Imani Nicole Newborn is a senior associate attorney with the Gist Law Firm, P.A., who practices in the areas of labor and employment law, family law, and personal injury litigation. Prior to joining the Gist Law Firm, Imani Newborn practiced as an employment and education attorney, who primarily advised and defended school districts, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, and other governmental entities. In this capacity, she advised her governmental clients on various personnel, contractual, procurement, educational, and regulatory matters, and also handled various administrative hearings before the South Carolina Department of Education, and other administrative agencies, as well as litigation in both state and federal courts.
Fortunately, Ms. Newborn has seen the metaphorical ‘light,’ and based on her previous experience as a defense attorney/outside counsel, she understands the plight of the Plaintiff. As a Plaintiff’s attorney with the Gist Law Firm, she now utilizes her unique perspective gained through her service as outside counsel to various governmental entities to skillfully counsel her clients and prosecute claims to protect and defend her client’s constitutional, statutory and contractual rights. Her practice currently focuses on contractual disputes and employment litigation within state and federal courts involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, the South Carolina Human Affairs Law, and other anti-discrimination laws.
Imani Newborn began her legal career clerking for the Honorable DeAndrea Gist Benjamin of the South Carolina Circuit Court for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, after graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2014, with a concentration in Children’s Law. While in law school, she participated in the Moot Court Bar, Mock Trial Bar, Law Ambassadors, Black Law Student Association and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. As an advocate of community and public service, Ms. Newborn actively participated in the University of South Carolina School of Law’s Pro Bono Board, and the Child Protection Advocacy Clinic.
She is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics, for which she studied both Spanish and Arabic. In her spare time, she devotes her efforts to mentoring and assisting the children and youth in her community, by serving as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program, and a young adult ministry coordinator at her church. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, and the South Carolina Black Lawyers Association.