Tanya Gee concentrates her practice on appellate law, business litigation, and family law.
As an attorney, Tanya was raised in the state’s appellate courts. She served as Chief Staff Attorney and Clerk of Court for the South Carolina Court of Appeals. In those roles, she supervised and trained attorneys and administered the state’s intermediate appellate court. In the words of the South Carolina legislature, “Tanya quickly became known at the court for her steadfast loyalty and dependability, earnest compassion, brilliant legal skills, and unmatched leadership talents, which led to her elevation from law clerk to chief staff attorney and, ultimately, clerk of court, where she masterfully orchestrated the operations of the state’s intermediate appellate court of nine active judges, one retired judge, and their staff, the central staff attorneys’ office, the docketing office, and all support personnel.”
She began her career as law clerk to Chief Judge Kaye G. Hearn, now of the South Carolina Supreme Court. Tanya also served as a temporary law clerk for Judge C. Tolbert Goolsby while he sat on the trial bench as a special circuit court judge. Over the years, she has received special commendations from South Carolina’s appellate courts for her efforts to safeguard the integrity of the court system.
In May of 2013, both houses of the South Carolina legislature recognized Tanya for her exceptional and outstanding contributions to the state and legal profession and for making a profoundly positive impact on her community.
Tanya is one of only two attorneys who has been awarded both the Bronze and Silver Compleat Lawyer Awards from the U.S.C. Law School Alumni Association. She was also named to The State newspaper’s “20 Under 40” class in 2010. The prestigious Liberty Fellowship, an incubator for exemplary leadership in South Carolina, named Tanya as a fellow for its Class of 2012.
Tanya was part of the 2009 inaugural class of the “Leaders in the Law Award” recipients by SC Lawyers Weekly. She is also a member of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court and Ebenezer Lutheran Church. She has served as event chair for Richland County Young Lawyer Division's Book Drive and Kids' ID Project.
A frequent lecturer on South Carolina legal trends, Tanya has twice presented the annual civil law update to the appellate court judges, circuit court judges, and their law clerks at the South Carolina judicial conference. She has emceed the popular “Judiciary Squares” legal update to the Masters-in-Equity, Bankruptcy bench and bar, and family court bench and bar. She has twice presented at the always popular “It’s All a Game” CLE, hosted by Chief Judge Few.
Tanya is the author of an appellate guidebook for self represented litigants. She also wrote the Law Clerk and Staff Attorney Manual and served as previous editor of the South Carolina Appellate Courts’s tandard of Review Outline
Tanya blogs regularly about the South Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, South Carolina legal issues, oral advocacy, legal writing, and more. The blog is called Noticing Appeals: Abusing our Discretion One Post at a Time.
Outside Nexsen Pruet
Tanya loves sports, and in 2013, her competitive drive saved her life. While jogging, she noticed a pain in her hip. The pain revealed itself to be a deadly tumor known as dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma, an extremely rare and destructive form of cancer. Thanks to early detection, a very aggressive regimen of chemotherapy, and successful surgery, Tanya earned a new title: survivor.
While she doesn’t sprint as fast as she once did, Tanya still loves to play games and sports with her family, consisting of son William, daughter Sabin, and husband Chris Koon, who is also an attorney.