Marian Williams Scalise is a shareholder of Richardson Plowden in the Myrtle Beach office. She focuses her practice on medical malpractice, professional malpractice, and insurance defense. She defends hospitals, physicians, surgeons, chiropractors, dental specialists, nurses, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. Mrs. Scalise is Richardson Plowden’s first female shareholder and is a third-generation lawyer.

Mrs. Scalise’s experience includes:

  • Defending healthcare institutions and individuals in major medical malpractice and nursing home defense claims 
  • Insurance defense for medical malpractice cases 
  • Providing legal risk management and growth strategy development for healthcare institutions

Pro Bono/Community Involvement

  • Advisory Board Chairman, Bethany Christian Services
  • Participant, American Leadership Forum, Waccamaw Chapter
  • Member, Chairman of the Personnel Committee, Nominating Committee, the Teaching-Learning Center, and the Social Committee, Ocean View Baptist Church


  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator by the South Carolina Supreme Court
  • Diplomat, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys: Medical Malpractice

Scholarly Lectures and Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “What Plaintiff Attorneys Hope to Find in Your Medical Record,” Horry County Medical Office Managers Society, September 2008
  • Speaker, “Documentation in the Electronic Medical Record: Impact on Medical Legal Risk,” Florence County Medical Society, January 2015
  • Presenter, “Gatekeeper or Grim Reaper: Daubert Challenges – Motion Strategy and Expert Testimony,” It’s All A Game: Top Trial Lawyers Tackle Evidence, South Carolina Bar CLE 2015

Awards, Honors, and Accolades

  • 2023 and 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” for Medical Malpractice Defense in the area of Charleston, S.C., by Best Lawyers in America
  • 2024-2016, Listed in Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Rated AV Preeminent® for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell 
  • 2024-2013 South Carolina Super Lawyer for Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice 
  • Order of the Wig and Robe 
  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Real Estate Transactions

Practice Areas


College of Charleston (B.S., cum laude, 1991)

University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 1994)

Bar Admission

1994, South Carolina

U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court