Mary Shahid served for a decade in the General Counsel's office of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, as Chief Counsel of the coastal permitting office. There she advised multiple permitting programs including the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, the Bureau of Water, the Mining Division, and the Solid Waste Management Division. Since leaving DHEC in 2002 she has represented land-owners, utilities, real estate developers, industry, and local governments in permitting and compliance issues arising from regulation by DHEC, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and zoning and land use authorities.
Mary has an extensive administrative and regulatory practice. She frequently brings or defends challenges to permitting decisions in the S. C. Administrative Law Court. She has handled numerous appeals of administrative decisions before the state's appellate courts.
Recognitions•Best Lawyer - Lawyer of the Year 2012 Environmental Law
•Best Lawyer - Lawyer of the Year 2013 Environmental Litigation
•Best Lawyer - Lawyer of the Year 2014 Environmental Law
NotableIn Patricia Tenney v. SCDHEC and the State of South Carolina, Mary secured a significant victory for coastal land owners and title companies. The State of South Carolina, through the S. C. Attorney General's office, had asserted an ownership interest in all coastal islands, amounting to a cloud on title and diminishing the value and utility of unique coastal property. Mary persuaded the S. C. Supreme Court to clarify earlier precedent to prevent the State from asserting any title interest in coastal islands.
•In Bert and Stacey Weiss v. SCDHEC, Mary successfully overturned DHEC's long-standing practice of unlawfully asserting permitting jurisdiction over active beach areas on Folly Beach. Her efforts before the DHEC Board resulted in affirmation of an important exemption to the Beachfront Management Act known as the Folly Beach exception.
•In Deerfield Plantation Phase II B v. Deertrack Golf Inc. and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Mary assisted attorneys for the Corps of Engineers in defending the Corps' limited assertion of jurisdiction over drainage features located on Mary's client's property. Plaintiffs sought to have all water features on the property declared as waters and wetlands of the United States, but the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals was persuaded that the extent of the Corps' permitting jurisdiction on Mary's client's property was limited.
•In The S. C. Coastal Conservation League v. AOV-AOD, LLC, and SCDHEC Mary successfully defended against a challenge to permits and certifications issued by DHEC to the developers of Angel Oak Village, a controversial development on Johns Island, S. C. located near the Angel Oak tree.
Outside Nexsen Pruet
Mary is a member of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Her hobbies include running, group exercise and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Speaking & Writing
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February 4, 2013
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January 2, 2013
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•New SC beach hotels could face stiffer building rules
January 4, 2014 Related EventsSouth Carolina Stormwater Management 2014
February 7, 2014 Related InsightsClimate Change, Beach Erosion and Beachfront Regulation
September 1, 2013
•Public Policy Alert: Pre-filed legislation to amend South Carolina permitting law in certain coastal areas
December 18, 2013OverviewMary co-authored the cover story for September 2013 edition ofSouth Carolina Lawyer magazine - Climate Change, Beach Erosion and Beachfront Regulation.
•Mary has been published on the topic of wetland regulation in S.C., most recently in the Southeastern Environmental Law Journal - The Specter of Spectre: Impacts of the Coastal Management Plan and the APA.
•She has served as faculty on multiple continuing legal education seminars, speaking frequently on wetland and stormwater regulation.
•Mary is speaking on March 25, 2014 at Lorman Education Services program Current Issues in Storm Water Regulation in South Carolina in North Charleston.