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M. Emerson Wiles III

M. Emerson Wiles III

Attorney and Counselor at Law

Tripp 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. As a former 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, fishing and golfing at Links at Stono Ferry. Tripp is a member of Justia. 

Ramsey Watson

Ramsey Watson

Attorney and Counselor at Law

Ramsey was born in Lexington, Kentucky. She focuses her practice on estate and trust administration and provides counsel to clients designing their estate plan. Ramsey graduated from Western Kentucky with a double major in Psychology and Political Science. She obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law. While in law school, Ramsey interned with the Clerk of Court for the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the late Honorable Tanya Gee. Upon her graduation from law school, Ramsey served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Kristi L. Harrington, Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. On August 10th 2017, Ramsey was appointed by Mayor R. Keith Summey of North Charleston to serve on the City of North Charleston Planning Commission. Her appointment was confirmed by the North Charleston City Council for a four-year term. She is an active member of the tri-county community and is also a member of the Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester County Bar Associations. In her free time, Ramsey enjoys spending time with her daughter and two dogs.

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 Stephanie.

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Director of Financial Operations

Sarah was born 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.

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.

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 Passailaigue

Legare Passailaigue

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 family, fiancé, and her dog, Kai. Legare serves as our Estate Administrator for Wiles Law Firm and will help assist you through the Probate and Trust Administration process.

Kylee Souders

Kylee Souders

Plans Manager

Kylee was born and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon and attended Boise State University.  She moved to Charleston upon graduation and has been serving as our Estate Plans Manger ever since. Kylee enjoys spending time with her friends and family in Idaho and being outdoors.

Campbell Garrard

Campbell Garrard

Legal Clerk

Campbell was born and raised in Charleston. He has been clerking for Wiles Law since 2019 and brings the benefit of a fresh and energetic perspective on legal research and decisions. Campbell is currently in his senior year at the Citadel and hopes to attend law school next year.

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