Gaffney Lewis and Edwards


Mary D. LaFave

Columbia, SC

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Practice Areas: Premises Liability | General Liability Defense | 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, defending people accused of crimes ranging from domestic violence charges to major offenses such as murder and armed robbery.

Represents: Defends premises liability and tort cases in state and federal courts, representing local and national insurers and retailers. Also represents a variety of corporate and individual clients.
Bar Admissions: South Carolina 2006 | United States District Court for the District of South Carolina 2008
Education: Michigan State University, College of Law 2006 J.D. (President, Class of 2006, Tax Moot Court, 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