Joyce and I have owned property on Seabrook Island since 1995. We became full-time Seabrook residents in August 2007 when we began building our home. We moved into it in 2008.
I retired from the practice of law in 2015 and have done a limited amount of legal consulting work since then. I was born and raised in Charleston and graduated from the Citadel in 1966. I have Master’s and Ph.D. (1971) degrees from the University of Tennessee. I taught at Austin Peay State University from 1971-1984 where I was a full professor beginning in 1976. I attended Vanderbilt Law School from 1981-1984 passing the bar in 1984. I clerked for a federal judge from 1984-1985. I joined the law firm of Howell & Fisher in 1985 where I practiced mostly civil defense work until I retired. I have been a lawyer (litigator) for 30+ years.
I am currently the treasurer for 3 non-profits. At my church, I have been a member of Church Council and its vice president and treasurer. I was a managing partner for 11 years for a partnership which owned an office building in Nashville, TN, During my career, I have counseled and litigated on behalf of construction companies, medical practices, hospitals, and Wal-Mart/Sam’s Clubs among others. I have negotiated contracts and settlement agreements. My experience includes critical examination of contracts at issue in litigation.
At Seabrook, I have served on the legal committee since February 2017. I was on an ad hoc committee which examined SIPOA’s employment practices and policies from mid 2017 to February 2018. I volunteer as a substitute on the Turtle Patrol and have worked with Backpack Buddies since its inception. I have been active in Tri-County Ministries, Next Steps of SC, and St. Johannes Lutheran Church. I have been a docent for the Historic Charleston Society.
Living at Seabrook has been a dream of mine, perhaps since 1952, but certainly since 1965. Seabrook has been our paradise. I feel that I have many friends here, whether in social or duplicate bridge clubs, Men’s Book Club, Cigar Club, the Club at Seabrook, or any of the informal groupings. The main reason I want to serve is to maintain the high quality of life here. If elected, I hope to help resolve legal disputes between SIPOA and The Club.
-Submitted by Tom Pinckney
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