KEN H. LESTER is the senior partner in the law firm of Lester and
offices in Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and Beaufort/Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
He received his B.S. and J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina.
■ Diplomat in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, an organization limited
the top 100 family court trial lawyers in the United States.
■ A Fellow in the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers which is made up of approximately 960 lawyers worldwide.
Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and served
as President of the South Carolina chapter. The American Academy
of Matrimonial Lawyers consist of 1,600 of the top matrimonial attorneys
in the United States and Canada.
■ A member of the Family Law Section of the American
■ On the faculty of the American Bar Association
Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute which is held for nine (9) days
each year in Houston, Texas where he helps teach 48 lawyers from across
the United States how to try family law cases.
Mr. Lester served as the Chairman of the Family Law Section of
the South Carolina Bar and served as the Section Delegate to the
South Carolina Bar House of Delegates. He served as Chairman of the
Family Law Committee of the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association
and is currently a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of
America and South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association where he has
served on the Board. He is also former Chairman of the Richland and
Lexington County Bar Family Law Committees. He also taught the Family
Law portion of the South Carolina Bar Review course which is taught
twice each year to lawyers preparing for the South Carolina Bar exam.
Mr. Lester is the former Chairman of the South Carolina Child Support
Guidelines Sub-committee and has served on all of the update committees.
Mr. Lester has written and continues to write on various issues
dealing with South Carolina Family Law in addition to speaking, and
coordinating numerous Continuing Legal Education and Judicial Continuing
Legal Education Seminars locally and nationally. Mr. Lester served
as the chairman of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Children
Committee and served as a member on the five member Same-Sex Marriage
Committee of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is also
a member of the American Bar Association Same-Sex Marriage Committee
and Products Development Committee. He is the author of the Chapter
on Protection of Marriage by Statute and Constitutions on the American
Bar Association's White Paper on Same-Sex issues.
Catherine Hendrix is a partner in the law firm of Lester and Hendrix. She was a paralegal for ten years in the area of family law before attending law school at the University of South Carolina. She was a student of Mr. Lester at the ABA Family Law Trial Institute in Houston prior to joining Mr. Lester's law firm.
Lester and Hendrix
1901 Gadsden Street, Suite A
Columbia, SC 29201
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