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 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2011
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%),
  • Constitutional Law (10%),
  • Civil Rights (10%),
  • Appellate (10%)
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

Criminal Defense (50%)
Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
Constitutional Law (10%)
Civil Rights (10%)
Appellate (10%)

Criminal Defense (50%): 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

Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%): DUI/DWI

Constitutional Law (10%)

Civil Rights (10%): Police Misconduct

Appellate (10%): Appeals

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, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, DUI/DWI, Police Misconduct, Appeals

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019

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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", 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:

  • Speaker, Magistrate Advisory Counsel Intensive Training Seminar, SC Commission on Prosecution Coordination and SC Judicial Department, 2016
  • 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, 2017
  • Firearms Dealers and Licensing Requirements and Gun Ownership Legal Concerns., Speaker, Gun Law in South Carolina, NBI, 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
  • Co-Chair and Panel Moderator, Criminal Defense 101, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2018
  • ., Speaker, Orientation School for Magistrate and Municipal Judges, South Carolina Court Administration, 2018
  • Speaker, Magistrates Advisory Counsel Intensive Training Seminar, 2018
  • Presenter, Orientation School for Magistrate and Municipal Judges, South Carolina Court Administration, 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
  • Speaker, Criminal Defense 101, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016
  • Speaker, Criminal Law Practice Essentials, South Carolina Bar Association, 2016

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
  • Graduate, National Criminal Defense College (NCDC), Trial Practice Institute.  http://www.ncdc.net, 2015

Videos:

  • *SEE DISCLAIMER Located In The Summary Statement. General Information Only (not Legal Advice), 2016

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: 10/14/2019

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