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Fred Wallace Woods Jr.

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Freddy is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of South Carolina. Freddy completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science with a Minor in International Business, graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1991. He did postgraduate work in the MBA program at The University of South Carolina in 1992. Freddy moved to Washington, D.C. in 1992 where he earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree from Howard University School of Law in 1995. While at HU Law, Freddy was honored as a member of the social justice law review and was a CBCF Fellow in the United States Congress, House of Representatives for Congressman James E. "Jim" Clyburn (D-SC, formerly Majority Whip). After law school, Freddy was selected as a law clerk for The Honorable Donald W. Beatty, (currently, a South Carolina Supreme Court Justice).


After graduating law school and completing his clerkship, Freddy became an associate attorney at the law firm of Lowery, Thompson and King, handling criminal defense (including Murder, DUI, state and federal drug and criminal cases), family court and personal injury litigation (including catastrophic injuries, medical negligence and auto accident cases). In 1997, Freddy co-founded the firm of Konohia and Woods and later established his own practice, The Woods Law Firm.


Freddy has gained a reputation as a skilled and aggressive trial attorney handling cases in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury with a particular affinity for DUI and Drug cases on the criminal side and complex civil litigation in the personal injury arena. Freddy has been a guest lecturer and panelist for colleges and universities, law schools and the media, appearing multiple times on radio, TV, the news and internet based media on topics related to DUI, criminal defense and criminal justice reform. He accepts cases and clients in all 46 counties in the State of South Carolina, and spends considerable time in courts in the metropolitan cities of Greenville, Columbia, Rock Hill, Beaufort, Charleston and Myrtle Beach as well as in small towns and cities across the state.


Freddy believes it is his duty as a lawyer to help people who are faced with challenging legal problems and help improve the community. Freddy is a founding member of the American Freedom and Justice Project and represents juveniles pro bono in some cases to help the youth free themselves from the stigma of the criminal justice system. Freddy has served on several community boards and commissions and most recently served as an executive committee board member on the board of the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority. Among other awards Freddy was selected as a top 100 trial lawyer in SC in his field by the National Trial Lawyers in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Most recently, in 2015, Freddy was selected as James Clyburn Political Fellow in South Carolina. Freddy is also active with his church and enjoys sportfishing, traveling and outdoor sports with his family when he is not in court fighting to win justice for his clients and their families.



Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Portuguese

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    20 years, 3.5 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    20 years, 3 thousand cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    20 years, 2.1 thousand cases



Contingent (25-33%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

21 total 

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  • Ryan Anfuso

    Great lawyer. I had a question about a client of mine who had a DUII case in South Carolina and within minutes Mr. Woods answered all my questions and even offered to write my client a letter to help him out. Great guy, smart lawyer.


    Ryan Anfuso Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Gordon Thomas Nicol

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Contact info

Upstate Office (Main Office)

1106 Pendleton Street
Greenville, SC, 29601

Midlands Satellite Office - (By Appointment Only) - All files maintained at the main office

3501 North Main Street
Columbia, SC, 29201-2307

Lowcountry Satellite Office - (By Appointment Only) All files maintained at the main office

28 Old Jericho Road
Beaufort, SC, 29906-4222



SCGood Standing199603/07/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Contributor - DUIAVVO2015
Top Contributor - Criminal DefenseAVVO2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Graduate- Intensive Summer Session - DUI DefenseHarvard Law School - National College for DUI Defense2012
Top ContributorAvvo2012
Level 10 ContributorAvvo2012
Treasurer & Executive Board MemberGreenville County Redevelopment Authority2011
Board MemberGreenville County Redevelopment Authority2009
Graduate - Class 25Leadership Greenville1998
Graduate - Class 14Leadership Anderson1997
Moot CourtHoward University School of Law1995
Law ReviewHoward University School of Law1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThe Woods Law Firm2005 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College for DUI Defense Diversity CommitteeBoard Member2012 - Present
National College for DUI DefenseMember2012 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth CircuitMember2012 - Present
Greenville County Redevelopment AuthorityTreasurer & Executive Board Member2011 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2009 - Present
United States District Court for the District of South CarolinaMember1997 - Present
Greenville County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
National Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Greenville Chamber of CommerceMember1997 - Present
South Carolina Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
South Carolina Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Howard University School of Law Alumni AssociationMember1995 - Present
Greenville County Redevelopment AuthorityBoard Member2009 - 2011
Anderson Chamber of CommerceMember1996 - 1997
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
H.L. vs R.S.3 million plus - Structured Settlement
S.C. vs. J.C.DUI Case Dismissed!
S.C. vs. K.M.Case Dismissed - All Charges Dropped
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Publication nameTitleDate
But I Only Had 2 Beers! Truth Talk From Over Had 25 Drunk Driving LawyersBut I Only Had 2 Beers! Truth Talk From Over 25 Drunk Driving Lawyers2012
Fight Your Traffic TicketFight Your Traffic Ticket2012
Arrested for DUI in South Carolina - EbookArrested for DUI in South Carolina2012
AVVOThe 9 Stages of a Criminal Case2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Howard University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of South CarolinaPolitical Science - International BusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Clark University - Entertainment Law Division - Visiting ProfessorThe Michael Jackson Trials: Legal Issues of a Legend2012
Howard University School of Law Alumni Lecture SeriesThe Art of the Argument: Opening and Closing Arguments in a Criminal Case2009
CLE Course (Personal Injury Law Overview)Maximizing Your Client's Recovery in An Auto Accident Case2007
Howard University School of Law Entertainment LawEntertainment Law - The Arrested Artist2002
SCLC - Community Enhancement SeriesThe Criminal Case Process2000