GREENVILLE, S.C., (August 17, 2023) –– Greenville attorney Steve Sumner has been named 2024 “Lawyer of the Year” for DUI / DWI Defense in Upstate South Carolina by Best Lawyers. It marks the ninth consecutive year Sumner has been included in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of DUI/DWI Defense. 

Best Lawyers® is universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Lawyers are not allowed to pay a fee to be listed and inclusion is considered a singular honor. 

Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Earlier this year, Sumner & Todd, the firm he co-owns with Scott Todd, was named “Best Law Firm 2022, Tier 1” for DUI Defense by U.S. News & World Report.  Only six law firms in South Carolina received this recognition.  

In 1997, Sumner 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.  He graduated from the USC School of Law in 1992 and 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. 

Attorney Scott Todd joined the office in 2020 and became partner in 2022.

Sumner 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.