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Howard E. Sutter III (Trey)

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Howard E. Sutter III also known as “Trey”, has lived in Fountain Inn, South Carolina since 2000 when he moved to the area to attend law school at the University of South Carolina. He had previously received a degree in History from the University of Alabama in 1993 before moving the Carolinas.

While in law school, Howard was a member of the Moot Court, scoring well enough in that competition to enter into the Order of the Barristers. During his last year and a half of law school, Howard was a research assistant to Professor R. Lewis Burke in his work in the Department of Clinical Legal Studies. During this time, he assisted in research on the legal history of South Carolina and especially the impact of African American attorneys in the early years of Reconstruction. Mr. Sutter also performed research on a religious history of South Carolina that Professor Burke was working on with fellow law school professor James Lowell Underwood, published as The Dawn of Religious Freedom in South Carolina.

After graduating from law school in December of 2002 and receiving word that he had successfully passed the South Carolina bar exam, Mr. Sutter began working for Techtronic Industries, Ltd., the company that manufactures and distributes power tools such as the Ryobi, Ridgid and Milwaukee lines of power tools as well as Homelite and Ryobi brands of powered lawn and garden tools. Mr. Sutter spent the first year at TTI reviewing contracts at all levels. His principal task was to interact with the employees connected in some way with each of these contracts and instructing them as to their powers and responsibilities under those contracts in common English instead of in “legal-ese”.

This ability to translate complex legal concepts into language non-legal personnel could understand led to Howard being placed over Intellectual Property matters for North America for the TTI brands managed out of the Anderson offices. Working with various law firms and intellectual property offices throughout the world to protect TTI’s IP rights abroad gave Mr. Sutter experience on the international level dealing with the varied and often contradictory laws and rules of the many different countries in the European and Asian markets and how all those various legal programs can impact business right here in South Carolina.

Howard partnered with Candy Kern-Fuller to bring the Upstate Law Group LLC to Main St. in Easley, SC in August 2009. They both wanted an opportunity to be a small town Law firm that still had clients able to just walk in to discuss their legal issues no matter how large or small. With our diverse list of legal backgrounds and connections with local attorneys, we can get our clients the information they need in order to make the critical decisions then need to make.

Whether the matter is as simple as a basic will or as complex as litigation, the Upstate Law Group LLC, stands ready to be your legal guide in these uncertain times.

When not in the office, Mr. Sutter spends his time with his loving wife and their two children. They can often be found hiking, reading or involved with various historical recreation societies.


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