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About me

I am a former police officer and prosecutor.  I fight for my clients and ensure their rights are protected.  When you have charges pending, or have been in an accident, you need an agressive lawyer who knows what to do and isn't afraid to take a case to trial.  I have tried more than forty (40) cases as a prosecutor, and have tried cases as a defense attorney as well.  My firm's mission is to give my clients premium legal services and treat every client like they are my most important client...because they are.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 30%
    4 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    4 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 30%
    9 years
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 10%
    4 years



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Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

116 Church St.
Suite 1
Charleston, SC, 29401


SCGood Standing200703/07/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner / Lead AttorneyThe Courtney Law Firm2009 - Present
Assistant Solicitor9th Circuit Solicitor's Office2008 - 2009
Assistant Solicitor14th Circuit Solicitor's Office2008 - 2008
Sergeant / Police OfficerThe Marceline Police Department1993 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
South Carolina BarN/A2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of South Carolina v. John Doeclient pled guilty to careless driving, saving his record and driver's license.
State of South Carolina v. Rex BillsCase was taken to trial, Mr. Bills (my client) was found not guilty of all three charges
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Central Methodist UniversityCriminal Justice / EthicsBS - Bachelor of Science2003