Shelley Sunderman Montague has focused on litigation throughout her legal career and is a member of the Business and Commercial Law and Insurance Practice Groups. Shelley developed her litigation skills trying straightforward personal injury and premises liability cases. Since that time, Shelley has centered her practice on complex construction, commercial, business, insurance, and personal injury matters. She has represented clients in state and federal courtrooms in all areas of South Carolina and frequently handles cases involving multimillion dollar damage claims.

Shelley’s insurance coverage experience is wide-ranging. She analyzes coverage issues, handles insurance disputes, and investigates bad faith claims for clients. Shelley has also successfully handled matters involving the following:

  • Umbrella and Excess Policies
  • Additional Insured Issues
  • Time On Risk Disputes

Although Shelley’s insurance coverage experience is broad, she often centers a significant portion of her practice on the construction industry. Shelley has extensive experience in the litigation of complex construction matters. As a result of this experience, she is able to assist clients with the navigation of intrinsic matters, from evaluating potential exposure to determining the best strategy to reach the client’s desired goal.

As Shelley continues into her second decade of practice, Shelley is able to use her skills to provide clients with an exceptional level of client service.  Her aptitude for paying attention to small details, has allowed her to develop strong relationships with her clients, the legal community, and the business community in South Carolina.  She understands that it is critical for an attorney not only to have a solid legal background, but also be a personable well rounded individual in order to truly exceed the expectations of clients.

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Associations & Memberships

  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Past Co-Chair
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
  • Defense Research Institute, Construction Committee

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers Business Edition, Insurance Law, Spring 2016
  • Legal Elite – Construction Law, Columbia Business Monthly, 2013, 2015 – 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2015 to Present
    –  Insurance Law
    –  Litigation – Insurance

Community Involvement

  • Carolina Children’s Home, Board of Directors
  • Washington & Lee Alumni Association

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1999


  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1999; received the distinguished Order of Wig and Robe as well as The Order of Barristers
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Washington & Lee University, 1996

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