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Judge Katherine H. Tiffany

Judge Tiffany was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1970, to Stuart and Kay Hall.  She was raised in Gaffney, South Carolina with her fraternal twin sister (Eleanor Caroline).  While attending Spartanburg Day School, she spent most of her free time with horses, competing in horse shows and participating in fox hunts in Tryon, North Carolina.

After graduating from Spartanburg Day School in 1988, Judge Tiffany attended the University of South Carolina Honors College, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.  She graduated in 1992 Magna Cum Laude with a Major in English and a minor in South Carolina Studies, and then attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, graduating in 1995 and becoming the fourth generation in her family to enter the practice of law.

From 1995 to 1996, she clerked for the Honorable Henry Floyd, then Circuit Judge  for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.  In 1996 she joined Carter, Smith, Merriam, Rogers & Traxler, P.A. as an Associate, and then became partner in 2006.  During her twenty years of private practice, she focused almost exclusively on family court with an emphasis on custody, support and complex issues both in her practice and as presenter at numerous continuing legal education seminars.  From 2009 to 2016 she served as a member of the South Carolina Bar Family Law Council, serving as Co Course Planner for the Family Law Intensive CLE in 2011 and 2013, and as Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair Elect.

In 1995, Judge Tiffany married Peter Clifford Tiffany, a native of Aiken, South Carolina who works as a Certified Public Accountant.  She and her husband have two sons, Brice Baskin and Barron Joseph; a dog, Grace and a cat, Banjo.  They are members of St. James Episcopal Church, where Judge Tiffany has served as a nursery volunteer and Children’s Church leader.  She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading a wide variety of books, watching old movies, and trying to stay active.

On May 25, 2016 Judge Tiffany was elected to succeed the late Honorable Harry L. Phillips as Judge of the Family Court, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.




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The Honorable Katherine H. Tiffany
Post Office Box 757
301 University Ridge
Greenville, SC 29602-0757
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