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Russell D. Hilton

About me

As a private practitioner, criminal defense attorney, and former prosecutor, I am known throughout the legal community as a respected and effective attorney who has built up a wealth of knowledge and resources to handle your legal issues.  

I was born in the lowcountry of South Carolina and attended grade school in Moncks Corner, South Carolina.  After high school I received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Charleston Southern University where I then began a career at the Dorchester County Solicitor’s Office with then Solicitor Walter Bailey.  In 2005, I graduated law school at Mississippi College School of Law and continued at the Solicitor’s Office under Solicitor Robby Robbins.


While in law school, I was on law review, and moot court before graduating magna cum laude as one of the “top 5” of my graduating class.  After law school, I clerked for the law firm of Barnwell, Whaley, Patterson, and Helms on Daniel Island, South Carolina.  In 2005, I then continued my time at the Solicitor's Office as a prosecutor where I later became the Senior General Sessions Court prosecutor, prosecuting serious felony crimes.


After 8 years as a prosecutor and over 14 years experience with the court system, I entered into private practice establishing the law firm of Russell D. Hilton, Attorney at Law, LLC.  As a prosecutor, and now as private practitioner, I have handled thousands of cases and am prepared to handle yours.  


I look forward to helping you with your situation,


Russell Hilton


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
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  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
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  3. Wills & Living Wills: 5%
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  4. Estate Planning: 5%
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Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Chase Austin Elliott

    I endorse this lawyer, Russell is a top notch professional.


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  • Randall L. Charpia

    Russell is a long time practitioner in the area of criminal law. He was a well thought of prosecutor in his former career. He brings that same passion for justice to the defense side of the table. Russell is an aggressive advocate and is always prepared to go that extra mile for his clients. As a fellow criminal defense attorney, I do not hesitate to work with Russell on all manner of criminal cases from felonies to misdemeanors. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer.


    Randall Charpia Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Russell D. Hilton, Attorney At Law, LLC

104 South Pine Street
Summerville, SC, 29483

Russell D. Hilton, Attorney At Law, LLC

P.O. Box 233
Ridgeville, SC, 29472



SCGood Standing200511/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Service Appreciation AwardFirst Circuit Solicitor2013
10 year service awardDorchester County - SC2010
Magna cum laudeMississippi College School of Law2005
Rankin County Bar AwardRankin County Bar2004
Hearin Fellow ScholarshipMississippi College School of Law2004
Hearin Fellow ScholarshipMississippi College School of Law2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerRussell D. Hilton, Attorney at Law, LLC2013 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyDorchester County Solicitor's Office2005 - 2013
ClerkBarnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, LLC2003 - 2003
Assistant to Prof. Jeffrey Jackson (Insurance)Mississippi College School Of Law2003 - 2004
AssistantDorchester County Solicitor's Office1999 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar for South CarolinaAttorney Member2014 - Present
Dorchester County Bar AssociationVice President2014 - Present
Summerville Greater Chamber of CommerceMember2013 - Present
Berkeley County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2013 - Present
Cypress UMC CouncilChairperson2006 - 2014
Dorchester County Bar AssociationAttorney2005 - Present
South Carolina BarAttorney2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Donsurvi ChisolmSucessful
State v. Stephawn BrownSucessful
State v. Randall BentonSucessful
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mississippi College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Charleston Southern UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1999
Charleston Southern UniversityCriminal JusticeBS - Bachelor of Science1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Givhans Community Crime WatchCrime Prevention2013
Dorchester County Sheriff's OfficeLegals - Dorchester Sheriff's Office Cadet Training2013
Dorchester Children's CenterIntroduction to Testimony2013
Dorchester Children's CenterThe Forensic Interview at Trial2012
Dorchester Children's CenterRole as a forensic Interviewer – A prosecutor’s perspective2012
St. George RotaryThe Criminal Process2011