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A Rock Hill native, Chad graduated in 1998 from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management. He received his law degree in 2002 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the South Carolina Environmental Law Journal. Following law school, Chad was a law clerk for the Honorable John C. Hayes III in the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina. Before starting The Echols Firm, LLC, Chad practiced with Hamilton Martens & Ballou and served as vice president and general counsel for Williams & Fudge, Inc. Williams & Fudge is a national student loan collection agency located in Rock Hill. He now serves as outside general counsel to Williams & Fudge. His practice focuses on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, business law and litigation. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and ACA International's Member Attorney Program. Chad serves on the Board of Directors for the York County Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, the York County Children's Attention Home Charter School, York County Clemson Club, and he is an Elder at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, USA. Chad is married to Anna Echols and has a son named Guy (4) and a daughter named Liza (2). Chad has considerable experience in the areas of Fair Debt Collection (FDCPA) and practices primarily in the area of business law and litigation, including: Federal and State Trial and Appellate Representation, Construction Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation, Banking and Financial Services Litigation, Bar and Court Admissions South Carolina, United States District Court For the District of South Carolina, United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.