Audra M. Byrd

Audra has an active commercial and business torts litigation practice.  Initially, to gain as much courtroom experience as possible, Audra worked with insurance companies, defending personal injury and premises liability claims. Over time, her practice evolved, and today, her litigation clients are large corporations, small businesses and individuals. While still exploring all facets of litigation, she focuses primarily on business disputes and probate litigation.   
 
In her commercial litigation practice, Audra has learned that there is no such thing as a “typical” case, and she has worked on matters ranging from shareholder oppression to business defamation and civil conspiracy. She routinely assists her corporate clients with debt collection and contract disputes.  
 
Ms. Byrd received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from the University of Georgia.  She received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law, cum laude, in 2007.  While in law school, Audra was on the Editorial Board of the South Carolina Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif and Wig and Robe.  She earned various honors for her academic performance including the CALI (formerly American Jurisprudence) Award for Property II, Trusts and Estates, Environmental Law of Natural Resources, and Advanced  Legal Research. 

Audra has a strong commitment to her community and has recently become the coach of the Forestbrook Middle School Mock Trial Team in Myrtle Beach, which is a program instituted and operated by the South Carolina Bar Association, Law Related Education Division.  Fifteen students make up the Mock Trial team.  They each have a role playing attorneys, witnesses and timekeepers, practicing several times a week to prepare for the competition.  This year Forestbrook competed in the Regional competition and advanced to the State competition.  In December the team won the state championship.  More recently, the Forestbrook Middle School Mock Trial Team won the inaugural "Battle of the Carolinas" where they defeated seven other teams from North and South Carolina! 

“In order to effectively represent a client – whether an individual or a large corporation – you must be well-versed in what your client does, what your client needs and what your client expects so that their goals become your goals.”

Contact Information

Myrtle Beach Office
Phone: 843.213.5520
Fax: 843.213.5620
Email: abyrd@turnerpadget.com
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Practice Areas

Bar and Court Admissions

South Carolina Bar, 2007
United States District Court, District of South Carolina, 2007  

Education

University of South Carolina, J.D., cum laude, 2007
University of Georgia, B.B.A., 2003

Professional Affiliations

South Carolina Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division, Member, 2007-Present)
South Carolina Women Lawyers Association (Member, 2007-Present)
Horry County Bar Association (Member, 2007-Present)
Lakewood Elementary Improvement Council, Secretary (Fall 2011-Present)

Speeches/Presentations

"Consumer Law and Debt Collection," Legal Lessons:  A Series for the Public, Presented by the South Carolina Bar Association, October 25, 2011.
"Navigating the Magistrate's Court," South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers, Litter Control Association Annual Meeting and Seminar, February, 2011
"Defining and Limiting Accountants' Liability to Third Parties,"  Professional Liability Defense Federation, Fall Newsletter 2010

Honors

Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Award, Property II, 2005
Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Award, Trusts and Estates, 2006
Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Award, Environmental Law of Natural Resources, 2006
Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Award, Advanced Legal Research, 2007