Cleary Law LLC


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Experience And Dedication Matter

Eleanor Duffy Cleary has compassionately and aggressively helped people with their legal needs for over 27 years. If you have been charged with DUI, a traffic offense, or any other criminal offense, contact our office now for a free consultation. We also handle appeals, pardons, parole hearings, expungements, and post-conviction relief.

Ellen served for three years as an attorney coach in the South Carolina Bar’s Law-Related Education Mock Trial competition from 2003 to 2006. She coached E.L. Wright Middle School’s team of talented young people, which advanced to the state competition twice under her leadership.

She is a member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Ellen is admitted to practice in all South Carolina Courts, the United District Court for the District of South Carolina.

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I have been appointed to be a part-time magistrate judge in Richland County. Therefore, I will no longer be taking cases in Richland County, except direct appeals and post-conviction relief cases. I will continue to provide zealous and compassionate representation to clients charged with crimes or seeking pardons from convictions in other counties. Call me at (803) 376-0075 for a FREE CONSULTATION!

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Eleanor “Ellen” Duffy Cleary is a solo practitioner in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. She focuses her practice on criminal defense and DUI defense, both at the trial level and the post-conviction level. She represents clients before municipal, magistrate, and general sessions courts, as well as administrative boards and appellate courts. She has also appeared numerous times before the board of the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services. In November 2000, she began working as an appellate defender at the Office of Appellate Defense (now a division of the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense). She argued on behalf of indigents convicted of state crimes, ranging from murder to possession of drugs. She has argued dozens of times before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the SC Supreme Court. She has submitted briefs on numerous legal issues relating to substantive and procedural criminal law.