Elmore Goldsmith Kelley & deHoll firm remembers founder Frank Elmore, 1951 – 2021

January 11, 2022

We at Elmore Goldsmith Kelley & deHoll mourn the December 28, 2021 passing of founding partner Frank Elmore.

Frank was one of the first full time construction lawyers in South Carolina. For over four decades he served as a trusted advisor, counselor, and advocate to our clients and as a respected mediator and arbitrator to others. He cared deeply about the construction industry as a whole, holding leadership positions with more than a dozen construction organizations, presenting countless seminars to industry groups, and keeping abreast of legal trends and legislative developments across the country.

In recognition of his service to the construction industry, Frank was one of five inaugural inductees into the Carolinas AGC Hall of Fame in 2016 and the first attorney to ever receive this honor.

Frank’s service to the legal profession was also extensive. He was Chairman of both the Professional Responsibility Committee, as well as the Construction Law Section of the South Carolina Bar Association. He was a Governing Committee Member of the ABA Forum on Construction Law. He was a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and a Member of its Board of Governors. Frank was also a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America and a Master in the Haynsworth-Perry Chapter of the American Inns of Court.

Nowhere was Frank’s professional dedication more impactful than within Elmore Goldsmith Kelley & deHoll. Since founding the firm in 2011, he has guided the development of our firm and mentored each of our team members in countless ways.

Frank was a gifted trial attorney, strategist, and problem solver, who truly thrived on helping our clients succeed. He brought a second-to-none effort and deep store of construction knowledge to every case. He earned the respect and admiration of our clients and colleagues and made countless friendships and connections along the way. His spark, humor, wisdom, and deep compassion for others will be fondly remembered, and greatly missed.


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