A FAMILY HELPING FAMILIES
WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK
The Story of Schiller & Hamilton Law Firm
W hen I decided to hang up my own shingle and begin a personal injury law firm in the mid-2000s, I knew I wanted to create a law practice that was focused on helping families find relief. The firm I had helped start was disbanding because my goals were shifting away from the goals other attorneys at the firm had, and I needed to get back to what had propelled me into law. However, prior to the firm breaking up, Joel Hamilton, an errand runner at the firm, and I had developed a strong relationship. I decided to take this kid from Ohio under my wing at this South Carolina practice, and soon, we spent time together outside of work. My kids were even calling him Uncle Joel, and my wife adored him.
Having Joel as my partner gives me the peace of mind to know that I’m partnering with someone who is like m little brother and is shaping the practice I started with the very same goals and motivations that propelled me to personal injury law. Schiller & Hamilton Law Firm has been rooted in family values since the beginning, and its family has continued to prosper. As Joel, myself, and our families have grown, our bond has strengthened. I’m proud of what we have built since we connected nearly 20 years ago, and today, we have added caring lawyers and legal experts who want to make a tangible difference in the lives of their clients.
After I left the old firm, Joel — who was only 19 at the time — called and asked if I needed a runner. The best I could offer him was a part-time job, but Joel soon became the jack-of- all-trades at the newly founded Schiller Law Firm. He would answer phones, run errands, type out letters, and do whatever else he could at this new firm. While continuing his studies throughout law school,
“HAVING JOEL AS MY PARTNER GIVES ME THE PEACE OF MIND TO KNOW THAT I’M PARTNERING WITH SOMEONE WHO IS LIKE MY LITTLE BROTHER AND IS SHAPING THE PRACTICE I STARTED WITH THE VERY SAME GOALS AND MOTIVATIONS THAT PROPELLED ME TO PERSONAL INJURY LAW.”
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Joel would drive down to South Carolina to clerk for me during his breaks, and he continued to take on more responsibilities. Eventually, my practice grew and added offices, and Joel was growing up too. Upon graduating from law school, Joel was offered a job at his father’s company, but he wanted to stay in South Carolina serving his clients and helping to grow the firm. Since then, this practice has continued to expand, and our partnership has grown alongside it. Joel’s entire adulthood has been spent in partnership with this firm and me, and our passions, preferences, and goals have been in sync, unlike other firms, where egos and directional issues often seem to destroy worthwhile practices.
Joel and I have worked tirelessly together to set the perfect tone for our practice, one of diligence; understanding; and, most of all, a family helping other families during some of the worst times in their life. There’s a reason our slogan is “Don’t go it alone. At Schiller & Hamilton, we’ve got your back!” It will cost you nothing to come talk to us, but it could cost you everything if you don’t. Let our family help yours.
–Bennett Schiller III
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