About Attorney Dayne Phillips

As an accomplished advocate, Dayne is always seeking to obtain a superior knowledge of criminal law and defenses. He is constantly learning the new aggressive tactics used by police officers and prosecutors to obtain a conviction. When your freedom and future is in jeopardy, you need a lawyer who is not afraid to challenge the government and who is genuinely concerned about the well-being of his clients. Dayne Phillips is that type of criminal defense lawyer, and he is here to help when you need it most.

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Dayne Phillips is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, the National Criminal Defense College, and the National Forensic College. He has successfully defended the accused by receiving numerous not guilty verdicts in felony jury trials and has successfully argued before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Dayne Phillips is a proud native of South Carolina. Born and raised in Lexington County, he graduated from Airport High School in 2003 and the University of South Carolina in 2007. He then earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2010.

In law school, Dayne worked as a law clerk for John Delgado, a prominent criminal defense and death penalty defense attorney. After assisting Delgado in several murder trials and high-profile cases, criminal defense quickly became his life’s calling. This incredible experience made him passionate about challenging the government and defending the underdog. He learned the true meaning of zealous advocacy from his mentor, and he is forever grateful.

Notable Experience

Dayne began his professional career as an Assistant Appellate Defender in the Appellate Division of the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense (SCCID). He managed a large and diverse caseload that included convictions for murder, drug trafficking, burglary, and felony DUI. Notably, he has obtained numerous reversals for his clients and successfully argued to create law that protects the rights of South Carolina citizens.

Dayne then joined the Eleventh Circuit Public Defender’s Office as an Assistant Public Defender. He defended all types of felony misdemeanor and offenses, including but not limited to Murder, Attempted Murder, Burglary, Armed Robbery, Drug Trafficking, Criminal Sexual Conduct, Domestic Violence, and DUI. Notably, he received not guilty verdicts in numerous felony jury trials.

Trial Tested / Featured Attorney

Dayne’s cases have been featured in The State Newspaper, SC Lawyers Weekly, and local TV news stations. He has lectured on topics such as constitutional rights, motions practice, and preserving issues for appellate review at CLE training seminars. In short, he is a highly trained and experienced criminal defense lawyer and appellate litigator who has dedicated his life to defending the accused and convicted.

*Disclaimer: Any result the lawyer or law firm may achieve on behalf of one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

Associations and Memberships
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Eleventh Circuit Representative in the SC Bar’s House of Delegates
  • South Carolina State Delegate for the National College for DUI Defense
  • Founding Member – South Carolina Actual Innocence Justice Center
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), 2016
  • National Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • Lexington County Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina Bar, 2011
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2014
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2015
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, 2015

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
    • Juris Doctor, May 2010
  • University of South Carolina
    • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, May 2007
Honors & Recognitions
  • President, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL) 2018
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers 2017, 2018
  • 10.0 Rating on Avvo
  • President-Elect, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL) 2017
  • State Delegate, National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) 2017
  • Representative, South Carolina Bar House of Delegates 2017 – 2018
  • Founding Member, South Carolina Actual Innocence Justice Center 2017
  • Member, South Carolina Bar Law Related Education Committee 2017 – 2018
  • Nominated for “Best of” Contest, Attorney, The State Newspaper 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers 2017
  • Co-Chair, Criminal Defense 101 CLE 2017
  • Certified as Lead Counsel for Death Penalty Defense, Supreme Court of South Carolina 2016
  • Vice-President, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL) 2016
  • Nominated for “Best of” Contest, Attorney, The State Newspaper 2016
  • Board of Directors, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL) 2014 – 2015
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rating from Martindale Hubbell, 2018
Speaking Engagements
  • Magistrates Advisory Counsel Intensive Training Seminar
      Speaker, 2016 and 2017
    Presented on Hearsay and the Confrontation Clause to Magistrate Judges.
  • Orientation School for Magistrate and Municipal Judges
    Speaker, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
    Presented on Constitutional Rights.
  • Criminal Practice Essentials
    Speaker, 2016
    Presented on motions practice in criminal cases
  • Criminal Defense 101 CLE
    Co-Chair, 2017 and 2018
    Prepared and organized the training seminar
    Speaker, 2015 and 2016
    Presented on preserving issues for appellate review
  • Gun Law in South Carolina
    Speaker, 2017
    Presented on Firearms Dealers, Licensing Requirements, and Gun Ownership Legal Concerns
Notable Trainings
  • NACDL National Forensic College, Cardozo School of Law 2017
    Founded and Organized by Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project Attendance is by invitation only for private attorneys
  • National Criminal Defense College, Mercer School of Law 2015
    Trial Practice Institute (two-week long training seminar)
  • U.S. Supreme Court Institute/ Habeas Assistance Training 2012
    Received Scholarship to attend this training.
    Taught by nationally recognized law professors and death penalty appellate attorneys
    John Blume and Anthony G. Amsterdam
  • Representing A Juvenile Facing Life Without Parole 2016
    The training was limited only to defense attorneys who were currently representing clients requesting resentencing under Aiken v. Byars or representing juvenile offenders where life    without parole is a sentencing option.
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