Ira received his Juris Doctorate from the Charleston School of Law in 2009. During law school, he was on the Honor Roll and Dean's List; he participated in Moot Court and Mock Trial; and he was a Student Magistrate, an honor awarded to those with the highest grades in first year core courses. Ira received his Masters of Business Administration in 1996 and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1990 from Francis Marion University.
Ira is a member of the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, and the Charleston County Bar Association, and he is admitted to practice in all State Courts in South Carolina. He is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a professional association dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs. NAELA members assist clients with public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship/conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning, among other important issues.
After Ira's first two years of law school, he was fortunate to summer clerk for two of South Carolina's premier law firms. During his third year of law school, Ira sharpened his interest in supporting the elderly by performing pro bono work for an elder law attorney, assisting with adult guardianship cases. Following law school, Ira proudly served as the law clerk for the Charleston County Probate Court. There, he worked closely with the public, local practitioners, other Court staff, and the Court's three Judges.
Ira was born and grew up in Marion, South Carolina, where he worked for over sixteen years for an apparel manufacturer. He is a Palmetto Corps recipient (SC Jaycees' highest honorary award); he is a Palmetto Leadership Alumni, 2000; he was a United Way Board Member, 2000-2002; he was chairman of a Charity Art Auction that benefited the Children's Miracle Network at McLeod Children's Hospital in Florence, SC, 2004; and he was chairman of the City of Marion's Christmas Parade, 1999-2002.
Four years after Ira married a native Charlestonian, they moved to Charleston so that he could attend law school. He and his wife, Dana, are the proud parents of a beautiful and headstrong kindergartner, Gussie, and an equally headstrong infant, Simon. They reside in West Ashley with nine goldfish and have promised Gussie a dog for her upcoming sixth birthday.