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  • Ralph V. Baldwin, Jr.
    Attorney at Law | Owner

    Ralph V. Baldwin, Jr. is one of the most experienced attorneys throughout Beaufort County, SC and is the sole practitioner and the owner of Ralph V. Baldwin, Jr. Attorney at Law, LLC.

    Education:

    • Bachelors in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, class of 1970.
    • Graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, class of 1975.


    Experience:

    • Shortly after graduating from law school, he began working as an assistant public defender and later became the public defender with the Beaufort County Public Defenders’ Office.
    • Thereafter he was in partnership with other members of the Beaufort County Bar from 1979 through May 2003.
    • In May 2003, Ralph became a sole practitioner and continues that practice.


    Certifications & Recognitions:

    • Ralph has been a certified Family Court Mediator since 2007. He continues to engage in the general practice of law. His office engages in family law, personal injury, auto accidents and workers compensation matters.


    Beaufort County:

    • Ralph has been practicing law in the 14th Judicial Circuit, primarily in Beaufort County since 1976.


    Memberships:

    • US Supreme Court Bar
    • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
    • US District Court for South Carolina.
    • South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ).

  • Karen M. Cummins
    MPS, CPP, PLS | Senior Paralegal

    Karen M. Cummins is the senior paralegal at the law office of Ralph V. Baldwin, Jr. Attorney at Law, LLC. Karen is the sole owner of Attorney Assistance, LLC providing administrative support to the firm. She has vast experience in the legal field.

    Education:

    • Bachelors in Criminal Justice Administration from Parksville University in Parksville, Illinois.
    • Masters in Paralegal Studies from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

    Certifications & Recognitions:

    • Karen is a NALS Certified Paralegal having served as a paralegal with the 14th Judicial Circuit for the State of South Carolina for more than 35 years.
    • She was recently appointed to the inaugural Board of Paralegal Certification by the South Carolina Supreme Court.
    • Karen is also a member of the Board of Directors for Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services.

    Beaufort County:

    • Karen has worked with numerous attorneys and firms throughout Beaufort County and the surrounding areas. As owner of Attorney Assistance, LLC, she provides virtual and personal freelance paralegal and administrative services to area attorneys, primarily for Ralph V. Baldwin, Jr.


    Memberships:

    • American Association for Justice (AAJ).
    • South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ).
    • NALS
    • NALA

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