Matthew E. Pecoy
Matt is a member of the McGrath Law Firm's Charleston, South Carolina office and practices in the areas of personal injury, professional malpractice, commercial law, foreclosure/credit defense, insurance bad faith, family law, criminal defense, landlord/tenant issues, administrative law, and environmental law.
After attending high school in Greenville, South Carolina, Mr. Pecoy began to plant his roots in the Lowcountry, graduating cum laude from the College of Charleston in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Mr. Pecoy went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2008. While in law school, Mr. Pecoy served as the Articles Editor for the Southeastern Environmental Law Journal and obtained his first publication, Sitting on the Dock of the Bay: South Carolina's Need For A Submerged Lands Lease Program. Mr. Pecoy was also the recipient of the 2007 Mississippi State Coastal Law Fellowship, an award that resulted in his publication of three additional pieces that focused on coastal law and policy.
Prior to joining the McGrath Law Firm, Mr. Pecoy provided trial support in a complex products liability class action lawsuit that resulted in a $45 million settlement, the second largest in South Carolina, and was a general practitioner in Charleston, South Carolina. He is admitted to practice law in South Carolina, the United States District Court of South Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Mr. Pecoy is also an avid outdoor enthusiast, music lover, and ice hockey player.
Attorney Smith, a Charleston native, concentrates his practice in the areas of general civil litigation, family law, contract matters, and complex injury law. He received his Juris Doctor from the Charleston School of Law and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Clemson University. Prior to joining McGrath Law Firm, Attorney Smith worked in the corporate arena and gained valuable experience in …. the importance of strong client relationships and communication. While in law school, he was the President of the Phi Delta Phi legal honor society. During his tenure, he prided himself on the leadership of his members in meaningful and continuous community service.
Attorney Smith is admitted to practice law in the State of South Carolina. He resides on James Island with his wife, Hayley.
Katie offers attorney support in the areas of personal injury, professional malpractice, commercial law, foreclosure/credit defense, insurance bad faith, family law, criminal defense, landlord/tenant issues, administrative law, and environmental law.
Katie worked with a large litigation firm before earning her Juris Doctorate Degree from Charleston School of Law. She is taking the South Carolina bar exam in 2013.
Katie was born and raised in Virginia and moved to Charleston after finishing undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech, where she received degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and English, with a concentration in Professional Writing. She minored in Literature, and Leadership and Social Change.
Matthew E. Pecoy
Honors and Awards
CALI Award (American Jurisprudence): Natural Resource Law
Articles Editor, Southeastern Environmental Law Journal
Recipient of Mississippi State's 2007 Coastal Law Fellowship
What You Don't Say Can Hurt You: The Duty of Repair and Maintenance in the Commercial Setting, South Carolina Lawyer, July 2010. Co-authored with David K. Haller
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay: South Carolina's Need for a Submerged Lands Leasing Program, Southeastern Environmental Law Journal, Fall 2006.
State of Knowledge Report: The Public Trust Doctrine;
State of Knowledge Report: Private Uses of Public Trust Resources; and
State of Knowledge Report: Submerged Lands Leasing Options in South Carolina, a three-part series published by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management in 2008.
Public Lands, Private Interests, and Leasing Options, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control - Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management's Interagency Workshop, Sea Grant Consortium, June 14, 2008, Charleston, SC.
The Role of the Public Trust Doctrine in South Carolina, The Coastal Society Conference, July 1-3, 2008, Los Angeles, CA.