Dayne Phillips is a trained and experienced South Carolina criminal defense attorney and appellate litigator. Dayne has successfully defended citizens in felony jury trials and has successfully argued before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. He is the 2017 President-Elect of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and was the 2016 Vice President of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL). He is also a former circuit representative on the SCACDL Board of Directors.
Notably, he received the 2015 “Top 10 under 40 attorney award for the state of South Carolina” by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
Dayne is also a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College’s (NCDC) Trial Practice Institute and is a member of the National College for DUI Defense. He has taught constitutional rights at the Orientation School for Magistrate and Municipal Judges and preserving issues for appellate review at the Criminal Defense 101 Seminar. In short, he has dedicated his life to defending those who are wrongfully accused or who have made an unfortunate mistake and need help.
Dayne has one goal in every criminal case: Achieve the best possible result for his client. He seeks to accomplish this goal by having a diligent work ethic, placing an emphasis on communication with his clients, and focusing his practice areas on criminal and appellate defense in South Carolina. As a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), he is always seeking to obtain a superior knowledge of criminal law and a deep understanding of the aggressive tactics used by police officers and prosecutors to obtain a conviction. Notably, he is committed to providing his clients with personalized, passionate, and professional representation.
Dayne also knows that being arrested or convicted is an emotional and overwhelming experience for everyone involved and that the "justice system" is oppressive and confusing for non-lawyers. With your future at stake, you need a lawyer who is a skilled and accomplished advocate in the courtroom, who is not afraid to challenge the government, and who is genuinely concerned about counseling clients in their time of need. Dayne Phillips is that lawyer, and he is here to help when you need it most.
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 earned his Juris Doctor degree from from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2010.
During law school, he worked as a law clerk for John Delgado and his interest in criminal defense quickly became his life’s calling. After assisting in several murder trials, this clerkship grew into a passion for challenging the government and defending the underdog. He learned the meaning of zealous advocacy from his mentor, and he is forever grateful.
Dayne began his career as an Assistant Appellate Defender at the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense. His caseload contained a wide spectrum of appeals, which included drug trafficking, burglary, and murder. He filed over 100 appeals in the South Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. He also argued in both of this State’s highest courts, obtaining numerous reversals for his clients and creating law that protects the rights of South Carolina citizens.
Dayne then joined the Eleventh Circuit Public Defender’s Office as an Assistant Public Defender. He managed a large and diverse caseload consisting all types of misdemeanors and felonies, which ranged from driving under the influence (DUI) and criminal domestic violence (CDV) to armed robbery and murder. He gained critical trial experience and received not guilty verdicts in several felony trials.
Dayne accepts cases in all counties of South Carolina and offers a free case review to potential clients. Last but not least; he is a loving husband, loyal friend, and avid Gamecock fan. Simply put, he is living the American dream.
- Law Related Education Committee
Invited to serve on the LRE committee from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
- SC State Delegate, National College for DUI Defense
- Founding Member of the South Carolina Actual Innocence Justice Center
- Ranked in the Top 10 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers
- President-Elect of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017
- Co-Chair of the SCACDL Criminal Defense 101 CLE, February 3, 2017
- Certified As Lead Counsel for Death Penalty Defense
The Supreme Court of South Carolina granted Dayne Phillips' application for certification as lead counsel for death penalty defense.
- Elected to Serve on the SC Bar House of Delegates, January 29, 2016
Attorney Dayne Phillips was elected to serve as an Eleventh Circuit Representative on the South Carolina Bar Association’s House of Delegates for a two-year term.
- Member of the National College for DUI Defense, November 23, 2015
Attorney Dayne Phillips joined the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) to better serve his DUI clients.
- Elected to Serve as Vice President of SCACDL, November 13, 2015
During the annual Reese I. Joye DUI Defense Seminar and SCACDL business meeting, Attorney Dayne Phillips was nominated and elected to serve as the 2016 Vice President of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL). Dayne will serve one year as Vice President, then one year as President-Elect, and in the third-year serve as President of the organization.
- Received Top 10 Under 40 (Criminal Defense) Attorney Award for the state of South Carolina by NACDA, October 30, 2015
The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys selected Attorney Dayne Phillips to receive their Top 10 under 40 Attorney Award for criminal defense attorneys in the state of South Carolina.
South Carolina Bar, 2011
Supreme Court of the United States, 2014
United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, 2015
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2015
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
SCACDL President-Elect, 2017
South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL), 2011
- SCACDL Vice President, 2016
- SCACDL Board of Directors, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Representative, 2014–2015
National College for DUI Defense, 2015
National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2015
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), 2016
GUN LAW IN SOUTH CAROLINA, NBI
- Presenter, February 2017
- Taught on Firearms Dealers, Licensing Requirements, and Gun Ownership Legal Concerns
MAGISTRATES ADVISORY COUNSEL INTENSIVE TRAINING SEMINAR
- Presenter, August, 2016
- Co-taught section on Hearsay and the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment.
- The Seminar was held in conjunction with the South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination and the South Carolina Judicial Department and was held at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE 101 CLE, SCACDL
- Co-Chair, February 2017
- Speaker, March 2015 and February 2016
- Co-taught section on preserving issues for appellate review.
- The CLE was sponsored by the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and was held at the Palmetto Club in Columbia, SC.
ORIENTATION SCHOOL FOR MAGISTRATE AND MUNICIPAL JUDGES
- Presenter, July 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017
- Taught section on constitutional rights.
- This Seminar was provided by South Carolina Court Administration at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, SC.
CRIMINAL PRACTICE ESSENTIALS
- Speaker, May 2016
- Taught the section on Pre-trial and Trial Motions in Criminal Cases.
- This CLE was provided by the SC Bar Association in Columbia, SC.
REPRESENTING A JUVENILE FACING LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
- The training focused on how to effectively represent juvenile defendants facing life without parole. The training addressed recent state and federal developments in the law, an introduction to Miller v. Alabama, Aiken v. Byars, and juvenile sentencing and resentencing proceedings in South Carolina, how juvenile cases are different from adult cases, investigation and presentation of mitigating evidence, how to effectively present psychological assessments, and other common legal/factual issues in juvenile sentencing cases.
- The training was limited only to defense attorneys who were currently representing clients requesting resentencing under Aiken v. Byars or representing juvenile offenders where life without parole is a sentencing option.
- The Seminar was administered by the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense (SCCID) at the Sol. Blatt Building on the State House grounds in Columbia, SC.
NATIONAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE COLLEGE (NCDC)
MERCER SCHOOL OF LAW
- Trial Practice Institute: Two week training course on all aspects of trial advocacy.
U.S. SUPREME COURT INSTITUTE / HABEAS ASSISTANCE TRAINING
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
- Program focused on federal capital habeas corpus law and procedure.
- Taught by nationally recognized law professors and death penalty appellate attorneys John Blume and Anthony G. Amsterdam.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF LAW
- Juris Doctor, May 2010
- Honors: Dean’s List and Moot Court Bar
- ABA Moot Court Competition Team
- ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Miami regional, 2010, 4th best brief
- Courses: Trial and Appellate Advocacy; Criminal Practice Clinic and Discovery Practice
CHARLESTON SCHOOL OF LAW
- Transferred, fall 2008
- Honors: Moot Court Board
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, May 2007, cum laude
- Honors: President’s List; Dean’s List; Mock Trial; and Student Teacher