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 served as Chairman of the South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness board as an appointee by Gov. Haley, and later as an appointee of Gov. Henry McMaster. 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".

Ken serves as the Secretary/Treasurer and as a Board member of the USLAW Network, an affiliation of more than sixty law firms with more than six thousand attorneys across the United States, Canada and Europe.

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). Ken is also a Certified Prescribed Fire Manager through the South Carolina Forestry Committee. 

Ken Wingate | Columbia, South Carolina attorney

B.S., Clemson University
J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law


Trust and Estate Litigation

Estate Planning

Probate Administration/Trust Administration

Corporate Formations and Transactions



South Carolina

U.S. District Court--District of South Carolina

U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Tax Court


"Wingate and Myers Obtain IRS Private Letter Ruling"

"SWB Attorneys Named 2020 South Carolina 'Super Lawyer' and 'Rising Star'"

"Ken Wingate Moderates Conversation at USLAW Network"

"SWB Attorneys Named 2018 South Carolina 'Super Lawyer' and 'Rising Star'"

"Wingate Elected to USLaw Board"