Meet the Firm

Firm Overview

At Butler & College, we focus our practice on two main areas: Residential Real Estate Transactions and Estate Planning. That way we can keep up with the latest legal issues affecting our clients in those areas. Our highly-educated team of experienced attorneys and paralegals is efficient and focused on keeping customer costs down.


In 2012, after successful stints with other law firms, Ryan Butler and Andrew College came together to found Butler & College LLC in order to focus their efforts on providing competent and timely representation to clients in the areas of Residential Real Estate Closings and Estate Planning. Since then, the firm has helped thousands of clients with their real estate and estate planning needs, all while garnering some of the top honors awarded by their title company and local newspapers/magazines.

Our Attorneys

Ryan ButlerRyan graduated The Citadel, earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1996 and his Master of Business Administration in 1999. In 2006, Ryan began his law school career and graduated with a Juris Doctor in May of 2009.

While in law school, Ryan received the CALI Award for the highest mark in Contracts. He was also voted Vice President for the Evening Law Students Association and was a member of the Real Estate Society. Not only that but he worked as an intern for Weeks, Foti & Irvine, LLC, the Honorable Irvin G. Condon, and the Charleston County Probate Court.He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, as well as the Charleston County Bar Association.

Andrew CollegeAndrew attended West Virginia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance in 2005. In 2006, Andrew began his law school career at Thomas M. Cooley and graduated with a Juris Doctor in May 2009.While attending law school, he worked as an intern for Sixty Plus, Inc. (a law firm in Lansing, MI). In 2009, Andrew began working for Weeks, Foti & Irvine, LLC to help clients with their real estate needs. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar.

Sarah MillerSarah was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She graduated Cum Laude from Clemson University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management and Real Estate. After college, Sarah earned her Juris Doctor from Charleston School of Law in 2012, graduating cum laude.

While in law school Sarah gained many awards such as the CALI Award for Property and Elder Law and the title of Vice President of the Estate Planning and Tax Law Society. She was also a part of the Adult Guardianship/Conservatorship Pilot Program with the Charleston County Probate Court.

Sarah joined our law firm to help expand the legal services available to our clients. She will focus her practice primarily on Estate Planning and Real Estate Transactions. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the Charleston County Bar Association, and the Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar.

Ashley Adams BrownAshley was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2015 and focuses her practice on Residential Real Estate Transactions and Estate Planning. Ashley currently serves on the Family Promise of Beaufort County Board of Directors; the South Carolina Bar Association Community Law Week Committee; and the South Carolina Bar Association Bar Foundation Committee. Ashley is also an active member of the Junior Service League of Beaufort.

She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning and a Minor in Political Science in 2010, and then obtained her Paralegal Certificate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2011. Ashley attended and graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in May of 2015, with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree and a Children’s Law Certificate.

While in Law School, Ashley focused her studies on Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Pro Bono services. She received the CALI Excellence Award highest grade in her Estate Planning course and was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Albert C. Todd, Estate Planning Award. Ashley served as the Pro Bono Board President (2014-2015) and Board Member (2013-2014). She received the Hugh L. Wilcox Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award (2014-2015) and the Pro Bono Outstanding Service Award (2013-2014). Additional law school honors included membership in the John Belton O’Neall American Inn of Court, Phi Delta Phi – Calhoun Inn Honors Fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity, and Mock Trial Bar; and was a South Carolina Bar Foundation Public Interest Fellowship recipient and Public Interest Law Society Grant recipient.

Ashley is married to Zachary Brown, a designer for Hansen Architects in Savannah, and has two dogs, Bisbee and Reese. Ashley spends most warm weekends at the beach or cheering on the Gamecocks; but during the Winter months, she and her husband try to spend as much time as possible skiing and snowboarding.

Christopher GraceChristopher graduated from West Virginia University, earning his Bachelor of Arts in History in 2004. He also earned the President’s Award for achieving a 4.0 GPA. While at West Virginia University, Mr. Grace was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.

In 2007, Mr. Grace graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law and in 2008 was sworn into the Maryland Bar. He became an associate of Schlachman, Belsky, & Weiner, P.A., primarily serving as counsel for the Fraternal Order of Police in civil and domestic affairs. in 2011, Mr. Grace started his own practice with a focus on general litigation.

James R. Rhyne, Jr.

James was born and raised in Rock Hill, SC. He attended the University of South Carolina, where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Political Science in 2014. After his undergraduate degree, James managed his father’s estate where he gained firsthand experience in Real Estate issues and disputes. This period is what spawned his interest in Real Estate Law. 

This experience ultimately led him to go to law school at Regent University School of Law, where in 2018 he earned his Juris Doctorate. During his law school career, James was awarded the Ronald L. Fick Book Award in both Property Law and Secured Transactions. He was also the President of both the Business Law Society and the Federalist Society. 

James joined our law firm as an intern throughout his law school career and continues on with our firm now as an attorney. His practice will focus in Property Law and Real Estate Transactions. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, and the Young Lawyer’s Division of the South Carolina Bar. 

Although Sydney was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, she has always known that she wanted to live in the Lowcountry. While in Virginia, Sydney interned for a title insurance company. After graduating Cum Laude from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management and a minor in Political Science, she moved to Charleston to pursue her legal studies. While attending the Charleston School of Law, Sydney began working as a law clerk at Butler and College where she eventually became an associate attorney. She is currently a member of the South Carolina Bar, the Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar, and the Charleston County Bar Association, focusing her practice on residential real estate transactions.

Katie was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. She attended The University of South Carolina where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English. In 2015, she earned her Juris Doctor from Charleston School of Law, where she was also managing editor of the Federal Courts Law Review.

After graduating law school, Katie returned to her hometown of Aiken as an associate of Bradley L. Boni, LLC. During her time there, she was nominated for Aiken’s Best of the Best Attorney award for four of her almost five years in practice, reaching the Top 5 in 2018 and 2019, and runner-up in 2020. She hopes to bring her knowledge and enthusiasm to our firm, assisting clients with residential and commercial real estate transactions, estate planning, and probate matters.

At Butler & College, LLC, our sole focus is in the Real Estate and Estate Planning fields of law. When you work with us, you can be confident that you are working with professionals who are up to date on the trends and issues in the field. Along with our professionals, we form a team that can solve legal matters with expediency and accuracy.

Our Professionals

At Butler and College, we are privileged to have a team of professional paralegals, administrative/support staff, and abstractors with numerous years of experience in their fields. While our professional team is split into five offices, we all work together as part of the Butler and College team to create the best experience possible for our customers.


Iulia Phillips (Paralegal)

Julie Thrush (Paralegal)

Brittany Anderson (Paralegal)

Tammy Best (Paralegal)

Paula Thrush (Courier)


Alisha Korngiebel (Paralegal)

Kristen Logue (Paralegal)

Maintzie Hyman (Paralegal)


Leslie Taylor (Paralegal)

Kate Kivinen (Paralegal)


Diana Foster (Office Administration)

Cyndee Roumillat (Paralegal)

Aggie Siebert (Paralegal)

Laura Jordan (Paralegal)


Taylor O’Leary (Paralegal)


Sally McGinnis (Dorchester/Berkeley Counties)

Marcus Morton