Of Counsel

E brichardson@sowellgray.com

P (803) 231-7819
F (803) 231-7861
Beth serves her clients with creativity, tenacity, and rigorous thinking. Her practice focuses on business disputes, False Claims Act litigation, and professional malpractice matters both in the courtroom and arbitration settings, including FINRA, and on appellate advocacy particularly in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Beth has handled successful appeals of cases involving issues of first impression and divided authorities. Beth has served as an adjunct professor in Advanced Legal Writing at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Prior to joining the firm, Beth completed judicial clerkships in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. She received her law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Law Review and was the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Graduate. Her undergraduate degree is from Duke University.
  • South Carolina Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Adjunct Professor, University of South Carolina School of Law (Taught advanced legal writing 2013-2014)
  • Duke University, B.A. in Women’s Studies, 1997
    • President, Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity
  • Washington University Law School in St. Louis, J.D., 2001
    • Editor in Chief, Washington University Law Quarterly (May 2000-2001)
    • Honors Scholar Award (1999-2000)
    • Law Merit Scholarship (1999-2001)
  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Association (Treasurer, South Carolina Chapter)

 

  • The Honorable William B. Traxler, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2004-2005)
  • The Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie, U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina (2001-2003)
  • The Honorable Henry Michael Herlong, Jr., U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina (June-August 2005)
  • Member, District Court Advisory Committee, U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • Chair, ABA, Young Lawyers Division, Women in the Profession Committee (2004-2005)
  • Treasurer, South Carolina Federal Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Graduate (2001)
  • State v. Schrader-Falls, 2016 WL 4013758 (S.C. Ct. App. 2016).  In this appeal from a murder conviction, the issue was whether the circuit court erred in requiring the defendant to testify prior to her expert witness.
  • In re Jenkins, 784 F.3d 230 (4th Cir. 2015).  This case involved a bankruptcy issue of first impression.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled in favor of the debtor.  Listen to the oral argument at http://coop.ca4.uscourts.gov/OAarchive/mp3/14-1385-20150324.mp3.
  • 20 Years Strong Service Project:  From Schoolhouse to Courthouse
  • Chair, New Morning Foundation Board of Directors (2009-Present)
  • Vice Chair, East Point Academy Board of Directors (2013-Present)
  • Member, Central Carolina Community Foundation Board of Trustees (2016)
  • Member, Women’s Right and Empowerment Network (WREN) Board of Directors (2016)
  • Secretary, University Hill Neighborhood Association (2014-Present)
  • Chair, Montessori School of Columbia 30th Anniversary Celebration and Auction (2014)
  • Homeroom Parent, East Point Academy (2013-2014)
  • Member, Junior League of Columbia (2004-Present)
  • Participant, USMC Mud Run (April 2012)
  • Volunteer, One Columbia for Arts and History (2011-2012, 2013-2014)
  • Committee Member, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Legislative Ad Hoc Oversight (2008)
  • Volunteer, South Carolina Attorney General’s Office Criminal Domestic Violence Prosecution Program (2007-2008)
  • Yoga Teacher, City Yoga, Columbia, SC (2010-Present)