Addison Dowling Fender
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.
I am a proud first generation American, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I attended Albany Law School in Albany, New York where I held several legal internships. As a Yale Law School Clinical Fellow I assisted the clinic with pro-bono cases, specifically immigration cases. My passion for immigration brought me down to Bluffton, South Carolina, where I practiced immigration and criminal defense for several years. My fiance and I fell in love with the area and decided to make it our forever home.
I joined the Fender Law Firm due to the deep roots in the Lowcountry community and a genuine care for clients. My fiance and I currently reside in Bluffton with our rescue pup, Kiwi.
Ive heard it said that some folks are born in Beaufort and others get here as quickly as they can. I fall into the later category. After being born in Misawa, Japan and spending my early years in Hawaii, I landed in the Low Country in the Spring of 1999 and have remained here ever since.
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.
"I absolutely love Fender Law Firm, it was the best legal experience I have ever had. The Firm worked tirelessly to exceed my expectations and help me get everything I asked for. They responded to my problems promptly with a sense of priority on their plate day or night!!! Not a day went by that I didn’t feel like their only client, that’s how personal they took on my case."
— ALEXANDER MORIN
"I had a very detailed custody matter. It was scheduled for an emergency hearing and on an expedited basis. Addison jumped right on the case even though it was last minute and would require at least 4 days in court. Addison was very friendly and knowledgeable. Great work!"
— AARON & MICHELLE SCARBRO
Proudly serving the Beaufort community for three generations
We bring over 25 years of experience to your case and will work patiently and tirelessly to bring you peace of mind.
Our roots run deep and date back to the Dowling & Dowling firm founded in 1941. Attorney Addison Fender continued his family's legacy in 2010 when he and his wife Tracy, one of the county's most experienced paralegals, opened Fender Law Firm. Guided by the practice's long standing values of compassion, honesty and fairness, our highly skilled team offers family legal services in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, including Beaufort County, Jasper County, Colleton County, Hampton County, and Allendale County. Beaufort, Blufton, Hilton Head and surrounding areas.