Gaffney Lewis and Edwards


Mary D. LaFave

Columbia, SC

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Practice Areas: Premises Liability | General Liability Defense | Insurance Defense | Bad Faith | Coverage Questions | Criminal Defense

A native of Lexington, Ky., who came to South Carolina shortly after graduating from the Michigan State University College of Law, Ms. LaFave has represented clients in both civil and criminal cases. She began her career with the Richland County Public Defender’s office, representing people accused of crimes and gaining invaluable courtroom and trial experience. Since 2008, Ms. LaFave has focused her practice predominantly on defending businesses and insurance carriers all over the State of South Carolina in the context of civil litigation.


Ms. LaFave serves both individual and corporate clients in civil suits in both State and Federal Courts. She primarily litigates premises liability and tort cases, representing local and national insurers and retailers.

Bar Admissions:

  • South Carolina 2006
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina 2008
  • 4th Circuit United States District Court of Appeals 2014


  • Michigan State University, College of Law 2006 J.D. (President, Class of 2006; Speaker 2006 Commencement)
  • Transylvania University 2002 B.A. (Major: Philosophy, Honors; Minor: History)

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • South Carolina Bar 2006 – present
  • Richland County Bar 2006 – present
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers’ Association

Member of SCWLA


  • Martindale-Hubble® Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent™
  • Thompson Reuters Super Lawyers South Carolina Rising Star 2013
  • Thompson Reuters Super Lawyers South Carolina Rising Star 2014
  • 2014 Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™
  • 2014 Top Attorneys – South Carolina’s Outstanding Young Lawyers