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.
•Listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2009
•Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Charleston for:
•Environmental Law, 2016
•Environmental Law, 2014
•Environmental Law, 2012
•Listed in Chambers & Partners USA - Leading Individual in Environmental Law, 2015
Speaking & Writing
• Seabrook neighbors draw line in sand
February 4, 2013
•Nexsen Pruet Elects Six New Members
January 2, 2013
• Despite S.C. regulations, Folly Beach property owners keep right to build seawalls to protect homes
July 18, 2013
• New SC beach hotels could face stiffer building rules
January 4, 2014
•South Carolina Stormwater Management 2014
February 7, 2014
• Climate 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, 2013
•Mary co-authored the cover story for September 2013 edition of South 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.
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.