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.

 

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 P. Mitchell

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.

 

Sara Morris

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A 2018 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, Sara begins her legal career as an associate at White & Story, LLC. Prior to joining the firm as an associate, Sara served as a law clerk with the firm, an invaluable experience that gives her a unique perspective into the areas of both school law and employment law.

 

While in law school, Sara was on the Executive Board for the Moot Court Bar and a member of the Order of Barristers. As an active member of the Moot Court Bar, she was selected to compete in the 2018 American Bar Association Moot Court Regional Competition in Boston.  For her service to the Moot Court Bar, Sara received the 2018 Robert T. Bockman Award, an award rooted in service and commitment.

 

Sara comes from a long line of public-school supporters. In particular, her father serves as the school board chairperson for the Lancaster County School District, where Sara was born and raised.

 

From a young age, Sara’s parents both instilled in her the love of music. Sara’s love of music gave her the opportunity to attend the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, South Carolina, where she graduated with honors in 2010. From there, Sara attended Anderson University, where she earned her Bachelor of Art in Music in 2014.

 

Sara is a member of the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Choir, and in her free time, enjoys travelling and craft beer tasting with her husband, Max, and their dog, Aiken.

 

Molly was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, where she graduated from Richland Northeast High School, in Richland County School District 2.

 

Prior to joining White & Story, LLC, Molly was an Assistant Solicitor at the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office for six years.  While at the Solicitor’s Office, Molly had the opportunity to prosecute cases in Magistrate’s Court, Municipal Court, and Circuit Court, in both Richland and Kershaw Counties.  Molly specialized in prosecuting domestic violence cases during her first few years at the Solicitor’s Office, while maintaining a full General Sessions’ caseload.  Over her six years at the Solicitor’s Office, Molly tried hundreds of cases, ranging from 30-day misdemeanors to murder.  For the last year at the Solicitor’s Office, Molly focused her prosecution on sexual assault cases and spent her last few months prosecuting sexual assault cases in Kershaw County.

 

Molly is an active member of the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers’ Division, helping plan many events for the Diversity Committee.  Molly also serves as a mentor to First-Year Law Students at the University of South Carolina School of Law.  She is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the Richland County Bar, the Kershaw County Bar, the Junior League of Columbia, and serves on the Board of Directors for South Carolina United Football Club.

 

Molly also enjoys presenting on domestic violence to many difference audiences: police officers, victim advocates, other attorneys, and judges.  She is a regular speaker at the South Carolina Summary Court Judges’ Association’s School, presenting on domestic violence, stalking, and harassment law.

Prior to graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law in May 2012, Molly was involved in various law school activities: serving as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Honor Council and was a member of Phi Delta Phi and the Black Law Students’ Association.

 

After graduating from Richland Northeast High School, Molly attended Clemson University for two and a half years, before transferring back home to the University of South Carolina, where she graduated in May 2009 with a degree in Retail Management and a Minor in French.

 

In her free time, Molly enjoys traveling, trying all the new restaurants that Columbia has to offer (she considers herself somewhat of a foodie), being outside, spending time at Lake Marion, and playing with her fur-babies, Lola and Seamus.

 

 

 

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