Amy L. Gaffney
Amy represents individuals and some companies throughout the State in employment and tort matters. She has served as lead class counsel on a number of wage and hour class actions that have brought unpaid overtime to many South Carolina workers. Amy devotes a portion of her practice to representing employees and executives in the negotiation of their employment agreements, separation packages and post-employment restrictive covenants. She is a certified mediator and has been involved in the resolution of hundreds of state and federal employment and tort cases. Amy has also investigated employment concerns for businesses throughout South Carolina and the Southeastern United States.
- Employment Law
- Tort Law
- Personal Injury Law
Academics & Achievements
- B.A. Queens College (now Queens University of Charlotte), magna cum laude
- J.D. University of South Carolina School of Law
- Best Lawyers in America 2019, “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation- Labor and Employment
- Top Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Midlands Legal Elite
- Martindale-Hubbell – AV Rating
Gaffney Lewis Takes Your Situation Seriously
Whether the client is a corporation facing a lawsuit or an individual with a concern, it’s the client’s needs that move the lawyers at Gaffney Lewis, LLC to devise a balanced, efficient, economical approach to resolution.
We are one of South Carolina’s few women-owned, ethnically diverse law firms, certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
People often ask…
What is it like working with you?
” People say that I listen carefully and focus on details. This attention to detail allows me to look deeply into problems that individuals or companies are facing when they come to me for assistance. “
What do you consider to be some of your unique strengths?
” My memory. My partners refer to me as “Rainman” because of my ability to recall discrete facts about a case. Also my perspective from both plaintiffs’ and defense work gives me a more global insight into a dispute. Whether I’m litigating a case for a client or mediating a case, I make a concerted effort not to focus just on what divides parties in a conflict, but where there are common, shared interests, and I build on those common interests to help my clients. “
Are there any special achievements or qualifications that enhance your contribution to your practice areas?
” I’m a dedicated yoga practitioner, having earned my 200-hour teaching certification and currently working on my 500 hour certificate. We all know litigation can be tough and sometimes contentious and I think my yoga training complements and even enhances my legal work because it helps me with my focus, my ability to avoid distraction in my work, and in in finding ease in the most difficult circumstances. “
In general, would you say that you are highly devoted to your career?
” Yes! In fact, I’m a member of the Employment Law Section of the South Carolina Bar in addition to being a member of the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ). I have given presentations at the South Carolina Bar’s Annual Convention, the South Carolina Bar’s Employment Law Section’s Annual Meeting, the annual NAMWOLF and NRRDA conferences, and at various other seminars on issues that arise in the employment arena. I have also been invited to participate in several programs on the art of trial advocacy. “
In My Spare Time
- I delight in watching my daughter as she performs in local theatre in Charleston
- I enjoy travel and music and ideally coordinating both, like seeing U2’s “Joshua Tree” 30th anniversary tour performance in Dublin, Ireland.
- I serve on the Board of Directors of PURE Theatre in Charleston
- I attend Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston