ABBY EDWARDS SAUNDERS

abigail@abbysaunderslaw.com

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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

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • 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

 

BAR ADMISSIONS:

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

 

LAW SCHOOL:

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

 

COLLEGE:

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

New York University (Executive LLM in Taxation)

 

Personal Bio

FAMILY:

Husband: Dr. Mark Saunders

 

CERTIFICATIONS:

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

 

AWARDS:

  • 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

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • 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)

 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

  • 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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