Gedney M. Howe IV
“My Grandfather loved being a lawyer. My Dad has always loved being a lawyer, it was always something I was drawn towards. It felt like everywhere we went we ran into someone who knew Dad, people still get excited to see him and come and thank him for his help, even if it was 40 years ago. I didn’t have a full appreciation for what he did growing up but I knew that he helped people who really needed it. Now that I have entered the practice, I find that to be such a rewarding experience. You get the chance to take someone who has suffered a catastrophic injury, the system and the world aren’t designed to help them, often they would just be forgotten, and you can give them the chance to live a full life. At its core personal injury law is about making someone whole again, and that’s what we hope to do everyday.
The most exciting part of my job though is having an opponent. My Dad says “Litigation is a battle,” and I have found that it lives up to its reputation. The process of litigation can be very hard on clients, it’s a world that they aren’t familiar with, questions that we often take for granted they might take personally. I try to have my clients come to my office on a regular basis, and if they can’t come to me I like to go see them. There is a level of communication that you can reach in person that simply cannot be replicated over the phone. I try to take every step I can to protect my clients from the stress and anxiety of their case. That said, when I got my first taste of real litigation, I knew there was no going back, there is nothing else in the world I would rather do. I wake up in the morning thinking about work and what I get to do that day, I find myself in the office an hour or two before everyone else almost every day. My Dad has always told me the only way to practice law is with a singleness of purpose, thankfully that came naturally because it has been all consuming and I couldn’t be happier.”
As a third-generation attorney with enthusiasm for representing victims in personal injury claims, Gedney M. Howe IV looks forward to carrying out his Father and Grandfather’s philosophy of “doing justice and healing the minds of his clients.”
Gedney was admitted to practice law in South Carolina in 2020. Since becoming a member of the Bar he has obtained significant recoveries in many complex cases through both verdicts and settlements in a variety of cases. Participating in intense litigation against defendants such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, and Dominion Energy.
In his first year of practice Gedney has obtained $200 million dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients. This includes his work representing the victims of the Emanuel Nine in their pursuit of justice against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice.
Before joining the firm in 2020, Gedney clerked for Senator Richard A. Harpootlian, P.A. in Columbia, where he gained valuable experience in both civil and criminal defense. He previously worked as a law clerk for the insurance defense firm Hall Booth Smith, P.C.’s in their Charleston office. During his undergraduate studies, Gedney worked as a legal assistant at McGowan, Hood, & Felder, LLC, a civil litigation firm in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the ABA Young Lawyers Division, the South Carolina Association for Justice, and the American Association for Justice.
Gedney earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2020 and a degree in Political Science from Winthrop University in 2017.
Current Employment Position
Year Joined Firm
- Personal Injury
- South Carolina
- U.S. District Court District of South Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
- Federal Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Member
- ABA Young Lawyers Division, Member
- South Carolina Association for Justice, Member
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Senator Richard A. Harpootlian, P.A. in Columbia, Clerk
- Hall Booth Smith, P.C., Law Clerk
- McGowan, Hood, & Felder, LLC, Legal Assistant
- University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina
- J.D. – 2020
- Winthrop University
- B.A. – 2017
- Major: Political Science