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Victor K. Li

Criminal defense Attorney at Columbia, SC

5.0   24 reviews

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About Victor

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Victor Li is a native of the Pee Dee.  He grew up in Cheraw, South Carolina and attended Cheraw High School until his sophomore year when he was accepted to the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.  Victor is an avid gamer and enjoys competing in Scrabble, Poker and Chess.  

 

Victor graduated from Clemson University in 1999 with a B.S. in Chemistry and from there  attended the University of South Carolina School of Law.  After graduating from law school in 2003, Victor postponed taking the bar in pursuit of opening Northstar Learning Center, a tutoring center focused on helping underprivileged children in the Midlands.  

 

In 2008, Victor began his legal career in the Fifth Judicial Circuit working as a prosecutor for then Solicitor Barney Giese.  Although Victor was grateful for his first opportunity to practice law in the State of South Carolina, he quickly realized that his passion was defending and helping the people in his community.  Since 2009, Victor has been protecting and defending the constitutional rights of those who are accused of drug charges, DUI, and other violent crimes.  

 

 “I believe that honesty and transparency are the best ways to cultivate a strong attorney-client relationship.  Once you have retained me for the entirety of your case, you will be provided with my personal cell phone number to ensure easy and direct communication between client and attorney, not between office staff and client.”

 

 

In 2014, Victor was instrumental in reforming the City of Columbia Police Department’s drug lab.  He effectively challenged the drug analysis of the department’s drug chemist by showing that the reported drug weight was grossly exaggerated.  Because of his work, not only was his client protected from false prosecution, but so were hundreds of other defendants who would have been victims of shoddy police work. 

 

 

Victor believes in his clients and bases his practice on a client-centric perspective.   

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Licensed for 15 years
State SC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2007
Updated 01/22/2023

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

Contact Victor

Li Law Firm LLC
2127 Park Street
PO Box 7284
Columbia, SC, 29202
Li Law Firm, LLC
300 E. Main St.
Chesterfield, SC, 29709
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Posted by John | July 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best attourney in South Carolina
Victor is very friendly, professional, high energy, and knows exactly what he's doing. Every associate of his that I had the pleasure to work with was just as professional and friendly. Couldn't have gotten a better value for a retainer from any other Lawyer in the state!
Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
I'm going Federal indictment for drug conspiracy
Although the case is still going on but there has been awesome to have the whole thing. Being in woman with charges like this blew my mind but he kept me at peace and ease. As well as in foreign on the laws and my options. Everything that he said he was going to do he's done right now that's very important couldn't ask for a better lawyer.
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Posted by Patrick | October 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very Good Defense Lawyer
He has taken care of the few cases I have ever been a part of and did a great job with each one. He was easy to contact and was always available to chat if I had any concerns. He was also very upfront and always let me know what he was going to do while representing me and what each of my options were. If you are looking for representation, I would highly recommend Victor.
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2016
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One of the best in SC
Victor Li took my case and exceeded my expectations. I was charged for a DUI a while back and he was able to work something out in my favor. It was a best case scenario as he informed me that he was able to get the charges dropped. For anyone with in need of a criminal defense attorney, look no further. This is the man you want to have defend you, make no mistake.
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Posted by Aaron | September 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer
Victor Li was phenomenal when handling my case. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome, or a better lawyer. Victor took a lot of stress off my shoulders throughout the entire process. He was very clear in the beginning of what all the potential outcomes were. He also presented this information in a personable manner. He was not cold or distant, and it was very evident that he cared about this case and about me in general. Not only is he a great lawyer, he's a great person as well. I would not only recommend him to a friend, or person, in need, but I would make sure that they hired Victor. Why settle for anything less than the best?
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Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2016
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Attorney
Very helpful and accommodating attorney who helped with every single part of the legal process. Extremely friendly and easy to work with. Does a lot of work for the price that he asks.
Posted by Elizabeth | September 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!
I am a college student who has never been in legal trouble until recently. I was given a charge that could have gone on my legal record and this concerned me. I did not want something like this to ruin my hopes of landing a great job when I graduate, so I wanted to fight. Not knowing what to do or how to get out of the situation, a close friend recommend Mr. Victor Li. He was excellent! Mr. Li was honest and helpful throughout the entire process about my odds in winning the case and the different options I had. His eagerness and confidence in his abilities helped me to relax and be able to trust him to do his job. He fought for and believed in me the entire time, with a winning end result in our favor. I will definitely use Mr. Li for any legal issue that I may encounter in the future and would refer him to all of my friends and family.
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Posted by Chris | June 30, 2016
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Victor Is The Best
I am more than satisfied. Victor Li literally upholds his motto of "You Deserve The Best Defense." Immediately Victor provided the consultation with the utmost truth, laid out the facts and spoke to me as a friend, rather than as a lawyer. He gave me real insight at how to best handle my situation with no pressure at all. Victor continuously impressed me at his work ethic, his honesty, his integrity and his immediate responses. After being consulted by over three different lawyers regarding my situation, Victor far surpassed any lawyer because of his honesty, integrity and he literally got right to it. Victor is not your typical lawyer. Victor gets right to it. He does not waste time, he does not sugar coat anything. He tells it like it and that is the best way to handle legal situations. Victor is real and straightforward. I truly recommend Victor Li for legal situations. 10/10. You will be extremely pleased with your decision to use Victor Li in legal representation.
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Posted by Christopher | June 13, 2016
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Excelllent Legal Representation
I'm not a professional criminal; however, I have made a few mistakes that required legal representation in General Sessions Court on a few occasions. I met Victor leaving my first or second appearance in General Sessions court and asked him if he was a Criminal Defense Lawyer and he said yes. He told me to come by his office for a Free Initial Consultation to discuss the facts of the case to determine the next course of action. Long story short I was facing 10 years on an Assault/Battery High Aggravated Nature and Pointing and Presenting a Firearm Charges. The only thing Victor promised to do was to represent me to his fullest capacity and that was fair enough. I didn't have any other choice anyway! I plead to guilty because I was guilty; however, I was sentenced to 1 year probation with a fine! I was so happy! Last case i would like to share involved a DUI. I was pulled over one mile from Clemson rd for driving over the posted speed limit. I was asked to step out the car and asked to participate in a field sobriety test. I refused the test. I was taken the jail and bonded out. However, my drivers license privileges were revoked. Subsequently, i was released and contacted Victor Li. He initiated his investigation and determined that the dash camera had not recorded the traffic stop!!! The DUI was thrown out; however, I was guilty of implied consent because once you accept a Drivers License in SC you basically agree to submit to testing. I had my license revoked for 6 MONTHS if i can properly remember but that's better than a DUI conviction because i did not have to get SR-22! Plus, I drive Trucks for myself now and I do very well! Im able to support my family and I would not be able to do so if it were not for Victor Li. I dont want to disclose my name on this public forum but if you do not believe me ask Victor and if you need my conformation or further input directly ask him and he will put you in contact with me personally!
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Posted by Kristin | April 21, 2016
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Great lawyer
Victor was an awesome lawyer! He was on top of everything! He Took care of all my issues and got me where I needed to be! He is a very smart and hard working man! I trust him w my life! I will absolutely use him again if I ever need a lawyer! You should definitely consider him for any help you may need!
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Cannot Recommend Highly Enough
I made the decision to hire Victor on the recommendation of several friends for a case regarding a first-time DUI. Needless to say, I cannot echo those recommendations enough. Victor is a notably well-seasoned and connected legal professional with a level of consummate professionalism and personability that truly sets him apart. He was always on the ball when it came to keeping me up to date, and always went the extra mile to answer any and all of the innumerable questions I brought him. More so, seeing as my case was the first (and hopefully, last) time I've been on the wrong side of the law, Victor's commitment to providing top-notch counsel worked wonders for putting my mind at ease throughout the entire process. I normally avoid giving a perfect rating for anything, lest I dilute the weight of a truly exceptional product or service, but in this case, when it's potentially your future on the line, it's certainly worth having an attorney worth every ounce of the five-star rating. Look no further: Victor is fantastic.
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2016
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Great lawyer who cares about his clients and justice.
Mr. Li went the extra yard in my case to insure that justice was served. He assured me from the beginning that he would take care of things and he did. I am very pleased with Mr. Li's representation and if I ever need criminal defense again I will call him first. I will also recommend Mr. Li to anyone who needs quality defense work.
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Posted by Scott | February 6, 2016
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Excellent
Excellent attorney. Took care of business and was very professional. Did everything I could've asked for and more. Couldn't of asked for better representation. Expunged immediately at court without requiring to take any classes
Posted by Meredith | January 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Defense Lawyer
Mr. Li was very helpful throughout my whole process and he really took the burden off me! The process went smoothly and quickly and Mr. Li was able to handle my case perfectly and I got the results I wanted!
Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Very satisfied
I was very happy with the way Victor worked with me on my case. Whenever I had questions he answered them and he kept me up to do date on what was happens.
Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
huge help
Victor helped me out of a sticky situation and made everything unbelievably easy for me. Everything was handled quickly and professionally. He took care of everything.
Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Victor Li
Though the process took a long time, he told me this in advance and didn't beat around the bush with what was going on. He gave me his personal cell phone number to contact him on at any time and was prompt at getting back to me the same day. My case was dismissed. I wouldn't recommend any other lawyer in Columbia, SC. He was personable and professional.
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2015
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Victor gets the job done
Victor took the hassle out of my lawsuit, and independently dealt with all the hearings without me needing to do much of anything. He would give me updates to assure everything was going smoothly and as planned to get my charges dropped. Definitely choose Victor Li if you want a legal representative who is not all talk and no action.
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Posted by Evan | September 1, 2015
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Great person, wants to keep your future clean and clear.
At the the time of my arrest, I had another buddy dealing with the same charge. He recommended me Victor because he said he would take care of everything and give me the best absolute outcome. And he did. He didn't just do that, he spoke to my parents and eased them down a bit , which was huge for me. He talked to me as a professional and friend. I could really tell he wanted to do everything he could to help me out in the situation. He laid out a plan for me and gave me options as to how we could go about the charges. At the end of the day, he helped me significantly in the process and outcome. He saved me a lot of money, effort, and most importantly, my future. Without him, I would've ended up with many more fines and service hours.
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Posted by kyle | August 25, 2015
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Best Lawyer In Columbia
Victor always answered my calls, it was never hard to find out the status of my case, and he always assures you not to worry because he is going to do everything in his power to help you out. He helped me with my case better than I think any other lawyer would of.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Li Law Firm LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Rutherford Law Firm
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Fifth Circuit Solictors Office Columbia South Carolina
  • 2008 - 2009

Education

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 2013
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • 2011
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Clemson University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1999
  • Governor's School for Science and Mathematics
  • 1996
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Associations

  • Lawyers in MENSA
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Mandarin

Awards

  • Cali award
  • "The Constitution"
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (11)
Endorse Victor
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Victor. He is very thorough and cares about his client's cases. He has very good communication. I would recommend him for criminal defense cases, including DUIs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Victor Li without hesitation. Victor has gotten great results from his clients through hard work and skill. I have gotten to know Victor well over the last few years and he is an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Victor Li is a competent and capable criminal defense lawyer. We see each other in the court room on a regular basis. I feel that his clients are always in good hands. I am happy to endorse Victor Li."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great person, great lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Victor as a prosecutor and as a Criminal Defense attorney. He knows the system and all the players involved. You won't find a smarter lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former prosecutor for Richland County, Victor brings a valuable perspective to defending his clients from criminal charges. I have known Victor for several years now, and he is hard-working, intelligent, and dedicated to defending his clients. I highly recommend Victor to anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney in Columbia or Chesterfield, SC."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Other
"Well known skillful criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Victor is a dedicated lawyer who is passionate about his clients. His passion for his clients is only matched by his tenacity in court. A very good lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Victor Li for about ten years. Victor is widely known in our community as a skillful and aggressive criminal defense lawyer. He gives all of his clients the full measure of his devotion Arthur K. Aiken Reeves Aiken & Hightower, LLC"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Friend
"Victor Li is a good friend and colleague that I have known since law school. Victor has the experience, knowledge and passion necessary to properly represent his clients, and I highly recommend Victor to anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Victor is a responsive and involved attorney who is devoted to getting you the best possible outcome in your criminal case. He will make sure you are protected."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Friend
"Victor is a great lawyer who has trial experience and gives excellent customer service."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Victor Li is a top lawyer because he never stops working for his clients. He is a brilliant lawyer but he gets the most out of his intellect because he is constantly problem solving for his clients. He is an asset to his clients and the legal community. Great lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Victor is a go-to criminal lawyer in Columbia. He knows how to protect the rights of the accused. I endorse him without any hesitation!"
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