Dayne Phillips

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbia, SC

Price Benowitz LLP
 | 1614 Taylor Street, Suite D.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-272-4503
Fax: 803-380-8035
Selected To Rising Stars: 2017 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2011
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Appellate (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
  • Free Consultation
  • Virtual Appointments
Attorney Profile

Attorney Dayne Phillips has dedicated his life to defending those who are wrongfully accused or who have made a mistake and need help.  He is also a highly rated, aggressive criminal defense lawyer who is not afraid to challenge the government at trial or on appeal.  Although his office is located in Columbia, SC, he defends the rights and liberties of clients who are accused of any felony or misdemeanor offense throughout Richland County, Lexington County, and all of South Carolina.

Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Phillips has gained significant success advocating on behalf of the accused at trial and the convicted on appeal.  He has secured dismissals for charges of murder, attempted murder, and drug trafficking.  He has also obtained numerous not guilty verdicts for his clients, and he has defended the rights of licensed professionals facing disciplinary complaints.  He also has successfully argued before both the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.  

In recognition of his impeccable professionalism and exceptional legal abilities, Mr. Phillips holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and Columbia Business Monthly named him among Columbia's "Legal Elite" for Criminal Law.  He has also received a Top 40 Under 40 designation from The National Trial Lawyers and Superb client ratings on AVVO.

A leader in his legal community, Mr. Phillips served as a past President and former Board Member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He has spoken at numerous legal seminars and has been the co-chair and panel moderator for the Criminal Defense 101 seminar for several years.  Dayne is also the State Delegate for the National College for DUI Defense and is a former Eleventh Circuit Representative for the South Carolina Bar’s House of Delegates.

*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.

*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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Appellate
  • 20%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, Appeals, DUI/DWI, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Rising Stars: 2017 - 2021

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About Dayne Phillips

Admitted: 2011, South Carolina

Professional Webpage: http://sccriminallaws.com/

Honors/Awards:

  • Honorable Mention for "Best DUI Attorney", Free Times "Best of" Columbia, 2020
  • Columbia's Legal Elite, Columbia Business Monthly, 2020
  • Honorable Mention for "Best DUI Attorney", Free Times "Best of", 2018
  • Nominated as one of the Attorneys selected in The State newspapers' "Best of" Contest ("Best Law Firm"), Nominated as one of the Attorneys selected in The State newspapers' "Best of" Contest ("Best Law Firm"), The State Newspaper, 2019
  • Honorable Mention for "Best DUI Attorney" by Free Times Columbia, Honorable Mention for "Best DUI Attorney", Free Times Columbia, 2019
  • Rising Star by Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Legal Elite in Criminal Law by Columbia Business Monthly, Columbia's Legal Elite, Columbia Business Monthly, 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
  • Nominated as one of the Attorneys selected in The State newspapers' "Best of" Contest, 2016
  • President, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2018
  • Board of Directors, Eleventh Circuit Representative, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2014
  • House of Delegates, Eleventh Circuit Representative, SC Bar Association, 2016
  • Nominated as one of the Attorneys selected in The State newspapers' "Best of" Contest, The State Newspaper, 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • Vice President, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL), 2016
  • President-Elect, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Columbia's Legal Elite, Columbia Business Monthly, 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified As Lead Counsel for Death Penalty Defense, 2016
  • Graduate Certification, National Criminal Defense College's Trial Practice Institute, 2015

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Richland County Bar Association, 2015
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, 2015
  • National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)
  • Member, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL)  
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2015
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Lexington County Bar Association, 2014
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2014
  • South Carolina Bar Law Related Education Committee , 2017

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Co-Founder of the Direct Examination: A South Carolina Law Podcast, 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Looking for a one-stop-shop to address all your “practicing in a pandemic” concerns? Look no further!  The SC Bar CLE Division is excited to bring to you this Criminal Law CLE highlighting how to navigate the judicial system with new precaution. We have gathered insight from Court Administration officials, judges, clerks, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, and more.   This special seminar also features an important and powerful panel discussion, analysis of the social justice issues brought into sharp focus by the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor tragedies.  Our distinguished panel of practicing attorneys, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, and USC Law Professor Seth Stoughton will explore how law enforcement, the judicial system, corrections, and especially lawyers can strive for and achieve a broader degree of understanding, tolerance, ethical practice, and social justice as they better understand and implement enhanced norms for behavior and compassion in our often troubled times. This panel presentation has been approved for LEPR credit for its focus on the elimination of bias in the legal profession, which includes instruction designed to educate lawyers on the recognition, identification, prevention, and elimination of bias in the legal setting. Don't miss out!  Sign up now.   This seminar is a basic to intermediate program. This program qualifies for 5.5 MCLE; 1.5 LEPR SC Supreme Commission on CLE Course #210750ADO   Agenda8:50 a.m.          Welcome and Opening Remarks 9:00 a.m.          Panel 1 - Logistics of Court During COVID and Beyond Moderator- Teckla S. Henderson, S.C. Department of Public Safety Tonnya K. Kohn, State Court Administrator Leslie Taaffe, South Carolina Judicial Branch Coordinator Carlie Woods, Senior Assistant Court Administrator, Lexington County Magistrate’s Court Amy K. Cox, Spartanburg County Clerk of Court  10:00 a.m.        Panel 2 - Pre-Trial and Motions Practice During COVID and Beyond Moderator- Dayne C. Phillips, Price Benowitz LLP Lamar J. Fyall, Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office Robert L. Bank, Jr., Richland County Public Defender's Office Hon. Clifton B. Newman, S.C. Circuit Court  11:00 a.m.        Break 11:15 a.m.        Panel 3 - Trial During COVID and Beyond Moderator- Dayne C. Phillips, Price Benowitz LLP C. Yates Brown Jr., Eighth Circuit Solicitor's Office Chelsea B. McNeil, Eighth Circuit Public Defender   Tristan M. Shaffer, Tristan M. Shaffer Attorney at Law Hon. Frank R. Addy Jr., S.C. Circuit Court  12:15 p.m.        Lunch 1:00 p.m.          Panel 4 - Incarceration and Access to Justice Issues During COVID and Beyond  Moderator- Teckla S. Henderson, S.C. Department of Public Safety Annie Laurie Rumler, Deputy General Counsel, S.C. Department of Corrections Matthew C. Buchanan, General Counsel, DPPPS Bridget Brown, S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center Susan B. Hackett, S.C. Commission on Indigent Defense  2:00 p.m.          Panel 5 - Social Justice (Defense lawyers, Civil Rights litigators, Law                                                Enforcement)Moderator- Dayne C. Phillips, Price Benowitz LLP Moderator- Teckla S. Henderson, S.C. Department of Public Safety Marcus J. Brown, Marc Brown Law Firm, LLC Deyaska Spencer, Deyaska Spencer Law Firm, LLC Sheriff Leon Lott, Richland County Sheriff's Department Professor Seth Stoughton, University of South Carolina School of Law3:30 p.m.          Adjourn, Co-Planner and Panel Moderator, A User Guide to South Carolina Practice: The 2021 Pandemic Edition, South Carolina Bar, 2021
  • SC Bar Criminal Law Practice Essentials CLE - Lectured on Bond Hearings, Preliminary Hearings, and Indictments., Speaker, Criminal Law Practice Essentials, SC Bar, 2020
  • Annual SCACDL Seminar , Co-Chair and Panel Moderator, Criminal Law 101, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2020
  • ..., Speaker, Orientation School for Magistrate and Municipal Judges, South Carolina Court Administration, SC Court Administration, 2020
  • Appellate Panel, SC Bar Young Lawyers Division Mentoring Lunch CLE, Speaker, Appellate Panel, SC Bar Young Lawyers Division Mentoring Lunch CLE, SC Bar Young Lawyers Division, 2019
  • Speaker, Winthrop University on the Human Experience Course (Common Book Event), Speaker, Obstructing Injustice: A discussion on criminal justice reform and wrongful convictions, Winthrop University on the Human Experience Course (Common Book Event), 2019
  • Expungement Law Issues Seminar, Speaker, Expungement Law Issues Seminar, SC Bar, 2019
  • Drug Litigation Seminar, Co-Organizer and Presenter, Drug Litigation Seminar, South Carolina Bar, 2019
  • Lectured on Pending Case Matters: Bond Hearings/Preliminary Hearings/Indictments, Speaker, Criminal Practice Essentials CLE, SC Bar Association, 2019
  • Lectured on Evidence, Speaker, Magistrate Advisory Counsel Intensive Training Seminar, SC Court Administration and SC Prosecution Commission, 2019
  • Co-Chair and Panel Moderator, SCACDL Criminal Defense 101 CLE, Co-Chair and Panel Moderator, Criminal Defense 101, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2019
  • Speaker, Palmetto Paralegal Association's May Luncheon and CLE, Speaker, DUI Defense Case Review: A Step-by-Step Approach, Palmetto Paralegal Association's May Luncheon and CLE, 2019
  • ., Speaker, Orientation School for Magistrate and Municipal Judges, South Carolina Court Administration, SC Court Administration, 2018
  • Speaker, Magistrates Advisory Counsel Intensive Training Seminar, 2018
  • Co-Chair and Panel Moderator, Criminal Defense 101, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2018
  • Firearms Dealers and Licensing Requirements and Gun Ownership Legal Concerns., Speaker, Gun Law in South Carolina, NBI, 2017
  • Speaker, Orientation School for Magistrate and Municipal Judges, South Carolina Court Administration, 2017
  • Co-Chair and Panel Moderator, Criminal Defense 101, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017
  • Speaker, Magistrates Advisory Counsel Intensive Training Seminar, 2017
  • Presenter, Orientation School for Magistrate and Municipal Judges, South Carolina Court Administration, 2016
  • Speaker, Magistrate Advisory Counsel Intensive Training Seminar, SC Commission on Prosecution Coordination and SC Judicial Department, 2016
  • Speaker, Criminal Defense 101, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016
  • Speaker, Criminal Law Practice Essentials, South Carolina Bar Association, 2016
  • Speaker, Criminal Defense 101, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2015
  • Presenter, Orientation School for Magistrate and Municipal Judges, South Carolina Court Administration, 2015
  • Presenter, Orientation School for Magistrate and Municipal Judges, South Carolina Court Administration, 2014

Representative Clients:

  • CASE RESULTS: https://sccriminallaws.com/case-results/

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Graduate, National Forensic College at the Cardozo School of Law.   NACDL and Cardozo School of Law National Forensic College is presented in collaboration with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and Defender Services Training Division in New York City. The purpose of the college is to instruct supervisors, trainers, and experienced litigators who are or will be the forensic science experts or point people in their jurisdictions. The college will prepare attorneys to litigate complex forensic science issues strategically and with the support of the nation’s leading law firms and experts. Attendance is by invitation only, 2017
  • Eleventh Circuit Public Defender Selection Panel Member, 2020
  • Graduate, National Criminal Defense College (NCDC), Trial Practice Institute.  http://www.ncdc.net, 2015

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Educational Background:

  • 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 graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2010.
  • University of South Carolina, 2007
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Office Location for Dayne Phillips

1614 Taylor Street
Suite D.
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-272-4503

Fax: 803-380-8035

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Last Updated: 1/19/2021

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