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.”