Annie E. Kouba


Annie Kouba is a trial lawyer with a diverse practice representing global terror victims, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, children and families coping with mental health challenges allegedly caused by social media platforms, as well as public clients and government entities.

She is a part of Motley Rice’s team of attorneys that represents dozens of cities, towns, counties, and townships in the National Prescription Opiate MDL against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacies for alleged deceptive marketing, fraudulent distribution and other business practices that contributed to the opioid crisis.  Annie also has experience in the courtroom as a part of the Motley Rice trial team representing individuals alleging harm by defective medical devices.
Prior to joining Motley Rice, Annie interned with the North Carolina Department of Justice in the Health and Human Services Division where she drafted criminal briefs for the N.C. Court of Appeals and N.C. Supreme Court, and assisted the president of the American Association of Public Welfare Attorneys. She also interned with the EMILY’s List Political Opportunity Program and has worked as a voir dire consultant.

Annie concentrated in Community, Management, and Policy Practice at the University of North Carolina’s School of Social Work Master’s program where she specialized in the intersection of public policy and the law. Through a practicum with the program, Annie interned with the Compass Center for Women and Families in the Financial Literacy Education Program, where she served as a certified counselor with The Benefit Bank.
While pursuing her studies at the University of North Carolina School of Law, Annie served as a published staff member on the First Amendment Law Review and as vice president of the Carolina Public Interest Law Organization. She also contributed more than 100 hours in the Pro Bono Program there, through which she prepared tax returns for low-income citizens and researched and provided social work policy and legal perspective related to minors’ rights after sexual assault for a guidebook from the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Annie serves on the board of the Green Heart Project, a volunteer-assisted service-learning organization connecting children living in food deserts with school gardens, healthy produce, and mentors.


J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2016

M.S.W., University of North Carolina School of Social Work, 2016

B.A., magna cum laude, Lenoir-Rhyne University, 2012

Licensed In

  • South Carolina

Admitted to Practice Before

U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina


American Association for Justice, Political Action Committee Task Force

South Carolina Association for Justice

Awards and Accolades

Charleston, SC
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