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DSS General Counsel

A dedicated team of compassionate and highly-skilled advocates, dedicated to public service, and devoted to excellence, creativity, and collaboration in service to children, the vulnerable, and families in need.

The legal professionals of the South Carolina Department of Social Services serve in a state-wide “law firm” handling matters at all levels of judicial forums, from Administrative Hearings to the Supreme Court, and in Family Court in every county of South Carolina. DSS employs over 80 attorneys and over 100 paralegals. These legal professionals span the spectrum of experience, from interns and summer clerks to entry-level Attorneys waiting on Bar results to seasoned litigators and advisors with over thirty years of experience.

We are committed to providing the best possible service to the Agency and to the people of South Carolina by cultivating a culture of professionalism, diligent work ethic, and high regard for Justice, Due Process and the Rule of Law.

The Office of General Counsel is responsible for the overall leadership of DSS Legal Operations.

The Office of General Counsel
1535 Confederate Avenue
P.O. Box 1520
Columbia, SC 29202-1520

Telephone: (803) 898-7368
Fax: (803) 898-7245

If you need to reach an Attorney assigned to a particular County, please refer to the directory

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Best Outcomes for Children and Families

Do you have a complaint regarding services being provided to a child by a state agency? Please submit your complaint by phone (1-800-206-1957) or an electronic submission form here with the South Carolina Department of Children's Advocacy.