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Offit Kurman Continues to Grow in the Southeast Region with the opening of a South Carolina Office

For Immediate Release

BALTIMORE, MD - Offit Kurman has once again has expanded into the Southeast by opening a new office in South Carolina. Offit Kurman's South Carolina office will be led by well-known estate planning attorney James C. Hardin III. The attorneys and staff of The Law Offices of James C. Hardin III, PLLC, will join Offit Kurman in January.

Offit Kurman's affiliation with The Law Offices of James C. Hardin III, PLLC is part of Offit Kurman's plan to grow substantially in the Southeast. Offit Kurman opened its first office in the Southeast in Charlotte last year through affiliation with the Charlotte-based law firm of Horack Talley. Many of the attorneys in Offit Kurman's Charlotte office are dual licensed in both North Carolina and South Carolina. The Law Offices of James C. Hardin III, PLLC affiliation will provide the platform needed for Offit Kurman to serve clients throughout the Carolinas.

Offit Kurman has grown at a rapid pace doubling in size from 2017 to 2020. Offit Kurman was recognized in 2020 by the National Law Journal as the second fastest-growing law firm in the United States. By strategically expanding in key markets, Offit Kurman has grown from a Baltimore born law firm to a law firm with 13 offices in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Southeast Regions of the United States. Rock Hill, South Carolina, will become Offit Kurman's 14th office.

Formerly the Chair of the Wealth Transfer Department of one of Charlotte's largest law firms, Mr. Hardin established his own firm in 2005 to provide highly personalized client service in a practice devoted solely to Mr. Hardin's areas of expertise. The Law Offices of James C. Hardin III, PLLC is a high-end Estate Planning Firm representing individuals and families of significant wealth in both South Carolina and North Carolina. The Law Offices of James C. Hardin III, PLLC’s estate planning practice groups complement Offit Kurman's core practice areas. The affiliation with Offit Kurman will allow The Law Offices of James C. Hardin III, PLLC lawyers the opportunity to provide a full range of legal services to their clients. It will fuel growth opportunities for its Lawyers to engage new clients — by tapping into Offit Kurman's expanded practice area platform and network of 230-plus attorneys.

"Like many niche practices that specialize in a single practice area, the Hardin Law Firm has a stellar reputation and excellent clients. Joining forces with Jim Hardin and the team will enhance Offit Kurman's brand as a leading provider of legal services in the Carolinas."

— Ted Offit, Offit Kurman Chairman, CEO, and co-founder

James C. (Jim) Hardin III is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law in South Carolina and North Carolina and has consistently been named one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of trusts and estates, as well as Business North Carolina Legal Elite, a North Carolina Super Lawyer and a South Carolina Super Lawyer. In 1986, in recognition of his significant contributions to the area of trust and estate law, Mr. Hardin was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a nonprofit organization comprised of the nation's premier trust and estate counselors.

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