About Sara A. Turner"Every client’s situation should be handled with compassion and care."
Sara A. Turner brings a voice of reason in a trying time.
She has spent her legal career protecting her client’s rights in all courts in South Carolina. Founded in 2018, Sara A. Turner started her firm with the belief that no case is too big or too small, and every client’s situation should be handled with compassion and care. Her grit, organization, and ability to understand her client’s needs make her an outstanding advocate.
Sara A. Turner has handled cases in Magistrate Court, Municipal Court, General Sessions, Family Court, Common Pleas, and Federal Court. Sara has made nearly 400 court appearances in her years practicing criminal defense. She has handled Minor in Possession tickets, Fake ID tickets, DUIs, CDVs, Drug charges ranging from Simple Possession to Trafficking, Assault charges ranging from Simple Assault to Murder, and Property Crime Offenses ranging from Shoplifting to Burglary.
College of Charleston (B.A. in Communication, 2008)
Charleston School of Law (J.D., 2011)
- South Carolina
- U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
In her experience with Family Law, Sara A. Turner has guided her clients through simple and complex custody and divorce cases. She has also served as a Guardian ad Litem for several cases. Sara wrote an article published in Facts and Findings that detailed parental alienation, which has become a more prevalent issue in custody cases. Through her work fighting big insurance companies, Sara has successfully helped her clients facing personal injury suits.
Upon graduating from the College of Charleston in 2008 with a degree in Communications, Sara A. Turner attended the Charleston School of Law and earned her J.D. in 2011. While attending the Charleston School of Law, she clerked at Bluestein, Johnson & Burke, LLC and Rosen, Rosen, & Hagood, LLC.
Upon being sworn into the South Carolina Bar, Sara A. Turner worked as an associate attorney at a firm focusing on criminal defense, family law, and personal injury. She continued that focus at McCoy & Stokes, LLC where she worked as an associate attorney from 2013 until 2018. Sara A. Turner is a Past President of the Charleston Lawyers Club and is a member of the South Carolina Bar and Charleston County Bar. Sara grew up in Bluffton, South Carolina, and has lived in Charleston since 2005.
Sara A. Turner In The Community
2022 Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Charleston – Expertise.com
2022 Rising Star – Super Lawyers
2022 Best Family Law Attorney (Runner-Up) – Charleston City Paper
2021 Best Family Law Attorney – Charleston City Paper
2020 Best Family Law Attorney – Charleston City Paper
2019 Best Family Law Attorney (Runner-Up) – Charleston City Paper
2019 Charleston Choice Award (Runner-Up) – Post & Courier
Mentor through Law Links Mentorship Program – Charleston School of Law
Public Defender – City of Hanahan
Presenter of “Tips for Practice in the Courtroom as Well as in Your Office” – Criminal Law Society at Charleston School of Law and Legal Skills at Charleston School of Law
Volunteered for the S.C. Bar Ask a Lawyer Event
Nearly 500 Court Appearances
About Our Team
Melodie L. Verkennes
Melodie grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended Charleston Southern University and graduated in May of 2021 with her degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science.
During school, Melodie worked as an after-school faculty member with the City of North Charleston where she developed a strong understanding of the importance of family life to young children.
Upon graduation, she began working for the Law Office of Sara A. Turner in June of 2021 and currently resides in North Charleston, South Carolina. Melodie enjoys volunteering for her local church and with the non-profit Samaritan’s Purse. In her free time, you can find her relaxing at the beach and spending time with her friends and family.
In The Press
2022 LEGAL ELITE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
2019 LEGAL ELITE OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
SUPREME COURT CASE
POST AND COURIER
May 21, 2018: Charleston-area memos and distinctions
HOLY CITY SINNER
April 25, 2018: Quintin’s Close-Ups: Sara Turner
April 10, 2018: Charleston Lawyer Sara A. Turner Hangs Out Shingle
April 2, 2018: Attorney Sara A. Turner, Formerly of McCoy and Stokes, LLC., Opens Independent Practice
CHARLESTON COUNTY BAR
May 2018: Accolades & Announcements
College of Charleston Greek Officer Training to all of the new Green Life Social Chairs in 2017Accolades & Announcements
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