Lauren Acquaviva

Lauren Acquaviva

The Acquaviva Law Firm, LLC
  • Family Law, Divorce, Tax Law ...
  • New Jersey, South Carolina
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A New Jersey native, Lauren graduated from Monmouth University in 2009 with a B.S. in Social Work. Immediately thereafter, Lauren moved to South Carolina to attend the University of South Carolina School of Law from where she graduated in 2012. During law school Lauren became a volunteer Guardian ad Litem in abuse and neglect cases and served as a volunteer GAL until 2019. Today, Lauren represents volunteer GALs in Berkeley County.

In September of 2012, shortly after graduating from law school, Lauren began working for the South Carolina Department of Revenue where she spent six years litigating alcohol licensing and tax matters on behalf of the Department. Lauren left the SCDOR in October 2018 to go into private practice with a small Mount Pleasant Law firm. In October 2019, Lauren opened The Acquaviva Law Firm, LLC so she could focus her efforts on alcohol licensing matters, state and local tax controversy, and family law (including DSS cases). Lauren became a certified Guardian ad Litem in February 2019 allowing her to serve as a GAL in private family court matters.

“I am a lawyer who runs a client-centered practice. Whether my client is an individual, a small business, or a large business, I tailor my representation to best fit the needs of that specific client. Every client’s issue is unique, and I pride myself on helping my clients resolve all their issues as civilly and efficiently as possible. I look forward to helping you navigate the legal system.” ~ Lauren

University of South Carolina School of Law
J.D. (2012) | Law
Honors: Recipient, Sherod H. Eadon Scholarship for Trial Advocacy
Activities: Vice Chair, American Bar Association Law Student Division Secretary, Student Bar Association Justice of External Affairs, Mock Trial Bar Competitor, Georgetown White Collar Crime Invitational Semi-finalist, USC Law Mock Trial Internal Competition Student Member, John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court
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Monmouth University
B.S. (2009) | Social Work
Honors: Graduated Summa Cum Laude Minored in Sociology and Gender Studies Member, Omicron Delta Kappa – National Leadership Honor Society Member, Alpha Delta Mu – Social Work Honor Society
Activities: Chief Justice, Student Government Association Philanthropy Chairperson, Alpha Xi Delta Sorority Study Abroad, Florence, Italy
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Professional Experience
Principal Attorney
The Acquaviva Law Firm, LLC
- Current
State and Local Tax Controversy Alcohol Licensing Family Law
Associate Attorney
Chillico & Associates, LLC
• Represented clients in family law matters, alcohol licensing matters, state and local tax matters, and some civil litigation matters • Prepared Complaints, Answers, Motions, Memoranda, Settlement Agreements, and Proposed Orders • Conducted discovery, including depositions and document review • Argued motions and tried cases in the Family Court, Court of Common Pleas, and Administrative Law Court • Worked with CPAs to help clients resolve tax issues • Assisted clients in resolving matters with the IRS • Served as a Guardian ad Litem in private family court matters
Counsel for Litigation
South Carolina Department of Revenue
• Prepared Department Determinations related to alcohol license application denials, alcohol license violations, income tax matters, sales tax matters, and property tax matters • Prepared motions, supporting memoranda, proposed orders, and settlement agreements • Conducted discovery, including depositions and document review • Represented the Department at contested case hearings before the Administrative Law Court • Prepared appellate briefs and represented the Department before the South Carolina appellate courts • Advised the alcohol licensing section regarding the application of the alcohol laws to various fact patterns • Worked with the State Law Enforcement Division in ensuring that the alcohol laws were properly enforced • Represented the State in select criminal tax matters
Guardian ad Litem
South Carolina State Bar
Professional Associations
South Carolina Bar  # 100528
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Charleston County Bar Association
- Current
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South Carolina Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Family Law Section Tax Law Section
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American Bar Association
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
New Jersey Courts
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South Carolina
South Carolina Bar
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
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Practice Areas
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Tax Law
Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Estate Tax Planning, Income Taxes, International Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Audits, Tax Planning
Gov & Administrative Law
Administrative Law, Election Law, Government Contracts, Government Finance, Legislative & Government Affairs
Additional Practice Area
  • Alcohol Licensing
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
The Acquaviva Law Firm, LLC
Contact & Map
The Acquaviva Law Firm, LLC
672 Marina Drive
Suite 101
Charleston, SC 29492
Telephone: (843) 216-7728
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 12 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: By appointment only.