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SC Attorney Named to 2019 Legal Elite of the Midlands

Jonathan P. “JP” Lee (Rho–South Carolina ’99), a shareholder with Sojourner, Caughman & Thomas, LLC, was recently named to Columbia Business Monthly’s 2019 Legal Elite of the Midlands.


Tax & Estate Planning Law
Jonathan P. Lee
Sojourner Caughman & Thomas, LLC

Jonathan P. Lee is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a certified specialist in estate planning and probate law by the Supreme Court of South Carolina. He advises clients regarding the transition of wealth to beneficiaries and helps clients achieve their personal, business, and charitable planning objectives. He also advises clients regarding gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer taxes and tax returns.

In addition to handling probate court hearings for estate and trust matters, Lee advises fiduciaries and beneficiaries on issues and disputes that arise in the trust and estate administration context, on distributions from qualified plans, and the administration of trusts.

Lee is one of 10 winners of the South Carolina Lawyers Weekly 2011 Emerging Legal Leaders Award, was selected as a South Carolina Rising Star by Super Lawyers every year since 2013, and is a 2010 graduate of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Columbia program.

He has served as chairman of the Columbia Taxation Study Group, president of the Richland Library Friends and Foundation, and currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Kappa Alpha Order Rho Chapter Housing Corporation, and is the vice-chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. From 2014-2016, he was one of six Trust and Estate Fellows of the Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association.

He received his bachelor of science cum laude in economics and management from the University of South Carolina in 2002, his juris doctor from the UofSC School of Law in 2005, and his master of laws in estate planning from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. in 2006.


Since 2010, Columbia Business Monthly has honored Midlands attorneys by publishing our Legal Elite feature. This year we highlight the top vote-getters in 24 categories—all voted on by area lawyers—and provide a brief list of other attorneys who were recognized by their peers.

Legal Elite is the only award program in the region that gives every active attorney the opportunity to participate. The methodology is that while attorneys are allowed to nominate members of their own firm, for each in-firm nomination made, there had to be an out-of-firm nomination.

The lists are determined solely by lawyers’ votes from our legal elite nomination form online; places on the list are not for sale. Ballots were tallied and names verified by Columbia Business Monthly staff. Attorneys are not allowed to vote for themselves.

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