A committed advocate and relentless criminal defense attorney, Katherine Myers is passionate about truly achieving “justice for all” throughout the nation, state and the Columbia community where she grew up. She brings that unflagging dedication to her criminal law practice at Burnette Shutt & McDaniel.

A prosecutor turned defense lawyer, Katherine worked in the First Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Orangeburg before entering private practice. In her role as an assistant solicitor, her focus was on domestic-violence and DUI cases. Her experience as a prosecutor is an advantage for her clients she defends. Because she knows how prosecutors assess cases, she can apply that same analysis to criminal charges against a client.

Katherine is committed to standing by clients for as long as it takes, from initial charges on through appeals if necessary. She continues to work with clients even after the court proceedings have ended, representing them before parole panels or probation boards should they need her.

In addition to her criminal law practice, Katherine has fought for individuals in other areas of the law as well. She served for a time as an attorney in the South Carolina Department of Labor, working in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration division. Her work included serving as lead investigator in whistleblower cases, investigating complaints from employees who were demoted or retaliated against after reporting wrongdoing.

Katherine began her legal career clerking for South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Beatty. She earned her Juris Doctor at the University of South Carolina School of Law and a bachelor’s in political science at Furman University. Interested in the civil-rights movement from a young age, she was a founding member of Furman’s NAACP chapter.

A native of Columbia, Katherine cares deeply about her hometown and about giving back. Those efforts began in law school, when she participated in free legal clinics in the community. She’s been recognized for her work, with honors such as the South Carolina Young Lawyers President’s Award and the Living the Legacy Award from the National Association of Colored Women.