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Photos courtesy of Charleston Area CVB
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William J. (Billy) Hennessy, Jr.

Billy graduated Bishop England High School before moving on to the University of South Carolina to obtain his B.S. and law degree. Returning home to Charleston, Billy practiced as a solo practitioner from 1976 until forming Dodds Hennessy & Stith in 1980 with his friend and cousin Larry Dodds. Billy is the managing partner of the Charleston Office, a former municipal judge, and a member of the South Carolina and Charleston County Bar Associations.

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R. Chilton Stone

Born and raised in Charleston, Chilton attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Chilton attended Florida Coastal School of Law and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2010. Chilton joined Dodds Hennessy & Stith, LLP in September of 2013 as an associate in the Charleston office.

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Lyle Perkins

Lyle joined the firm as a paralegal in 1992 and serves as the Office Manager of the Charleston Office.A South Carolina native, she received an undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston in Psychology.After 17 years with the firm, Lyle possesses valuable experience and knowledge in all types of residential and commercial real estate transactions. She also assists Billy and David in servicing clients in her paralegal capacity in all areas of our practice.

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Julie Traw

Julie Traw’s more than twenty-five years of legal experience began in 1991 as a runner and real estate assistant while earning a criminal justice degree. Her broad background includes title examining, condominium and subdivision development, time shares, and single-family residential closings across eight South Carolina counties. She joined the firm in 2012 and oversees residential real estate closings in the Downtown office. She handles all aspects of closing preparation and post-closing duties, working closely with clients, realtors, and lenders.

Karen Newman

Karen joined the firm in 2005 and serves as the closing coordinator for the downtown Charleston office. Her duties include title orders, scheduling closings, and other general pre-closing matters for real estate transactions. Karen's broad range of business contacts and background in the insurance and real estate industries are valuable assets to this firm. Karen also possesses over fourteen years of real estate legal experience.

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Becky Weigand

Becky has been our title abstractor since joining the firm in 1984. Becky assists our paralegals and attorneys in all matters regarding searching, interpreting, and confirming the accuracy of the public records affecting the title to real estate. Becky's attention to detail, 25 years experience, and local "on the ground" knowledge is an unmatched resource to our clients. Becky's reputation for excellence is widely known and well deserved.