Criminal Defense Attorney Columbia, South Carolina

About Columbia, South Carolina Attorney Matt Bodman

Experienced, knowledgeable, meticulous attorney who handles criminal defense, civil litigation and more

amberg_150107_259Matt Bodman has the experience and knowledge you need to build a strong legal case - whether you are looking for an attorney to handle your criminal defense case or your personal injury claim.

He has personally tried dozens of criminal cases in South Carolina. There's no substitute for actual courtroom experience - and he has the case results to prove it.  Attorney Bodman represents college students as well as others who need solid legal guidance.

For five years, Bodman worked as an Assistant Solicitor (the South Carolina term for an Assistant District Attorney) in Richland County, which includes Columbia, S.C. A full-time criminal prosecutor, he was in the courtroom every day, trying everything from murder and 1st degree burglary cases to DUI.

In 2002, Bodman founded his own private practice, Matt Bodman, P.A. As a Columbia, South Carolina criminal defense and personal injury attorney, Bodman has helped countless clients avoid jail or recover civil damages. Case results truly matter - and so do you.

Why should I hire attorney Bodman to handle my case?

Mr. Bodman is the sole attorney practicing at Matt Bodman, P.A. He personally handles every aspect of every case. He takes such a detail-oriented approach because he strongly believes the best way for a lawyer to build a strong case is to know a client's case inside out.

We recognize there is no way to financially plan for personal injury or criminal defense representation. That's why we structured our practice to offer contingent fee representation for our personal injury clients.

When you hire attorney Bodman, your case won't be passed off to someone else at the firm. You will receive Mr. Bodman's undivided attention. He will take the time to learn about your case. He will work with you to develop the best legal strategy for your unique situation. If necessary, attorney Bodman is not afraid to take your case to trial. We have the time and talent to succeed. We fight to win.

Respected, aggressive attorney fighting for your rights

Attorney Bodman has appeared as a guest commentator on Court TV, now known as TruTV. He was recently named one of six attorneys in the Columbia and Lexington area of South Carolina to the Midlands Legal Elite for Criminal Law by Columbia Business Monthly magazine.

Mr. Bodman has received such honors due to his attention to detail matched with his skilled approach toward every case. Don't underestimate the seriousness of your case.  Contact us today. Call (866) 487-9077 and schedule a free consultation.

What types of cases does attorney Bodman handle?

We represent individuals and families in these types of cases:

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Auto Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • State and Federal Criminal Defense
  • DUI

Other areas of practice include:

  • DUI Defense
  • Drug Charges
  • White Collar Crimes
  • State Criminal Defense
  • Federal Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina, 1997
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2003


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina

J.D. - 1996

  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

M.S. - 1990

Major: Journalism

  • Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, United State of America

B.A. - 1988

Major: International Relations

Honors and Awards

  • Named to Legal Elite of the Midlands by Columbia Business Monthly magazine for Criminal Law in 2012, 2015, 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • South Carolina Association for Justice, Member
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • Richland County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Greenville News, Newspaper Reporter, 1990 - 1993
  • Fifth Circuit Solicitors Office, Assistant Solicitor (District Attorney), 1997 - 2002
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