Founded in 2018, Liberty Oak is located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. With a dedicated legal team and state of the art technology, we are able to represent clients throughout the entire state of South Carolina, and have many clients from other states as well. With over twenty-five years of combined experience, we are proud to use our cumulative knowledge to help you. Our advanced technology allows us to represent our clients seamlessly, without delays in communication with our clients, our team, and the courts, regardless of where our clients may be located.
Why Liberty Oak for the name of a law firm? After years of researching Hilton Head Island's history, the story of the Liberty Oak resonated with us. Charles Fraser, developer of the Sea Pines Resort, refused to allow the majestic 300-year old Liberty Oak to be destroyed in order to build the Harbour Town marina. To this day, the Liberty Oak's massive canopy framing the marina is the site of unforgettable weddings and other family-friendly events, including the nightly summer sing-a-longs with Gregg Russell who has performed under the Liberty Oak for more than forty years.
Strong Roots, Safe Shelter, Family, and Commitment: Those are the reasons our law firm is named Liberty Oak.
Kori Brett McKeithan
Kori Brett was born in Hopewell, Virginia, but grew up in Lenoir, North Carolina. Kori Brett attended college at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Administration. She remained in Chapel Hill for three years after graduation to operate her KinderSport childrens' gymnastics program. She then attended the University of South Carolina to obtain her Juris Doctor from the School of Law and her Masters in Business Studies, Spanish concentration, from the Darla Moore School of Business. Kori Brett received a full scholarship and was the student editor of the Journal of Law and Education during her time at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Kori Brett graduated from the University of South Carolina with her JD and MIBS/IMBA degrees in 2004.
Between 2004 and 2016, Kori Brett served as law clerk to the Honorable Daniel F. Pieper in the South Carolina Circuit Court in Charleston, South Carolina for one year and then for another year after Judge Pieper was elected to the South Carolina Court of Appeals in Columbia, South Carolina. For six years, Kori Brett worked for a private firm in Columbia, South Carolina, and practiced in the areas of corporate, telecommunications, and real estate law. For four years, Kori Brett worked with the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to facilitate the building of the Boardwalk, incentivize private investments including the SkyWheel, and manage many other noteworthy projects.
In 2016, Kori Brett moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, due to the efforts of an ever-persistent Joseph DuBois. After their marriage, Kori Brett assisted Joe at his law firm and utilized her Spanish language skills to assist with Spanish-speaking clients. Additionally, she capitalized on years of legal research and writing experience to assist Joe in the preparation of federal court filings.
Kori Brett founded Liberty Oak in 2018, with a focus on real estate law. In 2020, Liberty Oak expanded its services to offer legal assistance in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and timeshare disputes.
As one of four children in a military family, Joe moved around quite a bit during his formative years. Joe attended high school in Summerville, South Carolina then received a full academic scholarship to attend college at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Joe was selected to become Mike Company Commander and a Summerall Guard. Upon graduating from The Citadel in 2000 with a degree in Civil Engineering, Joe attended the University of South Carolina School of Law. Following graduation, Joe passed the bar exam and was licensed to practice law in South Carolina in 2003. Joe is also licensed to practice in the United States Federal Court, District of South Carolina, as well as the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Joe clerked for The Honorable Paul E. Short, Jr., in the South Carolina Circuit Court in Chester County, South Carolina, and then moved with Judge Short to Columbia, South Carolina, upon Judge Short’s election to the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Between 2004 and 2013, Joe worked for private law firms in Charleston and on Hilton Head Island where he developed his passion for litigation and advocacy of those in need. In 2013, Joe was a founding member of a private law firm and handled the firm’s litigation matters, including family law, property disputes, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and timeshare disputes.
On that first day of law school in 2000, Joe happened to sit beside Kori Brett McKeithan in Property Law class. Upon crossing paths again in 2015, Joe and Kori Brett began dating and were married in 2016. Now Joe joins his wife at Liberty Oak to utilize his years of litigation experience at a firm optimized by technology and legal team cohesiveness. In his free time, you will find Joe on the water, at the beach, or riding along the island’s miles of bicycle paths with his wife, baby daughter, and two dogs.