Mary D. LaFave, Esq.


Practice Areas

  • General Civil Litigation
  • Tort Claims Act Litigation
  • Municipal Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Declaratory Judgments
  • Personal Injury
  • Bad Faith
  • Coverage Disputes
  • Coverage Investigation
  • Contract Disputes

Mary LaFave has practiced law in South Carolina since her admission to the Bar in November 2006. She received her B.A. degree (with a philosophy major) from a private liberal arts college located in Lexington, Kentucky in 2002 and her J.D. degree from Michigan State University in 2006 as president of her class. During her first two years as a lawyer, Mary was an attorney for the Richland County Public Defender’s Office where she obtained invaluable trial and courtroom experience. In 2008, Mary went into private practice focusing primarily on civil litigation in both State and Federal Courts.  She has represented individuals, businesses and insurance carriers all over the State of South Carolina. Mary has obtained favorable results in both State and Federal Courts for her clients and is also a certified mediator. She has enjoyed leadership roles in the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, South Carolina Mock Trial Association, and National Trial Competition.

Mary focuses the majority of her practice on government defense, bad faith defense, insurance defense, premises liability, personal injury, coverage disputes, municipal litigation, declaratory judgment actions, and tort defense providing zealous advocacy using a proactive approach. As a certified mediator, Mary’s experience in the courtroom and with the juries of South Carolina is valuable in the alternative dispute resolution context. Contact Mary at (803) 726-6756 or if she can be of service in litigation or alternative dispute resolution.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court, 2014
  • 4th Circuit United States District Court of Appeals, 2014
  • United States District Court – District of South Carolina, 2008
  • South Carolina Bar, 2006


  • South Carolina Supreme Court, Certified Circuit Court Mediator – 2015
  • Martindale-Hubble® Peer Review Rating™ AV® Preeminent™
  • 2013, 2014 & 2016 Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers South Carolina Rising Star
  • 2015, 2016 & 2017 Columbia Business Magazine® Legal Elite of the Midlands
  • Martindale-Hubble® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™
  • 2014 Top Attorneys – South Carolina’s Outstanding Young Lawyers
  • South Carolina Judicial Qualifications Committee 2014
  • Richland County Bar Association Member – 2006 to present
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association Member – 2012 to present
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association Membership Committee Chair – 2016 to present
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association Board Member – 2017 to present
  • South Carolina Mock Trial, Coach Meadow Glen Middle School 2014
  • South Carolina Mock Trial, Judge
  • National Trial Competition, Judge


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