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Kenneth B. Wingate

Kenneth B. Wingate

Managing Shareholder
Columbia, South Carolina

Ken is from Columbia, South Carolina. He received his B.S. degree in Accounting from Clemson University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Mr. Wingate is a former Certified Public Accountant and is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a member of the American Bar Association, the Columbia Estate Planning Council, the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is enrolled to practice before the United States Tax Court.

Ken served as Articles Editor and Senior Articles Editor for Probate & Property, a magazine published nationally by the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association. He has served on planned giving advisory boards for the American Heart Association, Baptist Medical Center of Columbia, Columbia College, and the Medical University of South Carolina. He is a frequent speaker and an author on the subjects of estate planning, probate law, probate litigation, and charitable giving. He is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" and "South Carolina Super Lawyers."

He served on the Estate Planning and Probate Law Specialization Advisory Board for the Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. He is a past president of the Richland County Bar's Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Section and served as the Chairman of the South Carolina Bar's Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Section.

Ken served as transition team leader and as Chairman of the Governor's Commission on Management, Accountability and Performance for Governor Mark Sanford in 2003, and served as chairman of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education for Governors Mark Sanford and Nikki Haley. Ken currently serves as Chairman of the South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness board as an appointee by Gov. Haley. He previously served on the board for South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority, and is a past treasurer for the State of South Carolina. Governor Mark Sanford awarded Ken the "Order of the Palmetto in 2011 for his service to the State of South Carolina".

He is married to the former Catharine Edwards of Charleston, South Carolina, and has three children. He enjoys hunting and running. He is an elder and Sunday School teacher at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia. He is the author of "A Father's Gift: Lessons from Proverbs" (the Banner of Truth, 2009), and "Run with Endurance: The Triumph of Faith" (Tolle Lege Press, 2014).

Year Joined Firm

  • 1993

Areas of Practice

  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate Administration/Trust Administration
  • Corporate Formations and Transactions

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1990
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1994

Past Employment Positions

  • McNair Law Firm, P.A., Associate, 1986 - 1993