Constance Anastopoulo is an experienced litigator who built on her courtroom successes to become a leading expert on insurance and ethics law. As a tenured Professor of Law Professor Anastopoulo teaches Torts, Ethics, and Insurance. Voted “Best Professor” by the Charleston School of Law students, Professor Anastopoulo’s commitment to a better South Carolina motivates her work with future lawyers and her work to improve ethics in politics in South Carolina. This breadth of experience and demonstrated success makes Prof. Anastopoulo uniquely qualified to be a great South Carolina Attorney General.
“I seek the position of Attorney General because the people of South Carolina deserve an Attorney General who, as the chief law enforcement officer of the state, enforces the law instead of interfering with the process.” She vows to work for the people of South Carolina and not for her own interests and to bring honor back the office of AG. One way Anastopoulo proposes to do that is by ensuring all civil and criminal actions under the Office’s authority are managed by a triple-check ethics system.
Prof. Anastopoulo will work to strengthen the enforcement of laws against domestic violence and will devote the Attorney General’s resources to deny domestic abusers access to guns. She will also work to enhance mental illness reporting, particularly in relation to limiting these individuals’ access to firearms. Using her experience as a litigator, she will take up the fight in the opioid epidemic to make drug manufacturers responsible for the devastation caused by their addictive drugs.
Early Life and Education
Constance Anastopoulo was born in Virginia to Greek immigrant parents. As a first generation American, she is proud of the example of hard work provided by her parents. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Economics and a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law where she earned her J.D. degree. Upon graduation, Prof. Anastopoulo received a prestigious grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to work with women in prison. This experience was formative in her commitment to serving those who often have no voice.
She joined the Charleston School of Law Faculty in 2007 teaching Evidence, Torts, Ethics, and Insurance Law. Prior to joining the Charleston School of Law faculty, Professor Anastopoulo served for fifteen years as a senior litigator in the civil litigation division of the Anastopoulo Law Firm, LLC, where she litigated numerous cases and managed the appellate practice for the firm, appearing before the S.C. Court of Appeals, the S.C. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Additionally, she served as Plaintiffs’ counsel in the seminal case In Re: OxyContin where she helped to represent hundreds of litigants in South Carolina whose lives had been impacted by addiction to opioids.
Professor Anastopoulo is a member of the S.C. Bar, the Charleston Bar Association, the S.C. Women Lawyers Assoc. and admitted to the S.C. Supreme Court, the S.C. Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. District Court, 4th Circuit.
In 2009, she authored the Amicus Curie Brief on behalf of the League of Women Voters of South Carolina in the case of Segars-Andrews v. Judicial Merit Selection Commission, et al., which received national attention. She has also published articles on Insurance Law, Torts, Privacy, and Ethics.
Professor Anastopoulo has been active in community service and has served on the Board of Directors of My Sister’s House, Inc., the Advisory Board of the Women and Gender Studies Program at the College of Charleston, as Vice President of the Charleston Area League of Women Voters, and is past president of Daughters of Penelope Philanthropy, which operates Penelope House, a shelter for women fleeing domestic abuse.
Prof. Anastopoulo has been married to her husband, Akim Anastopoulo, for 25 years and they have two daughters, ages 22 and 17.