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About Building Families

Harling West Law Firm

Allison Bullard McNair


Allison “Allie” Bullard McNair of Building Families LLC is a dedicated adoption and assisted reproductive technology (ART) attorney. While Building Families is located in downtown Columbia, the practice serves the entire state of South Carolina. Allie seeks to meet the needs of the firm’s clients throughout their adoption and surrogacy journeys, walking them through each phase of the process step-by-step. Allie stays informed on advances in family building options, including advances in medical technology, protocols on ethical adoptions and surrogacy arrangements, as well as the changing laws in the area of adoption and surrogacy.

Allie is a member of the American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. Membership in this society is reserved for those who undergo an extensive application process ensuring that members’ experience is sufficient to make them leaders in the field of adoption. Allie is also a member of the American Bar Association Assisted Reproductive Law Subcommittee, the South Carolina State Bar, and the Richland County Bar Association.

Allie is active in the adoption and surrogacy communities in South Carolina. She has presented before local bar associations, state bar associations, community groups, non-profits, paralegal associations, and classes at the University of South Carolina School of Law on the complexities of adoption law and third-party reproduction. She has co-chaired the Young Lawyers Division Families Forever Adoption Fair.

Allie received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Furman University and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Duke University. After working in a church for several years, Allie decided to go to law school at the University of South Carolina School of Law where she graduated cum laude. Allie entered the legal field determined to work in the areas of adoption and surrogacy law and quickly made that dream a reality.

Allie and her husband, Cole (Building Families’ Practice Manager), grew up in South Carolina and make Columbia their home.

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S. Coleman McNair

Practice Manager

Cole serves as practice manager for Building Families LLC, overseeing all business processes. He also manages the firm’s surrogacy practice. Cole prides himself on providing responsive, personalized service to firm clients.

Cole is a long time Columbia resident, having been educated at Spring Valley High School in northeast Columbia followed by the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Cole’s interest in families and their needs was piqued in college when he volunteered with the Free Medical Clinic and then the Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospital, where he served on their Volunteer Advisory Committee and oversaw the body’s funding support programs to better provide for the needs of the pediatric patients and their families. His interest in helping families began to focus on the interactions of families with the court system during law school when he served as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for Richland County CASA for many years. During this time, he also trained numerous lay Guardians ad Litem across Richland County and at USC’s law school. Cole also helped found and chaired Richland County CASA’s Volunteer Advisory Committee, presenting at the national CASAS Conference in Chicago about how other organizations could utilize volunteer input to better processes.

Cole and his wife, Allison, live in downtown Columbia in the Shandon neighborhood with their two puppies.


Emily Hinson


Emily Hinson is a Paralegal for Building Families LLC. She has over twenty-five years of experience in the legal field with a focus in Family Law. Emily began her career as a Paralegal and worked as an Administrative Assistant to a Family Court Judge for seventeen years. Emily then began working at the Lexington County Clerk of Court as the Deputy Clerk of Family Court and Deputy Clerk of Circuit Court for Common Pleas. During her career she assisted the judges, litigants, lawyers and jurors in navigating the court system effectively. During her time as a Paralegal she has learned the importance of helping children and has decided to work towards her certification as a Lay Guardian ad Litem in private cases.

Emily lives in Lexington and is married to Greg Hinson. She has two children, Austin who graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Ashlin, who is currently attending the University of South Carolina pursing a degree in Nursing. They also have three dogs.

We're Building Families

Building Families LLC is a boutique law firm that helps individuals build their families through adoption and surrogacy. We work with families in all aspects of the adoption and surrogacy process. We seek to connect expectant mothers considering placing their child or children for adoption with families looking to grow through adoption.

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