Judge Seymour named to “Influential Women of Law” list

CHARLESTON, S.C., June 14, 2024 — Saxton & Stump is pleased to announce that South Carolina Lawyers Weekly has named our attorney the Hon. Margaret B. Seymour (Ret.) to its inaugural “Influential Women of Law” list, which spotlights the important role women leaders play in the Carolinas’ legal community. Honorees are selected for their leadership, business acumen, mentoring and community involvement, as well as their contribution to the legal field, according to the publication.

Judge Seymour is one of 22 women from North Carolina and South Carolina named to the list.

“I’m honored to be part of this list honoring such incredible women, and it’s wonderful that South Carolina Lawyers Weekly decided to recognize the women who continue to change the face of law in the state,” Judge Seymour said. “I’m also very grateful to those who have helped me in my career, including my current colleagues at Saxton & Stump.”  

Judge Seymour’s impressive career broke barriers for women and minorities as she advanced through South Carolina’s legal profession. She was the first African American woman to be a federal judge in South Carolina and the first African American to hold the title of chief federal judge in the state. She started in the state as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of South Carolina, and almost three decades later she retired from the public sector after 26 years as a federal judge.

During her time on the bench, Judge Seymour presided over criminal cases such as multi-defendant drug conspiracies, white-collar crime, child pornography and human trafficking. She also presided over a Ponzi scheme that affected hundreds of victims and restitution of $82 million. In civil cases, she was the judge for environmental cleanup disputes, multi-state class action litigation, taxation matters, product liability claims and bankruptcy and social security appeals. She sat on the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit by designation and also participated in two three-judge panel redistricting cases. Judge Seymour was twice appointed to the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System.

At Saxton & Stump, Judge Seymour is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation, Title IX and Labor and Employment groups in the firm’s Charleston office. She also focuses her practice on mediations, arbitrations, investigations, and equal opportunity and labor disputes. She also is part of Optimal Dispute Resolutions, a Saxton & Stump affiliate company that works with clients in alternative dispute resolutions to avoid a lengthy and costly court trial.

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