The nine members of the Solo & Small Firm Section Council embody the spirit of the small firm lawyer.



Charles L.A. Terreni  
Chair (January 1, 2024-December 31, 2024)  
Terreni Law Firm, LLC 
1508 Lady Street 
Columbia, SC 29201 
(T) 803-771-7228  

Michael “Brooks” Derrick  
Chair-Elect(January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024)  
Derrick Law Office 
224 NE Main Street 
Simpsonville, SC 29681 
(T) 864-757-0757 

Thomas E. Andrews, III 
Section Delegate (January 1, 2024-December 31, 2024) 
Andrews Law Office, LLC 
P.O. Box 2744 
Columbia, SC 29202 
(T) 803-748-1292 

Council Representatives

Larry C. Marchant, Jr.
(May 22, 2024 - December 31, 2024) (appointed to fill the term of former Council Representative)
1720 Main Street, Suite 301
Columbia, South Carolina 29201 
(T) 803-771-1507

Thomas Edward Vanderbloemen  
(January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024) (first 2-year term) 
Vanderbloemen Law Firm, P.A. 
330 East Coffee Street 
Greenville, South Carolina 29601 
(T) 864-250-9530 
S. Maria Shiloh Averill  
(January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024) (first 2-year term) 
Averill Law Firm, LLC 
528 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite 102 
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464 
(T): 843-998-4583 

Cherie T. Barton 
(January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2025) (first 2-year term) 
Barton Family Law, LLC 
1420 Ebenezer Road, Suite 104 
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29732 
(T): 803-329-0400  

Mark D. Chappell 
(January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2025) (first 2-year term) 
Chappell, Chappell, and Newman 
2725 Devine Street 
Columbia, South Carolina 29205 
(T): 803-509-5823 

Jonathan E.B. Lewis 
(January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2025) (first 2-year term) 
The Law Office of Jonathan Lewis, LLC 
501 Charles Street, No. 775 
Beaufort, South Carolina 29902 
(T): 803-995-2748  


Council Spotlight

Charles Terreni
2024 Chair
Columbia, South Carolina

The (Solo & Small Firm Section) listserv is invaluable since so many of us can't "walk down the hall" and ask a colleague. A great place to get advice on any subject!


Tom Andrews
2024 Section Delegate
Columbia, South Carolina

After setting up my own office, I realized how much institutional knowledge I lost when I left a firm.  I’ve used the SSF listserv to fill that gap and have gained information as complex as a recommendation for a good expert witness to as simple as the name of a dependable process server in a rural county. I’ve also relied heavily on the collective advice of others on the listserv for technology advice from the best desktop scanner to a good password manager.  Last year I had a simple question about a probate matter and within an hour of posting had an email response from a probate judge who invited me to call her so she could walk me through the process!  The SSF has not only been a great resource but also a great outlet for meeting other solo and small firm attorneys.


Mark D. Chappell
Council Representative
Columbia, South Carolina

After 38 years in practice growing a law firm from 2 attorneys to 15 and 40 employees, in February 2023, I decided it was time for a new challenge and opened a firm with my son Mark Jr. and Graham Newman.  Somewhere along the way, I had become an administrator and marketer, 401 (K) and benefits coordinator, parking space monitor and ultimately a slave to the rat race of business ownership. After some personal and professional life changes, I realized that the rat race was no longer worth running.  So, we went back to basics, a client focused firm with limited practice areas.  Getting off the hamster wheel is the best thing I have done for my health and sanity.  My hope in this next chapter is to use what I have learned over the decades to help the next generation of attorneys in their practice and in their work-life balance.


Tom Vanderbloemen
Council Representative
Greenville, South Carolina

I started my own practice in Greenville in 2017 after 15 years of practicing in large law firms.  Our firm helps clients grow and protect their trademarks and other intellectual property, works with clients to establish and join franchise systems, and serves as an outsourced general counsel for business clients.  The Solo & Small Firm Section has been a tremendously valuable resource for us to connect with colleagues across the state and learn tips for effectively running our practice.