John R. Moorman

Howard P. King


Howard P. King, former Resident and Active Retired Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit, joined the firm in an “Of Counsel” capacity on March 1, 2020.

Upon graduation from The Citadel, Howard was commissioned in the United States Army Artillery and served two years active duty in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Giessen Germany. Thereafter, he served six years in the South Carolina National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves.

Following his active duty service, he enrolled in the University of Tennessee School of Law, later transferring to the University of South Carolina School of Law where he graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1966. He entered private practice in Sumter as an Associate with Bryan and Bahnmuller, and three years later he became a partner and the firm name changed to Bryan, Bahnmuller, and King. He practiced law with the firm (later Bryan, Bahnmuller, King, Goldman, and McElveen) until 1996 when he was elected Resident Judge for the Third Judicial Circuit. After 10 ½ years he relinquished his Resident Seat but continued to serve in an Active Retired Capacity until February 29, 2020 when he retired from the Judicial Branch.


  • Greenville, SC public schools- Graduate: Greenville Senior High School-1957
  • The Citadel, B.S. in Business Administration- 1961
  • University of Tennessee and University of South Carolina- Juris Doctor- 1966
  • National Judicial College, University of Nevada (Reno)-General Jurisdiction Course

Bar Admissions:

  • South Carolina – 1966
  • U.S. District Court, South Carolina – 1966
  • U.S Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit –
  • United States Supreme Court – 1973

Honors and Awards:

  • The Citadel: Dean’s List (Five Semesters), Presidential Honorary Scholarship, J.D. Seahorne Award (Commander, Outstanding Drill Platoon)
  • University of South Carolina: South Carolina Law Review (Editorial Board and Comments Editor), Wig and Robe Honor Society, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity

Professional and Civic Activities and Awards:

  • South Carolina Bar- Chairman, House of Delegates; Treasurer; Secretary; President-Elect; President, (1990-1991)
  • Sumter County Bar, President
  • Sumter Lions Club, President
  • Sumter County Library Board
  • Sumter Jaycees, Board of Directors
  • Sunset Country Club, Board of Directors
  • Freddie Solomon “Power of One” Civic Award
  • American Bar Association House of Delegates (6 years)
  • Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Standards of Judicial Conduct
  • Chairman, Task Force to Revise Rules of Criminal Procedure (SCRCrimP)
  • Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization
  • South Carolina Order of the Palmetto (2006


  • Trinity United Methodist Church, Sumter, Williams Price Center Building Committee Trustee, Chair, Administrative Board, Chair, Staff Parish Relations Committee


  • Married, Nancy Leslie Ariail-March 1962
  • Daughters: Leslie K. Ducey, schoolteacher in Savannah. GA and Ariail E. King, attorney at law
  • Grandsons: Ryan Ducey, Reagan Ducey, and Ross Ducey
John R. Moorman

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