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James H. Messervy Sr.

DUI and DWI Attorney at Summerville, SC

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also known as Jimmy Messervy


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Learn James’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    35%
    Retired magistrate and prosecutor working to help adults and teens wrongfully accused of crimes including possession, DUI and more.

    46 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Personal injury
    25%
    Over 40 years of personal injury experience working for you. We aren't afraid of trial. Have your day in court!

  3. Family
    10%
    More than 40 years of family law experience. Call us when experience counts.

  4. Child custody
    5%
    More than 40 years in family court handling child custody matters. Experience counts! Call us today.

  5. Criminal defense
    5%
    Retired magistrate and prosecutor working to help adults and teens wrongfully accused of crimes including possession, DUI and more.

    46 years, 1,000 cases

  6. Divorce and separation
    5%
    More than 40 years in family court handling divorces. Experience counts! Call us today.

  7. Trucking accident
    5%
    Put over 40 years of accident experience to work for you.

  8. Alimony
    2%
    Experience counts. More than 40 years in family court fighting for the alimony you deserve. Call us today.

  9. Car accident
    2%
    Put over 40 years of accident experience to work for you.

  10. Juvenile law
    2%
    Retired magistrate and prosecutor working to help teens wrongfully accused of crimes.

  11. Medical malpractice
    2%
    Put our team of former Judges to work on your medical malpractice case today.

  12. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    2%
    Put our team of former Judges and elder law attorneys to work on your nursing home case today!

Jim Messervy joins Provence Messervy, LLC after more than 25 years of serving Dorchester County as both an Assistant Solicitor and Magistrate Judge, both of which prepared him for an active criminal defense practice. He has had a tremendous amount of success representing and defending those charged with DUIs with some of those cases reaching the Supreme Court.

​A graduate of the Citadel and the University of South Carolina School of Law, Jim has also served the community as attorney for the Town of Ridgeville, President and Legal Counsel for Dorchester Paws (formerly Francis R. Willis SPCA), and former director the Dorchester County Heart Society. He is also an avid supporter and sponsor of Children in Crisis, the Summerville YMCA and the Citadel Brigadier Foundation. Jim is very active in children’s athletics and is passionate about addressing children’s needs in the family law context where he has handled more than a 1,000 cases.

Born and raised in Summerville, South Carolina, Messervy brings more than more 40 years of legal experience. And that’s not the only area of his life that continues to prosper as he has three adult children, four grandchildren and his beloved dog, “Whizzy”, who enjoys coming to the office to “work” whenever her schedule permits!

Licensed for 49 years
State SC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1973
Updated 12/21/2022

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

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Provence Messervy, LLC
300 N Cedar St
Ste. A
Summerville, SC, 29483-6433
Provence Messervy LLC
234 Seven Farms Drive
Suite #112
Charleston, SC, 29492
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2014
Awesome defense
Mr Messervy and his assistant Autumn Hazy helped me in a disastrous case where I was being asked to show cause by my ex husband, who had resurfaced after being absent for several years. My anxiety was through the roof, but Ms Hazy's excellent communication and Mr. Messervy's calm wisdom kept me grounded. Things escalated during the hearing and many other issues came up. Mr. Messervy won me back all of my attorney fees and travel expenses. Just amazing!
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Provence Messervy LLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Municipal Judge
  • Town of Summerville
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Magistrate Judge
  • Dorchester County
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Charleston Southern University
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Assistant Solicitor
  • First Judicial Circuit
  • 1975 - 2000
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Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • 1973
  • Citadel, Military College of South Carolina
  • 1967

Associations

  • Americas DUI DWI Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Premier Defense Attorneys of America
  • Chair Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Dorchester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2016
  • Dorchester County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1990 - 1992
  • South Carolina House of Representative
  • Member
  • 1980 - 1982
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Vietnamese

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Family Court Mediator
  • South Carolina Bar
  • 2014
  • Service Appreciation Award
  • First Circuit Solicitor
  • 2000
  • Twenty Year Service Award
  • Dorchester County
  • 1995
  • Outstanding Service - President
  • Francis R. Willis
  • 1988
  • Ten Year Service Award
  • Dorchester County
  • 1985
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Speaking Engagements

  • Regular Class
  • Criminal Defense for Paralegals
  • 2002
  • In Service Training
  • DUI Legislation
  • 2000
  • Regular Class
  • Criminal Defense
  • 1999
  • Regular Meeting
  • Legal Update
  • 1998
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Messervy is a well respected attorney in our community and has a wealth of knowledge in many practice areas. His decades of experience are a true asset. Mr. Messervy is personable with clients, an example of civility with other lawyers, and an effective advocate. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Messervy was a former prosecutor and magistrate who truly enjoys helping those who've found themselves in trouble. He's an old school attorney with clients that love him and he's a pleasure to learn from and work with."
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Summerville DUI and DWI Lawyer James H. Messervy Sr.
James H. Messervy Sr.
DUI and DWI Attorney
Summerville, SC
Licensed for 49 years