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The law firm of Derrick, Ritter, Williams and Morris, P.A. is the oldest law firm in Oconee County. It was originally established by Attorney W. Jerry Fedder in 1955. He was the first attorney to locate his office outside of the County Seat of Walhalla.

William F. Derrick joined the firm in 1968, and Fedder and Derrick offered general legal services thereafter as a partnership. This partnership was joined in 1973 by Richard L. Ritter and in 1974 by James L. Williams. W. Jerry Fedder left the firm in 1985 to become a commissioner for the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission.

At that time, the firm reorganized as a professional association and continued its practice for many years as Derrick, Ritter and Williams P.A. William F. Derrick became of counsel with the firm in 2001. Emma W. Morris was made a full partner in the firm in 2002. Richard L. Ritter became of counsel with the firm in 2009. James L. Williams and Emma W. Morris, the firm's principals, hired Andrew Holliday as an associate in 2016. The firm has maintained its current location at the foot of Main Street (Ram Cat Alley) in Seneca, South Carolina, for the past 39 years.

About James L. Williams

James Williams is a native of Greenville and the Oconee County area and has practiced law in the Upstate of South Carolina since his admission to the South Carolina Bar in 1973. He is a graduate of Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina, the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is married to long-time Oconee County school teacher, Nelia I. Williams. He was admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court on April 10, 1974, and was admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, on December 30, 1981. He also serves Oconee County as a certified circuit court mediator and arbitrator. Mr. Williams also serves as the Municipal Judge for the towns of Salem and Walhalla.

Practice Areas

Estate Planning

Probate and Estate Administration

Corporate and Business Law

Civil Litigation

General Practice

About Emma W. Morris

Emma Morris was born in Oconee County. She is married to Robert L. Morris III and they have three children. Emma graduated from Walhalla High School in 1989. She graduated cum laude in 1992 from The University of South Carolina, majoring in business administration finance. Emma received her Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law in 1995 where she was a member of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy. Emma returned to Oconee County to practice at Derrick, Ritter & Williams, P.A in 1995. Emma became a partner and shareholder in the firm in 2002 and the name of the firm was changed to Derrick, Ritter, Williams & Morris, P.A.

Practice Areas

Real Estate Transactions

Estate Planning

Probate and Estate Administration

Adoptions

General Practice

Title Insurance Underwriter for Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company

Bar Admissions:

South Carolina, 1995

Education:

University of South Carolina, BS-Business Administration-Finance (cum laude) 1992

Cumberland School of Law (Birmingham, Alabama), Juris Doctor 1995

Honors:

Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority-Charter Member, University of South Carolina

American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Cumberland School of Law

Professional Memberships:

Oconee County Bar

South Carolina Bar


About Andrew K. Holliday

Andrew obtained his Undergraduate Degree from Furman University and his Juris Doctor from The Charleston School of Law and was admitted to practice in South Carolina in 2014. He was likewise admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court in 2015.

Andrew, originally from Travelers Rest, South Carolina, lives in Oconee County with his wife, Valerie, also a Furman graduate. The Hollidays are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Walhalla. Andrew is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing. Andrew is an Eagle Scout and serves on the Board of the Blue Ridge Sea Scouts. Andrew served as the President of the Sertoma Club of Seneca for 2016-2017.

Practice Areas

Estate Planning

Probate and Estate Administration

Corporate and Business Law

Domestic Litigation (Divorce and Child Custody)

Civil Litigation

General Practice

Bar Admissions:

South Carolina, 2014

United States Tax Court, 2015

Education:

Furman University, BA-Political Science, 2011

Charleston School of Law, Juris Doctor 2014

Professional Memberships:

Oconee County Bar

South Carolina Bar