About Me: Grace Gilchrist Knie
I am a practicing attorney in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I focus on representing Social Security disability claimants at all levels: prior to the initial claim, during the appeals process (both the reconsideration and hearing), and in further actions in federal court. I also handle Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims.
As a lawyer, I take my job as a legal representative and advocate seriously and conscientiously; in fact, I’ve been awarded an “AV” peer review rating by Martindale Hubbell for the highest level of professional skill and ethics. I am also a strong proponent of the legal profession: I am the former President and Executive Committeeman of the Spartanburg Bar Association and a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives. I am also a member and former board member of the South Carolina Association for Justice.
I am a proud graduate of Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina, where I received my B.A. in Public Affairs, magna cum laude. While in college, I made the Dean’s List and President’s List for all four years and was a Harry S. Truman Scholarship Finalist for South Carolina. In college, I served as President of the Student Senate and Vice President of the Student Government Association. I was the Chief Justice in the South Carolina Student Legislature and won the Best Legislation Award. I also worked as a Fellow for the Washington Center for Women’s Development and for the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington, D.C.
I received my law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, South Carolina. While in law school, I took an active role in school- and law-related activities: I served as the Chairperson for the Legislative Council and the Vice President of the Student Bar Association. I was also the President of the Women’s Law Association. On the national level, I became an active member of American Bar Association/Law Student Division (ABA/LSD) and the Outstanding Young Women of America.
Immediately following law school, I gained valuable legal and practical experience by clerking for the Honorable James B. Stephen, Circuit Judge of Spartanburg, South Carolina. I then worked as an associate for Bruce Foster, P.A., before embarking on my own solo practice as an attorney in 1992. In addition to my private practice, I have also served as a part-time City Prosecutor for the city of Spartanburg from 1995 to 2010.
- Former President of Spartanburg County Bar Association
- Former City Prosecutor, The City of Spartanburg for 15 years
- Former Member of the SC Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee
- Cinderella Committee Chairperson, Spartanburg County Bar
I am a compassionate, experienced, and knowledgeable Spatanburg Social Security disability lawyer who will work hard to get you the Social Security disability benefits you need. If you would like for me to evaluate your claim, give me a call or fill out the form on this page to schedule a free initial interview.
Grace Gilchrist Knie
South Carolina Social Security disability attorney