“I don’t handle car wrecks, divorces, or sue people,” he adds. “When people leave my office, generally they are happy. I’ve done what they need and want me to do.”
Gem was born and raised in Spartanburg and has always lived in the South. After law school, he worked for three law firms: one small and two very large ones.
“I was partners at some point in time at all of them,” he says. “But I ultimately decided to open my own firm to allow for the greater flexibility and personalization that isn’t allowed at a bigger firm.”
He started his law group January 1, 2010, which still remains small and personal. Today he has one associate attorney, and a staff of six.
“In terms of accessibility, I’m extremely accessible,” he says. “Every email I send has my mobile number on it so my clients can call me whenever they need to.”
He offers a free fifteen minute consultation to ensure any new clients are a good fit before work commences.
“It’s like test driving a car,” he says. “I want to make sure you’re a good fit for me, and that we’re a good fit for one another. Fifteen minutes is enough time for the client to weed things out as well.”
Gem lived in the Myrtle Beach area from 1992 to 2005, then moved to Charleston while still retaining a working presence in Myrtle Beach. Since July, he has relocated to Myrtle Beach permanently.
“I’m glad to be back in a place that feels like home,” he says.