It is with great sadness that the Judges have learned of the passing of retired bankruptcy attorney John R. Lester. John filed thousands of consumer bankruptcy cases from his Midlands office before “retiring” to the coast, where he also practiced real estate law. He started his bankruptcy practice when a tenant in his office building was disbarred and hundreds of chapter 13 debtors were left without representation, but for John’s stepping up and assuming responsibility for the cases. He served as President of the South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association, was a William E. S. Robinson Public Service Award winner, and was twice recognized by the South Carolina Bar for his pro bono work. John was dedicated to his clients, a friend to his fellow attorneys, and always a model of collegiality.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016