Abby Edwards Saunders’ practice focuses on business litigation, tort litigation, construction defect litigation, transportation and trucking, premises liability, admiralty, nonprofit and exempt organizations and state and local taxation in the firm’s Myrtle Beach office. She also advises clients on general corporate matters. Abby is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by the South Carolina Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification.

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. 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 2019, Abby was appointed by the Supreme Court to the South Carolina Board of Bar Examiners and in 2022, the South Carolina Bar Board of Governors appointed her to serve as a Fifteenth Circuit Delegate in the House of Delegates.

Abby and her husband, Mark, love living in Horry County, traveling, listening to live music and spending time at the beach and on the water with family and friends. Abby is a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher and enjoys teaching Yoga at her Yoga Studio (Coastal Bliss Yoga and Wellness) in North Myrtle Beach and Power Yoga on the Beach.

Practice Areas

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


  • 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 Foundation (Lifetime Fellow)
  • American Inns of Court (Fourth Circuit Advisory Council)
  • Appointed by the Supreme Court to the South Carolina Board of Bar Examiners (2019-Present)
  • Charleston County Bar Association (Executive Board, 2008-2015)
  • Coastal Inn of Court (2020-Present: President, Charter & Founding Member, Executive Board)
  • Coastal Women Lawyers Association
  • Horry County Bar Association (2021: President)
  • James L. Petigru Inn of Court (Charter & Founding Member; Executive Board, 2009-2017)
  • Junior League of the Grand Strand (Founding Member)
  • Sir Francis Drake Admiralty Inn of Court (Charter & Founding Member)
  • South Carolina Bar (2022: Fifteenth Circuit Delegate in the House of Delegates)
  • South Carolina Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee (2019)
  • South Carolina Bar Foundation (Charleston CLE Fundraising Host Committees, 2012 - 2013))
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Alumni Association (Lifetime Member)

Bar Admissions

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


  • Circuit Court Mediation (South Carolina Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification)


  • 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)