We are privileged to practice law from the historic Dr. John Lining House, which is located in the heart of Charleston’s historic, legal, and business districts. Our firm’s address is 106 Broad Street, the northwest corner of the intersection of King Street and Broad Street. Our office is located one block from the United States District Courthouse for the District of South Carolina, one block from the Charleston County Courthouse, and one block from Charleston’s City Hall. The Lining House has a rich history that dates to the earliest days of the Carolina Colony, and which includes a King’s Grant as part of the original city plan for Charles Town. Later, in the 1750’s, the house was the home and law office of John Rattray, making this the oldest law office in the South.
The Lining House retains many of its original features including five working fireplaces with massive hearths and, in most rooms, wide plank, hand-planed cypress wainscoting. In the mid-twentieth century, world-renowned landscape architect Umberto Innocenti (d. 1968) designed the rear courtyard garden, which the firm hopes to return to its original design. The Lining House is a perfect match for our firm’s culture, similar in nature to that of our local government, community-based and Native American tribal clients. When clients visit us in the Lining House, they will see that we are mindful of tradition and history, and unlike many large firms housed in offices of chrome and frosted glass, Howell Linkous & Nettles has roots in Charleston and is an integral part of the local community.