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Wesley A. Connell (Wes)Wesley A. Connell (Wes)
Assistant Office Manager & Paralegal

I grew up in southern Virginia and studied at Radford University where I graduated with a BA in Political Science and a minor in English Composition. I came to Columbia in 2007 and attended South University. I graduated in 2009 with an Associates degree in Paralegal Studies.

I started my career with Turnipseed & Associates as an intern in 2009 while attending South University. I became a permanent part of their team after filling in for De-De while she was on maternity leave spending time with the new addition to her family. Since then, I have greatly enjoyed working with the talented and caring professionals here at Turnipseed & Associates.

In my spare time I enjoy playing golf and rock climbing and I make an effort to experience the many cultural and social activities that the community of Columbia has to offer.


HopeHope Grate

I began my career at Turnipseed & Associates in September of 2004 as an intern. In just a few months, after proving myself, I became a permenant part of the Turnipseed and Associates family as a paralegal.

Born in Pawley's Island, South Carolina, I am a proud graduate of Columbia Jr. College earning an Associates Degree in Business Administration. I continued on with my education, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies at South University.

In my spare time, I enjoy shopping, gardening and keeping up with the latest political news.


De DeDeneitra V. McElrath (De-De)

I was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. I came to Columbia in 1991 to attend the University of South Carolina. I graduated in 1995 with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Psychology. I received my Paralegal Certificate in 1999 from Midlands Technical College.

I have been employed with Turnipseed & Associates since November 2001 and enjoy my work and the people I work with. In this profession, I have the opportunity to meet people from every walk of life and help them in their time of need.

I am a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and enjoy all of our community service efforts. I am also a Volunteer Lexington County Juvenile Arbitrator.


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