Schreck, Gordon D.


Gordon D. Schreck joins the Charleston School of Law faculty in 2013, bringing to the law school’s maritime program the benefit of some 44 years of private practice as an admiralty lawyer. A distinguished member of the nation’s admiralty bar, Schreck will continue as a Senior Partner and member of the Admiralty and Maritime Practice Group at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, one of the largest regional law firms in the country, with over 550 lawyers in 14 offices.

Schreck began his practice following his graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1969, joining the Charleston law firm of Buist Moore Smythe McGee. He was instrumental in the growth of that firm’s traditional admiralty law practice, as the Port of Charleston grew to be one of the leading container ports in the U.S. He became an equity partner at Womble Carlyle upon that firm’s merger with Buist Moore in May, 2011.

Schreck’s stature in the admiralty bar is evidenced by his list of career accomplishments. He has served both as a committee chair and a director of the Maritime Law Association of the U.S., and currently sits on its nominating committee. He served as Chairman of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute in 1983. He, along with Professor Bridwell, is a founding member of the law school’s Charleston Maritime Law Institute, and was instrumental in bringing together the Institute’s board of advisors, which he continues to chair.

Schreck is a member of both the South Carolina and Virginia Bars, and of the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits. He has been a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference since 2002.

Schreck serves as an Associate Editor of American Maritime Cases, the official court reporter for published maritime cases in the United States. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 25 years, in South Carolina Super Lawyers since its inception, and he is currently recognized in Chambers USA in the field of shipping law. He is a frequent lecturer and speaker on maritime law, including recent presentations at:

  • The 2nd Annual Forum on Maritime Claims & Litigation (Feb. 2013, Houston, TX);
  • The 84th Annual Conference of the Association of Transportation Law Professionals (June 2013, Atlantic Beach, FL)

Schreck is active in a number of maritime industry organizations. He is a member and past-president of the Propeller Club of Charleston, a member and past chairman of the Maritime Association of South Carolina, and a steering committee member of World Trade Center Charleston. He also serves on the U.S. Coast Guard’s Charleston Area Maritime Security Committee, a position requiring a national security clearance.

Schreck will share his knowledge and many years of practical legal experience with students in both the J.D. and LL.M. programs, with a particular emphasis on modern intermodal transportation law, an area in which he has specialized in recent years, representing virtually all of the world’s major containership operators calling at the Port of Charleston.


LL.B, University of Virginia School of Law; Rockefeller Brothers “Trial Year” Fellowship, Princeton Theological Seminary; B.A., Hampden-Sydney College

Contact Info

Office: Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, 5 Exchange Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843.720.4605
Education: LL.B, University of Virginia School of Law; Rockefeller Brothers “Trial Year” Fellowship, Princeton Theological Seminary; B.A., Hampden-Sydney College