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The following list was determined using a number of factors including both objective and subjective criteria. Lawyers were selected based on their career accomplishments, high profile and famous cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications. This list represents some of the most highly accomplished lawyers currently practicing in South Carolina.

When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • It is difficult to compare lawyers who practice in different areas of the law.
  • It is impossible to accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing law (but our list comes close).
 
John W. Molony
DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Charleston, SC
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Timothy Clay Kulp
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Charleston, SC
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Steve Wayne Sumner
DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Greenville, SC
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Christopher Wayne Adams
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Charleston, SC
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Laura E Martin
Immigration Lawyer
Greenville, SC
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Nathan Hughey
Personal Injury and Motor Vehicle Accidents Lawyer
Mount Pleasant, SC
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Leland Michael Malchow
Personal Injury and Motor Vehicle Accidents Lawyer
Beaufort, SC
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C. Andrew Carroll
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Charleston, SC
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Dirk J. Derrick
Personal Injury Lawyer
Conway, SC
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Jacob Born
Personal Injury and Motor Vehicle Accidents Lawyer
Columbia, SC
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Robert J. Reeves
Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer
Fort Mill, SC
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E. Powers Price
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Greenville, SC
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South Carolina Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

South Carolina Bar - Initially, the South Carolina Bar was a voluntary association founded in 1884 until the South Carolina Supreme Court created the South Carolina State Bar in 1968, and the two combined in 1975. The South Carolina Bar is the administrative arm for the practice of law in the state. The bar strives to improve the administration of justice, set high standards of professional conduct, promote high-quality legal education, and provide programs designed to create an atmosphere of trust between the public and the legal profession.
SCACDL - South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - The South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL) was founded in 1992. The SCACDL is committed to the fair administration of criminal justice and the defense of individuals accused of crime in South Carolina. Members of the organization include private attorneys and public defenders in both federal and state courts. The SCACDL advocates for the profession of criminal defense and sponsors Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars throughout the year.
SCAJ - South Carolina Association for Justice - The SCAJ is a nonprofit professional association of attorneys who represent plaintiffs in personal injury and other civil cases throughout South Carolina The organization provides networking opportunities and educational resources to its members including Continuing Legal Education (CLE) events. The South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) advocates for fair access to the civil justice system in South Carolina and the Constitutional right to a civil jury trial.

State Bar of South Carolina Board of Legal Specialization (SCSCCCS)

South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on CLE and Specialization - The Supreme Court of South Carolina Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization has jurisdiction over the certification of attorneys as specialists in certain practice areas. The Commission has currently created four different specialty areas for which it may certify lawyers. The 12 members of the Commission are appointed by the Supreme Court of South Carolina. Those members have the power to choose new areas for certification. any attorney, other than patent attorneys and proctors in admiralty, not certified under the Commission's rules may not use the words "certified," "specialist," "expert" or "authority" in any advertisement or public statement.

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Law Schools in South Carolina

Charleston School of Law - Charleston Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 2003, Charleston School of Law is a Private school with approximately 612 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
University of South Carolina School of Law - University of South Carolina School of Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Columbia, South Carolina. Founded in 1867, University of South Carolina School of Law is a Public school with approximately 633 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.

South Carolina Government and Court Resources

Office of Indigent Defense of South Carolina

Office of Indigent Defense of South Carolina - The Office of Indigent Defense in South Carolina is a state agency that provides legal representation to indigent adults and juveniles. The agency's mission involves providing legal representation for indigent defendants in criminal cases, as well as overseeing payments to court-appointed attorneys in Family Courts. The Office of Indigent Defense establishes criteria for indigence, guidelines for court-appointed attorneys, administers funding and supervises training programs for public defenders

South Carolina Attorney General's Office

South Carolina Attorney General's Office - The South Carolina Attorney General's Office, led by the Attorney General elected by the people, serves as the chief legal advisor for the state. This office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing South Carolina in legal matters, and overseeing law enforcement. The Attorney General plays a pivotal role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a diverse range of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce

South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce - The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (SC DEW) manages a range of responsibilities aimed at supporting employment opportunities, administering unemployment benefits, and fostering workforce development within the state. Its primary duties include overseeing unemployment insurance benefits, providing financial assistance to eligible individuals during periods of job loss or reduced work hours. Additionally, SC DEW focuses on workforce development initiatives, offering job training programs, career counseling, and employment services to enhance job opportunities and skills for South Carolina's workforce.

South Carolina Department of Social Services

South Carolina Department of Social Services - The South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) is responsible for managing various social service programs aimed at supporting vulnerable individuals and families across the state. SCDSS oversees child welfare services, including child protective services, foster care, and adoption programs, working to ensure the safety and well-being of children. Additionally, SCDSS offers adult protective services, services for individuals with disabilities, and initiatives to promote self-sufficiency and family stability, striving to improve the quality of life for citizens of South Carolina facing challenging circumstances.

South Carolina Judicial Branch

South Carolina Judicial Branch - The South Carolina Judicial Branch is responsible for ensuring the administration of justice within the state. Its duties encompass interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, safeguarding individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters such as divorce and child custody. South Carolina's judiciary also plays a significant role in addressing legal challenges specific to the state, including matters related to its historic heritage.

South Carolina Legislature

South Carolina Legislature - The South Carolina Legislature operates under a bicameral system, comprising the South Carolina Senate and the South Carolina House of Representatives. The Senate has 46 members serving four-year terms, while the House consists of 124 members serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and public safety.

Supreme Court of South Carolina

Supreme Court of South Carolina - The Supreme Court of South Carolina acts as the highest appellate court in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law. Its primary duty involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the correct interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court hears a wide range of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, setting legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners across South Carolina. Additionally, the Supreme Court of South Carolina oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

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