Harrison White, P.C. attorney Michael Gault understands that each of his clients consider their case to be the most important case on which he’s working, and he makes sure they receive the attention and support they deserve.
“When a client comes to the firm, it is often with one of the most difficult life experiences they will ever have,” says Gault. “I have the opportunity to calm their fears, understand their problem and help them find a solution.”
A native of the West Springs community of Union County, S.C., Gault graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. with a degree in government before working in the Washington, D.C. lobbying office of conservation organization Ducks Unlimited. During this time he assisted with the impact of the BP oil spill and was inspired to become an attorney. Gault returned to South Carolina and received his J.D. from the Charleston School of Law, going on to serve four years as assistant solicitor for the 16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. In this role Gault was responsible for the prosecution of General Sessions-level crimes ranging from property crime to attempted murder. As assistant solicitor he also worked closely with law enforcement during investigations.
Gault’s joining the law firm of Harrison White, P.C. in 2019 as a member of the firm’s civil litigation team was a homecoming of sorts; prior to working as assistant solicitor, Gault served as an attorney with the firm, then known as Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C.
“I’m pleased to be home at Harrison White,” says Gault. “This is a firm that works hard to improve the lives of our clients by offering integrity-driven, results-oriented legal services. I’m delighted to be a member of the team.”
Why did you become an attorney?
During college, I decided to take some government and political theory classes which really sparked my interest in politics. Shortly after graduating, I moved to Washington, D.C. for the summer and met many people who were involved in shaping our nation’s policy. A surprising number of those people were attorneys. I decided then that I would like to have the legal training and expertise that I saw from so many influential people in our nation’s capital and I left for Charleston Law just a few months later.
What do you like most about the law?
The things that I like most about the law have evolved over my career. Now, I have to say that I most enjoy helping people. When a client comes in, it is often with one of the most difficult life experiences they will ever have. I have the opportunity to calm their fears, understand the problem, and help find a solution. If I can guide a client through one of these valleys in life and bring them to a better place, I feel like I did my job.
Of all the firms in the Carolinas, why should someone come to Harrison White?
Harrison White is home to me. I had my first taste of the practice of law here as a runner and intern during the summers of college and law school and this was my first job as a “real” lawyer. I’ve experienced first-hand how much the lawyers in this firm care about each client and each case. During my time with this firm, I’ve also seen how much experience each attorney here has. Regardless of the practice area, you will find an attorney with the experience necessary to guide you through your case with unmatched skill. Harrison White also has the resources available to provide each client with representation like they may not see at other firms. From the attorneys to the support staff, clients can rest assured knowing that this firm will work each case diligently and that they will be updated and informed each step of the way.
What don’t people know about you?
I’m a former National Champion turkey caller.
South Carolina, 2013
U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.—B.A.
Charleston School of Law, Charleston, South Carolina—J.D.
Court Appointed Guardianship Program with the Charleston County Probate Court
Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) committee-Piedmont Branch
Spartanburg Young Professionals
1854 Wofford Scholarship
Kathleen George Memorial Scholarship at Wofford College
Watson-Brown Foundation Scholar at Wofford College
Wofford College Scholar
Charleston School of Law Criminal Law Society
Charleston School of Law Environmental Law Society
Past Employment Positions
16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office—Assistant Solicitor, 2015—2019
Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C.—Associate, 2013—2015
Ducks Unlimited—Governmental Affairs, 2010
Areas of Practice