Family Law Attorney & Animal Law Advocate
Mary Ann is a transplant from New York State who concentrates in Family Law and Animal Law. After earning an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology she obtained her New York State license in Veterinary Technology. She worked in biomedical research at The Rockefeller University and Cornell Medical College/New York Hospital in the 1980’s. After years in the workforce, she returned to college to complete her undergraduate degree, graduating cum laude, from SUNY Albany. While attending law school, Mary Ann continued to work as a Veterinary Technician in both a general practice and emergency practice.
Over 20 Years of Experience
In 1993 she graduated from Albany Law School and relocated to Charleston, South Carolina. She has been licensed to practice law since 1994 and has been actively engaged in practice since that time. Mary Ann began her career as a solo practitioner and resumed solo practice upon leaving the law firm of Rosen, Rosen & Hagood. In 2016 she and Jessica L. Means joined their respective practices to form Hall & Means, LLC.
She is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina and the State of South Carolina. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar and the Charleston County Bar. She is a member and past Director of the South Carolina Women Lawyer’s Association. She is a member of the Animal Law Committee of the South Carolina Bar.
An Active Member of the Community
Mary Ann devotes considerable time to pro-bono activities. She is current Chair of the Board at Origin, Inc., a non-profit which works on both housing and mental health issues. She is also a Board member of MUSC’s IACUC committee, reviewing research protocols which utilize animals as research models. In her leisure time, she breeds, trains and shows Weimaraners in quail hunting, retrieving, tracking, obedience and conformation events. She is an American Kennel Club Hunt Test Judge for Pointing Breeds and an owner of Hallmar Weimaraners.