Abby Edwards Saunders loves practicing law in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Her practice areas include: Estate Planning; Wills; Trusts; Estate Administration; Trust Administration; Estate Litigation; Law Practice Management Consulting; Mediation; Real Estate; Business Succession Planning; and Charitable Giving. Abby is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by the South Carolina Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification.


Professional Info


  • Estate Planning
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Trust Administration
  • Business Entities and Succession Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • Asset Protection
  • Outside General Counsel
  • Law Practice Management Consulting
  • Mediation
  • Real Estate



  • 1999 South Carolina
  • 2001 United States District Court, District of South Carolina
  • 2002 United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit



University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (J.D., with Honors)



College of Charleston (Summa Cum Laude, First Honor Graduate)

New York University (Executive LLM in Taxation)


Personal Bio


Husband: Dr. Mark Saunders



  • Circuit Court Mediation (South Carolina Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification)



  • American Bar Foundation (Lifetime Fellow)
  • Paul Harris Fellow
  • Riley Institute (Diversity Fellow)
  • Adjunct Professor of the Year (Charleston School of Law)
  • Golden Rule Award for Community Service
  • Editor-in-Chief of the North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation
  • Inducted into the Davis Society, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Honorary Envoy to Toyama, Japan
  • Fifteenth Circuit Delegate in the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates


  • American Bar Foundation (Lifetime Fellow American Inns of Court (Fourth Circuit Advisory Council)
  • Appointed by the Supreme Court to the South Carolina Board of Bar Examiners (2019-Present)
  • Charleston County Bar Association (Executive Board, 2008-2015)
  • Coastal American Inn of Court (2014- Present: President (2020-2022), Charter & Founding Member, Executive Board)
  • Coastal Women Lawyers Association
  • Horry County Bar Association (2021: President; Executive Board: 2017-2022)
  • James L. Petigru Inn of Court (Emeritus Member; Charter & Founding Member; Executive Board: 2009-2017)
  • Junior League of the Grand Strand (Founding Member)
  • Sir Francis Drake Admiralty Inn of Court (Charter & Founding Member)
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee (2019)
  • South Carolina Bar Foundation (Charleston CLE Fundraising Host Committees, 2012-2013)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Alumni Association (Lifetime Member)



  • Rotary Club of Charleston (Executive Board & Club Service Chair, 2014-2015)
  • Grand Strand Homeless Justice Project (Co-Founder, Board of Directors 2021-Present)
  • Charleston Homeless Justice Project (Co-Founder, Volunteer, Legal Clinic Advisory Board 2005-2014)
  • Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation (Advisory Committee Chair 2012-2014; Strategic Planning Committee; Commitment to Justice Host Committee, 2012)
  • College of Charleston Alumni Board (Vice President, 2007-2008; Chair, Alumni Scholarship Committee)
  • Big Landing (Board of Directors, 2014-2016)
  • Ocean Drive Elementary School (Mock Trial Club Volunteer 2015)
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