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Anne McGinness Kearse

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With a passion for justice, Anne McGinness Kearse has spent more than a decade seeking to hold accountable numerous corporations that put profits before safety.

Through litigation, Anne seeks the implementation of better safety practices and corporate governance measures for those corporations, as well as just compensation for victims of toxic exposure, extreme and life-altering injuries, workplace injuries, severe burns, brain damage, loss of limb and paralysis, as well as wrongful death resulting from negligence and defective products.

Anne works closely with victims and their families, often meeting with them in their homes for consultations. She strives to provide each client with personalized attention and individual justice, whether the case is part of a class action or stands alone. Anne believes in building relationships with co-counsel and often collaborates with other attorneys, including estate and probate counsel, in order to approach each case from a team perspective.

Anne represents workers diagnosed with the devastating disease mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure in the chemical, electric power generation, steel or construction industries. She also represents victims of household exposure—children and spouses who developed mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases after being exposed to asbestos fibers that a family member unwittingly brought home from work on clothes or belongings. Anne has tried several noteworthy asbestos cases, including Cox vs. A&I Company, West Virginia’s first household asbestos exposure case, and the 2002 West Virginia Consolidated Asbestos Trial against Union Carbide in which unsafe working conditions were found at its plants throughout the state. In addition to maintaining an active trial schedule, Anne represents Canadian Workers’ Compensation Boards in U.S. courts to recoup benefits they paid Canadian asbestos victims.

While in law school, Anne supported the team representing the State Attorneys General in the historic lawsuit against Big Tobacco, which resulted in the largest civil settlement in U.S. history. After graduation, she was a member of the trial team that litigated Falise v. American Tobacco Company.

Well-versed in navigating complex litigation, Anne holds several leadership positions within the firm, managing legal teams associated with occupational disease, toxic exposure and severe personal injury. Anne has written several articles of interest to the plaintiffs’ bar and frequently speaks on asbestos litigation, general product liability, legal ethics and tort reform at seminars across the country. She has been published on major legal issues, including forum non conveniens and defective products abroad, corporate misconduct, medicolegal aspects of asbestos litigation and mass tort litigation. Anne co-authored the 12th chapter of the book, “Pathology of Asbestos-Associated Diseases” Medicolegal Aspects of Asbestos-Related Diseases: A Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Perspective, 3rd ed., 2014). Edited by Victor L. Roggli, MD; Tim D. Oury, MD, PhD; and Thomas A. Sporn, MD, this publication is a comprehensive asbestos reference book used by both physicians and attorneys.

Anne currently serves as the Vice President of the Public Justice Foundation, a charitable organization focused on protecting people and the environment and increasing access to justice. In 2011, Anne served on the Executive Board for a local chapter of Safe Kids USA, advocating for childhood injury prevention. Anne was a University of South Carolina School of Law bronze Compleat Award recipient in 1998 and is recognized as a BV® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®.

* Please remember that every case is different. Any result we achieve for one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

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Education

  • J.D. cum laude, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1998
  • B.S., Syracuse University, 1983

Associations

  • American Association for Justice, Chair – Committee on Asbestos Education; Chair – Section of Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP)
  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Association for Justice, Board of Governors; Chair – Women's Caucus
  • Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Wig and Robe
  • John Belton O’Neal Inn of Court
  • American Inns of Court, James L. Petigru Chapter
  • Public Justice Foundation, Vice President

Licensed In

  • District Of Columbia
  • South Carolina
  • West Virginia

Admitted to Practice Before

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania and District of South Carolina

Awards and Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America®

    2011–2014 Mass tort litigation/class actions – plaintiffs

  • Benchmark Plaintiff

    2014 Top 150 Women in Litigation list: South Carolina: mass tort/product liability – plaintiffs
    2012–2014 South Carolina “Litigation Star”: mass tort/product liability – plaintiffs
    2013 National “Litigation Star”: mass tort/product liability – plaintiffs

  • The National Trial Lawyers

    2010 Top 100 Trial Lawyers™: South Carolina

  • The Legal 500 United States

    2009, 2011–2012 Mass tort and class action: plaintiff representation – toxic tort

  • Super Lawyers®

    2013–2015 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
    Class action/mass torts; Personal injury – general: plaintiff; Personal injury – products: plaintiff

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