Catherine LaFond

Attorney & Founder

Catherine LaFond earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1997 from the University of South Carolina School of Law after studying political science at the College of Charleston. She opened her own law firm in 1998 and immediately started handling real estate transactions and creating estate plans.

Thereafter, in 2009, she moved to South Beach for a year to obtain an LL.M. (a Masters of Laws degree in estate planning) from the University of Miami School of Law. It was there that she decided to become proficient in the area of elder law.

Catherine has been given an AV© Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell (the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards), a firm that has rated attorneys for more than a century based on peer and client reviews. She has also been rated “Superb” by Avvo which rates attorneys based on peer and client endorsements, experience, professional conduct and industry recognition.

She has been the volunteer attorney for Sea Island Habitat for Humanity homeowners since 1999 and for Pet Helper’s since 2002. Also, Catherine is a member of the ElderCounsel, LLC, Lowcountry Senior Network, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, SC Elder Law Bar Committee, SC Women Lawyers Association, is an accredited attorney with the VA and barred with the US Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims. She currently serves or has served on the following boards: AFFA (Vice President), Bridges for End-of-Life, Charleston County Disabilities Board (Secretary), Lowcountry Senior Network (Secretary) and SCNAELA (CLE Committee Chair).

Ashley Andrews

Associate Attorney

Ashley Andrews grew up in Pendleton, SC before earning a bachelor's degree in history from Clemson University in 2000 and a juris doctorate from the Charleston School of Law in 2007.

Ashley began as an intern with the firm in 2006 and became an associate upon being admitted to the South Carolina Bar in November of 2007. She acted as the principal attorney when Catherine took her sabbatical to Miami and currently focuses her practice on probate and estate matters, guardianship and conservatorship cases, and real estate closings and litigation. She is also a Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney and admitted to practice in the Court of Appeals for VA Claims.

Melanie Marcum

Office Manager

Melanie Marcum is originally from Lexington, SC where she attended the University of South Carolina and received her bachelor's degree in Marketing & Management. In 2001, she moved to Charleston and has been with the firm since 2014, overseeing daily operations in addition to marketing campaigns. She and her husband have a daughter and enjoy all things food-related, travelling to new destinations, and are avid concert-goers.

Ashley Richardson


Ashley Richardson is a Charleston native and has been with the firm since 2001. She began her real estate paralegal tenure shortly after earning an Associate's Degree from Trident Technical College. She oversees the daily operations of the real estate department for the firm. Ashley regularly participates in Adopt a Highway, SIHH Women Build, and is a founding member of The Point Is, a local non-profit women's fundraising group, of which she is a former Vice President and Board Member.

Myra Winterburn


Myra Winterburn was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and lived in Mesa, Arizona, for 18 years before she and her husband moved to Charleston in 2014. For 14 years, Myra worked as a paralegal for a sole practitioner who specialized in worker’s compensation and personal injury. Myra holds 3 Associate of Arts Degrees from Mesa Community College as well as a certificate in Nutrition from e-Cornell University. She was an active participant for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer walk, raising money for breast cancer research. Myra enthusiastically joined our real estate department as a paralegal in 2016 and now regularly participates in our Adopt a Highway program.

Katie Cotton


Katie D. Cotton is a paralegal with the firm specializing in Estate Planning and Probate. She has a BS in Public Administration from George Mason University, and completed coursework for the Paralegal Certificate accredited by the American Bar Association. She is an Alpha Xi Delta alumna and enjoys attending events with the firm that focus on Special Needs planning, building on her experiences with her fraternity’s philanthropic achievements partnering with Autism Speaks. She is nearly fluent in Spanish but is not certified as an interpreter. A transplant from Virginia, Katie and her dog, Hayley Fluff, can be found walking the beach or strolling along King Street on weekends enjoying being in Charleston.