When Ed Anderson was a teenager in Chattanooga, he knew that he wanted to be a family-law attorney. His parents and grandparents taught him the importance of treating everyone as though they are members of his own family, and he took their advice to heart.
Following the familial guidance he’d received, he took it upon himself to do what he could for his friends. “I was always giving them advice and trying to help them as much as I could,” he recalls. “I also counseled kids in a summer camp and some of them were going through issues at home. I just always thought I could talk to people in that kind of situation.”
After graduating from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Ed attended Furman University, graduating cum laude in 2014 with a double major in political science and history with a minor in film studies.
He then enrolled at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he consistently made the Dean’s List and was a member of the ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Law Journal, serving as articles editor during his third year in law school. He received the CALI Award in Advanced Family Law, worked as a law clerk in the Columbia firm of Moore Taylor, P.A., and interned in the Richland County Department of Social Services.
After receiving his J.D. with a Children’s Law Concentration in 2017, he joined McKinney, Tucker & Lemel to practice mostly family law, precisely the kind of position he wanted. Most of his work is focused on assisting clients who are dealing with divorces, separations, and child-custody issues, along with some personal-injury cases.
“Many of my clients are going through a low period in their lives and I feel that I’m in a position to objectively look at their situation and help to guide them through it,” Ed says. “Some of them don’t have any support system at all, so I feel like I’m providing a foundation for them to ensure that everything is going to be OK, that they’re going to get through it and can move on into the next chapter of their lives.”
Ed is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and is active in the organization’s Young Lawyers Division. He is also active in his church, St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church in Fort Mill. He is an ardent Atlanta Falcons football fan and enjoys golfing and movies.