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.
- U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
- South Carolina
- University of South Carolina School of Law, Juris Doctor
- Carolina Scholar
- John O’Neil Belton Inn of the Court
- President, Black Law Student Association
- Moot Court team
- Best Oral Advocate Award
- Legal Writing Class
- Best Oral Advocate Award
- Mock Trial
- Furman University, Bachelor’s, Political Science, Cum Laude
- Herman Lay Scholar
- Shucker Leadership Institute member
- Mock Trial Team Member
- All-American Attorney award
- Campus NAACP Chapter
- Founding member
- South Carolina Bar
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
- Midlands Council of Governance, member
- SC Community Uplift Foundation, founder
- Columbia Urban League Young Professionals
- Furman University Black Alumni Council, member
- Premature Millionaires, board member
- Richland School District One, advisory board member
- Jones McDonald Community Association, member
- C.A. Johnson Health and Science Magnet School, volunteer
- W.A. Perry Middle School, mock trial coach
- South Carolina Young Lawyers President’s Award
- Katherine Myers Day proclamation, City of Columbia. Also received key to the city.
- Living the Legacy Award, National Association of Colored Women
- Top 20 Under 40, South Carolina Black Pages
- Keeping God in Your Business nonprofit organization, First Place
- United States Congressional Tribute from U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, 2006
- Proclamation from the City of Columbia naming October 5, 2005 as Katherine Myers Day after being elected Governor of Palmetto Girls State. Also received the Key to the City.
“Working a Case When SCOSHA Is The Opposing Party,” January 2016, The SC Young Lawyer