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James H. Messervy

Of Counsel
  • Profile
  • Community Involvement

Jim Messervy joined Provence Messervy, LLC after more than 25 years of serving Dorchester County as both an Assistant Solicitor and Magistrate Judge, both of which prepared him for an active family law and criminal defense practice. A graduate of the Citadel and the University of South Carolina School of Law, Jim has also served the community as attorney for the Town of Ridgeville, President and Legal Counsel for Dorchester Paws (formerly Francis R. Willis SPCA), and former director the Dorchester County Heart Society. He is also an avid supporter and sponsor of Children in Crisis, the Summerville YMCA and the Citadel Brigadier Foundation. Jim is very active in children’s athletics and is passionate about addressing children’s needs in the family law context where he has handled more than a 1,000 cases. Born and raised in Summerville, South Carolina, Messervy brings more than more 40 years of legal experience. He has three adult children (one of whom is the managing partner of this firm) and six grandchildren. Effective 2021, Mr. Messervy will be Of Counsel to the firm and looks forward to less time in the courtroom and more time at the lake.

Practice Areas


  • The Citadel
  • ​USC School of Law
Community Involvement

Professional Membership - Past & Present

  • Former Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
  • Charter Member of the Premiere Defense Attorneys of the United States
  • Lead classes to local law enforcement on DUI legislation
  • Charleston Southern University Adjunct Criminal Law Professor
  • Summerville Municipal Court Judge
  • Dorchester County Magistrate
  • Director and President of the Charleston Marina Institute
  • Past President of the Dorchester Bar Association