Steve Sumner Attorney
Steve graduated from the USC School of Law in 1992. As a student, he was named to the "Order of the Wig and Robe" for superior academic achievement. Additionally, Steve was part of the "Mock Trial Competition" winning team at USC, which represented USC in the Southeastern regional of the national competition.
Steve served as a state court prosecutor from 1992 to 1994. His primary case load consisted of prosecuting DUI, Felony DUI, Reckless Homicide and Traffic offenses.
In 1997, Steve opened his own practice as a criminal defense attorney, with a special focus on defending clients accused of DUI, Felony DUI, all driving offenses and drug cases.
Steve currently represents clients in over 25 courts in Upstate South Carolina. These courts include Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, Pickens and Laurens counties; as well as the city/municipal courts of Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg, Simpsonville, Mauldin, Greer, Fountain Inn, Easley, Clemson, Central, and Laurens.
Professional Affiliations:Best Lawyers in America - DUI DefenseBest Attorneys of America – Lifetime Charter Member South Carolina Super Lawyers - DUI Defense The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers National College for DUI Defense National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) American Bar Association – Criminal Justice Section South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association South Carolina Bar Association South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Greenville Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDUI Defense Lawyers Association
Professional Speaking Engagements: "For the DUI Practitioner: A Review of Significant South Carolina, US Supreme Court and National Decisions" – Columbia, SC "From Schmerber to McNeely: a review of DUI cases decided by the US Supreme Court" – Columbia, SC "DUI Defense from Jury Selection to Closing Statement" - a National Broadcast "South Carolina Summary Court Judges – Magistrate's Intensive Training Seminar – Columbia, SC "Handling Your First DUI Case" - Charlotte, NC "Handling Your First DUI Case" - Columbia, SC "Emerging Issues in DUI/Drunk Driving Cases" - Columbia, SC "Preparing a Criminal Case for Trial" - Charleston School of Law, Charleston, SC "Social Media, Discovery and Evidence in Criminal Cases"- Charlotte, NC "An Introductory Course: Handling the First DUI Case"- Columbia, SC "Latest Developments in DUI"- Columbia, SC "Recent Developments in DUI"- Greenville, SC "Knowing your Rights as a Citizen"- Furman University - Greenville, SC
Published Articles/Columns:"Emma's Law relies on technology to fight DUI" - The Greenville News"Five decisions that matter the most to DUI attorneys" - South Carolina Lawyers Weekly"A Line is Drawn on the DUI Exception" - South Carolina Lawyers Weekly"The Current State of Confrontation" - The Voice (Fort Worth, Texas) "State's New DUI Reform Law Aims for Balance"- The Greenville News "Verdict is Out on whether DUI Reform will give Balance" - The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)"Our Rights Should be Carefully Guarded" - The Greenville News "Employees who Drive Carry Host of Issues"- GSA Business Journal"Old laws, new consequences for having open containers" - South Carolina Laywers Weekly"Roll the tape (or not): A review of recent decisions regarding DUI videotaping" - South Carolina Lawyers Weekly "DUI Myths Debunked"- Industry Magazine "The Value of Confrontational Behavior" – South Carolina Lawyers Weekly
Erica M. Soderdahl Attorney
A native of Chicago, Erica graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2004. During her studies at the University of Michigan, Erica was selected to work on special projects as a Research Assistant for two professors who are well known in the field of Criminal Law: Professor Yale Kamisar, researching the evolution of the Miranda decision regarding a suspect's right to counsel during interrogation, and Professor Samuel Gross, researching death penalty cases in cooperation with the Innocence Project.
After graduation, Erica moved to Chicago, where she practiced family law for a year and criminal defense for almost ten years.
Erica moved to Upstate South Carolina in 2014 and joined Steve as an Associate in 2015.
Professional Affiliations:South Carolina Bar Illinois State Bar American Bar Association National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers South Carolina Women Lawyers Association DUI Defense Lawyers Association Greenville Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers National College of DUI Defense
Professional Speaking Engagements:"Evidence-Based Sentencing: What Every Illinois Lawyer Needs to Know" – Member of panel for "Panel Discussion: Ethical Issues" topic. Sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association. "Improving Bond Court Hearings" – Presenter. Law Office, Cook County Public Defender. "Courtroom Cross Skills for Summary Suspension Hearings" – Session Leader. Presented by the Chicago Bar Association.
Scott (Scotty) Roberson Staff Investigator
Scotty joined Attorney Steve Sumner in 2003, after a fourteen year career in law enforcement. Scotty's area of specialization was alcohol and drug related offenses. He was awarded the A.C.E. Distinction in 2000 by the Office of the Director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. In 2001, he was awarded the Traffic Safety Officer (TSO) designation by the Office of the Governor of South Carolina. He also received the Greenville County Sheriff's Office "Distinguished Service Award".
Scotty has presented for Defense Attorneys, Public Defenders and at the college level and has served as an instructor for Defense Attorneys in South Carolina, Indiana and Colorado in the areas of field sobriety testing and breath testing, along with their proper implementation. He has testified in numerous courts as an expert on DUI and proper breath testing procedures and has reviewed thousands of DUI cases from across the country. He is nationally certified (NHTSA) as an instructor in field sobriety testing, and has received advanced training in the drug recognition expert curriculum (DRE). Scotty has completed the supervisors program at the National Patent Factory in Ohio for the DataMaster breath testing device that is used exclusively in the state of South Carolina.
With over 40 years of combined experience, Steve and Scotty have been involved in over 2,500 DUI cases.
Professional Affiliations:National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) National Defender Investigator Association Alabama Association of Criminal Defense LawyersCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Greenville Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Kansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersKentucky Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLouisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers S.C. Association of Criminal Defense LawyersTennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersTexas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationDUI Defense Lawyers Association
Professional Speaking Engagements: Guest Speaker - College of Charleston Law School: Charleston, South Carolina Guest Instructor - ITT Tech. Criminal Justice Program: Greenville, South Carolina Guest Speaker - SCBBA - Columbia, South Carolina Guest Speaker - SCBBA: Florence, South Carolina Guest Instructor - ITT Tech. Criminal Justice Program: Greenville, South Carolina Guest Instructor - ITT Tech. Criminal Justice Program: Greenville, South Carolina Guest Instructor - ITT Tech. Criminal Justice Program: Greenville, South Carolina Instructor – Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor Course: Greenville, South Carolina Presenter - "Expert in the DWI Case": Indianapolis, Indiana Instructor – Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course: Anderson, South Carolina Instructor – Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course: Greenville, South Carolina Co-Presenter - Introduction to the DataMaster DMT - S.C. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: Columbia, South Carolina Instructor – Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course: Denver School of Law, Denver, Colorado Instructor - Standardized Field Sobriety Test Advanced DUI Detection: Pickens, SC Instructor - Standardized Field Sobriety Test Advanced DUI Detection: Oconee, SC "Analyze the DUI Case": Greenville Public Defenders Office
Jessica Antonucci Legal Assistant
Jessica joined our firm in 2010, after working as a court reporter for fifteen years. She will be your primary main contact for appointments, scheduling, and general questions regarding the status of your case. Jessica handles all scheduling, and is the initial liaison with the courts and SCDMV. She transcribes the firm's dictation, hearings, depositions and audio files. Jessica maintains the backbone of our caseload and is a vital part of our team.
Hilary Loftis Legal Assistant
A recent addition to our team, Hilary joined us in 2015. She is a 2008 Clemson graduate with a BS in Management and also holds a Property Manager’s License from the Wyatt Institute in Greenville.
Hilary is your first point of contact with our firm, providing both legal and administrative support. She will answer your calls, furnish whatever information you might need for your case, schedules appointment and processes payments.
Selected as a Best Lawyer in America for DUI Defense.
Selected as a "Best Attorney" Lifetime Charter Member to the Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America list. Less than 1% of the lawyers in America have been invited for memberships. The Lifetime Charter Membership is limited to 100 attorneys in each state.
Selected in 2013 and 2014 "South Carolina Super Lawyers® for DUI Defense".
Selected in The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
Winner of the 2012 "Business of Integrity Award for Customer Service" by the Better Business Bureau of the Upstate.
AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell, the nation’s oldest rating service for attorneys.
2013 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
Named a "Top Attorney in South Carolina" by Columbia Living Magazine.
Member: National College, DUI Defense and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
The Steve Sumner Law Firm represents individuals in Upstate SC, including Greenville, Anderson, Pickens, Oconee, Spartanburg, Laurens and Greenwood counties.
CONTACT Steve Sumner Law FirmAttorney Steve W. Sumner1088 North Church StreetGreenville, SC 29601Fax: 864-233-8781
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