Sarah Day Hurley

Sarah Day Hurley is a native South Carolinian, but practiced law in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta before returning to her hometown of Greenville, South Carolina in 1998. Over the years, she has concentrated her practice in various aspects of business litigation, including contract disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, employment issues, intellectual property and construction disputes. She represents clients in business tort matters, including fraud, unfair competition, fiduciary duty claims, and bad faith litigation. Sarah has also conducted and advised clients in various internal investigations and securities regulatory matters, and she is currently handling a number of intellectual property disputes. 

Apart from her law practice, Sarah owns a small restaurant and retail business. As a successful entrepreneur, she is keenly aware of the importance of protecting a company’s trade secrets, trade dress and other intellectual property. She also understands and appreciates the many competing demands that are placed upon business owners, and the passion and hard work that keep them going. In order to help her clients maintain success, Sarah recognizes that litigation must be managed and resolved in the most efficient and effective way possible. For this reason, while recognizing that some disputes require prompt and aggressive action in order to protect a client’s interests, Sarah always strives to resolve her clients’ cases in the most prudent manner possible, treating each business as though it were her own.

"Operating my small business has given me a broadened perspective on what my clients face every day, particularly in this economic climate.  I better understand that small business owners wear many hats, from marketing to human resources, and in my role as an attorney, I empathize with the emotional toll litigation can take on my clients."

Representative Matters

Business Litigation

  • As lead trial counsel, Sarah obtained a favorable outcome for a real estate investor who allegedly breached a contract for the purchase of commercial real estate.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in bankruptcy court on behalf of a creditor who sought to pierce the corporate veil of the debtor defendant.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a creditor in a suit brought by a shareholder. The original judgment was affirmed by the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
  • As lead trial counsel, successfully defended a small business owner against claims of trademark infringement by a national restaurant chain.


 

Contact Information

Greenville Office
Phone: 864.552.4651
Fax: 864.282.5966
Email: shurley@turnerpadget.com
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Practice Areas

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Bar and Court Admissions

South Carolina Bar
Georgia Bar
District of Columbia Bar
Virginia Bar
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

 

Education

The Catholic University of America, J.D., 1990
Clemson University, B.A., 1983

Professional Affiliations

Greenville City Planning Commission (Commissioner, 2000-2008)

Speeches/Presentations

"The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005: Procedural Reforms for Interstate Class Actions," South Carolina Lawyer, July 2005

Honors

South Carolina Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator, 2012