Payne, Black & Pickelsimer, LLC

Fair & Aggressive Representation

     I have spent many years in courtrooms across the State working with prosecutors, defendants and defense attorneys to resolve cases. In my legal practice it is always my goal to attempt to reach a resolution outside of the courtroom whenever practical. However, when settlement is not an option, I am fully prepared to aggressively protect my clients’ interests in the courtroom.

     I also know that the legal process can be confusing. Keeping this in mind, I am committed to ensure my clients know what to expect along each step of their cases, and I am sensitive and responsive to all questions my clients may have concerning the legal process. I understand the emotional impact a divorce has on both parents and their children. I make it a point to keep my clients focused on their children and how their decisions and actions throughout the case will impact them.


About Max N. Pickelsimer

A Law Firm Focused on Issues Affecting the Family

    I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Newberry College, and my Master of Criminal Justice and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of South Carolina. I began my career as a law enforcement officer, where I worked my way through college. While serving as a criminal investigator, I handled investigations ranging from undercover narcotics to homicide. I joined the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and was assigned as a Special Agent to the Attorney General’s Office. I was the lead agent on the State Grand Jury’s investigation and prosecution of the Carolina Investors/HomeGold Securities Fraud case, which was at the time the largest in the history of South Carolina.

     Whether the issue is a divorce, child custody, parenting time, spousal and child support, property division, division of retirement benefits, tax consequences of divorce, mediation and arbitration, annulments, paternity, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, change of domicile, post-judgment proceedings, criminal defense, white collar crime, wiretapping, hacking, spyware, or other invasions of privacy, the investigative and conflict resolution skills I developed as a law enforcement officer, coupled with my knowledge and experience in family law, equip me well to serve the best interests of my clients.