Attorneys

Abigail S. Duffy

Abigail (Abbey) grew up in Northern California. True to her Southern heritage and roots, she came to Charleston upon graduation from Law School to began her legal career as a State Attorney for the Department of Social Services Office of Child Support Enforcement. There she was the attorney in charge of 2 1/2 Counties (Williamsburg, Georgetown and part of Horry) and found herself in Court a majority of her time there. As the position kept her away from Charleston, she took a position as an attorney helping clients resolve tax problems with the Internal Revenue Service. Abbey, missed her time in Court, and longed to be back litigating matters. She next took a position with the Department of Social Services Abuse and Neglect Legal Department. It was in this position that Abbey was able to handle a enormous volume of sensitive and complex Family Court matters. She had the opportunity to try several multi day trials.

Abbey opened the Duffy Law Firm, LLC in October of 2011, seizing on the opportunity to be her own boss and help all strata of society in all types of Family Court Matters. She is certified to be a Guardian ad Litem and is a Certified Forensic Interviewer of Children. 

Abbey focuses her practice exclusively on Family Court matters, where she is happy to help clients with everything from adoptions, contested/uncontested divorces, Child Support, DSS investigations and other related matters, and serve as a Guardian ad Litem for children. 

Abbey is admitted to practice in all Courts of this State, the United States District Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

John Duffy III

John was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Bishop England High School and of Furman University, where he received his Bachelor's in History and Spanish. While at Furman, and upon graduation, he was afforded the opportunity to travel and live abroad in Spain, Bolivia and Argentina. It was there that he developed his ability to fluently speak Spanish, a skill that he utilizes today in his practice. 

John's practice is a general one handling a wide variety of matters in Probate, Social Security Disability, Worker's Compensation, Criminal Matters in all Courts of South Carolina. His experience and practice in Civil matters ranges from Contract disputes, Worker's Compensation, Car Wrecks, and Premises Liability cases. He is experienced in a wide range of Criminal Matters from Magistrates/Municipal Courts, DUI's, Aggravated Felonies in State General Sessions Court and criminal matters in Federal Court . He has tried cases to verdict in front of juries in the Courts of Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties. 

John is a current member and a past Board Member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a Panel Member of the Federal Court's Criminal Justice Act appointment list, handling Federal Criminal matters. Currently he is an Associate Judge for the City of North Charleston Municipal Court. 

John is admitted to practice in all Court's of this State. He is also admitted to the District Court of South Carolina and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

J. Lawrence Duffy, Jr.

J. Lawrence Duffy, Jr. (Larry) was born and raised in Charleston. He attended both St. Patrick's and St. John's Schools before attending and graduating from Bishop England High School. After graduation, and fixing a higher calling, Larry matriculated to St. Mary's Catholic Seminary in Baltimore Maryland. It was there at St. Mary's that he authored the thesis Highfields: a Group Study Experiment and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Soon after graduation he was one of 70 seminarians selected out of a pool of 300,000 to attend the Gregorian University School at St. Peter's in the Vatican. After a long stay in Rome, missing his family and the Low Country, Larry decided to come home and serve the people of the South Carolina in another capacity, as an attorney and counselor at law. 

Larry graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law and was admitted to practice in 1968. In his practice he has handled matters ranging from Magistrate/Municipal Court matters and Small Claims cases to winning the largest jury award against the State at the time of trial as well as serious Federal Criminal Cases and state death penalty trials. 

Larry's practice has included being a partner in Pritchard, Meyers, Morrison, Duffy and Bloom; Morrison and Duffy, and most recently J. Lawrence Duffy, Jr. LLC. After practicing 42 years Larry retired from the Full Time practice of law and has joined his son and daughter-in-law's firm and is "Of Counsel". He still finds himself handling everything from serious aggravated Felony's in Federal Court to complex and serious probate matters. 

Larry is the Chief Municipal Judge for the Town of Sullivan's Island. He is also one of 5 judges for the Town of Mt. Pleasant Municipal Court, where he has served the Town off and on since 1983. Most recently he has been appointed Associate Municipal Judge for the Isle of Palms. 

Larry is admitted to practice in all Courts of this State, the United States District Court, United State Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Court of Claims.