Robert has lived in Greenville his entire life. He grew up in the Gower Estates area attending First Baptist Church, Sara Collins, Beck and J.L. Mann. He went on to attend the University of South Carolina and graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. During college, Robert received a scholarship to attend one semester abroad in London, England. After college, Robert came back to Greenville to work in his family’s heating and air conditioning business. Robert has two older brothers, so his father split the company up and Robert took over the service and replacement company while his brothers ran the new construction company. Just a few short years later, Robert’s father passed away in 1995. Both of his parents are from Abbeville and his mother lives in Greenville.
Robert got introduced to the Guardian ad Litem Program by serving as a volunteer. After successfully owning and running the company for over ten years, Robert decided he wanted to help the GAL program and children even more by becoming an attorney, so he applied and was accepted to the School of Law at the University of South Carolina. After attending two years and both summer sessions with one in Australia, he graduated in December of 2003 and was sworn into the S.C. Bar in May 2004.
Although Robert still owns his heating and air conditioning company, he also runs a solo private practice concentrating in family law and is the contract attorney for the S.C. Guardian ad Litem Program for Greenville County. Robert ran for the position of Family Court Judge in 2013. Although he was not elected, the South Carolina Bar’s Judicial Qualification Committee found his overall rating as well qualified. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, Greenville County Bar, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, National Association of Counsel for Children, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the American Bar Association. He is a board member of the Bench Bar Committee for Family Court in Columbia and a board member of the Upstate Mediation Center; holds a S.C. Unlimited Mechanical License and was a volunteer State Constable for over ten years. Robert enjoys teaching at CLEs and to Guardians about family court issues concerning abuse and neglect cases.
Robert is married to Mary Fretwell Clark from Anderson and Greenville and has three great kids, Mary Myers, Alex and Christopher. Christopher was their foster child who they adopted in 2011. His kids also attended or will attend Sara Collins, Beck and J.L. Mann. As a family, they enjoy going to the mountains, going on RV trips all over, international travel, bike riding, and just hanging out together. Although Robert formally held a fixed-wing private pilot’s license, his dream is to fly a helicopter – one day.