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Chadwicke L. Groover, Attorney


Chad Groover, a native South Carolinian, is the managing partner at Upstate Elder Law, P.A. He practices in the areas of estate planning, long term care and disability planning, probate administration, guardianship and conservatorship actions, and special needs trusts.

Prior to his work with Upstate Elder Law, Chad had a general litigation practice for five years in Greenville. Before coming back home to South Carolina in 2008, he spent two years in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA). As a federal prosecutor, Chad prosecuted federal narcotics and firearms cases. He joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office after spending five years in Washington, D.C. as Counsel on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime. In that role he advised Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) on constitutional, criminal, and anti-terrorism policy, as well as whistleblower protection and federal government oversight. After law school, Chad worked for the National Law Center for Children and Families (NLC) in Fairfax, VA. As Legal Counsel at NLC, he focused on issues related to the protection of children and women on the internet. In 2000, he also served as staff counsel to Commissioner J. Robert Flores on the congressionally-commissioned Child Online Protection Act Commission.

In 1998, Chad graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University with a Juris Doctorate and from Bob Jones University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in English. 

Chad is married to Gwen L. Groover and they have two children, Ava and Willes. Chad is active in the Greenville community as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Cornerstone Baptist Church. 

In 2013, he was elected as Chairman of the Greenville County Republican Party. Chad is also actively engaged in the legal community. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the Virginia State Bar, the Greenville County Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Greenville Estate Planning Council, and Upstate Senior Network. Chad currently serves on the South Carolina Bar Elder Law Committee and is a board member of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Frank J. Dana III, Retired 

frank_dana.jpgFrank J. Dana III is the founder of Upstate Elder Law, P.A. and has been one of the leaders in the field of elder law for over two decades. Frank was born in Columbia, South Carolina and graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and a Juris Doctorate from Duke Law School in 1975.

He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1975. Frank practiced with a large litigation-oriented firm for several years. He later worked as Vice President and Trust Office for a Greenville bank trust department until 1986. After he left the bank, he practiced on his own in Greenville for more than 25 years.

Frank has been a member of the Greenville County Bar Association, the Greenville Estate Planning Council, the South Carolina Bar, the American Bar Association, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He was certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation in 2003. He served on several national committees of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a past President of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Locally, Frank has been a member of the Upstate Senior Network and the Senior Resource Alliance. He is currently a member of Christ Church Episcopal. Frank and his wife, Susan, have one daughter, Caroline.

In 2014, Frank retired from the active practice of law. He still serves as an adviser at Upstate Elder Law.


Anne Jelliff, Associate

Anne Jelliff joined Upstate Elder Law, PA in October of 2015 as an Associate. Born and raised in Germany, she recently relocated to Greenville, South Carolina to be near family and work at Upstate Elder Law, PA. She graduated from Albany Law School in 2013 with a Juris Doctor. Additionally, she earned an LLM in International Comparative Law from The George Washington University School of Law in 2014. During her undergrad studies at Bob Jones University, she received a Bachelors of Music in Voice Performance. In her spare time, Anne enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her nieces.

Anne's studies focused primarily on trusts and estates, with a special emphasis on cross-border successions. She is a licensed attorney in New York State.


Gwen Groover, Firm Administrator




Elizabeth Forsythe, Legal Assistant

Elizabeth Forsythe is originally from Greenville, South Carolina, and joined Upstate Elder Law, P.A. in May 2015. She holds a Business Degree from Bob Jones University and lived on the island of Guam for seven years until recently when she returned to the Upstate. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.