Brian A. Hellman

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Office: (843) 266-9099
Direct: (843) 414-9753
Facsimile: (843) 266-9188

Mr. Hellman is a business and real estate attorney practicing in the fields of corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate development and leasing, telecommunications, zoning, and land use law.

A member of the South Carolina Bar, Mr. Hellman is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for South Carolina and all state courts. Mr. Hellman is a member of the American Bar Association and the Charleston County Bar Association.

Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Hellman was associated with South Carolina's largest business law firm. Mr. Hellman earned a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif, served as managing editor of the South Carolina Law Review, and was a member of the Order of Wig and Robe. Mr. Hellman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Charleston. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Hellman was Senior Vice President of a regional office products distribution company where he was primarily responsible for overseeing the company's sales, logistics, and technology.

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Jonathan L. Yates

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Office: (843) 266-9099
Direct: (843) 414-9754
Facsimile: (843) 266-9188

Jonathan L. Yates focuses his practice on telecommunications, zoning, and land use issues. Mr. Yates' background in the telecommunications industry is broad-based and includes matters related to placing wireless networks in multiple states. In his land-use practice, he has assisted in the permitting of large multi-use commercial, residential, hospitality, and mixed-use developments and has appeared before virtually every county planning commission and council in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Coastal Georgia.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Yates was a member with one of South Carolina's largest law firms. Mr. Yates earned a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of Charleston. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Yates was a commercial real estate broker representing developers, landlords, and tenants of commercial, industrial, and retail properties.

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Thomas S. Tisdale

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Office: (843) 266-9099
Direct: (843) 414-9757
Facsimile: (843) 266-9188

Thomas S. Tisdale is a business litigator, client consultant and mediator.

Mr. Tisdale has litigated many complex cases in state and federal courts of all levels, creating jurisprudence in South Carolina on a great variety of groundbreaking legal issues.

Mr. Tisdale serves companies, individuals, foundations and non-profit organizations. Among his clients are: The Belle W. Baruch Foundation, South Carolina Aquarium, The Shipston Group, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, and may individuals and other organizations.

Mr. Tisdale has served as President of the South Carolina Historical Society. The Society founded in 1855, is one of the preeminent historical societies in America. Its mission is to collect, preserve and publish the history of the State of South Carolina. Mr. Tisdale succeeded Dr. Walter Edgar.

Mr. Tisdale is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Education Foundation, a public charity whose mission is the advancement of equity and excellence in the education in the American South.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Tisdale was a partner at Nexsen Pruet, and before that he was a founding partner of Young, Clement, Rivers and Tisdale. He has also served as assistant solicitor for the 9th Judicial Circuit and as a municipal court judge for the City of Charleston. He is a certified mediator and arbitrator.

Mr. Tisdale earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1964 and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the South in 1961. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar and also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U. S. Supreme Court. He has served as President of the South Carolina Bar and is currently Chancellor of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina in which role he previously served from 1970-85.

Civic & Professional Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Charleston Lawyers Club, former President
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Council
  • Society of the Cincinnati of the State of South Carolina, President
  • South Carolina Historical Society, President
  • Southern Education Foundation, Board

Career Highlights:

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers - Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America - Business Litigation and First Amendment Law since 1993
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent, Peer Review Rated
  • South Carolina Super Lawyer in Business Litigation since 2008
  • Benchmark Litigation, "Local Litigation Star" - Charleston
  • South Carolina Historical Society - President
  • Southern Education Foundation – Board of Trustees
  • Certified mediator and arbitrator
  • Former President, South Carolina Bar
  • Charleston Lawyers Club - Former President
  • Supreme Court Commission on Grievances and Discipline - Former Member
  • Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency - Former Member
  • South Carolina Law Institute - Former Member
  • CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, Former Member
  • University of the South - Board of Regents, Former Member
  • Voorhees College - Board of Trustees, Former Member
  • Porter-Gaud School - Former Chairman of the Board
  • South Carolina Aquarium - Former Board Member
  • Spoleto Festival USA - Former Board Member
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Jason S. Smith

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Office: (843) 266-9099
Direct: (843) 414-9755
Facsimile: (843) 266-9188

Jason focuses his practice on intellectual property protection (patent, trademark, and copyright), entrepreneurial ventures, and a wide range of business litigation and corporate matters.

Before joining Hellman Yates & Tisdale, he practiced with a law firm in New York City. He holds degrees from Duke University School of Law, LLM, Entrepreneurial Law; Albany Law School, JD; and Washington & Lee University, BS, Physics and Mathematics.

Jason is a licensed member of the USPTO Patent Bar, as well as the state bars of South Carolina and New York, the Federal District Court of South Carolina, and the Federal Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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