Jerry N. Theos

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Charleston, South Carolina

Theos Law Firm, LLC
Jerry N. Theos
Theos Law Firm, LLC

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Family Law, White Collar Crimes view more

Licensed in South Carolina since: 1982

Education: University of South Carolina School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009, 2011, 2019 - 2024

Theos Law Firm, LLC

11 State St
Charleston, SC 29401 Visit website


Jerry N. Theos, the founder of Theos Law Firm, LLC, has over four decades of legal experience and a profound grasp of human dynamics in family law, criminal defense and personal injury cases. With an impressive trial record, Mr. Theos handles divorce, custody, alimony, child support and domestic abuse matters with sensitivity. He fiercely defends clients charged with DUI, drug offenses, violence and white collar crimes, assuring fair representation. After accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice and wrongful death, he compassionately guides clients through the legal system, weaving a narrative with a deep understanding of people’s everyday lives.

A seasoned and respected attorney serving the Charleston community, Mr. Theos is committed to providing high-quality, personalized legal representation to his clients. Well-known for his honesty, professionalism and responsiveness, he is a trusted partner to his clients and protects their rights and interests. He is a dedicated and compassionate advocate for his clients, who benefit from his extensive knowledge, skill and integrity.

Mr. Theos is an alumnus of The Citadel and Clemson University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English. He then pursued his legal education at the University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law, graduating with his Juris Doctor in 1982. He is licensed to practice law in South Carolina. He is admitted to practice in all courts of South Carolina, including the Supreme Court of South Carolina, the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

Before entering private practice in 1985, Mr. Theos worked as a deputy public defender for Charleston County for about two years. He is certified by the Supreme Court of South Carolina to act as lead counsel in death penalty cases and death penalty post-conviction relief proceedings. In addition to teaching at the Charleston School of Law and the University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law, he has spoken at seminars all around South Carolina.

For Mr. Theos, it’s crucial to network with other professionals. Thus, he actively participates in a number of relevant organizations such as the Family Law and Criminal Law Sections of the South Carolina Bar, the American Bar Association, the Charleston County Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the South Carolina Association for Justice.

Mr. Theos has won a slew of awards and recognition for his exceptional legal work. He is on several lists of highly regarded attorneys, including those of The Best Lawyers in America, South Carolina’s Top Lawyers and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100. He has an AV Preeminent* rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Family Law, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30% Criminal Defense
  • 30% Family Law
  • 20% Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1982, South Carolina

Professional Webpage:

  • Best Lawyers in America, Present
  • Best Attorneys of America, Rue’s Rating Lifetime Charter Member
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Top 10 South Carolina, Super Lawyers
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, (10 Best Attorneys-South Carolina)
  • Charleston Living Top Lawyers Excellence, Achievements by the legal community
  • South Carolina, Top Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Directory, Preeminent Lawyers
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • South Carolina Bar (Family Law and Criminal Law Section)
  • South Carolina
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The Charleston County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
Educational Background:
  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Major: English, The Citadel, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 1979

Office location for Jerry N. Theos

11 State St
Charleston, SC 29401

Phone: 843-577-7046


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009, 2011, 2019 - 2024

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