Stinson Woodward Ferguson

Special Counsel  |  Greenville

Meet Stinson

Stinson Ferguson practices in the areas of environmental law and construction and utility litigation.

Stinson’s environmental practice includes permitting disputes and enforcement, real estate transactions, solar legislation and development, brownfield redevelopment, landfills, underground storage tanks, unregulated chemicals and water quality standards.

She has worked in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector, advising clients on state and federal incentives and litigating regulatory matters before the state utilities commission.

Stinson worked as an associate at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd from 2012-2015. She advised and represented construction and utility companies, lending institutions and healthcare providers on environmental matters, collections management and construction, utility and commercial dispute litigation.

Other professional experience includes serving as the South Carolina Energy Staff Attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center in Charleston where Stinson concentrated on public utility commission litigation and environmental justice, community collaboration and stakeholder engagement surrounding energy and water law and policy issues. She was the Director of the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Program and worked for the SC Environmental Law Project in Pawleys Island.

She served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Kristi L. Harrington, South Carolina Circuit Court, Ninth Judicial Circuit.

  • Vermont Law School, LL.M., Environmental Law, summa cum laude, 2012
  • University of Georgia, J.D., 2010
  • Converse College, B.A., magna cum laude, 2007
  • South Carolina, 2010
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, South Carolina, 2012
Honors and Awards
  • Greenville Business Magazine "Legal Elite of the Upstate" Environmental Law 2020 and Energy & Utilities Law 2020
  • Recognized by 107.3 JAMZ and Absolute Total Care as an Upstate Black History Maker 2018
  • Rotary Club of Greenville, Rotarian of the Year 2016
  • Black History on The Block (96.3/104.5 FM Radio Station) Honoree 2016
  • Converse College 125 Outstanding Alumnae Award Recipient 2014
  • Lawyers of Color Inc.’s “Hot List” of 100 minority attorneys under 40-years-old from the Southern Region 2014
Professional and Civic Activities
  • Greenville Green Ribbon Advisory Committee (2020-Present)
  • Ten at The Top, Board of Directors (2021-Present), Co-Chair of Creating a Safer Upstate Committee (2020-Present)
  • United Way of the Piedmont, Allocations Committee (2020-Present)
  • South Carolina Bar Leadership Academy, Graduate (2015), Alumni Planning Committee (2017-Present)
  • James L. Petigru American Inn of Court
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, Judicial Election Taskforce (2018-Present)
  • Greenville County Bar Association
  • Spartanburg County Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Converse College Alumnae Association, former Board Member
  • Rotary Club of Greenville, former Board Member
  • Upstate Mediation Center, former Vice-Chair
  • Warehouse Theatre, former Board Member
  • Lead Academy Charter School, former Board Member
  • Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Opportunity Greenville, former Board Member
  • Greenville Housing Authority, former Board Commissioner and former Vice-Chair
  • South Carolina Bar House of Delegates, former Thirteenth and Seventh Judicial Circuit Representative
  • South Carolina Bar Diversity Committee, Inaugural Chair 2017 
  • South Carolina Bar Judicial Qualifications Committee of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, former Subcommittee Chair  
  • South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division, former Upstate Coordinator of the Special Olympics Committee
  • Greenville Health System Medical Scholars Program, Graduate 2017
  • Women’s Leadership Institute of Furman University, Graduate 2015 
  • Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative, Upstate Class XVII 
  • Haynsworth-Perry American Inn of Court, Member (2012-2018)
Presentations and Publications
  • “Career Tips for a Shifting Legal Market” (Panelist), Greenville County Bar Association Virtual Summer Associate Program, July 22, 2020
  • “Beyond Recruiting Talent - Elevating Professionalism” (Panelist), Ten at the Top, Spartanburg County Workshop, October 2019
  • “C-Suite Sessions: Building Exceptional Boards” (Moderator), Clemson University Center for Corporate Learning, September 2019
  • Detour or Destination? South Carolina Attorneys Thriving in Nontraditional Careers,” SC Lawyer, May 2019
  • “Back-to-Local: Honey, Money and Sweet Success in the Carolinas,“ American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, February 2018
  • “Serving as a Pro Bono Attorney to Disaster Survivors: The Call After the Storm,” SC Lawyer, January 2018