Sipe Law Firm ("SLF") is located in the Wells Fargo Center on Main Street in historic downtown Rock Hill, York County, South Carolina. SLF is a South Carolina limited liability company, and is also registered in Virginia as Sipe Law Firm, PLLC. The principal is W. Henry (Hank) Sipe III.
Mr. Sipe has over twenty-five years of legal experience in the areas of Estate Planning and Estate/Trust Administration, Business/Corporate Law and Tax.
An alumnus of Woodberry Forest School, Mr. Sipe graduated from the University of Virginia With Distinction in 1979, and received his law degree from the University of Richmond in 1983. After law school, he clerked for United States District Court Judge William M. Acker, Jr. in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Sipe earned a Masters in Tax Law (LL.M.) from Georgetown University Law Center in 1988, and is a Certified Tax Specialist (SC), having been recertified most recently in 2014. He is admitted to practice law in South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia (inactive). Prior to establishing his own law firm, Mr. Sipe was a partner with Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP (now K&L Gates), headquartered in Charlotte, NC, and Hamilton Martens Ballou & Sipe, LLC in Rock Hill, SC.
Mr. Sipe is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®, signifying that he has been ranked by his peers at the highest level of professional excellence. He is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in the categories of Trusts and Estates, and Tax Law, and is listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers® (2009). The 2015 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® marks the 13th consecutive year Mr. Sipe has been listed therein. Sipe Law Firm is also named in U.S. News-Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" in the categories of Trusts & Estates Law and Tax Law.
As part of his continuing education, Mr. Sipe regularly attends the Southern Federal Tax Institute (SFTI) in Atlanta, one of the premier tax programs in the U.S. He has been doing so every Fall for many years. SFTI is a week-long annual seminar covering topics of interest and recent developments in the tax world, presented by distinguished practitioners and scholars from all over the country.