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Shelby Leonardi

Shelby Leonardi

Attorney at Law

Clerkship Experience

Law Clerk to Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr., United States District Court for the District of South Carolina (2006)

Law Clerk to Magistrate Judge Shiva V. Hodges, United States District Court for the District of South Carolina (2012-2014)

Shelby Leonardi practices in the firm’s Columbia office representing a full range of clients in commercial litigation, personal injury and civil rights cases. She also advises companies and non-profit corporations in statutory compliance and governance issues. Additionally, she handles probate litigation involving contested estates. In short, Shelby’s practice is a general civil practice based on her years of experience in private practice, serving the judiciary, and teaching future litigators how to handle civil matters. 

As a result of her experience teaching practical litigation skills at the University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law, where she maintained close mentoring relationships with her students, Shelby brings a unique perspective to client representation. She focuses on being a reliable advocate through cultivating a personal relationship with her clients to ensure she is able to meet their expectations. 

Shelby is active in the Richland County Bar Association and the South Carolina Bar Association as well as within the community. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the East Point Academy Board of Directors and the Secretary of the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation Board of Directors. She previously served as a board member of the Riverbanks Society, where she advocated on behalf of the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.

Shelby is a magna cum laude graduate of Notre Dame Law School and a summa cum laude graduate of Marquette University, where she majored in journalism. She is licensed in South Carolina.


  • South Carolina

  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit