I don’t get anything but complicated cases… I’ve been fortunate to have many high profile cases, and to get the best possible results in difficult circumstances.
The government intervenes with an arrest when people aren’t dealing with the problems that they have… We’re not here just to solve criminal problems. We try to get a complete view of the client and get them help for whatever else is going on – substance abuse, psychological issues, health issues, anger management, whatever they need. Otherwise, we won’t take the case.
Practice areas: Criminal defense of clients specializing in the State and Federal courts, and the representation of professionals before licensing boards and commissions.
Admitted: Supreme Court of South Carolina (1975)
U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina (1976)
Central District of Illinois (2009)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (1976)
U.S. Court of Appeals for Armed Forces (1976)
Law school: University of South Carolina, J.D., 1975
College: Fordham University, B.A., 1972
Hometown: Kingston, New York
Family: Wife, Cheryl, four children – Kimberly, Meghan, Andrew, and Heyward, eight grandchildren
Notable achievements: Prior to entering private practice in 1981, Andy was a prosecutor for State of South Carolina, serving as Chief Trial Counsel of the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Division. He was elected to two four-year terms as a member of the Charleston County Council, from 1986 to 1994, and he is a retired Lt. Colonel, Judge Advocate General, with the United States Air Force Reserve. Andy was the first South Carolina criminal defense attorney to be Board Certified as a Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Andy has held an “AV” rating in Martindale-Hubbell since 1990, has been named yearly in the “Best Lawyers in America” since 1991 in the practice area of Criminal Defense – both white-collar and non-white collar areas. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has been named as a Super Lawyer for the last several years. A former legal analyst for the Charleston CBS affiliate, he is currently the host of the Emmy award winning Savage Report, a weekly public affairs broadcast on Comcast cable television. He is a frequent lecturer at South Carolina law schools and professional education programs.
Memberships: Andy is a member of the Charleston County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he is a charter member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center and a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. Andy has been appointed to a number of Supreme Court committees during his career including recent appointments to the Chief Justice’s Commission on the Profession and a task force to revise the South Carolina Rules of Criminal Procedure. He currently serves as a Commissioner on the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense. Andy is a Founding Member of the James L. Petrigu Chapter of American Inn of Court.
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