Kate C. Mettler

Of Counsel


Kate C. Mettler is a litigation attorney practicing in the firm’s Charleston, South Carolina office. Her practice includes all aspects of civil litigation at both the state and federal level. Kate has handled legal malpractice, medical malpractice, other professional liability and business litigation, complex financial transactions, corporate transactions, securities and futures regulatory matters and contract disputes.

Prior to joining Gallivan White & Boyd, Kate practiced civil defense litigation with one of Charleston’s largest litigation firms. Her litigation experience in legal malpractice defense in particular has exposed Kate to a broad range of underlying legal specialties. In addition, Kate has significant experience in handling the enforcement of arbitration agreements, personal jurisdiction matters, complex discovery disputes, expert witness challenges and legal ethics issues.

Kate started her legal career with an international law firm in Chicago in their esteemed investment funds practice, advising investment advisors and institutional investors with respect to the structuring, formation and ongoing operational needs of alternative investments products, including domestic and offshore hedge funds, funds of funds and commodity pools. This experience exposed Kate to complex financial transactions, including derivatives, structured products, designated side pockets and institutional investments, and associated legal and regulatory matters. Kate also previously served as in-house counsel for a multi-billion dollar international hedge fund, where she focused on legal issues involving private investments by large institutional investors and foreign countries. She also served as in-house counsel for a private financial marketing technology company, participating in all aspects of their corporate legal matters including its eventual acquisition by a public company.

Kate aims to be a tireless advocate for clients. Her experience as a litigator and as a transactional lawyer over the course of her career enhances her ability to understand high-stakes business issues and to represent clients effectively in a wide variety of commercial disputes. Kate’s prior experience also enables her to bring creative approaches to complex legal issues when necessary.


Vanderbilt University

B.A., magna cum laude (1999)

Northwestern University School of Law

J.D., magna cum laude (2003)

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina

Associations & Professional Memberships

  • Charleston County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Medical University of South Carolina, volunteer
  • St. Philip’s Church, Sunday school teacher and parishioner
  • Vanderbilt University, former interviewer of applicants

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