Annie E. Andrews focuses her practice on civil rights violations, nursing home abuse and neglect, and various personal injury matters. An experienced litigator, Annie worked for seven years as a trial attorney at the Charleston County Public Defender’s office, where she tried numerous cases to jury verdict and zealously fought for the rights of more than 1,000 individuals.
While representing incarcerated children, she went beyond simply defending their cases and sought to reform the juvenile justice system by challenging the constitutionality of solitary confinement and the use of restraint chairs in juvenile jails. Her reform efforts resulted in the closure of the dilapidated Charleston County Juvenile Detention Center and improved conditions for incarcerated children in the Lowcountry. Annie also increased literacy and access to books in juvenile jails through collecting over 4,000 books to build or revamp libraries in juvenile jails across SC. Annie received the Star of the Quarter award from the SC Bar’s Young Lawyers Division (FY2018–19) and the 2019 Juvenile Defender of the Year in South Carolina award.
Annie developed her professional ethics early. Before law school, she worked with the Richland County Public Defender’s office, where she was inspired by passionate lawyers who advocated for the constitutional rights of people battling cycles of poverty.
While in law school, she volunteered at the One80 Place homeless shelter’s legal clinic, helping homeless individuals with various legal matters, and was recognized at her law school graduation for performing over 500 hours of pro bono service. Annie is admitted to the South Carolina and U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, and is involved in the Charleston County Bar Association, SC Association for Justice and SC Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is also a former member of the SC Bar LYD Protecting Our Youth Committee and a committee member of the Charleston County Juvenile Drug Court as well as a graduate of the SC Bar's Leadership Academy (Class of 2018). Her current community involvement is extensive and includes serving as a board member of Charleston Legal Access, a nonprofit law firm dedicated to expanding legal services for low-income South Carolinians.
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.