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.

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 (11) and Luke (3).

Professional Profile
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • York County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
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
  • Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation, Board of Directors
  • Fort Mill Area Council of York County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • University of South Carolina Board of Visitors, Member representing Sixteenth Judicial Circuit
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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 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
  • American Bar Association
Community Involvement
  • Active (Lifelong) Member, Neely’s Creek A.R.P.
  • Young Life of York County Committee, 2002-2008
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Herbert W. Hamilton

Herb is of counsel with the Firm and has a wide range of experience litigating commercial and construction law disputes, as well as business torts and financial services cases. He represents individuals and businesses and construction contractors and owners in all aspects of contract negotiation and dispute resolution, including state and federal jury trials, class actions, mediations and arbitrations. He is a certified mediator and arbitrator.

Herb has practiced law in South Carolina since 1975, starting his practice 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.

Herb has held leadership positions in a number of civic, charitable and Bar related organizations.

Professional Profile
  • Best Lawyers in America®† in Construction Law
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers®.††
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
Community Involvement
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Board member
  • York County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board member
  • Haven Homeless  Men’s Shelter, Board of Directors
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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 advised and represented employers and businesses in complex employment and commercial law matters. Christi continues to focus her practice primarily in area of employment law, and for the past 11 years has helped employers understand and comply with a broad range of federal and state employment laws, including: Title VII, the ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, trade secret laws, restrictive covenants, unemployment disputes, wage and hour laws and general workers’ compensation laws.  A seasoned trial attorney, Christi regularly advises and represents employers in employment-related litigation in both state and federal courts as well as in administrative matters before the EEOC, SCHAC and SCDEW. In addition to representing employers, Christi has expanded her practice to include representation of select individuals involved in complex business and insurance-related disputes. Christi is active in her community and devotes substantial time volunteering and providing pro bono legal services to various local organizations.

Professional Profile
  • Order of the Wig and Robe
  • Order of the Coif
  • York County Bar Association Treasurer
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • S.C. Employment Law Section Member
  • S.C. Women Lawyers Association Member
  • Judicial Qualifications Committee
  • American Bar Association
Community Involvement
  • Appointed by Governor Haley to serve on S.C. Board of Accountancy for 2013 – 2016 Term
  • Active (Lifelong) Member, Neely’s Creek A.R.P.
  • Volunteer, Family Promise of York County
  • Volunteer Presenter/Speaker on Employment Law Topics for S.C. Bar’s Public Service Division
  • Oakdale Elementary School Improvement Council
  • The Haven Homeless Men’s Shelter, Board Member/Secretary
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