer I can help people and make a meaningful difference in their lives.
The cases that appeal to me most are when there’s not an equal playing field; when I’m representing the underdog to level the playing field and get them help and justice. Unfortunately, people are often harmed, abused or taken advantage of in some way, and the courtroom is the great equalizer. My job is a tremendous responsibility and a tremendous opportunity, and I love it.
They should come to us because we have a wealth of experience in each area of practice. We are a results-oriented firm and we are litigators, so taking a case to trial is what we do and what we enjoy.