Christie C. Varnado, Director

Christine “Christie” Companion Varnado joined The Seibels Law Firm, P.A. in Charleston, South Carolina as a partner in 2009.  Since 1993, her civil litigation practice has involved a wide variety of matters, and is currently focused on construction defect claims, employment discrimination and compensation, premises liability, 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 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 United States Supreme Court.

Christie served as law clerk to the Honorable Wallace W. Dixon, U.S. Magistrate Judge, and as Deputy County Attorney for the County of Charleston.  In 2009 and 2010, she was 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 in 1990, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She received a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1993, where she was a member of the Order of the Wig & Robe and the editorial staff of the South Carolina Law Review.

She is currently a Fourth Circuit Vice President of the Federal Bar Association (2010-2012).  She served on the national organization’s Membership Committee in 2009.  She was President of the South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in 2008-2009 and a member of its Board of Directors from 2003-2010.  She has also served on several committees for the South Carolina Bar and as a Young Lawyers Division delegate to the annual meeting of the American Bar Association (2001). She has been appointed by South Carolina’s governor to serve on the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration since 2003.  Christie has presented several lectures on various topics including legal ethics, 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.