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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Charleston, SC

Andrew J. Savage, III
Savage Law Firm
15 Prioleau Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Work 843-720-7470
Fax Fax 843-720-7478
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2016
Licensed Since: 1975
Education: University of South Carolina School of Law
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2016

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Andrew J. Savage, III represents clients in Charleston, South Carolina, and the surrounding areas in complex, high-profile criminal defense cases before both state and federal courts. His practice, Savage Law Firm, also represents professionals before licensing boards and commissions.

After completing his law degree at the University of South Carolina in 1975, Mr. Savage served as a state prosecutor where he acted as Chief Trial Counsel of the Criminal Division of the South Carolina Attorney General's Office. He also served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps.

Since entering private practice in 1981, Mr. Savage has focused on providing strong defense in complex state and federal criminal cases. He seeks to obtain the best possible outcomes in often difficult circumstances. He takes into account any underlying factors that may be involved a client's particular case, such as substance abuse, mental health concerns, anger management and other issues. He maintains a track record of successful outcomes in challenging situations.

Among many accolades, Mr. Savage has been rated as an AV Preeminent* attorney by Martindale since 1990. The Best Lawyers In America** has named him as a top criminal defense lawyer since 1991. He is also the first criminal defense attorney in South Carolina to be distinguished as a Board-Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Mr. Savage belongs to a number of professional organizations, including the Charleston County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Additionally, his experience includes work as a former legal analyst for the Charleston CBS affiliate and the former host of his own Emmy-award winning legal show on cable television.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

**The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Articles about Andrew Savage, III appearing in Super Lawyers

The Universal Education of Andrew Savage
Where did the South Carolina criminal defense attorney learn his most valuable lessons? Inside a New York City taxicab

About Andrew Savage, III

Law School: University of South Carolina School of Law

Admitted: 1975, South Carolina

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Honors and Awards:

  • Named yearly in "Best Lawyers in America" in the practice area of Criminal Defense, 1991
  • "AV" rating in Martindale-Hubbell, 1990
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified as a Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Charter Member, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Charleston County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, South Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, Charleston County Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Armed Forces, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1976
  • Central District of Illinois, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 1976
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina, 1975

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Chief Trial Counsel, South Carolina Attorney General's Office, Criminal Division
  • Founding Member, James L. Petrigu Chapter of American Inn of Court
  • Member, Advisory Board for the National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center
  • Founding Member, Dee North Lowcountry Children's Center
  • Former Member, Medical University of South Carolina Board of Visitors
  • Former Member, South Carolina Association of Counties Board of Directors
  • Retired Lt. Colonel Judge Advocate General, United States Air Force Reserves
  • Former Member, Charleston County Council, 1986 - 1994
  • Permanent Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Former Member, Supreme Court's Commission on the Profession
  • Former Commissioner, South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense
  • Chairman, Charleston County Aviation Authority

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Frequent Lecturer, South Carolina Law Schools and Professional Education Programs

Educational Background:

  • Fordham University, B.A., 1972

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