As a third-generation Beaufort attorney, I am proud to call the Lowcountry of South Carolina my home. My grandfather, Joab Mauldin Dowling, was a founding member of the Dowling & Dowling Law Firm, which stood for many years in downtown Beaufort. My uncle Joab “Jojo” Dowling Jr., and my mother Jane Dowling Fender were members of the firm. My mother left in 1994 after being elected to a Family Court Judgeship for the 14th Judicial Circuit. My father Sherwood Fender practiced law in Beaufort until his retirement several years ago, but still stops by the office frequently to offer advice and consultation. Some might say that the “law” is in my blood, and considering the amount of time I spent roaming the halls of law offices growing up, that assessment is possibly not too far-fetched.
I am a proud graduate of Beaufort High School, Clemson University and the Charleston School of Law. I spent time between college and law school gaining valuable life experience while making a living in real estate development. Upon my graduation from law school, I returned home to Beaufort and opened the doors to the Fender Law Firm. Since 2010 I have zealously represented clients in the Civil, Criminal, Probate, Magistrate and Family courts of South Carolina.
At the Fender Law Firm, my wife Tracy and I are keeping alive the Fender/Dowling tradition of providing honest and effective legal services to our clients.
After arriving in Beaufort, I found my way into the legal profession and have been working as a Paralegal and Office Manager for the past 15 years.
Addison and I take pride in calling the Fender Law Firm our own and helping people through what can be one of the most difficult times in their lives.
Addison represented me in the same custody matter on two different occasions. The custody of my oldest was settled outside of court. Addison helped me to get the best terms possible. He is very straight forward and honest with you, he will tell you if he can or can’t help. He does not make empty promises like other lawyers I have had in the past. I would highly recommend Addison Fender to anyone looking for a Lawyer.