Shelley S. Montague



Shelley Sunderman Montague is a partner in the firm’s Columbia, South Carolina, office. Her primary practice is business litigation which includes complex construction, commercial and insurance matters. She has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout 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. She has also successfully handled matters involving umbrella and excess policies, additional insured issues, time on risk disputes, as well as other complex insurance matters.


Washington & Lee University

B.A. (1996)

University of South Carolina School of Law

J.D. (1999)

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina Bar

Associations & Professional Memberships

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

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America (2015 – 2024)
    • Construction Law
    • Insurance Law
    • Litigation – Insurance
      • Lawyer of the Year (2022)
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Columbia Business Magazine
    • Legal Elite: Insurance (2020-2023)
    • Legal Elite: Construction Law (2013, 2015 – 2016, 2020-2021, 2023)
  • Martindale Hubbard Rating, AV Preeminent

Community Involvement

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


Support Staff

Olivia Trupp

Legal Assistant


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