The late Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said, “If you want to be a true professional, do something outside of yourself.” Fatima knows that in order to serve others you must not only be able to step into their shoes but wear those same shoes when the road gets rugged. She learned at an early age what it means to give graciously, serve with purpose, and stand with resilience.
A native of Allendale, South Carolina, Fatima saw firsthand what it meant to lean on community and lift others as you lead. An ardent learner and naturally inquisitive child, she was always looking to break the barriers and limits placed on small, rural communities. For her, it was innate that she go against the grain, challenge conventional ideologies, and build a legacy for herself and others. After high school, Fatima enrolled at Columbia College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science in 2007. Longing to continue her pursuit of becoming an attorney, she furthered her education and graduated from the Charleston School of Law in 2010.
Fatima immediately began her career as an advocate for the injured. In 2015, she joined The Eichholz Law Firm. Remembering daily what it was like to be a survivor of a car crash with lasting personal injuries, she understood the concerns and needs of the injured. Always rooting for the underdog, Fatima takes a personal approach to communicating with clients. From start to finish, she believes in being a reliable source of help and hope for everyone she serves. This approach to relationships and client care earned her the role of Managing Partner just two years after joining the firm.
Fatima’s distinctions include the 2019 Columbia College Alumna of the Year award, Super Lawyers Rising Star Award (five consecutive years: 2018–2022), Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association, and Top 40 Under 40 for National Black Lawyers. She earned a lifetime membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum: an appointment limited to lawyers who have obtained multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of their clients, and an esteem limited to less than 1% of lawyers in the United States. She is also a member of the South Carolina and Georgia Bar Associations, American Bar Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and American Association for Justice. Fatima has recovered over $20 million in combined settlements and verdicts for her clients and their families. From automobile accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, personal injury law, to slip and fall injuries, Fatima fights with grit and fortitude to get clients everything they are owed.
Understanding that the greatest act of service is through charity to others, Fatima remains a faithful advocate for communities and nonprofits. “Whether it is a ten dollars or ten minutes of your time, you can be a philanthropist,” Fatima believes. In 2021, she was named to the South Carolina Pro Bono Honor Roll by the South Carolina Supreme Court for her commitment to volunteering her legal services.
Fatima resides near Savannah, Georgia with her husband, Stephen, and daughters, Jaidyn and Victoria. When she is not engaging in legal action for her clients, you may find Fatima binging on her favorite Netflix shows, waiting on unnecessary Amazon deliveries, or planning her next travel escape.