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Our team approach allows us to utilize resources across the firm to match specific legal experience with client needs

Tripp Wiles

Tripp Wiles

Attorney and Counselor at Law

M. Emerson “Tripp” Wiles, III was born in Charleston, South Carolina and was raised in Tennessee. He graduated from The Citadel with a B.A. in Political Science and holds a M.A. from Hawaii Pacific University in Diplomacy and Military Studies. Tripp earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. He is a former Army officer and served in Germany and Macedonia. After serving in the Army, Tripp worked as a research analyst for both the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii and the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office. Tripp authored the book Forgotten Raiders of ‘42. In December 2013, Tripp was appointed by Governor Nikki R. Haley to serve on the Charleston County School Board and was later elected for another term. Over the past decade Tripp has assisted hundreds of individuals in protecting their families and preserving their legacies through customized estate plans. Tripp and his family enjoy boating and fishing as well as golfing at The Links at Stono Ferry. Tripp is a proud member of Justia. 

John M. McMichael

John M. McMichael

Attorney and Counselor at Law

John McMichael focuses his legal practice on tax and wealth planning. He works with clients to design and implement family or business succession plans.  John also assists clients with complex tax planning related to sales of family businesses. Originally from Newnan, Georgia, John graduated from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia with a degree in Economics, and then received his Juris Doctor from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.  John continued his education through the University of Alabama School of Law where he obtained his LL.M. in taxation, graduating summa cum laude. John and his wife, Kellam, reside in Macon with their daughters, Charlotte and Carolyn.  They attend Vineville Methodist Church. John enjoys Georgia football, hunting, fishing and tennis.

Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler

Attorney and Counselor at Law

Matt is originally from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2010 and served as an Army Officer at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and on a year-long deployment to the Middle East. Matt earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law. During law school, he interned for the Honorable Susan Tate of the Athens-Clarke County Probate Court in Athens, Georgia and for Wiles Law Firm. His note, Standoff Between the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and the Federal Courts: What “Houndstooth Mafia” Means for Judicial Authority Over Administrative Agencies, is published in the 25th volume of the Georgia Journal of Intellectual Property Law. He currently focuses his practice on asset protection and drafting personalized estate plans for clients. In his spare time Matt enjoys the gym, college football, days at the beach, and spending time with his wife and their daughter.

Katie Coeyman

Katie Coeyman

Attorney and Counselor at Law

Originally from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Katie’s practice areas focus on tax and estate planning. Katie graduated magna cum laude from Clemson University with a B.A. in Philosophy with general honors from Clemson’s Calhoun Honors College. Katie went on to graduate cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2018, where she served as the Managing Editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). In 2017, she was awarded the State Bar of Georgia Tax Section Outstanding Student Award. After law school, she received her LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Alabama, where she graduated summa cum laude. Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

 J. Matthew Aronson

J. Matthew Aronson

Attorney and Counselor at Law

Matthew received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and was a member of the inaugural class at the Charleston School of Law.  Following law school, he clerked for the Administrative Law Court and then joined the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs as a staff attorney and Assistant Consumer Advocate.  Matthew then relocated to Atlanta, GA and worked for the AmLaw Top 50 firm of Troutman Pepper.  He recently moved back to Charleston with his family and is excited to join the Wiles McMichael team. 

John Dustin “JD” Hawkins, Jr.

John Dustin “JD” Hawkins, Jr.

Attorney and Counselor at Law

JD focuses his practice on tax and estate planning. He is currently pursuing an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. He graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2020 after earning a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia in 2015. JD is originally from Madison, Georgia. He and his wife, Alexis, now reside in Macon, Georgia. He enjoys college football, fly fishing, and spending time outdoors with his golden retriever, Miller.

Leslie Banta

Leslie Banta

Director of Operations

Leslie was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She graduated from College of Charleston and has worked in client relation management for fifteen years. Joining the Wiles team nearly a decade ago, Leslie serves as Director of Operations for the firm, ensuring the client experience is enjoyable and fulfilling. Often behind the scenes, Leslie’s work is focused on coordinating client matters and strategizing and carrying out goals for the firm. Leslie enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children.

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Director of Financial Operations

Sarah grew up in Kingstree, South Carolina. She graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in Business Administration and continued her studies to earn an MBA from The Citadel. As the Director of Financial Operations, she is responsible for leading the accounting function, as well as, providing strategic oversight of revenue policies and procedures. Additionally, she provides leadership and coordination through human resources for Wiles Law Firm. Sarah resides in Mt. Pleasant and enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Brian and their three boys.

Alex Cole

Alex Cole

Client Matters Manager

Alex was born in Charleston, South Carolina and attended Clemson University, where she served as president of Tri-Delta sorority. Alex continues her philanthropic work through fundraising for the Medical University of South Carolina in her spare time. She enjoys spending time with her family, her husband and golden retriever puppy, Tilly. Alex has been with Wiles Law since 2018, serving as Client Matters Manager, helping to streamline communications and shepherd you through the estate planning process.

Legare Grimball

Legare Grimball

Estate Administrator

Legare was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina and attended Clemson University. Upon graduating, she spent three years working in hospitality and client management assisting guests at a ranch in Granby, Colorado with personalized service. Legare enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband, family, and their dog, Kai. Legare serves as our Estate Administrator for Wiles Law Firm and will help assist you through the Probate and Trust Administration process.

Jenna Westerman

Jenna Westerman

Plans Manager

Jenna grew up in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts. She is a former teacher with Carolina Park and currently serves as the Plans Manager for Wiles Law. Jenna uses her excellent multitasking skills, thoroughness, and passion for serving others to help clients and their families customize their estate plan.  She works closely with clients and their advisors to assist them with personalized asset alignment as well as coordinating their estate plan with their asset portfolio. Jenna enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her chocolate lab, Miller.

Campbell Garrard

Campbell Garrard

Advanced Counsel Administrator

Campbell was born and raised in Charleston.  He began clerking for Wiles Law in 2019 and brings the benefit of a fresh and energetic perspective on legal research and decisions. Campbell recently graduated from the Citadel and plans to attend law school next year.

Pam M. Flanders

Certified Public Accountant & Certified Financial Planner

Pam Flanders graduated summa cum laude from Mercer University with a degree in Accounting in 1996, and she spent several years working for a Fortune 500 company before completing her MBA at Mercer.  She then spent 17 years in the tax and wealth planning practice group of a regional law firm. Pam joined Wiles McMichael to apply her accounting and planning background to estate, transfer and income tax planning.  In addition to developing plans to accomplish clients’ goals and minimize their tax liabilities, she enjoys building relationships with clients and their other advisors to ensure that they properly implement and maintain complex estate and business plans. Pam is originally from Lumber City, Georgia, and she has lived in the middle Georgia area for over twenty years.  She and her husband, Jason, attend Byron Baptist Church.

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