Sharp Law Firm is a woman-owned firm representing individuals and businesses in Beaufort, Charleston, and the surrounding Lowcountry of South Carolina, in matters involving civil litigation, insurance disputes, personal injury and mediation.
Mary Sharp, the founder of Sharp Law Firm, is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent-rated attorney. She is a certified mediator, and serves as a Municipal Court judge for the city of Beaufort. Mary has more than twenty years of experience representing clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in state, federal, and appellate courts in South Carolina. Mary is a native of Aiken, South Carolina, and received her B.A. in business administration from North Carolina State University, and her J.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Prior to starting Sharp Law Firm, Mary was a member at Griffith, Sharp & Liipfert, LLC, in Beaufort, SC, and its predecessor firms. She represents and counsels clients in matters including those involving personal injury, commercial litigation, construction litigation, insurance coverage, retail and hospitality, automobile and truck accidents, premises liability, and homeowners’ association litigation. Mary was named a 2015 South Carolina Super Lawyer.
At Sharp Law Firm, our clients’ objectives are the top priority. Everything we do is driven by our commitment to our clients first, and the belief that our work should always provide value. We understand that every client has specific needs and preferences, and we invest the time necessary to understand those preferences and develop creative and strategic solutions to meet those needs. Our job is to understand you, your business, your goals and your aspirations. The firm’s core values include providing exceptional client-focused service and the highest-quality representation to our clients. We strive to be effective and responsive, and we are positioned to devote the time and personal attention you want and need. Our goal is to offer the best balance of experience, commitment and quality legal services.
At Sharp Law Firm, you will find that the commitment to our clients is matched and strengthened by a commitment to the vitality of the legal profession and the community. Mary has served the legal community on both the national and state levels. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Bar, and the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Bar Foundation. Mary also currently serves as President of the Charleston, SC, Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, (ABOTA). ABOTA is an invitation-only organization that requires extensive experience as lead counsel in civil trials and recognizes lawyers respected by their peers for their professional demeanor and integrity as advocates. She is also currently Chair of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. DRI is the largest international membership organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. In 2009, Mary was honored as one of 10 South Carolina "Leaders in the Law" by South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, in the inaugural year of those awards.
Mary has played a lead role in organizing local and national diversity events dedicated to promoting greater diversity in the field of law, and is a past President of the Board of the National Conference of Women's Bar Association and a past President of the Board of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association. Mary is also on the Advisory Board of the Penn Center, the site of the former Penn School, one of the country's first schools for freed slaves, and one of the most significant African-American historical and cultural institutions in existence today. In 2013, Mary was nominated and selected to participate as one of 44 leaders from across the Lowcountry in the 8th Riley Institute at Furman's Diversity Leaders Initiative. Fellows in this prestigious program work with a cross-section of identified leaders to create relationships and platforms to help South Carolina successfully compete in the 21st century.
Mary’s involvement in the community has been extensive, and includes serving as a past President of the Board of Lowcountry Legal Volunteers, and as a past President of the Board of Friends of Caroline Hospice, as well as serving on the boards of Historic Beaufort Foundation, Broad River Healthcare, and the Child Abuse Prevention Association.