Welcome to the
Law Office of
W. Scott Palmer.

Meet Our Team

W. Scott Palmer Attorney at Law practicing in Santee and Ridgeville SC

We’re Here for You.

Located in Santee, South Carolina, our firm serves the legal needs of individuals across our state and the southeast. Our practice is one built on personal relationships. Since 1988 we’ve provided individual legal consultation to citizens from all walks of life.

We emphasize the personal nature of answering your legal questions and providing legal consultation. My staff and I have time to talk with you. To represent you. To answer your questions.

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Our Background

W. Scott Palmer, Attorney At Law, has been practicing law in Santee, South Carolina since 1988, the year he graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Starting out in a single-room office with one legal assistant, Palmer’s practice initially comprised a great amount of real estate legal work. Over the years the firm has expanded its practice to meet the needs and demands of all of the residents of Santee, and surrounding communities.

From the firm’s office located at 8818 Old #6 Highway, Santee, SC, Palmer and a staff of  paralegals and legal assistants provide an array of legal services, with emphasis on civil litigation, criminal defense, personal injury, and probate law.

Representing People From All Walks Of Life

Trust + Respect

Our clients are often referrals from friends and family of previous clients. We’ve built our practice on trust and respect. We rely almost exclusively on referrals from satisfied clients and their family and friends.

Our Practice Focus

We welcome cases in our concentration areas.

Personal Injury

  • Representing you in matters related to personal injury, auto accidents, truck accidents, dog bites, and premises liability.

Criminal Defense

  • Providing legal counsel in criminal matters, making certain you receive your Due Process of Law.

Civil Litigation

  • We provide legal representation in business disputes, contract cases, clearing property titles, heirs’ property.


  • Representing you regarding matters related to wills, estates, conservatorship.

Meet our Team

Our practice’s staff are the best of the best. They are residents of the area with deep roots and connections in our community. Our collective goal is to serve you honorably and help you gain the legal representation you deserve. 

Scott Palmer

Scott Palmer

Attorney At Law

Scott is a 1974 graduate of Charleston High School, and holds a BA in Political Science (1980) from the University of SC, and a Juris Doctorate (1988) earned at University of SC School of Law. He is admitted to the SC Bar, SC Circuit Court, Family Court, The SC Court of Appeals, The SC Supreme Court, and the United States District Court. He is a member of the SC Association for Justice (SCAJ), and the SC Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL).

Scott is a proud veteran of the United States Navy, having served as an officer on active duty aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CV-43), and later in the Navy Reserve as an agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

George Goodwin

George F. Goodwin


George is a certified paralegal, and holds an Associates Degree in Business from Midlands Technical College. George is also an ordained minister, and pastors the St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Ridgeville, SC.

George has been with the firm since 1993. He specializes in insurance claims and routinely lends his expertise with managing litigation and general problem-solving.

Penny Varner

Penny O. Varner

Legal Assistant

Penny O. Varner is an experienced legal assistant specializing in civil litigation. She is responsible for drafting and filing all court documents and related correspondence, discovery responses, as well as assisting with the preparation of cases for trials and hearings. Penny is a native of Eutawville, South Carolina. She graduated from Holly Hill High School in 1982. Penny has been a legal assistant with W. Scott Palmer Law Firm for over 30 years. In her free time, she enjoys photographing nature and writing poetry.

Gloria James Middleton

Gloria James Middleton

Legal Assistant/Records Manager

Gloria specializes in obtaining and managing medical and other records necessary for litigation and trial. She is a graduate of Holly Hill High School, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College with an Associate Degree and South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She has more that 40 years of experience in the local school district. Gloria enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She has been employed with our firm since October 2020.

Juanita S. Riggins

Juanita S. Riggins

Office Manager

Juanita is our Office Manager/Legal Secretary. Her duties include keeping the office schedule, case management, client/court liaison, and basically keeping the operation running smoothly. Juanita graduated from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in 1987 with an Associate Degree in Accounting. She was employed with Orangeburg County School District for 30 years and retired in December 2020.
She has one daughter, Frandaisha MelJawaundolyn Riggins, and two sons, Melvin Daijon Riggins and Meltwaun Huger.

Barbara Jefferson-Hilliard

Barbara Jefferson-Hilliard

Office Manager (Retired)

Barbara has been the firm’s office manager for 24 years, and, despite her 2019 retirement, she continues to lend us her skills part-time. Prior to her employment with our firm, she held a position with the Orangeburg County Clerk of Court. Barbara is a graduate of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and S.C. State University. She is very active in her church and community.

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Our Location

8818 Old #6 Hwy
PO Box 722
Santee, SC 29142

Office Phone: 803-854-4417