Public radio examines 1990 murder case

In 2014, Morton & Gettys co-founder Jim Morton had a chance to set things right. A former prosecutor, he stood beside Doug O’Neal during a parole hearing and told the board that he believed O’Neal wasn’t guilty of the crime for which Morton had argued for conviction. At the end of that hearing, O’Neal was freed from prison. South Carolina […]

Posted on December 9th, 2019


Neal is now our newest associate

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – A familiar face is stepping into a new role. Joe’Terrious Neal, who joined Morton & Gettys in August as he awaited results of the Bar exam, is now an associate. His practice focuses on civil litigation. Neal earned his juris doctor from the University of South Carolina. He honed his […]

Posted on November 19th, 2019

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Best Law Firms in America names Morton & Gettys in top tier for 2020

ROCK HILL, S.C. – In the 2020 edition of Best Law Firms, Morton & Gettys has been recognized as a top-tier firm in real estate law in the Rock Hill area. The U.S. News–Best Lawyers® publication recognizes the top practices in the nation. This is the firm’s fourth consecutive year in the listing. Morton & […]

Posted on November 5th, 2019


Daylight Savings Time Means Employers May Have to Pay for an Extra Hour

By MELISSA CASSELL Attorney at Law ROCK HILL, S.C. –  For most people, the end of Daylight Savings Time in the wee hours of Sunday, Nov. 3, means little more than an extra hour’s sleep and making sure all the clocks are set back. But for employers with third-shift employees, it may require putting extra […]

Posted on October 28th, 2019

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Super Lawyers names Elizabeth Smith Owen as a Rising Star in SC

ROCK HILL, SC – Elizabeth Smith Owen has been named by Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star for 2019 in the area of Family Law in South Carolina. A partner with Morton & Gettys law firm in Rock Hill, Elizabeth is an experienced divorce lawyer who represents clients in cases involving such issues as child […]

Posted on August 29th, 2019

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Gettys, Vann and Raad named to 2020 edition of ‘Best Lawyers’

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Three Morton & Gettys attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers in America. The publication honors John Gettys and Joshua Vann in the area of real estate law, while Joe Raad is recognized in trusts and estates. The 2020 edition marks the sixth time Raad has received the recognition, while Gettys […]

Posted on August 19th, 2019

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An end to common law marriage in South Carolina

By Lynelle D. Morgan Attorney at Law ROCK HILL, S.C. – Going forward, South Carolina couples who want to enter into a valid marriage in South Carolina must have a license. There will be no new common-law marriages in South Carolina, the state Supreme Court has ruled. The Supreme Court’s July 24, 2019, decision officially […]

Posted on August 2nd, 2019

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Morton & Gettys welcomes Bev Carroll

Beverly A. Carroll, a certified employment law specialist and president of the South Carolina Bar, has joined Morton & Gettys. Read Bev’s complete profile here. Her legal practice focuses on serving a variety of business needs, including compliance, licensing, employee disputes and complex litigation. She also advises businesses on operations, planning and mergers. During decades […]

Posted on July 1st, 2019

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What to do if you’re in front of a police camera

By James Morton Attorney at Law One feature of modern life that takes a lot of getting used to is that wherever you go, there’s likely a camera on you. It’s hard to know how to act – especially when the person behind the camera is a police officer. Whether it’s with a dashcam or […]

Posted on May 21st, 2019

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How can you tell that your spouse may be cheating?

By Elizabeth Smith Owen Attorney at Law It’s the one thing you don’t want to find out – that your spouse is cheating. At the same time, if your life is about to be turned upside-down, you might prefer to have some warning. About a third of the time, infidelity leads to divorce. But even […]

Posted on April 3rd, 2019

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Morton & Gettys welcomes Riddle as an associate

Davis C. Riddle has joined Morton & Gettys in Rock Hill, South Carolina as an associate. A licensed attorney who also holds a master’s in business administration, he will focus his practice on commercial leasing and real estate development as well as on business and corporate law. Riddle simultaneously earned a juris doctor and MBA […]

Posted on March 25th, 2019

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Elizabeth Smith Owen honored with Leadership in Law Award by SC Lawyers Weekly

South Carolina Lawyers Weekly has honored Elizabeth Smith Owen, a partner with Morton & Gettys law firm in Rock Hill, with its Leadership in Law Award. The annual honor recognizes attorneys who go above and beyond in serving the profession and the community. The selection process begins with a nomination from a fellow attorney. An […]

Posted on March 12th, 2019

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