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Steven Johnson   W. STEVEN JOHNSON, Esquire
wsj@toddandjohnson.com

W. Steven Johnson is a Partner in the firm of Todd & Johnson, L.L.P. Born on October 22, 1948 in Columbia, South Carolina, he attended Wofford College where he obtained a B.A. degree in 1970 and an L.L.B. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1973. He practiced with the Columbia law firm of Lewis, Lewis & Robinson for three years before joining the trust department of Bankers Trust of South Carolina, where he was a trust officer. In 1980 he formed the law firm of Todd & Johnson, Columbia, South Carolina with the late Albert C. Todd, III where his practice primarily included estate planning and probate administration.

Mr. Johnson is a member of the South Carolina Bar. He was also a member of the Estate Practices Committee of the South Carolina Bar and of the successor to that committee, the Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Section. This committee, later a bar section, drafted what became the South Carolina Probate Code, which was adopted by the legislature and became effective in 1987. Steve was instrumental in the passage of the South Carolina Probate Code and testified before the legislature as to the advisability of the Code. Additionally, Mr. Johnson has served as Chairman of the South Carolina and Richland County Bars Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Section. He is a certified specialist in estate planning and trust law and in 2005 was named by the South Carolina Supreme Court to the Estate Planning and Probate Law Specialization Committee where he currently serves as Chairman of that Board.

He was a contributing author to “Estate Planning in South Carolina”, published in 2002 by the South Carolina Bar where he co-authored a chapter on “Choosing Fiduciaries”. Mr. Johnson is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) where he currently serves as the South Carolina state chair for such organization. Mr. Johnson is listed in the best lawyers in America published by Seaview/Putnam, N.Y. He has been a frequent lecturer at various CLE seminars sponsored by the South Carolina Bar and formerly served as a faculty member of the Bridge the Gap program.

 
Office: Columbia, SC

   

Reynolds   WILLIAM M. REYNOLDS III, Esquire
wmr@toddandjohnson.com

William M. Reynolds III is a Partner in the law firm.  He is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning & Probate Law in South Carolina.   Bill graduated from The Citadel in 1976 and upon graduation, he accepted a commission in the United States Air Force. He served for 20 years as an F-15 fighter pilot while attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Bill retired from the Air Force in 1997 and immediately enrolled at the University of South Carolina School of Law. In Law School, he was a student editor on the ABA Real Property, Trust and Probate Journal. He attained the degree of Juris Doctor in the spring of 2000.

Bill is past President of the Columbia Estate Planning Council. In March 2012, Mr. Reynolds was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a nonprofit organization comprised of nation's premier trust and estate counselors. He speaks to private groups as well as at state and federal government seminars helping attendees understand the importance of planning for the future.   He has spoken at continuing legal education seminars for attorneys.  During the years 2009-2011, he served as chairperson of the Estate Planning and Probate Section committee reviewing, updating and revising the South Carolina Trust Code. Bill has also edited and republished "A Diagrammatic Guide to Estate Planning" for the firm and "The Book of Estate Planning Questions and Answers" for the South Carolina Bar. He is a co-author of "An Overview to Estate Settlement in South Carolina".

Bill is originally from Sumter, South Carolina, and is married to the former Catherine Wells of Columbia, South Carolina. They have three children; Billy, 28; Nancy, 27; and Catherine, 20. They are members of Shandon United Methodist Church and Bill enjoys hunting and golf during his leisure hours.
 
Office: Columbia, SC

   

Clark   DAWN D. CLARK, Esquire
dclark@toddandjohnson.com

Dawn D. Clark is a partner with the firm practicing in the areas of estate planning, probate administration and taxation. Ms. Clark graduated from the College of Charleston cum laude in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. She earned her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1996. Ms. Clark also earned her Master of Law in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1997. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Section of the South Carolina Bar, and the Charleston Tax Council.
 
Dawn grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. She lives on Daniel Island in Charleston and practices in our Mt. Pleasant office. She has spoken for various business, professional and civic groups on issues related to estate planning and taxation.
 
Office:  Mt. Pleasant, SC

   

Artie   ARTHUR "Artie" E. WHITE III
awhite@toddandjohnson.com

Arthur E. "Artie" White III is a partner with the firm and represents clients in matters involving tax, estate planning and administration, probate litigation, trusts, and real estate. Artie graduated from the University of Notre Dame, cum laude, in 2004 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science, and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2009. After law school, he earned his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida.

Artie focuses his tax practice on individual, corporate, partnership and fiduciary income taxation, tax controversy (including representation of clients before or against the IRS and SCDOR during audit, Appeals, US Tax Court, Federal District Court, and the collection process, including, but not limited to, submitting requests for Innocent Spouse Relief, Offer in Compromises, and Lien Release and Satisfactions), international taxation (assisting clients with complying with foreign account disclosure and filing FBARS), and estate and gift taxation.

He is a member of the South Carolina, Lexington County, and Richland County Bar Associations, the Columbia Estate Planning Council and the Columbia Tax Study Group and is admitted to practice law in the state of South Carolina, the U.S. Tax Court, and the Federal District Court for the District of South Carolina. Artie is the current 2014-2015 Chairman of the Columbia Tax Study Group.

Artie was selected as a "Rising Star" in the area of Taxation in the 2013 and 2015 editions of Super Lawyers, and he was also selected by his peers as a member of the "Legal Elite" in the areas of Tax Law and Estates and Trusts Law in the 2013 and 2014 editions of the Columbia Business Monthly.

Artie grew up in West Columbia, South Carolina, where he still lives today with his wife, Malorie, and their three children, Artie IV, Leila, and Crosby.

   

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JONATHAN E. SPITZ
jspitz@toddandjohnson.com

Jonathan E. Spitz is an associate attorney with the firm and represents clients in matters involving estate planning and administration, probate litigation, and guardianship and conservatorship issues. Jonathan graduated from Wofford College in 2009, with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Government and a minor in Business. He received his Juris Doctor from the Charleston School of Law in 2012, where he was the President of the Estate Planning Society and served as a research assistant to Professor Ginny Meeks. After law school, Jonathan clerked for the Honorable Amy W. McCulloch, Probate Judge for Richland County. This fall he will begin working towards his Masters of Law in Tax at the University of Alabama School of Law.

He is a member of the South Carolina and Richland Bar Associations, the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the South Carolina Bar, the Columbia Estate Planning Council and the Columbia Tax Study Group. He is admitted to practice law in South Carolina.

Jonathan grew up in Anderson, South Carolina, but now considers Columbia home along with his wife, Jescelyn, and their two Cavalier King Charles, Kingsley and Coco.



 
     
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