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E brichardson@sowellgray.com

P (803) 231-7819
F (803) 231-7861
Beth is tenacious and a rigorous thinker. Her practice focuses on business disputes of all kinds, in courtroom and arbitration settings, including FINRA. Beth’s clients include publicly traded and private companies and their officers and employees operating in a wide array of industries such as real estate development, insurance, energy and utility, restaurant and retail, financial investing, and health care. Beth’s litigation experience also includes trust and estate work, and appellate advocacy, particularly in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She has handled successful appeals of cases involving issues of first impression and divided authorities. Beth also regularly assists other lawyers in ethics matters.

Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Beth served as an adjunct professor in Advanced Legal Writing at the University of South Carolina School of Law and was an associate for five years at a BigLaw 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
  • 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)
  • Duke University, B.A. in Women’s Studies, 1997
    • President, Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity
  • 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)
  • American Bar Association
    • Former Chair, Young Lawyers Division Women in the Profession Committee (2004-2005)
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Vice Chair, South Carolina Chapter
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
    • District Court Advisory Committee
  • Historic Columbia
    • Historic Real Estate Committee (November 2017-Present)

 

  • 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.
  • South Carolina “Super Lawyer”
    • Business Litigation (2017)
  • South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Honoree (2017)
  • National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Graduate (2001)
  • Central Carolina Community Foundation
    • Board of Trustees (2016-Present)
    • Vice Chair, Education Committee
  • New Morning Foundation
    • Chair, Board of Directors (2009-Present)
  • Women’s Right and Empowerment Network (WREN)
    • Board of Directors (2016-Present)
  • 20 Years Strong Service Project:  From Schoolhouse to Courthouse (2016, 2017)
  • East Point Academy
    • Vice Chair, Board of Directors (2013-2016)
    • Homeroom Parent (2013-2014)
  • University Hill Neighborhood Association
    • Secretary (2014-2016)
  • Montessori School of Columbia 30th Anniversary Celebration and Auction
    • Former Chair (2014)
  • Junior League of Columbia (2004-Present)
  • USMC Mud Run (April 2012)
  • One Columbia for Arts and History Volunteer (2011-2012, 2013-2014)
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Legislative Ad Hoc Oversight (2008)
  • South Carolina Attorney General’s Office Criminal Domestic Violence Prosecution Program (2007-2008)
  • Yoga Teacher, City Yoga, Columbia, SC (2010-Present)