Hopeful Horizons has hired a new attorney to lead the organization's legal team: Kimberly McFann.
Prior to joining Hopeful Horizons, Kimberly maintained a private practice and represented staff and numerous volunteer Guardians ad Litem in Neglect and Abuse cases involving children and cases involving vulnerable adults, primarily in Charleston County and Colleton County, as well as other 14th Judicial Circuit counties.
Kimberly was raised in Stillwater, Minnesota, a historic river town and the home of the state prison. She was on the debate and international affairs teams in High School. She attended the University of Minnesota at the Minneapolis/Saint Paul campus and earned her B.A. in Classical Civilization in 1980, and accordingly had to go to Law School in order to one day get a job! Kimberly attended Emory University in the Atlanta, Georgia area and met and married her first husband while there. She moved to South Florida with him and finished her law degree with credits from Nova Southeastern University, and her Emory University J.D. was conferred in 1985.
Kimberly was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1986, and has practiced law in large and small firm settings since that time. Her legal experience is wide ranging: family law, criminal defense, personal injury law, business and commercial litigation, ADA litigation, probate litigation, insurance defense are all among her practice areas over the last 35 years. She served in many state and local bar leadership roles while in Florida, and is a past president of the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association (n/k/a The Broward Justice Unit).
Kimberly came to South Carolina in the fall of 2014 and thereafter made South Carolina her primary home. She passed the South Carolina Bar Exam and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2016. Prior to joining the Hopeful Horizon’s Team, Kimberly maintained a private practice and represented staff and numerous volunteer Guardians ad Litem in Neglect and Abuse cases involving children and cases involving vulnerable adults, primarily in Charleston County and Colleton County, as well as other 14th Judicial Circuit Counties. Kimberly sits on the City of Beaufort’s Design Review Board and has done so since 2018.
Kimberly and her late, second husband (and their wonderful mother) have been blessed with three stepdaughters to Kimberly, three wonderful sons-in-law and five grandchildren. Kimberly is an avid gardener and regularly volunteers with the Lowcountry Master Gardeners Association at their information table at the Port Royal Farmer’s Market and otherwise. She is looking forward to organizing their fall Scarecrow contest this year (skipped last fall due to the pandemic). She also likes to work on home improvement projects in her spare time. She is an animal lover and recently adopted two kittens, now three months old, Rebel and Rowdy McFann.
Kimberly is looking forward to her new venture as a part of the Hopeful Horizons team and appreciates the important work everyone is doing at Hopeful Horizons.