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Staff Bios

Chadwicke L. Groover, Attorney

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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.


James E. Brammer, Attorney

James Brammer is the real estate attorney at Upstate Elder Law. He handles residential and commercial closings and works with individuals  and homeowners’ associations to assist in the resolution of various real estate matters. He has advised clients on boundary disputes and negotiated easements governing the use of property. He also assists with some of the firm’s litigation matters. He has also held a real estate salesperson’s license in another state, and is uniquely acquainted with real estate transactions, both as a realtor and as an attorney. While a licensed salesperson, James had the unique distinction of selling both the lowest-priced listing in his office ($500.00) and the highest-priced listing in his office ($2.2 million) in the same year.

James earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan in 1989, cum laude, and then graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1992, cum laude. While at Notre Dame, James was the student editor of the Journal of College and University Law. Prior to coming to Upstate Elder Law, James had been a part of litigation practices in Indiana and Michigan. In Indiana, he represented personal injury clients at a firm well-known for its effectiveness at obtaining the highest possible value for its clients. He concentrated his practice in appellate work, writing briefs and presenting oral arguments before the Indiana Court of Appeals, Indiana Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States to review more than one of the cases handled by his firm. In Michigan, James obtained more education in taxation and represented clients primarily in property tax and real property valuation matters. That practice resulted in significant property tax savings for commercial property owners, who were James’ clients. In the seven years that preceded coming to Upstate Elder Law, James taught as an Assistant Professor, sharing the benefit of his education and experience with college students, teaching Business Law, Taxation, and Paralegal courses. James was a valuable mentor both inside and outside of the classroom, and he has maintained ongoing relationships with students long after graduation. He was instrumental in helping create the Paralegal program, designing the curriculum that would be needed for students to be prepared to enter the legal field as a paraprofessional.

James and his wife, Deanna, have two adult children, Troy and Haley. James and Deanna attend Cornerstone Baptist Church with Chad and Gwen Groover, and Chad and James serve together there as deacons, and assist in other ministries of the church, including a ministry to college students, and the church’s music ministry.

When not assisting clients with legal matters, James enjoys raising and training puppies, working in his garden, and being an avid baseball fan.


Frank J. Dana III, (1950 - 2020)

frank_dana.jpgFrank J. Dana III was the founder of Upstate Elder Law, P.A. and was 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 was 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. Frank was a member of the Upstate Senior Network and the Senior Resource Alliance. Frank and his wife, Susan, have one daughter, Caroline.

In 2014, Frank retired from the active practice of law. 


Gwen Groover, Firm Administrator

 


Hannah Seibert, Legal Assistant

 


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.