Michael E. Hirsch

Michael moved to Fort Mill in 2002 and is an alum of the first graduating class of Nation Ford High School.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, Michael was on the Dean’s List and was inducted into the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society. Immediately after law school, Michael clerked for the Honorable Daniel D. Hall, Resident Circuit Court Judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit.

Prior to law school, Michael earned his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University (B.A.), graduating magna cum laude with a degree in history and minor in Spanish. Michael earned President’s and Dean’s List honors various semesters and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Michael is active in the community and is currently serving on the Town of Fort Mill Historical Review Board.

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Cathy Lightsey Weaver

Cathy heads up the firm’s commercial real estate practice, representing buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants of commercial property throughout South Carolina as well as lenders in commercial real estate secured loan transactions.

She has experience in negotiating and closing a variety of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, development, exchange, leasing and financing transactions. Cathy is also the President of the firm’s title insurance agency, Old Town Title Company, LLC and is a title insurance agent for Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company and First American Title Insurance Company.  She is also a licensed real estate broker.

A Fort Mill native and college football and baseball fanatic (devoted to her South Carolina Gamecocks), Cathy began her practice with the Charlotte-based law firm of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP in their South Carolina office where she advised and represented real estate clients in all phases of commercial real estate development and finance. She and her husband, Ben, have two sons – Will (13) and Luke (5).

Professional Profile
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • South Carolina Bar Association
    • Real Estate Section
  • York County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • South Carolina Licensed Title Insurance Agent
  • South Carolina Licensed Real Estate Broker
Representative Matters
  • Represented a national retailer in acquisition and development of a site for a 1,000,000+ square foot distribution facility
  • Represented regional developers in the acquisition, financing and leasing of multiple commercial sites throughout South Carolina for two national restaurant chains
  • Represented the United States subsidiary of an international manufacturer in the relocation of their North American operations office to South Carolina
  • Represented national manufacturer in the addition of a manufacturing location in South Carolina
  • Represented regional and national home builders in lot takedowns and acquisition of property and development of residential subdivision
  • Represented regional developer in the acquisition, financing, rehabilitation and leasing of downtown office building
Community Involvement
  • York County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Regional Board Member
  • York County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Fort Mill Area Council Member
  • University of South Carolina Board of Visitors, Member representing Sixteenth Judicial Circuit
  • Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation, Former Board Member (2008-2017)
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W. Keith Martens

An experienced trial attorney and appellate advocate, Keith has successfully represented businesses and individuals before state and federal courts, in arbitrations, mediations and on appeal.  Keith has extensive jury trial experience, and has also presented numerous appellate arguments before the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.  His practice focuses on construction disputes, as well as financial, business and consumer-related matters.  His clients include a number of regional banks and financial institutions, contractors and corporations.  He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts inSouth Carolina, and before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Keith is a graduate of Tulane University (B.S. 1988) and the University of South Carolina (J.D. 1995).  From 1988-1992, he served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy.  He is a combat veteran of the First Persian Gulf War, and a two-time recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal.  During law school, Keith was Articles Editor of the South Carolina Law Review and a student member of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court.  From 1995-2004, Keith was an associate and partner in a large regional law firm, headquartered in Charlotte,North Carolina.

In 2012, Chief Justice Toal appointed Keith to the South Carolina Bar Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection.  From 2003-2011, Keith served as a gubernatorial appointee to the York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs.  He was elected chairman of that board during the final three years of his term.  He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, and of its Construction and Consumer Law Sections.

Professional Profile
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • South Carolina Bar, Lawyers Fund for Client Protection
  • Member Attorney Program, American Collectors Association
Community Involvement
  • York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, board member and president
  • York County Public Defender Corporation, board member
  • York County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council, past board member and president
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Ruth F. Cunnup

Ruth is an associate in the firm’s commercial real estate practice, representing buyers and sellers of property throughout South Carolina.  She also regularly represents property owners associations with regard to formation of the associations and drafting and amending restrictive covenants.  In addition to her real estate practice, Ruth also has experience with transactional business matters including entity formation and purchase and sales of business assets.

She is a native of Rock Hill and proud Rock Hill High Bearcat. Ruth is a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia International University and cum laude honors graduate from the University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D.). Immediately following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Lee S. Alford, Circuit Court Judge, 16th Circuit.

Professional Profile
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Lee S. Alford, 16th Judicial Circuit
  • York County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
Community Involvement
  • Neely’s Creek A.R.P.
    • Volunteer Youth Leader
    • Youth Committee Member
    • Service Volunteer Coordinator, 2010-2016
  • Young Life of York County Committee, 2002-2008
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Herbert W. Hamilton (Retired)

A founding member of the Firm in 2004, Herb retired in 2017 after over 40 years of practicing law. During his career, Herb litigated commercial and construction law disputes, as well as business torts and financial services cases. He represented individuals, businesses, construction contractors and owners in all aspects of contract negotiation and dispute resolution, including state and federal jury trials, class actions, mediations and arbitrations. 

Herb began practicing law in 1975 with the Columbia, firm of Whaley, McCutchen Blanton and Rhodes. In 1993 he joined Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP, where he practiced for 11 years before leaving to become one of the founders of the Firm.

During his career, Herb held leadership positions in a number of civic, charitable and Bar related organizations including the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Haven Men’s Shelter and also received several professional accolades including Best Lawyers in America®† in Construction Law, South Carolina Super Lawyers®.†† and was Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated.

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Christi Porter Cox

A native of South Carolina with deep roots in Rock Hill, Christi proudly serves as the youngest founding member of the Firm.  She is a magna cum laude graduate of the Honors College at the University of South Carolina (B.A.) and cum laude honors graduate from the University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D.)  While in law school, Christi earned memberships to the Order of the Coif and the Wig and Robe Honor Societies for academically being within the top 5% of her graduating class.  Immediately after law school, Christi practiced with Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman in Charlotte, N.C., where she regularly advised and represented employers and businesses in complex business and commercial law matters. Christi continues to focus her practice in general civil litigation, and for the past 15 years has represented individuals, businesses and state agencies in a wide variety of legal matters.

Christi is a member of the South Carolina Bar and currently serves as the President of the York County Bar Association.  A seasoned trial attorney, Christi regularly advises and represents state agencies, businesses and individuals in both state and federal courts in various general litigation matters including contract disputes, premises liability, insurance disputes, automobile accident litigation, and construction litigation.  Christi also represents select individuals involved in serious personal injury accidents and insurance-related disputes, and she is certified by the South Carolina Bar as a civil court mediator.

Christ is active in her community and devotes substantial time volunteering and providing pro bono legal services to various local organizations.  She currently serves as an elected official on the York County Council, representing her constituents in District 5.

Professional Profile
  • York County Bar Association
    • President, 2017-2018
    • Vice President, 2016-2017
    • Secretary, 2015-2016
    • Treasurer, 2014-2015
  • American Bar Association Member
  • South Carolina Bar Association Member
    • S.C. Employment Law Section
    • Government Law Section
    • Tort Law Section
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • Judicial Qualifications Committee, Former Member
Community Involvement
  • York County Council Member for District 5, 2015-2020
  • Appointed by Governor Haley to serve on S.C. Board of Accountancy, 2012-2015
  • Neely’s Creek A.R.P., Member
  • Family Promise of York County, Volunteer
  • S.C. Bar’s Public Service Division, Volunteer Presenter/Speaker
  • Oakdale Elementary School Improvement Council, 2010-2012
  • The Haven Homeless Men’s Shelter, Board Member/Secretary, 2012-2015
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