About Lester & Lester, P.A., Attorneys at Law

From our office in Myrtle Beach, SC, attorney Richard Lester offers sound and knowledgeable legal advice to clients. We concentrate primarily on real estate law, but also prepare simple wills, living wills, and power of attorneys. Please visit our services page for more information.

Meet Our Legal Team

Richard E. Lester, Attorney at Law

Richard (Dicke) E. Lester was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on October 7, 1943, and raised in Florence, South Carolina. Dicke earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1966 and a Juris Doctor Degree in 1969, both degrees from the University of South Carolina.

After law school, he joined the FBI, receiving a number of Letters of Commendation from J. Edgar Hoover, then the Director of the FBI.

In 1973 he began practicing law in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and for more than 20 years has limited his practice to real estate law exclusively. He is an approved attorney for Chicago Title Insurance Company and North American Title Insurance Company and is the owner of Atlantic Title Agency, LLC. His law firm was voted Law Office/Firm of the Year by subscribers of the Myrtle Beach Herald for the year 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

He is admitted to practice before all courts in South Carolina, is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the Horry County Bar. In addition to the above, he served as Municipal Judge for the City of Myrtle Beach for 20 years. He served a four-year term on the Board of Visitors at the University of South Carolina. In January 2011, he became Chairman of Horry County K-12 Foundation and Chairman of the Business Education Expectations.

He is an outstanding athlete, earning a football scholarship to the University of South Carolina and is an avid tennis player, having played in the 4.5 Seniors National Tennis Championship in Tucson, Arizona and has been ranked as high as 8th in the nation in doubles in his age category. He is married and has three children and five grandchildren.

John Lester, Attorney at Law


John Lester earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1967, both from the University of South Carolina. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, United States Fourth Circuit of Appeals, United States Federal District Court of South Carolina, Supreme Court of South Carolina, and Court of Military Appeals.

He has been chairman of the board of his church, president of a United Way agency, vice-president of a community theater, board member of the state trial lawyers association, founding member of the military law section of the state bar, vice-president for the Air Force for the local Reserve Officers Association, president of the South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association, and city judge. He has a commercial pilots license, is a certified SCUBA diver, holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do (Korean Karate), has been a judge and referee for amateur boxing, is a certified barbeque judge and has won numerous awards at the South Carolina State Fair for his wines. He has been awarded the Billy Robinson Public Service Award, and has been the South Carolina Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.

He is a retired Major General, having served as Commander of the Joint Services Department, South Carolina Military Department. Prior to joining the South Carolina Military Department, he retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force Reserves. The Governor of South Carolina awarded him the Order of the Silver Crest, the State’s highest award for volunteers and community service. He also received the Gadsden Medal, the highest award a member of the Joint Services Department can receive.

He has been a speaker at seminars, including Annual Bankruptcy Conventions, South Carolina League of Savings Institutions and South Carolina Bar Functions. He is an approved attorney for Chicago Title Insurance Company and for North American Title Insurance Company.

He is married to the former Jane Mellette of Timmonsville. They have a daughter, Lydia, a summa cum laude graduate from the University of Arizona who served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, South America; she now works as a certified court interpreter for Hispanics. Their son, Robert, finished The Citadel and now works as a Civil Engineer for Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.

Marcia S. Dunn, Senior Real Estate Paralegal

Marcia is the Senior Real Estate Paralegal and has more than 30 years experience in the legal field.

Office Staff:

Kate Kivinen – Receptionist/Bookkeeper

Leslie Taylor – Legal Assistant

Tom Tier – Courier/Assistant

Mary Becks – Legal Assistant

Cynthia Tyler – Legal Assistant