Attorneys

Andrea E. White

Andrea E. White has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Clemson University (1984) and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law (1988).  She is a member of the Richland County Bar and the South Carolina Bar.

 

Representing a number of school districts around South Carolina, Andrea practices in all areas of school law, with an emphasis on providing advice and counsel on issues relating to personnel matters, student discipline, the education of students with special needs, policy development, and board/executive officer relations.  Her practice also focuses on representation at administrative hearings and at all levels of litigation, particularly in the areas of employment discrimination and tort liability.

 

Andrea also regularly presents on current education law issues and provides in-service training to school districts and educational entities.

 

In her free time, Andrea enjoys practicing and teaching yoga and gardening.

 

 

Ashley C. Story



Originally from Cheraw, South Carolina in Chesterfield County, Ashley Story takes a personal interest in public education since she attended public schools in her home county and graduated from Cheraw High School.  Public school teachers and administrators are highly regarded by Ashley, as she gained first-hand experience and respect for the hard work that they do for our students, having lived with (and was taught by) her step-father, who has dedicated his entire professional life to teaching at Long Middle School in her hometown. 

Ashley is proud of her native roots and takes great passion in assisting school districts and other public entities across our state.  Before partnering with Andrea White to form White & Story, LLC, in April of 2017, Ashley began advising local school districts and public agencies during her tenure at Duff, White & Turner, LLC.  She provides counsel on a variety of topics ranging from employment and personnel matters to student disciplinary concerns and tort issues.  Additionally, Ashley enjoys connecting with her clients and others by presenting on various legal topics at conferences throughout the state.

Ashley previously practiced employment law with J. Lewis Cromer & Associates, LLC, for four years, gaining experience in both federal and state employment issues by representing employees in both the private and public sectors, giving her a unique perspective on defending potential employment claims and providing legal advice as it concerns personnel matters.  She has experience in both state and federal courts; is familiar with various administrative processes, including state employee grievance procedures and teacher dismissals; and she thoroughly enjoys her civil litigation work. Ashley is an active member of the Richland County Bar Association and works frequently with Project HELP, which enables attorneys to provide free legal advice to Columbia’s homeless population; currently, she serves on the Executive Committee for the RCBA.

 

Prior to graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law in May of 2012, Ashley served as a Public Interest Law Fellow and clerked with South Carolina Legal Services and Richland County CASA. Ashley was actively involved with various law school extracurricular activities; she was a competing member of the Mock Trial Bar, served as Vice President of the Pro Bono Board, and was a member of the Black Law Student Association.

 

After graduating from Cheraw High School, Ashley obtained her undergraduate degree in International Business and Marketing from the University of South Carolina with Honors from the South Carolina Honors College; she minored in French. During her free time, Ashley enjoys traveling and playing with her rescue Greyhounds, Turbo and Nellie.

 

Imani N. Newborn

Imani Newborn joins White and Story, LLC, after practicing in the field of education law, labor and employment law, state and local governmental law, immigration law and civil litigation.  She has considerable experience handling administrative proceedings, as well as matters in both State and federal courts.

 

She began her legal career clerking for the Honorable DeAndrea Gist Benjamin of the South Carolina Circuit Court for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, after graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2014, with a concentration in Children’s Law.

 

While in law school, she participated in the Moot Court Bar, Mock Trial Bar, Law Ambassadors, the Black Law Student Association and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.  As an advocate of community and public service, Ms. Newborn was an active member of the Pro Bono Board, participated in the Child Protection Advocacy Clinic, and received an Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award.

 

She is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, for which she studied both Spanish and Arabic. Ms. Newborn was born in Georgia and raised in Columbia, South Carolina.  As a graduate of Spring Valley High School, she is a proud product of the South Carolina public school system.  In her spare time, she volunteers with the young adult ministry at her church, and serves as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program.

 

Alex Sherard

Alex Sherard has a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina (2012) and a J.D. from the Charleston School of Law (2016).  He is a member of the South Carolina Bar.

 

In law school, Alex was the Symposium Editor for the Federal Courts Law Review and Investigations Chairperson on the student-led Honor Council.  As a student, Alex was a law clerk at E. Bart Daniel Attorney at Law where he gained experience in the areas of white collar criminal defense, environmental law, and various securities issues.  He also worked as a judicial extern for The Honorable J. Michelle Childs at the U.S. District Court District of South Carolina. Through this experience he learned his true passion for litigation and client advocacy.  Before graduating, he worked for the Pro Bono Director at the South Carolina Bar where he researched and implemented policies and procedures to increase access to justice for South Carolinians through advanced means of technology and communication.

 

Alex is a product of the South Carolina public school system. After graduating from Abbeville High School in 2008, he attended the University of South Carolina as a Palmetto Fellow and Carolina Scholar.  Alex’s mother has been a public educator in Abbeville County for more than four decades.  Through her professional dedication and lifelong passion for education, Alex understands the sacrifice and challenges these public servants make in and around the classroom every single day.

 

Alex and his wife attend Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia. Together, they enjoy playing golf and tennis, traveling and keeping up with their large cat, Miller.

 

Lonnesse Williams

Lonnesse Williams is a native of Stillwater, Oklahoma but has called South Carolina home for the past fourteen years.  Prior to moving to Columbia, South Carolina, Lonnesse lived in Ft. Lewis, Washington, as her father is an Army veteran.  Lonnesse has had the opportunity to travel and live in various states and cities to include Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, Georgia, and Florida.  In 2005, she graduated from Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina and went on to attend the University of South Carolina.  While at the University of South Carolina, she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and has since been a member for the last eleven years.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, graduating cum laude.  Lonnesse attended Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida.  During her time at Florida Coastal School of Law, she participated on the Mock Trial Team, was involved in the Black Law Students Association where she served as a student mentor, and was a Guardian ad Litem for the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Lonnesse visited the University of South Carolina School of Law during her last semester of law school.  During her studies at the University of South Carolina School of Law, she successfully completed a judicial externship for the former Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the Honorable John C. Few.  She went on to graduate from Florida Coastal School of Law with pro bono honors.  Before beginning her practice, Lonnesse had the honor of clerking for the Honorable DeAndrea G. Benjamin, South Carolina Fifth Judicial Circuit Court.  Lonnesse has extensive experience practicing in the civil courts and administrative tribunals of South Carolina and in federal court, as she has dealt with landlord-tenant issues, probate matters, property disputes, FEMA disaster relief assistance, Social Security Administration cessation and overpayment concerns, and family law conflicts.  Most recently, Lonnesse’s area of emphasis has been employment litigation to include Title VII discrimination and retaliation, race discrimination, contractual issues, and Family Medical Leave Act disputes.

 

She is licensed to practice in South Carolina and the United States District Court, District of South Carolina.  Lonnesse is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the South Carolina Bar, and the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association.

 

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