Updated: May 18
April 2020 Issue- Written by resident Tammy Whaley
Samantha and Will Adair have come full circle in Spartanburg.
The couple first met while they were students at Wofford College and romance ensued. Upon graduation, both relocated to Charleston for graduate school. Samantha, a native of Greenville, studied at the Charleston School of Law. Will, a native of Clinton, entered dental school at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Their love story unfolded in Charleston and an engagement soon followed. Ever the overachievers, Samantha and Will planned a wedding for the week after Samantha earned her law degree.
“I graduated law school and immediately came home to Greenville for our wedding,” said Samantha. “Within one week, I was a law school graduate and a newlywed.”
Distance separated the newlyweds as Will completed his last year of dental school and Samantha moved back to the Upstate to embark upon her legal career.
“We were lucky to be able to see each other just about every weekend,” said Will.
Samantha served as a clerk for Judge Nicholson in Anderson and gained experience in criminal law. What followed was a career as a criminal prosecutor in Greenville where Samantha prosecuted cases for drugs, armed robberies, and domestic violence.
Once Will completed dental school, the couple made their home in Spartanburg. Will worked in dental practices in Gaffney and then later in Inman before establishing Adair Family Dentistry in Spartanburg nine years ago. His general dentistry practice focuses on restorative dentistry.
“Moving to Spartanburg allowed us great opportunities to build our careers while remaining close to both of our families,” says Will. He currently serves on the Healthy Smiles Board, enjoyed golfing and is a recreational pilot.
Although both were busy professionals, Samantha and Will dedicated themselves to their new hometown and volunteered their time and talents. They served on the now-defunct Arts X Society Board and were active with First Presbyterian Church where Will served as a Deacon for six years and served on the Health Committee. He also served as President of the Spartanburg Dental Society. Samantha chaired Vacation Bible School and the Winter Warmth Project. She also served as President of the Children’s Advocacy Center and as a board member for the Hub City Farmers Market Board and Hatcher Gardens.
Samantha put her career on hold once the couple began their family. Today they are the proud parents of Anne Caroline (9) and Elizabeth (7) who attend Pine Street Elementary School, where Samantha served as PTO President last year. Anne Caroline rides horses and Elizabeth takes drama classes and plays golf.
Now that their girls are older, Samantha is beginning the second phase of her law career. She opened Samantha Adair Law and serves as an attorney guardian ad litem for family court cases. Hired by judges or lawyers, she is the voice and advocate for children in legal proceedings.
“I conduct fair, impartial and balanced investigations by talking with parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and medical professionals,” said Samantha. “I am an impartial fact-finder and I work to clearly define the issues and share those observations with the court.”
The Adair Family, who lived in Converse Heights before building a home in Andrews Farm, are entrenched in the Spartanburg community both professionally and personally. In their spare time, the family enjoys traveling.
Photography by Josh Norris