Laura Callaway Hart Of Counsel
Laura Callaway Hart, B.A., Converse College, with distinction in course, major: Piano Performance (1975); J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, cum laude (1983). Ms. Hart is a Senior Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America; a Riley Institute Diversity Fellow; a member of the Board of Trustees of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; a member and former Vice-Chair of the Partnership Board of Richland County First Steps; and a member and former director of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association. She has an A.V. rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Hart serves as one of the primary attorneys for the plaintiff school districts in the landmark school funding lawsuit, Abbeville County School District, et al. v. State of South Carolina, et al. For her work in the Abbeville case, she received the Claude M. Scarborough, Jr. Pro Bono Award, the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Diamond Award, and the League of Women Voters of South Carolina Spirit of Democracy Award, in addition to other awards as part of the Abbeville trial team, including the John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. She also received the Alumnae Career Achievement Award from Converse College. Prior to joining Duff & Childs as Of Counsel in 2009, she was a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP and at Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A. in Columbia, South Carolina. At Duff & Childs, Ms. Hart is engaged in the defense of litigation against school districts and other governmental entities and their employees in tort, employment, and constitutional cases. She also has experience in complex case management and litigation for large companies in high exposure toxic tort, products liability, and personal injury cases, as well as in the defense of professional liability cases, including medical malpractice, nursing home malpractice, and legal malpractice claims.
Ms. Hart is admitted to practice in South Carolina, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the National Council of School Attorneys, South Carolina Council of School Attorneys, the South Carolina Bar, the Richland County Bar Association, and the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association.
As a student at the University of South Carolina School of Law, she was a member of the Editorial Board of the South Carolina Law Review, the Order of Wig and Robe, and the Order of the Coif and was named the winner of the J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition.
- Laura Callaway Hart, et al., From Offense to Defense: Defending Legal Malpractice Claims, 45 S.C. L. Rev. 771 (1994)
- Laura Callaway Hart, Criminal Law – Modifying the Common Law Definition of Burglary, Annual Survey of South Carolina Law, 34 S.C. L. Rev. 97 (1982)
- Laura Callaway Hart, Torts – Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Annual Survey of South Carolina Law, 34 S.C. L. Rev. 236 (1982)