Ms. Anne McGinness Kearse

Ms. Anne McGinness Kearse: Attorney with Motley Rice LLC
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With a passion for justice, Anne McGinness Kearse seeks to hold accountable numerous corporations that put profits before safety.

Through litigation, Anne pursues the implementation of better safety practices and corporate governance measures for those corporations, as well as just compensation for victims of toxic exposure, extreme and life-altering injuries, workplace injuries and diseases, severe burns, brain damage, loss of limb and paralysis, and wrongful death resulting from negligence and defective products. Devoted to occupational safety, Anne recently secured a jury verdict against SAR Automation, L.P. for 8.8 million for the wrongful death of a worker who fell at a Boeing facility leaving behind a widow and two small children.

Anne works closely with victims and their families, often meeting with them in their homes for consultations. She strives to provide each client with personalized attention and individual justice, whether the case is part of a class action or stands alone. Anne believes in building relationships with co-counsel and often collaborates with other attorneys, including estate and probate counsel, in order to approach each case from a team perspective.

Anne represents workers diagnosed with the devastating disease mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure in the chemical, electric power generation, steel or construction industries. She also represents victims of household exposure-children and spouses who developed mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases after being exposed to asbestos fibers that a family member unwittingly brought home from work on clothes or belongings. Anne has tried several noteworthy asbestos cases, including Cox vs. A&I Company, West Virginia’s first household asbestos exposure case, and the 2002 West Virginia Consolidated Asbestos Trial against Union Carbide in which unsafe working conditions were found at its plants throughout the state. In addition to maintaining an active trial schedule, Anne represents Canadian Workers’ Compensation Boards in U.S. courts to recoup benefits they paid Canadian asbestos victims.

In addition to asbestos, Anne represents and has secured settlements for flavoring workers who suffered respiratory ailments and other diseases caused by toxic chemical exposure.

While in law school, Anne supported the team representing the State Attorneys General in the historic lawsuit against Big Tobacco, which resulted in the largest civil settlement in U.S. history. After graduation, she was a member of the trial team that litigated Falise v. American Tobacco Company.

Well-versed in navigating complex litigation, Anne holds several leadership positions within the firm, managing legal teams associated with occupational disease, toxic exposure and severe personal injury. Anne has written several articles of interest to the plaintiffs’ bar and frequently speaks on asbestos litigation, general product liability, legal ethics and tort reform at seminars across the country. She has been published on major legal issues, including forum non conveniens and defective products abroad, corporate misconduct, medicolegal aspects of asbestos litigation and mass tort litigation. Anne co-authored the 12th chapter of the book, “Pathology of Asbestos-Associated Diseases” Medicolegal Aspects of Asbestos-Related Diseases: A Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Perspective, 3rd ed., 2014). Edited by Victor L. Roggli, MD; Tim D. Oury, MD, PhD; and Thomas A. Sporn, MD, this publication is a comprehensive asbestos reference book used by both physicians and attorneys.

Anne served as the 2018 Chair of the Women’s Caucus for the South Carolina Association for Justice. Since 2010, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Public Justice Foundation, a charitable organization focused on protecting people and the environment and increasing access to justice. She also served as President of Public Justice in 2016-2017. In 2011, Anne served on the Executive Board for a local chapter of Safe Kids USA, advocating for childhood injury prevention. Anne is recognized as a BV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.

Awards and Accolades

•The Best Lawyers in America

2016 Charleston, S.C. “Lawyer of the Year”: Mass tort litigation/class actions - plaintiffs
2011-2019 Mass tort litigation/class actions - plaintiffs

•University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association

2018 Compleat Lawyer Award
1998 Bronze Compleat Award

•Super Lawyers

2013-2018 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
Class action/mass torts: Plaintiff; Personal injury - general: plaintiff; Personal injury - products: plaintiff

•The National Trial Lawyers

2010 Top 100 Trial Lawyers: South Carolina

The Legal 500 United States

2007, 2009-2012, 2016, 2018 Dispute resolution - product liability, mass tort and class action - toxic tort - plaintiff
Although it endorses this lawyer, The Legal 500 United States is not a Motley Rice client.

•Benchmark Plaintiff

2014 Top 150 Women in Litigation list: South Carolina: mass tort/product liability - plaintiffs
2012-2014 South Carolina “Litigation Star”: mass tort/product liability - plaintiffs
2013 National “Litigation Star”: mass tort/product liability - plaintiffs

Related Content

Recent Blog Posts

May 22, 2018

Occupational safety resources for workers

by: Anne McGinness Kearse

April 4, 2017

Asbestos under Evaluation by EPA within new TSCA chemical regulations

by: Anne McGinness Kearse

November 16, 2016

Out with the Old and in with the New: Hazardous Chemicals Reform

by: Anne McGinness Kearse

Related News

September 27, 2018

Charleston, S.C., Mayor John Tecklenburg proclaims Mesothelioma Awareness Day

August 31, 2018

Paying tribute to one of country’s leading thoracic surgeons and mesothelioma expert, Dr. David Sugarbaker

July 27, 2018

Motley Rice a finalist in four “Elite Trial Lawyers” categories

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Asbestos Exposure
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Public Client
  • Toxic Exposure
  • Transportation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
843.216.9140  Phone
843.216.9450  Fax
University Attended:
Syracuse University, B.S., 1983
Law School Attended:
University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1998
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, District of South Carolina and the Southern District of West Virginia; District Of Columbia; South Carolina; West Virginia


•Public Justice Foundation, Board of Directors
•American Association for Justice, Chair - Committee on Asbestos Education
•American Bar Association
•South Carolina Association for Justice, Board of Governors
•Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
•Order of the Coif
•Order of the Wig and Robe
•John Belton O'Neal Inn of Court
•American Inns of Court, James L. Petigru Chapter

Reported Cases:
Casework: Exploding lithium-ion batteries: The benefits of lithium-ion batteries may come at a potentially deadly cost as they can be unstable and prone to overheating. If defective, these batteries may suddenly explode or burst into flames, endangering consumers.; South Carolina Asbestos Exposure: South Carolina has a rich industrial history, whether employing South Carolinians or generating economic growth. However, with such industrial work comes a heightened risk of asbestos exposure, a hidden danger that has tragically claimed thousands of lives throughout the state.; Opioid Litigation: The growing opioid epidemic crosses virtually all demographics, and with more than half a million related deaths recorded in the U.S. since 2015, the crisis has officially been declared a public health emergency.; Bus Passenger Injury Lawsuits: When regulations and safety measures are not followed, catastrophic bus accidents can occur, leaving passengers injured or even dead.; Tractor-Trailer Truck Accident Lawsuits: Accidents involving commercial trucks, semis, 18-wheelers or tractor-trailers are complex and devastating tragedies. Whether it is caused by a distracted driver or a truck not meeting regulations, it's important to know your rights.; Train Crash Lawsuits: The train industry impacts all Americans. Commuter trains transport people and cargo trains moving raw materials and consumer goods across the country. However, train crashes happen and can be devastating and fatal.; Exploding Electronic Cigarette (E-Cig) Lawsuits: Lithium-ion batteries in e-cigarettes have the potential to explode, potentially causing serious permanent injuries. The explosions have been reported to occur while the device is charging or during use, when a person is vaping.; Flavoring Chemical Lawsuits: Flavoring chemicals provide pleasant aromas and tastes to consumer products, but when inhaled by workers and consumers, they may cause serious lung diseases and in certain cases, may be fatal.; Vehicle Defect Lawsuits: Victims of car crashes are often unaware that a defective vehicle or component part may have contributed to or caused their accident.; Silica Exposure: Representing industry workers and miners exposed to high levels of silica dust, resulting in lung diseases such as silicosis and lung cancer.; Chemical Exposure and Contamination: Representing people and communities harmed by chemical and environmental contamination due to corporate negligence and poor environmental practices; Catastrophic Injuries related to GM Ignition Defects Recalls: GM vehicles with defective ignition parts have caused serious injuries and even deaths
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  • 4.7/5.0 (11 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 04/12/15 in Asbestos Litigation

    Anne is excellent in all areas. She is a joy to work with as well. She is highly professional and shows tremendous subject matter knowledge.

    Anne is excellent in all areas. She is a joy to work with as well. She is highly professional and shows tremendous subject matter knowledge. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Principal on 04/08/15 in Tort Liability

    Anne Kearse is an outstanding lawyer and should receive an AV rating.

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