Spencer & Spencer, P.A. Since 1873
W. Chaplin Spencer, Jr.
Phone: 803-327-7191 Ext. 234
Fax: 803-327-3868
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W. Chaplin Spencer, Jr.`

Chaplin is a shareholder in the firm. Chaplin joined the firm in 1998, and is the fourth generation Spencer to practice law at the firm. His areas of practice include local government, zoning, public housing, creditor-debtor, and complex commercial and government litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Chaplin served as law clerk to the Honorable John C. Hayes, III, Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina.

Areas of Practice

  • Banking & Creditor/Debtor Litigation
  • Business Transactions
  • Government and Constitutional Litigation
  • Local Government Law
  • Municipal bonds
  • Zoning
  • Eminent Domain
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Public Housing
  • Education

    • University of South Carolina
      B.S., 1993
      J.D., cum laude, 1997
      Order of the Coif
      Order of Wig & Robe
      Research Editor, American Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal, 1995-1997.


    • South Carolina, 1997
    • North Carolina, 1999
    • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

    Professional Activities

    • Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Representative, Young Lawyers Division (2000-2004)
    • Treasurer, Young Lawyers Division (2005)
    • Member of York County Bar Association, North Carolina State Bar, and South Carolina Bar
    • Board of Directors, NC Association of Municipal Attorneys (2006-2008; 2010-2012)
    • President, South Carolina Municipal Attorneys Assoc. (2012)
    • Board Member, SC Supreme Court Historical Society (2022 - present)

    Civic/Community Activities

    • Active Member, St. Johns United Methodist Church
    • Founding Board Member, Young Members of the Museum of York County (1999-2001)
    • Board Member, Good Folks of York County (2004-2009 (Chair 2007))
    • Board Member, American Red Cross Northern South Carolina Chapter (2013-present)