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Melissa Fried Spence


  • (T) 843.720.1742
  • (F) 843.414.8229

I am an employment attorney in Charleston, where I focus my work on building proactive strategies that help clients avoid long, protracted legal disputes involving a spectrum of labor and employment matters.

Responsiveness, agility – and good, old-fashioned hard work and dedication – are the cornerstones of my practice. That’s why I pour a tremendous amount of energy into identifying potential legal issues and building solid, defensible strategies when disputes cannot be resolved without court.

I’ve negotiated and tried a number of cases to verdict, representing clients in a wide range of industries, and have argued before state and federal courts as well as the South Carolina Court of Appeals. I began my legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Daniel F. Pieper of the South Carolina Court of Appeals and I have worked as an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy and legal research, analysis, and writing at the Charleston School of Law


  • Charleston School of Law, J.D., 2009
  • Wofford College, B.A., 2006
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina
  • United States District Court, District of South Carolina
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • Vice President, Board of Directors, Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers "Rising Star", 2016-2017
  • The Importance of Democracy, presentation, St. Andrews School for Math and Science, May 19, 2014.
  • “SMART Act: A Ray of Hope on Medicare Lien Issues,” South Carolina Lawyer, pp. 40-45, November 2013.
  • End Distracted Driving: Student Awareness Initiative, presentation, Goose Creek High School, November 19, 2013.
  • Note, Reflecting the Best Interest of the Child: Middleton v. Johnson, 3 Charleston L. Rev. 635, 635-45 (2009).
  • Charleston School of Law Professionalism Series Panel Speaker and Participant: “Applying the Honor Code After Law School: Ethical Concerns for Law Students as Future Lawyers,” Aug. 27, 2008.

Reading the current best seller, staying active with yoga and barre, and spending time with my Boston Terrier, “Millie,” are what you will likely find me doing outside of my practice at Nexsen Pruet. As a Wofford College alumni, I have a special place in my heart for Boston Terriers – the school’s mascot – which is why I made the decision to adopt Millie after graduating. Her name is actually short for “Milliken,” a prominent benefactor of Wofford College. Go Terriers!

I’m also deeply involved in a number of civic ministries and serve as a board member of the Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina. The group provides education, counseling services, medical care, social support, and a safe haven for young pregnant and parenting mothers in need.

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