Jane H. Merrill, Lawyer
I’m Jane. Mom. Lawyer. Complexity Explainer. Wife. Strategic Thinker. Mandolin Player. Problem Solution Seeker. Daughter. Book Reader. Aunt to Delightful Nieces and Nephew. Theatre Go-er and (sometimes) Performer. Little Sister. Hand Talker. Grateful American.
My brother is only six months older than me. Through the miracle of adoption, we grew up much like twins. We were in the same grade in school and shared the same group of friends. Growing up we celebrated my brother’s “A” day, which marked the day my parents brought him home. I’m grateful for my brother and I’m grateful my parents didn’t give up on their dream of having children.
My own children teach me incredible lessons about life and bring me more joy and hope than I ever imagined. My first child was born during the summer between my second and third years of law school. Her strong and independent spirit motivated me to show her she could be anything she wanted to be. So I pressed on through my last year of law school, including a three-hour daily commute, so I could become a lawyer.
I attended the University of South Carolina School of Law. Describing law school as challenging is an understatement and I’m proud of my accomplishments there. I served as the Student Works Editor of the prestigious South Carolina Law Review and I was a member of the Mock Trial Team. As a second year law student, I authored a scholarly article that was selected for publication in theSouth Carolina Law Review. Since law school, I’ve clerked for a Circuit Court Judge, prosecuted criminal cases as a assistant solicitor, and litigated civil and family cases as a law firm associate.
My second daughter was born on the same date as my brother’s “A” day. Her sweet Mama-loving spirit made me evaluate the balance between work and family. Another attorney once told me it’s impossible to be a mother and a lawyer at the same time. I disagree. I opened Hawthorne Merrill Law to serve clients that appreciate and understand my desire for both career and family. I help those creating or expanding their family through adoption, IVF, egg or embryo donation, and surrogacy. I help grandparents when a life situation necessitates they actively rear their grandchildren. And I help veterans who’ve served our country receive benefits to which they and their families are entitled.
- South Carolina Bar
- South Carolina District Court
- American Bar Association (Adoption Committee and Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee)
- Resolve: The National Infertility Association
- SC Collaborative Law Institute
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
- NOVA (National Organization of Veterans Advocates)
- Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- Department of Veterans Affairs, Accredited Attorney
- Kiwanis International
- Greenwood Women’s Leadership Council
Jane was featured as a guest author for the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Lakelands Parent Magazine (page 42). Click here to view the magazine online.
Amanda M. Malone, Paralegal
Hello. My name is Amanda Malone and I am Jane’s paralegal.
I was born in Sandusky, Ohio. My family relocated to South Carolina when I was a child and I spent the most of my life living in Abbeville, South Carolina. I was a stay at home mother for ten years. After enrolling my youngest child in school, I went back to school.
I completed my internship with the McDonald Patrick Law Firm in Greenwood, South Carolina and graduated from college in May of 2012, earning a degree in Administrative Office Technologies with Legal and Medical concentration. That same month Jane offered me a position as her paralegal. I accepted and have remained with Jane ever since.
I am a mother to two wonderful girls and one handsome little boy. My eldest daughter has Autism. Parenting a child can sometimes be tough, even more so with an autistic child. There is never a dull moment in my home. It is the best gift that I have ever been given.
I look forward to working with you.