Margie Pizarro is a native of Walterboro, South Carolina. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clemson University in 1991 and a Master of Education in Divergent Learning from Columbia College in 2002. Margie spent 12 years as an educator in the Greenville County School District before enrolling at the Charleston of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate as a member of the first graduating class in 2007.
After graduating from Charleston Law, Margie joined the law firm of Savage & Savage, P.A., in Charleston, where she worked on high profile criminal matters under the tutelage of Andy Savage.
In September 2008, Margie took a giant leap of faith and formed the Pizarro Law Firm, LLC, located in historic downtown Summerville. Margie believes that by starting her own practice, she could be more effective in helping clients deal with a wide variety of legal issues as the Pizarro Law Firm is a general litigation firm focusing on matters including Family Law, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Estate Law, and Medical Malpractice. Since opening its doors, Margie has represented clients in all state and federal courts, and she has helped them successfully navigate their legal issues. Margie’s practice has also taken her to California where she has supported the litigation in celebrity and high asset family court cases. Margie is truly realizing her passion for helping clients at all levels of litigation and also in securing and protecting their rights.
Margie is a member of the American Bar Association, the Charleston County Bar Association, and the Dorchester County Bar Association. She is licensed to practice in all South Carolina State and Federal Courts and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
She has numerous board memberships and accolades including:
Member, James L. Petigru Inn of Court
Board of Visitors, Columbia College (SC)
Planning Commissioner, Town of Summerville
Member, Executive Committee Charleston County Bar Association
Summerville Journal Scene, Women to Watch, Winner 2013
Charleston Regional Business Journal, 40 Under 40 Winner 2007
Member, Board of Directors, Dorchester County Habitat for Humanity
Past Member, Board of Directors, YESCarolina, youth entrepreneurship program
Past Member, Board of Director Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
Host, Lowcountry Spotlight, original local television show on WCLN-HD
Participant, South Texas College of Law Family Court Trial School 2011 and 2012
Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Incorporated
Member, Charleston (S.C.) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated
Participant, South Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy
Margie is married to Laurentiis M. Gaines, Sr. Their wonderfully blended family consisting of two daughters and five sons keeps them quite busy.