James W. Bannister - Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, LLC

James W. Bannister

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

A managing partner of Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, James W. Bannister graduated from the University of South Carolina honors program in 1992 as a Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1995, after which he served for two years as clerk to US Federal Judge Henry M. Herlong. Since then, he has been with Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey.

Mr. Bannister is a member of the South Carolina Bar, Federal Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Bannister has been honored among Greenville’s Legal Elite for criminal defense each year the award has been offered.

In 2007, Mr. Bannister earned his Criminal Trial Advocacy Certification from the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has tried numerous felony cases in both Federal and State Courts, and holds notable experience in cases involving Drugs and Narcotics, RICO, Internet Crimes, White Collar Crime, Security Fraud, Tax Evasion, Murder, Criminal Sexual Conduct, Criminal Domestic Violence, and DUI.

On a national level, Mr. Bannister has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2008 for Criminal Defense and DUI Defense. He has also been included in South Carolina’s Super Lawyers for criminal defense since 2011.  In 2016, Mr. Bannister became one of only three members of the South Carolina Bar to be named as a fellow to the American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

In addition to his private practice, Mr. Bannister serves on the Board of Governors for the South Carolina Bar and was recently elected as Commissioner for Greenville Water. Mr. Bannister formerly served on two criminal law task forces, as appointed by the South Carolina Supreme Court, and as a Commissioner on the Commission on Indigent Defense, a commission appointed by Governor Haley.

University of South CarolinaBA 1992University of South Carolina School of LawJ.D. 1995
South Carolina Bar AssociationSupreme Court Criminal Docket Control CommitteeSouth Carolina Criminal Defense LawyersGreenville WaterBuncombe St. United Methodist Church

Case History

State v. Terry Gregory

Stand Your Ground Self-Defense Murder Case -dismissed after trial.

Office Location

401 Pettigru Street
Greenville, SC 29601
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in DUI/DWI Defense of the Greenville Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: General Practice of the Greenville Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: White-Collar of the Greenville Metro Area
James W. Bannister has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!James W. Bannister has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!James W. Bannister has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: General Practice (State and Federal)
Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Federal, State)
DUI/DWI Defense

Other Information

Gender: Male