Christie C. Varnado, Director

Christie Companion Varnado is a partner at The Seibels Law Firm, P.A., a boutique litigation and captive insurance firm in Charleston, South Carolina. Over the past 25 years, her civil litigation practice in federal and state courts has involved a wide variety of matters and is currently focused on construction defect claims, product liability, personal injury, employment discrimination and compensation, and election challenges. She also provides counsel to private employers, local governmental entities, and individuals with employment or contractual concerns. She is admitted to practice as a member of the South Carolina bar as well as in the District Court of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Christie served as law clerk to Hon. Wallace W. Dixon, U.S. magistrate judge, and as deputy county attorney for the County of Charleston. She has been awarded an AV Preeminent rating by Martin-Hubbell, is a lead counsel rated attorney in civil litigation and consumer protection and has been listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers in the field of construction litigation. Christie received a B.A. in English from the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Wig & Robe and the editorial staff of the South Carolina Law Review.

Christie’s active involvement with the FBA both on the national and at the chapter level has spanned the two decades since the South Carolina Chapter was reinstated in 2001. This is her second term on the national Board of Directors. Prior to that, she served several terms as a Fourth Circuit Vice President, culminating as Chair of the CVPs in 2014–2015. She has been inducted as a Life Fellow of the Foundation of the FBA. Christie was president of the South Carolina Chapter and a member of its Board of Directors from 2003 to 2010. She is currently chairing the South Carolina Chapter’s planning committee preparing for the FBA’s national annual meeting to be held in Charleston in September 2020.

Christie has also served on several committees for the South Carolina Bar and as a Younger Lawyers Division delegate to the annual meeting of the American Bar Association. She has been appointed by South Carolina’s governor to serve on the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration since 2003 and is currently serving in her second term as chair. Christie has presented several lectures on various topics, including legal ethics, elections, local government, federal civil procedure, employment law, and the Freedom of Information Act, and her writing has been featured in the South Carolina Lawyer magazine.