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Alex Paterra was born in Kearney, Nebraska.  He did not stay in the country’s breadbasket region for long, though.  Growing up, he and his family moved every 5 years, tracking his father’s career.  He’s lived in Texas, Virginia, and Illinois.  He received his undergraduate degree at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.  After law school in Ohio, Alex aimed to return to the South and, in 2005, settled in Greenville, South Carolina.  Alex started his legal career with two national prominent labor and employment law firms.  In 2010, Alex started the Paterra Law Firm, LLC.  In the Paterra Law Firm’s first year, Alex was named the pro bono attorney of the year by the South Carolina Bar.

In addition to founding his professional life in South Carolina, Alex has made Greenville his home.  He met his wife, Emily, in Greenville.  They married in 2015.  In 2019, they welcomed a son.  Alex and Emily keep busy raising their son and taking care of their house full of animals (two dogs, three cats, and a brood of chickens).   Alex is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He and his family enjoy vacationing and traveling in their vintage camper, which Alex restored himself.   

Alex enjoys working with his clients, problem-solving and problem-preventing with them, and figuring out unique ways to resolve their legal needs.  Alex prides himself in treating every client’s business needs as his own. 

Admitted South Carolina
North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
Law School University of Dayton School of Law, J.D.
Staff Writer, University of Dayton Law Review
College Butler University
Member Greenville County Bar Association
South Carolina Bar Association
South Carolina Employment and Labor Law Division
Born Kearney , Nebraska
Honors and
2010 South Carolina Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
South Carolina Rising Star 2018, 2019
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"As with many small businesses, mine was presenting with a hurdle where I needed someone's expert opinion and assistance. I did my research and found Alex. I read through some of the other recommendations and reviews I found and had a good feeling that Alex could help me in my situation. I called Alex and from the very beginning he was extremely helpful.

Alex was able to explain to me, in depth, more about the hurdle I was facing and provided me with several options to assist me in getting over it. We made a plan of action and were able to get past it, allowing me to focus more on my business. What I admired about Alex was his tenacity as well as his communication. He kept me well informed through every step, as each step was happening.

Alex has my highest recommendation and we'd certainly call him again if in need.'

- Thomas W.
"Strategic Solutions - Superior Service"


104 S. Calhoun Street
Greenville, SC 29601