Throughout my childhood, I had many different ideas of what I wanted to be when I grew up. The one common theme was people. I always wanted to work with people. In college I had the opportunity to work in several different settings. I often came in contact with lawyers and liked how empowered they were to help their clients. I knew this was a perfect fit for me that would allow me to work with people and bring about real changes to their lives.
Both estate planning and family law have allowed me to pursue my goal of working with people. My clients are all real people and families-not corporations and businesses. It is a tremendous responsibility being entrusted with advising my clients on their familial and financial issues, but one I enjoy doing and I take this responsibility seriously. Family and finances are of the utmost importance to me, so I will take yours very seriously as well.
More about Dana R. Wine
I am originally from the Washington, D.C. area and relocated to South Carolina to attend college at the College of Charleston where I graduated cum laude with a B.S. in sociology with departmental honors.
I attended Vanderbilt University Law School as an Honors Scholar, where I received my J.D. in 2004. While at Vanderbilt, I gained experience through work with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Vanderbilt University Law School Domestic Violence Clinic, the Davidson County Public Defenders, the Charleston County Public Defenders Juvenile Division, and the Tennessee Capital Defenders. I was the Executive Director of the Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society and focused much of my studies on children and families.
Upon graduation from Vanderbilt, I returned to Charleston and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2004. I worked as an associate at the Bleecker Law Firm, LLC from 2004-2008 where I handled a variety of Family Court cases and gained experience in complex domestic litigation.
In 2008, I opened The Wine Law Firm, LLC and in 2013 formed Freeman|Wine, LLC with my partner Wendi M. Freeman. I currently focus my practice on estate planning. I am a member of WealthCounsel, a provider of estate planning knowledge and national network of estate planning attorneys. I am also trained and certified as a Family Court Mediator.
I am a member of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Bar Family Court Section, and the Charleston County Bar Association. I enjoy giving back to the community and served on the College of Charleston Institutional Review Board and as the board chair for the Family Recovery Court of Charleston, LLC. I also volunteer as an attorney for Pro Bono Legal Services and in 2012 was the first recipient of the Charleston Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award.
My husband (Matt) and I live in Mt. Pleasant with our two young children. Family and community are of great importance to me, so I am honored to be able to guide clients through the estate planning process and give them peace of mind knowing their affairs will be in order for the future. Meeting my clients’ needs has always been the driving force of my practice and I enjoy the opportunity to work with people every day to provide individualized and attentive service to them.