Mary joined the Ethridge Law Group as an Associate Attorney. She focuses her practice on civil litigation, including but not limited to construction defect litigation, products liability defense, insurance coverage and bad faith claims, personal injury litigation, and education/special education litigation.

Growing up in New England, Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont where she also played Division II soccer. Thereafter, Mary earned her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, Magna Cum Laude. While in law school, Mary served as a staff editor on the Journal of Law & Education and as a peer mentor to transfer students. During law school, Mary earned several awards including the Roberts Senior Class Writing Award and CALI Awards in subjects including Insurance, Evidence, Contracts, Civil Procedure, and Legal Research and Writing. Upon graduation, Mary was inducted into the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Wig and Robe.

After graduating from law school, Mary worked as a judicial law clerk for two United States District Court judges. Prior to joining the Ethridge Law Group, Mary worked at a large insurance defense law firm in Charleston.

Mary is a frequent writer on issues relating to, among other things, education and special education law. She is the author of Utilizing Prosecutorial Discretion to Reduce the Number of Juveniles with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System, 2016 BYU Educ. & L.J. 191 (2016) and Raising the Bar: The Standard of Education Required under the IDEA, S.C. Lawyer Mag. (Nov. 2017).

Mary is admitted to the South Carolina Supreme Court, United States District Court for the District of South Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is also a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Charleston County Bar Association and the South Carolina Bar. While away from the office, Mary enjoys spending time with her two small children, Mia and Patrick, and her husband, Andy.

Mary Willis
Associate Attorney


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