Ms. Caroline Leary is a senior associate at the Federal Practice Group focusing in the area of appellate litigation. She represents clients in a wide array of complex matters ranging from civil, criminal, military, and administrative appeals. Ms. Leary has filed a petition for certiorari with the Supreme Court and has extensive experience working on appellate matters in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Ninth, D.C., and Federal Circuits, as well as various trial courts and administrative agencies.
Ms. Leary defends the firm’s trial court judgments, seeks review of judgments adverse to the firm’s clients, and handles appeals for clients represented by other counsel in trial courts. Applying critical thinking and analysis, solid legal research, and persuasive legal writing, Ms. Leary provides aggressive and creative representation to clients. Ms. Leary also assists the firm in trial matters to maximize the chances for appellate success.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Leary served as senior law clerk for the Honorable Daniel F. Pieper at the South Carolina Court of Appeals. As the senior law clerk for Judge Pieper, Ms. Leary reviewed and assisted in the decision making for over five hundred appeals in cases involving contract, business, tax, criminal, and administrative issues.
Ms. Leary earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law. During law school, Ms. Leary worked as a capital litigation law clerk for the National Advocacy Center. She also worked as a research assistant for Professor Kenneth S. Gaines, focusing on evidentiary issues in criminal cases. Ms. Leary earned a CALI of Excellence Award in South Carolina Administrative Law.
Ms. Leary graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Psychology.