There is uncommon breadth to our practice, especially for a mid-size firm, but it’s our character and personality that truly set Morton & Gettys apart. Our culture is energetic, collegial, professional and never stodgy. From the moment you walk into our offices, there is a different atmosphere. Clients are as comfortable here as they are following our advice.
Robin OwensFirm Administrator
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When Robin Owens came to Morton & Gettys in 2002, it was a small two-person firm. As Morton & Gettys has grown to more than two dozen attorneys and full-time and part-time staff, Robin’s job responsibilities have evolved. Today, she is firm administrator, managing crucial financial, business and human resource operations that keep the firm running smoothly.
Her duties include overseeing all financial accounts and preparation of financial statements. She develops office policies and procedures as well as training programs. She administers employee benefit programs and employment policies.
Robin is a magna cum laude graduate of Winthrop University with a bachelor’s in public administration from Winthrop University. She also is a member of the National Association of Legal Adminstrators. She lives in Rock Hill with her husband Roger. They have two daughters, Julia and Lily.
Michele Allen has been with Morton & Gettys since 2006, beginning as a receptionist and legal secretary before advancing in 2007 to her current position of family law paralegal.
She works with clients to carefully guide them through the process of family law, explaining what happens at each step, and completes crucial paperwork and forms. She also schedules hearings and mediations and works to ensure clients and their files are prepared beforehand.
Michele has taken a number of college business courses, and she also received management and human resources training when she worked for a major corporation before joining Morton & Gettys. She and her family have lived in the area all their lives.
Jenny Baker has worked as a legal secretary and paralegal since 2001. She joined Morton & Gettys in 2010, working first in real estate and now in probate. Her current duties include assisting with acquiring guardianships and conservatorships for parents of adult children with special needs and for people whose aging parents are incapacitated. She also assists with estate litigation and other probate matters.
A native of Atlanta, Jenny holds a bachelor’s degree in consumer science from the University of Georgia. She’s lived in South Caroline since 1999. She and her husband currently reside in York. Two of their children are in college and one is attending medical school.
Hayle CarawayLegal Secretary
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Hayley Caraway has been with Morton & Gettys since 2013, steadily earning promotions to her current position of legal secretary. She works regularly on real estate matters, primarily residential, assisting with post-closing tasks such as distribution of funds, creating title policies and making sure closing documents are handled properly. She also assists with client scheduling.
A 2016 graduate of York Technical College with an Associate Degree in Accounting, Hayley is a life-long Rock Hill resident. She’s the oldest of five siblings.
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Supports: John P. Gettys, Jr., Melissa Cassell
Desiree Eatmon came to Morton & Gettys in 2012 after working six years as a real estate paralegal in her hometown of Myrtle Beach. At Morton & Gettys, she continues to serve as a real estate paralegal in residential and commercial real estate, assisting with closings, refinances and mortgage loans from start to finish. She particularly enjoys helping people achieve their dreams of home ownership.
Desiree lives in Union County. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, the outdoors, yoga and volunteering with Ja’Makin Me Dance Fitness Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to inspire people to live healthier lifestyles.
Kelly Hamilton began working part-time with Morton & Gettys in 2008, steadily earning promotions as she advanced to her current position as a family law paralegal.
In this role, Kelly works closely with clients who are going through very difficult times in their lives. She makes sure their concerns are heard and their needs are addressed. She guides them carefully and compassionately through what can be a confusing and upsetting process, making sure all clients receive the personal attention they need and deserve.
Nikki HarrisLegal Secretary
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Nikki Harris has worked at Morton & Gettys as a legal secretary since 2006. In this position, she helps with accounts receivable and clerical work as well as with answering phones and greeting clients. She manages inventory as well as logistics for meetings and staff development. She also supervises the firm’s runners.
Nikki has lived in York County most of her life, moving to Rock Hill at age 10. She currently resides in Edgemoor with her husband and son.
Jill KimbrellSenior Paralegal
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Supports: Joshua B. Vann, Michael K. Hatch
Senior Paralegal Jill Kimbrell has been with Morton & Gettys since 2002, joining the firm shortly after she graduated from Winthrop University with a bachelor’s degree in business management.
She works as a real estate paralegal, preparing closing documentation, reviewing title reports and ensuring that proper documentation is filed with North and South Carolina Secretaries of State. She also prepares legal descriptions in preparation for closing and monitors financial transactions along the way. Additionally, she prepares post-closing documentation, including title insurance policies. Throughout the entire process, she facilitates communications between attorneys, lenders and clients to help ensure that the transaction is completed as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Jill has lived in Rock Hill her entire life. She is married, with a son and daughter.
Katie KirkseyLegal Secretary
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Katie came to Morton in 2016 as a legal secretary. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in criminal justice from Appalachian State University.
At Morton & Gettys, Katie works with accounts receivable and assists attorneys and paralegals with clerical work. She also works with inventory supply and supervises runners. She greets and assists clients when they come to the office, and she’s often the first voice they hear when they call the firm to set up an appointment.
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Supports: J. Richards McCrae III, Daniel J. Ballou
A certified paralegal since 2009, Leah McCraney works closely with Morton & Gettys attorneys in personal injury and civil litigation. She began working for the firm as a runner during summers while she was in college and came to Morton & Gettys full-time in 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia and earned her paralegal certificate at Georgetown University in August 2009.
As part of her current duties at Morton & Gettys, Leah works closely with new personal injury clients, discussing their cases and matching them with the attorney who will best serve their needs. She also works with medical providers to help ensure that all relevant records are available as attorneys build their cases. She stays in contact with insurance companies as well, often checking on claim and payment status.
Additionally, Leah drafts pleadings, motions, and discovery requests and responses in other civil cases. She makes sure communications with the courts and opposing counsel are clear and consistent. She also keeps clients updated as their cases progress.
Leah was born in Rock Hill and has lived here her most of her life. She is a volunteer team leader with the Come-See-Me Festival and serves on the Young Professional’s Advisory Board with the York County Chamber of Commerce. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing on the lake with her husband.
Senior paralegal Courtney Savage has helped clients with probate and estate planning since 2002, when she began working for attorney Joe Raad while she was a student at Winthrop University. After graduating from Winthrop with a degree in business management, she remained with Raad.
Courtney works closely with clients during the probate process by helping them open the estate, inventory assets, and correctly transfer assets out of the decedent’s name prior to closing the estate. Some clients need only minimal assistance and guidance during probate, while others want Morton & Gettys to handle the entire process. Whichever course clients choose, Courtney’s goal always is to make them feel comfortable during what often is a difficult time. She strives to carefully answer their questions and guide them through a legal process that can be daunting and overwhelming for someone who also is grieving a lost loved one. She also assists Raad with basic document drafting and estate planning.
Courtney and her family currently live in Rock Hill, where she has resided most of her life.