Monday, May 13, 2013
Mount Pleasant Attorney, Dennis E. O’Neill, has been reappointed by the mayor and members of council of Seabrook Island as its Chief Municipal Court Judge. O’Neill, 59, began his service as Municipal Judge for Seabrook Island in May, 2000 and has served continuously for the past 12 years.
O’Neill, a life-long resident of Charleston and Mount Pleasant, graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1978. He relocated his law practice to Mount Pleasant from Charleston in 1980, and has practiced in this community since that time. Said O’Neill: “When I began practicing law in Mount Pleasant, there were only three other attorneys in town, Larry Richter, Jack Mauldin and Baxter Kelly. Jack and Baxter have passed, so that leaves Larry and me as the most senior members of the local Bar. Time really does fly. “
O’Neill is also a real estate broker, board certified mediator, board certified arbitrator and licensed insurance agent. He has previously served as Chief Judge of the Mount Pleasant Municipal Court, as Associate Judge on Sullivans Island and as Associate Judge on the Isle of Palms, and as Special Circuit Court Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. In 2005, O’Neill was elected by his peers as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an association of trial attorneys which strictly adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards within the legal profession. He is admitted to practice in all state courts, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court.
O’Neill credits the excellent staff at Seabrook Island, Clerk of Court Faye Allbritton, Lynda Whitworth, Administrative Assistant and Town Administrator, Randy Pearce with the efficient operation of the court. Said O’Neill: “It is a tremendous honor to serve as municipal judge for Seabrook Island. My goal is to see to it that the members of the public receive extremely courteous treatment regardless of the circumstances which bring them before the court. I believe that we have been successful in that regard.”
O’Neill and his wife, Lisa, reside in Mount Pleasant and are members of Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church.