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Susan Taylor Wall

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843.973.6850 Direct
843.723.7831 Main
843.805.6588 Direct Fax
843.722.3227 Main Fax
swall@mcnair.net
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Charleston, SC Office
100 Calhoun Street
Suite 400
Charleston, SC 29401
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Robin Mobley
rmobley@mcnair.net
843.973.6854 Direct
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Overview

Susan Wall joined the McNair Charleston office in January 2012 in its Litigation Practice Group. She has been in active practice as a litigator in a large firm setting for over 30 years. Her primary practice areas are in handling complex litigation in the areas of business torts, defense of professionals and class actions.  She is an experienced trial attorney in both federal and state courts and handles matters for clients throughout the state.

Susan is admitted to practice in South Carolina and California and before the United States Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. She is also certified in South Carolina state and federal courts as a mediator.

Susan graduated cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law in 1979 where she was a member of the Seattle Law Review. She spent her third year at Stanford Law School. Susan is actively involved in legal professional organizations. She has been a member of the SC Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness for more than fifteen years, and was a member of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission. Susan is a frequent presenter on legal ethics and malpractice prevention issues.

  • Represented hundreds of professionals including attorneys, accountants, agents, brokers, bankers, corporate officers & directors, hospital administrators, engineers and surveyors in malpractice, breach of employment and securities related cases
  • Defended clients in business tort cases, insurance coverage matters and class actions in federal and state courts
  • Argued multiple appeals before the South Carolina Supreme Court, the South Carolina Court of Appeals, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Lead counsel in constitutional case for former South Carolina Governor James Hodges before the South Carolina Supreme Court, Hodges v. Rainey
  • Co-counsel for Respondents on the Brief to the United States Supreme Court, Federal Maritime Commission v. South Carolina State Ports Authority
  • Member, South Carolina Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness
    • Chairman (2014-2015)
  • Member, Judicial Merit Selection Commission (2014-2016)
  • Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Member, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • Member, South Carolina Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Emeritus Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America© (2007-2017)
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Professional Malpractice Law: Defendants - Charleston (2016)
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Professional Malpractice Law: Defendants - Charleston (2013)
    • Women in the Law, Lawyer of the Year Honoree (2016)
  • Awarded, Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating*
  • Listed, South Carolina Super Lawyers®, Professional Liability: Defense (2008-2010, 2013-2017)
  • Recipient, Leadership in Law Award, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly (2014)
  • Recipient, Henkel Award, Attorneys Liability Protection Society (2002)

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent®, and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Annual Presenter, "Avoiding Malpractice and Discipline", South Carolina Bar, Bridge the Gap (2005-2016)
  • Annual Presenter, "Legal Ethics", South Carolina Committee on Character and Fitness, Charleston School of Law (2011-2016)
  • Presenter, Liability Update Seminars, South Carolina Independent Insurance Agents (2016)
  • Presenter, "Malpractice/Ethics Case Law Updates", South Carolina Bar Convention (2016)
  • Presenter, "South Carolina Tort Law Update: Ethics Panel", South Carolina Bar CLE (2016)
  • Co-author, "The Law of Lawyer's Liability, 50 State Survey of Legal Malpractice", American Bar Association (2012)
  • Presenter, "Potential Ethics Mistakes and Solutions: Lawyering After Natural Disasters", TIPS Spring Leadership Meeting (2012)
  • Presenter, "Masters in Trial: Winning Your Trial Through Trial Witnesses", South Carolina Bar CLE (2011)
  • Presenter, "Mediating a Legal Malpractice Claim", American Bar Association Convention (2011)
  • Author, “Legal Malpractice Law in the State of South Carolina”, The Professional Liability Alert, American Bar Association (2009-2011)
  • Presenter, "Mediation: Advanced Tricks of the Trade", American Bar Association National Legal Malpractice Conference (2007)
  • Presenter, "Will Our Past Sustain Us? Professionalism Issues Ahead", South Carolina Bar CLE (2007)
  • Presenter, "Avoiding Real Estate Malpractice Claims and Ethics Complaints", South Carolina Bar CLE (2004)
  • Presenter, "The Post-Enron World: Sarbanes-Oxley and the Model Rules of Professional Conduct", American Bar Association (2003)
  • Presenter, "Conflicts in Business Transactions", Marilyn Stein Bellet Conference CLE (2003)
  • Presenter, "The Lawyer's Practical Guide to Ethical Case Management", South Carolina Bar CLE (2001)
  • Presenter, "Avoiding Malpractice and Disciplinary Exposure", South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys (2001)
  • Presenter, "Legal Malpractice and Professional Responsibility", South Carolina Tort Law Update, South Carolina Bar CLE (2001)
  • Presenter, "Face to Face with Ethical Issues", SCWLA CLE (2000)
  • Presenter, "Practical Legal Ethics: Solutions to the Most Common Ethical Challenges", NBI (2000)
  • Presenter, "Practical Legal Ethics", South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys (1999)
  • Presenter, "Beyond Fundamentals: Lessons on Winning Trial Techniques from the Masters", South Carolina Bar CLE (1998)
  • Presenter, "Real Estate Malpractice Issues", South Carolina Bar CLE (1998)
  • Author, "No Spittin', No Cussin', No Summary Judgment: Rethinking Motion Practice", South Carolina Lawyer (1997)
  • Co-author, "Pre-Trial and Trial Ethics", South Carolina Civil Trial Techniques Handbook (1997)
  • Presenter, "Pre-Trial and Trial Ethics", South Carolina Bar CLE (1997)
  • Presenter, "How to Avoid Malpractice: Conflicts of Interest", Richland County Bar Association (1996)
  • Author, "Limited Liability for Court Appointed Counsel: Statutory and Common Law Considerations", South Carolina Lawyer (1995)
  • Presenter, "Twelve by Twelve: Legal Ethics", Charleston County Bar Association (1994)
  • Presenter, "Practical Considerations in Keeping Client Information Confidential", Charleston County Bar Association (1994)
  • Author, "Righting a Wrong: The S.C. Frivolous Proceedings Sanctions Act", South Carolina Lawyer (1994)
  • Co-author, "An Analysis of Current Theories of Liability", South Carolina Law Review, Symposium on Legal Malpractice (1994)
  • Presenter, "Is Your Law Office Safe? The Facts About Professional Responsibility, Legal Malpractice and How to Protect Yourself", South Carolina Bar CLE (1993)
  • Presenter, "Ethical Consideration in Representing the Business Client", South Carolina Bar Convention CLE (1991)
  • Co-author, "Attorney and Client", South Carolina Jurisprudence (1991)
  • Presenter, "Legal Ethics and Lawyer Malpractice: Litigating the Malpractice Claim", South Carolina Bar CLE (1990)