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Luke A. Shealey

Criminal defense Attorney at Columbia, SC

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State SC
    Acquired 2006
    Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Luke

Learn Luke’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Specializing in DUI and Violent crimes to include murder and all assaults. Experienced self-defense lawyer

    17 years, 8,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Restoring client's driving privileges and advocating vigorously for those charged with DUI.

    250 cases

  3. Personal injury
    Representing clients in all injury claims, including car wrecks, trucking accidents, wrongful death.

    11 years, 75 cases


Luke Shealey graduated from The University of South Carolina with a B.A. in 2001. After clerking for two years at a major Columbia law firm Luke decided to pursue the practice of law. Mr. Shealey graduated law school in Boston, Massachusetts from the New England School of law. While there he was elected to the Student Bar Association and invited to write for one of the school’s several journals.


In 2006 Luke moved back to Columbia, SC and began working as an Assistant Public Defender, where he would diligently represent indigent clients on criminal cases for almost seven years. Mr. Shealey was a tireless advocate for his clients, and for the majority of his time as a public defender he represented only the most serious crimes. Mr. Shealey has taken countless cases to trial with exceptional results, earning an uncanny amount of not guilty verdicts to include murder, all levels of assault, domestic violence, kidnapping and driving under the influence cases. Luke was a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, GA in 2008, and in 2012 he taught trial advocacy to the inaugural class of the South Carolina Defense College. In 2013 Mr. Shealey was appointed to his first death penalty case. He and the other team members were tasked with literally trying to save this man from execution by the State of South Carolina. In 2015 Mr. Shealey and the other members of the team were able to secure a life sentence for their client. Mr. Shealey has trained in the Colorado Method of Captial Voir Dire at the Colorado School of Law and also in death penalty defense at the Santa Clara University School of Law. Mr. Shealey is a member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and active within his community. Mr. Shealey strives to provide powerful representation, and his vast courtroom experience allows him to achieve maximum results for his clients.



Mr. Shealey is admitted to practice in all South Carolina State and Federal Courts. 


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The Shealey Law Firm, LLC
2008 Lincoln St
Columbia, SC, 29201-2004


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2015
Personable and Effective
I had the smoothest experience with Luke Shealey. I really appreciated him fitting me into his schedule at the last minute, and he handled my case efficiently and thoroughly. He was incredibly responsive to my concerns and always available by email or phone. As a result of his work, my matter was resolved quickly and painlessly. I would recommend Luke Shealey to anyone in need of legal assistance.
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Response from Luke Shealey March 23, 2015
My pleasure. Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by Amanda | March 20, 2015
amazing experience!
I was a client of Mr. Luke Shealeys. I had an amazing experience working with him. Mr. Shealey did not let me down. I highly recomend Mr. Shealey!
Response from Luke Shealey March 23, 2015
Thank you Amanda, anytime.
Posted by Cassandra | November 19, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Luke Shealey and Mikaela Andrews are incredible to work with! Both are professional, courteous, knowledgeable, and genuine. Their advice and support accompanied by their kindness make them THE BEST in the business. They are 100% client-centered! In my years of experience working with legal representation, I can attest that you cannot go wrong in consulting The Shealey Law Firm. I fully recommend Luke and Mikaela without reservation. Thanks again for your hard work!
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Posted by James | April 22, 2015
Best of the Best!
Mr. Luke A. Shealey is a very professional lawyer that not only works hard for his clients but also cares about you. He will provide you with a free consult to hear your side and then give you his advise of what he will do if you hire him. I must say he went above and beyond then what I expected. The day after I had my free consult, I was going to go pay the money to hire him as my attorney. That morning the cops showed up at my house and arrested me for due to warrant for my arrest CDV. My wife called and got in touch with him on my behalf. I was out that afternoon on a PR bond and the automatic 30 day no contact was waived by the judge. This is rare to happen and all everyone in the jail was surprised. The case was dismissed today and the charges will be removed off my record.
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Response from Luke Shealey April 23, 2015
I'm so honored to hvae helped you get this misunderstanding behind you. Stay in touch.


  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Shealey Law Firm
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Richland County Public Defender
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Clerk
  • Boston Transportation Authority
  • 2005 - 2006


  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Death Penalty College
  • 2014
  • University of Colorado School of Law
  • Death Penalty jury selection
  • 2014
  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
  • Certificate
  • 2010
  • New England School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • The University of South Carolina
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Hughes
  • Dismissed
  • State v. Anthony
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. Williams
  • Dismissed
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  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2014 - Present
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 10 in Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
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  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Cutting Edge Voir Dire and Cross Examination Strategies
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • South Carolina Criminal Defense Strategies
  • Jury Selection and Cross Examination Strategies
  • 2016
  • Gun Law in South Carolina
  • Protections of Persons and Property Act
  • 2016
  • Public Defender Conference
  • Stand Your Ground Immunity in SC
  • 2015
  • South Carolina Defense College
  • Trial Techniques.
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (8)
Endorse Luke
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Luke is a very competent in the field of criminal law, and anyone that I have ever referred to him has been truly impressed. Well experienced and attentive."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Luke is an excellent attorney. He is one of the preeminent criminal defense lawyers in our state. I have watched him in many trials and I have watched him win most of those. Luke is well respected both amongst his clients and his peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Luke is a sharp and talented litigator and truly a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom. He fights vigorously for the legal rights of all his clients no matter what their circumstances are. His passion for serving ordinary citizens is readily apparent to anyone who comes into contact with him. People who are lucky enough to have Luke as their attorney can rest easy knowing that he will treat their legal problems as if they were his own."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Luke is a zealous and compassionate advocate along with being truly talented in the courtroom. His trial skills consistently lead to favorable results for his clients. I highly recommend Luke and the Shealey Law Firm."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Luke is an extremely professional, passionate and effective advocate for people facing criminal prosecution. His dedication to his clients and commitment to protecting their rights sets him, and the Shealey Law Firm apart from others. For personal service and professional results, there is no one netter in the Midlands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer in the area of criminal defense!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Luke A. Shealey is a phenomenal lawyer. He's the perfect mix of hard-earned experience, natural talent, and youthful energy. You'd be hard-pressed to find an attorney that has achieved so many Not Guilty verdicts before the age of 40. He has had successes in every criminal defense field: from DUIs to murder cases. As a lawyer myself, I've had the opportunity to work with him and observe him up close for 8 years. Mr. Shealey's passion for his work is only surpassed by his love and dedication to his clients. Luke and his law partner, brother Brian Shealey, are a perfect team. If I personally had a friend or family member in trouble, The Shealey Law Firm is one of the select few firms I would call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Luke Shealey is not only a brilliant attorney, but has genuine concern for his clients. Luke goes above and beyond to prepare cases and is held in high regard by his colleagues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent. Someone I would call if I needed legal help."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Luke is meticulous in his preparation, which has resulted in very favorable results for his clients. He is a very fine lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have personally witnessed the Shealeys try several cases and I've never seen two lawyers who are so caring when it comes to their clients while being so tough on the opposition. I would recommend them to anyone who needs serious legal help, big or small."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. An excellent and knowledgeable attorney who really cares about clients."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A zealous advocate for his clients in and out of the courtroom. Regardless of your situation, he will provide sound advice and make you feel as comfortable as possible with the legal environment. I believe he has a fantastic courtroom demeanor and is extremely effective in trial. I would recommend his services to anybody without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Luke Shealey is well respected in the legal community. He is known for his tremendous courtroom skills and as a very strong advocate for his clients. Any/every client would be lucky to have his representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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