Meet Our Team
Meet the Team
Monier Abusaft - Attorney
Monier “Mo” Abusaft is a graduate of Wofford College and Vanderbilt University Law School. At Wofford, his interest in ministry led him to graduate Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. He was also awarded an ELI Fellowship, given to emerging leaders in ministry. Among Mo’s many activities during college, he was a summer missionary at Camp Cedine Ministries—being recognized as Cedine's Missionary of the Year in 2007. He also served as President of his beloved fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc., and was a member of the Wofford College Football team.
After earning his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt, he returned to Spartanburg to be State Circuit Court Judge J. Mark Hayes’s law clerk. Mo then joined the staff of then Chief Justice Costa Pleicones at the South Carolina Supreme Court. After leaving the office of the Chief Justice, Mo became a public defender in the 16th Circuit Public Defender’s Office before moving to the 7th Circuit Public Defender’s office in Spartanburg. In May 2020, Mo started the Law Office of Mo Abusaft where he serves criminal and personal injury clients.
Mo is the former President of the Spartanburg Branch of the NAACP and is the Branch’s current first Vice President. Along with his work with the NAACP, Mo is the Executive Director of Spartanburg Juneteenth Inc., a nonprofit organization responsible for Spartanburg Juneteenth—a festival celebrating the history and achievements of African Americans. He is also a graduate of the Spartanburg County Foundation’s Grassroots Leadership Development Institute, and a current participant in the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business Accelerator.
More than only being an attorney and activist, Mo is an entrepreneur. In 2018, he founded L.H. Turner Facility Services and Construction Co. with the mission of profitably providing exceptional facility services to sophisticated facility owners and builders throughout the Southeast. L.H. Turner has a 100% minority-work force and employees the previously incarcerated as well as those currently under judicial supervision, whether that be home detention or probation, without discrimination. Since March 2019, L.H. Turner has paid over $350,000 in wages into Spartanburg’s African American community.
Mo is committed to bringing positive change and influence to his community and is also currently running for Spartanburg County Council District 1.
On a more personal note, Mo is a competitive barbeque enthusiast who competes in multiple barbeque competitions a year. When not participating in these activities, he enjoys spending time with his family and church community at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.
On November 3rd, Mo was elected to represent Spartanburg County Council District 1 with 96 percent of the vote.
Deede Burgess - Chief of Staff
Deede Burgess is a lifelong resident of Spartanburg, South Carolina. She is the Chief of Staff at The Law Office of Monier “Mo”Abusaft and L.H. Turner Facility Services and Construction Co. in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Deede’s responsibilities include overseeing the daily operations, performing administrative tasks such as managing calendars, generating correspondence and maintaining hard and electronic files and to serve as a liaison between the staff and our CEO.
Deede’s previous work experience comes from her many years working at the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office under Solicitor Trey Gowdy and Solicitor Barry Barnette. She started out as an Administrative Assistant and then moved to the Solicitor’s Worthless Check Unit. Her last position in the Solicitor’s Office is where she found her passion. She worked with the Violence Against Women Team where she got to navigate through different channels of the court process and courtroom.
Deede has been married for 21 years and is a mother of 4 wonderful children and 1 grandson. She is also the General Manager for a local AAU Travel Basketball program, the SC Spiders, since 2014. In her spare time, she loves watching her oldest son play basketball and spending time with her family.