District Nine Councilmember

A. Peter Shahid, Jr. 

District Nine Councilmember and 2019 Mayor Pro Tempore, Peter Shahid, was elected to office November 2015 as the Charleston City Councilmember for District Nine. He is a practicing attorney in areas such as criminal defense, family law, and personal injury. He is married to Mary Shahid, a practicing environmental law attorney at Nexsen Pruet. They have three children together: Peter, James, and Julia. Councilmember Shahid graduated from the University of South Carolina, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1978, and the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1981. He is a native of Charleston and resides in West Ashley.


Councilmember Shahid has been a sole practitioner at the Shahid Law Office, LLC (1997 to current). He was appointed as an Associate Municipal Judge for the Town of Mt. Pleasant (1997 to 2006) and was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina (1988 to 1997). He was a partner in the law firm of Shahid and Taylor (1984 to 1988) and was an Assistant Public Defender, Charleston County (1981 to 1984). The following are some of Peter Shahid’s accomplishments:

  • Admissions to Practice in the following Courts:
    • U.S. Supreme Court - 2000
    • U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit - 1989
    • U.S. District Court - District of South Carolina -1984
    • State of South Carolina - 1981
  • Professional Associations
    • American Bar Association
    • Charleston County Bar Association Executive Committee
    • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Awards and Recognitions
    • South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Leadership in Law Honoree - 2016
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - 2014, 2015, and 2016
    • Who’s Who of American Students, USC - 1978
    • Who’s Who of American Students, USC School of Law - 1981
  • Clubs and Activities 
    • Florence Crittenton Executive Board (Past President)
    • Harleston Village Neighborhood Association (Past President)
    • Hibernian Society, Charleston, SC
    • Member of the Knights of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
    • Rotary Club of Charleston
    • University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association Co-Chairman
  • Standing Committees and Boards and Commission
    • Charleston 350th Celebration Committee, Chairman
    • Budget Committee
    • Public Safety Committee, Chairman
    • Public Works and Utilities Committee
    • Real Estate Committee, Chairman
    • Special Facilities Committee
    • West Ashley Revitalization Committee, Chairman

View or download a map of District 9, boundaries effective for November 7, 2023, City of Charleston municipal election.