Abby Edwards Saunders is a member of the MGC Litigation Team. Her practice focuses on business litigation, tort litigation, construction defect litigation, transportation and trucking, premises liability, coverage and bad faith, nonprofit and exempt organizations, taxation of Native Americans, and state and local taxation in the firm’s Myrtle Beach office. She also advises clients on general corporate matters.

Prior to joining MGC, Abby practiced law in the private sector as a partner and associate where she was involved in complex product liability litigation involving the aviation, pharmaceutical and automotive industries on a local, regional and national level.  She served as a Federal Law Clerk to the Honorable David C. Norton, United States District Court  Judge for the District of South Carolina in Charleston.  Abby was also a legal educator for many years at the Charleston School of Law, where she served as the Dean of Students, Director of Lawyering Skills & Professional Development and the Title IX Coordinator.  In addition to her Deanship, she taught Advanced Civil Procedure; Aviation Law; Critical Practice Skills; and Law Practice Management & Economics.  She has made numerous presentations on legal education across the country.  Before starting law school, Abby lived and worked in Japan with the Toyama Board of Education Office where she served as President of the Toyama JET organization and was selected by the Governor to serve as an Honorary Envoy to Toyama.

Abby and her husband, Mark, love living in Horry County, traveling, listening to live music, spending time at the beach and boating with family and friends.

Practice Areas

  • Adulterated Food
  • Alcohol Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Coverage
  • Director and Officer Liability
  • Employment
  • Litigation
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Transportation
  • Trucking

Education

  • New York University (Executive LLM in Taxation)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (JD, with honors)
  • College of Charleston (summa cum laude, First Honor Graduate)

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Horry County Bar Association (Executive Board)
  • Coastal Women Lawyers Association
  • Coastal Inn of Court (President-Elect)
  • James L. Petigru Inn of Court (Charter & Founding Member; Executive Board: 2009-2017)
  • Sir Francis Drake Admiralty Inn of Court (Charter & Founding Member)
  • American Inns of Court (Fourth Circuit Advisory Council)
  • Charleston County Bar Association (Executive Board, 2008-2015)
  • South Carolina Bar Foundation (Charleston CLE Fundraising Host Committees, 2012-2013)
  • Professional Development Consortium

Bar Admissions

  • 1999 South Carolina
  • 2002 US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • 2001 US District Court, District of South Carolina

Awards

  • American Bar Foundation (Lifetime Fellow)
  • Paul Harris Fellow
  • Riley Institute (Diversity Fellow)
  • Adjunct Professor of the Year (Charleston School of Law)
  • Golden Rule Award for Community Service
  • Editor-in-Chief of the North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation
  • Inducted into the Davis Society, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Honorary Envoy to Toyama, Japan

Community Involvement

  • Rotary Club of Charleston (Executive Board & Club Service Chair, 2014-2015)
  • Homeless Justice Project (Co-founder, Volunteer, Legal Clinic Advisory Board)
  • Center for Heirs' Property Preservation (Advisory Committee Chair 2012-2014; Strategic Planning Committee; Commitment to Justice Host Committee, 2012)
  • College of Charleston Alumni Board (Vice President, 2007-2008; Chair, Alumni Scholarship Committee)
  • Big Landing (Board of Directors)
  • Ocean Drive Elementary School (Mock Trial Club Volunteer)