Columbia-area law firms merge; new team formed.

Two Columbia-area law firms have merged to form D'Alberto, Graham & Grimsley, with offices at a newly opened building at 508 Meeting St. in West Columbia.

D'Alberto & Graham and Grimsley Law Firm, led by partners Dan D'Alberto, Michael Graham and Ben Grimsley, merged in October. The new firm serves business clients in areas including commercial real estate, creditor rights and environmental law.

The merger was spurred by the retirement of Ed Grimsley, Ben Grimsley's father, from the 20-year-old Grimsley Law Firm. Dan D'Alberto and Michael Graham had previously merged their law and business consulting practices in 2019 to create D'Alberto & Graham, Attorneys & Advisors.

"The merger expands the services available to my clients while celebrating my father's retirement from a long and distinguished legal career," Ben Grimsley said in a news release.

D'Alberto & Graham built a new two-story, 5,400-square-foot Class A office building, which opened in late July.

"We are delighted to have Ben Grimsley and his associates join us to create D'Alberto, Graham & Grimsley and expand our areas of practice," Michael Graham said.

Dan D'Alberto has acted as outside general counsel for numerous companies, small business clients and state agencies and has worked in investment banking. He holds bachelor's and law degrees from the University of South Carolina as well as a master's degree from Florida State University.

Michael Graham acts as counsel for national and local real estate developers and oversees business transactions, formations and contracts. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina, a master's from Troy State University and a law degree from Campbell University School of Law.

A 2002 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, Ben Grimsley represents creditors in foreclosures, collections, bankruptcies and replevins.

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