John A. O'Leary

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbia, SC

O'Leary Associates, PA
 | 714 Calhoun Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-779-5556
Fax: 803-252-7515
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney John A. O’Leary is the founder of O’Leary Associates, P.A., in Columbia, South Carolina. Mr. O’Leary practices criminal law at the state and federal levels, handling matters involving drug violations, DUI and other misdemeanors and felonies. He serves clients in Columbia, Chapin, Irmo, Orangeburg and Sumter.

Mr. O’Leary has been a licensed attorney since 1974 and has more than 40 years of legal experience. He is admitted to practice in South Carolina, Florida and Michigan.

In addition to running his practice, Mr. O’Leary has trained federal law enforcement on high-speed chases and served as an adviser to police and public safety departments throughout the country. He has received appointments to committees for Crime Delinquency and Juvenile Justice, the South Carolina National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the South Carolina Jail Commission. He regularly testifies as an expert witness and gives presentations on DUI and law enforcement topics.

Over the course of his career, Mr. O’Leary has always been an active member of his legal community. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, The Florida Bar and the State Bar of Michigan. He is a lifetime member and former chairman of the legal officer’s section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and previously served as president of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training.

Mr. O’Leary received a bachelor’s degree in history from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, and attended Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, for graduate school. He received his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (30%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%): DUI/DWI

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (10%): Medical Malpractice, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent

Employment & Labor (10%)

Personal Injury - General (10%): Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Products Liability

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, Medical Malpractice, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Products Liability

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019

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About John O'Leary

Admitted: 1974, South Carolina

Professional Webpage: http://www.olearylawsc.com/john-o-leary.html

Honors/Awards:

  • Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement, 1983

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • South Carolina Trooper's Association, Counsel
  • State Bar Association of Michigan, Member
  • State Bar Association of Florida, Member
  • State Bar Association of South Carolina, Member
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, South Carolina Division
  • Michigan
  • Florida
  • South Carolina
  • S.C. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • S.C. Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • South Carolina Bar, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Office of Legal Coordinator, Detroit Police Department, Appointed by Commissioner Patrick Murphy, Detroit, Michigan, 1970
  • Appointed to a Law Enforcement Task Force on Drugs, sponsored by the White House Conference on a "Drug Free America", 1987
  • Special, Non-Partisan Presidential Law Enforcement Task Force, Appointed by President Ronald Reagan, 1980
  • Metropolitan Dade County Department of Public Safety, Miami, Florida, Special Officer
  • Metropolitan Dade County Department of Public Safety, Miami, Florida, Legal Advisor
  • Gary, Indiana Police Department, Special Officer
  • Gary, Indiana Police Department, Legal Advisor
  • National Association of State Directors of Law Enforcement Training (NASDLET), Past President
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Legal Officer's Section, Life Member
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Legal Officer's Section, Past Chairman
  • Wayne County Sheriff's Department, Michigan, 1969
  • Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department, Michigan, Deputy, 1967

Educational Background:

  • Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, 1970
  • The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, Major: History, 1966

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES
  • And SC Bar Association
  • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National College For DUI Defense
  • SC Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Office Location for John A. O'Leary

714 Calhoun Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-779-5556

Fax: 803-252-7515

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Last Updated: 11/19/2018

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