Frank M. Shuler – Attorney
Franklin M. Shuler (“Frank”) is the owner of The Real Estate & Business Law Firm of Franklin M. Shuler, LLC, which was voted Sumter’s Best Real Estate Attorney in 2018. He launched his new firm on August 1, 2017. Frank began practicing law in November of 1992. He joined the law firm of Jones & Seth, LLP in Sumter, South Carolina in May of 1993. Initially, he was a litigation attorney, but his heart was always in the business side of the law. After six and one-half years of trial work, he decided to change his area of emphasis in order for him to be more accessible and attentive to his real estate and business clients. After twenty-four years with his former firm, he decided it was the right time to establish his own practice in Sumter.
Frank grew up as an “Air Force Brat.” His father, Lieutenant General E. G. Shuler, Jr. had a career which spanned thirty-two years which resulted in frequent moves around the world. Frank attended four different high schools in four different states. Thus far, he has lived in twenty-five different places during his lifetime. Frank credits this with making him particularly adept at working with people and understanding their needs. He has never met a stranger. Frank attended The Citadel following in a long line of family Citadel graduates. Frank is a member of the Class of 1985. After graduation, Frank was sworn in as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he was stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, North Dakota where he served as a Combat Crew Flight Commander in the 321st Strategic Missile Wing. Frank was a launch officer for Minuteman II Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. During his service, he earned a Master of Science Administration in 1990 from Central Michigan University. In 1989, Frank separated from the Air Force as a Captain. Following his service, he earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 1992. Mr. Shuler is a member of the South Carolina Bar having been admitted to practice in November of 1992.
Frank is actively involved in the Sumter community. He has served as the Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee and is currently serving on the Small Business Council for the Sumter Chamber of Commerce. Frank has been the President of the Sertoma Civic Club, Chairman of the United Way for Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties, Chairman of the Sumter Housing Authority as well as serving on several committees within his church. He has been married to Allison C. Shuler for thirty-one years, and they have three daughters, Carin, Anna Kate and Madeleine Maury along with two son in laws.
Matthew A. Williamson – Associate Attorney
Matthew Aubrey Williamson (“Matt”) is an associate attorney for the Real Estate and Business Law Firm of Franklin M. Shuler, LLC. Matt began his legal career clerking for The Lokey Law Firm, a personal injury law firm located in Charleston, South Carolina. He most recently worked as an associate attorney for the general practice of Charles S. Altman in Charleston, South Carolina where he focused on probate, estate planning and foreclosure litigation. After working in foreclosure for a year and a half, Matt decided he wanted to pursue a different direction and begin working on the “business” side of the law.
Matt grew up in the town of Kingstree, South Carolina. His father, Stan Williamson, is the Human Resources Manager for Palmetto Synthetics and his Mother, Lori Williamson, was the bookkeeper for Williamsburg First National Bank for many years prior to her retirement.
Matt has been involved from an early age in the Church and was a member of the Kingstree Community Youth Group Mission Team that served on several home repair mission trips throughout the country.
Matt took this passion with him to The Citadel, where he was the Religious Officer for the Fourth Battalion of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets during his Senior Year. After graduating from The Citadel, Matt went on to attend the Charleston School of Law from which he graduated in May of 2018. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar.
When Matt is not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and calico kitten named Scarlette. He enjoys hiking, traveling, and attending just about any athletic event for which he can find tickets.
Ginger L. Bloomer – Senior Legal Assistant/Office Manager
With over thirty-two years of banking and legal experience behind her, Ginger Bloomer brings a wealth of knowledge to the firm. She and Frank have worked together since 1995 and have built a supportive relationship that benefits the clients who have entrusted the firm with their legal work. Ginger works diligently to ensure that the clients’ needs are met in a timely manner, and is always accessible by telephone or email. She is personally invested in making sure that the firm lives up to the outstanding reputation it has in the community.
Ginger and her husband, Randy, who is retired from the US Air Force, are both natives of upstate South Carolina and are proud to now call Sumter home. They have lived in the Sumter area since their marriage, except for a four-year tour overseas at RAF Bentwaters, England. She has two grown children, Jennifer and Nick, a daughter-in-law, Jennifer, and three beautiful granddaughters, Phoenix, Olivia, and Nora.
Michelle B. Ferzley – Legal Assistant
Michelle B. Ferzley was the Administrative Assistant to the Sumter County Master in Equity Court for over 11 years. She also has 7 years of mortgage lending experience. She recently joined the firm after working for Judge Richard “Dick” L. Booth, then Judge Howard P. King. Michelle graduated from Hillcrest High School and has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Kaplan University. Michelle is currently the assistant to Paralegal, Amy B. Vohs in our Real Estate Department.
Michelle comes from a military family and has been a resident of Sumter most of her life. She has a daughter, Autumn Lea Ferzley whom she enjoys spending time with.
Amy B. Vohs – Paralegal
Amy B. Vohs is a life long resident of Sumter and has fifteen years of legal experience. She recently joined the firm after working for Richard (“Dick”) L. Booth for thirteen years. She has a wealth of knowledge in the real estate law field. Amy graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Central Carolina Technical College with an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies. Amy is responsible for all residential real estate closings for the firm. She ensures the closings are correctly, efficiently and on time.
Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, Brad, and daughter, Sydnie, traveling all over the Southeast with Sydnie’s All-Star Cheerleading team.
Carleigh S. Puck – Legal Assistant/Marketing Director
Carleigh S. Puck began her journey as a legal assistant with Frank in June of 2018. While she has experience in different career settings, Carleigh has found a great sense of purpose and a wonderful work family at The Real Estate & Business Law Firm of Franklin M. Shuler. Carleigh comes from a military family, but has lived in Sumter her whole life, and considers South Carolina her home. She enjoys traveling, going to the gym and going to Greenville to visit her family.
Carleigh is an integral part of Frank’s team, and she continues to grow and develop in her role within the firm. She is Frank’s lead person in client interaction. She assists Frank with the preparation of Deeds, Wills, Durable Powers of Attorneys, Living Wills and Healthcare Directives, keeping the files moving and the clients informed. Her positive attitude, winning smile, and keen comprehension make her a valuable asset for the firm and a pleasant point of contact for new and existing clients.