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At Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, our team is experienced, knowledgeable, and professional. Every client will work with a trial attorney who specializes in family law, criminal law, or real estate law, depending upon the case. We also specialize in immigration law and provide Spanish-speaking services through attorney Marcelo Torricos. When you are looking for a trial attorney in Greenville, SC, look no further than Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey. We believe we have assembled the best team of partners and associates in the Southeast.
Oscar W. Bannister, Jr. (Bill) founded Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey along with John F. Wyatt in 2000. Mr. Bannister graduated from the Citadel in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. From 1962-1965, Mr. Bannister served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He attended law school at the University of South Carolina, where he received his J.D. in 1969. Mr. Bannister was admitted to the South Carolina bar, the U.S. District Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1969.
Mr. Bannister served as an assistant U.S. Attorney from 1970-1974. With over 35 years of experience in the courtroom, Mr. Bannister provides counsel and advice in the areas of Criminal Law and Family Law. He has successfully tried cases throughout South Carolina, earning a listing in Best Lawyers of America for the past 24 years (1991-2014) for his work in DUI/DWI defense as well as white and non-white collar criminal defense.
With a high degree of professionalism, Mr. Bannister has tried cases focusing on White Collar Crime, Criminal Taxation, Civil Practice, Divorce, Fire Loss, Litigation, RICO, Internet Crimes, Drugs and Narcotics, Tax Evasion, Tax Fraud and Criminal Tax Audits.
Born in Union, S.C., Mr. Bannister is a member of the Greenville County and Federal Bar Associations, the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He is also LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated.
A founding partner of Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, John F. Wyatt has practiced law at Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey since its inception. Mr. Wyatt graduated from The Citadel in 1967 and received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1970. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1970 and the U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit in 1974.
Mr. Wyatt served as a captain in the U.S. Army from 1967-1975. He was born in Greenville in 1944 and has received a listing in Best Lawyers in America for 15+ years (1999-present). He has been listed in “Super Lawyers” since 2010, and he was also listed in Best Lawyers in America, Property/Real Estate in 2004.
Mr. Wyatt specializes in Real Estate and Property Law. He has tried cases in Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate Foreclosure, Real Property Acquisitions, Planning and Land Use and Eminent Domain.
He is a member of the Greenville County Bar Association (Member, Real Estate Section), the South Carolina Bar (Chairman, Real Estate Section, 1989-1990; Member, Real Estate Section Council) and the South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association (Board of Directors, 1991-1993). He is also LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated.
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.
Bruce Wyche Bannister is a partner of Bannister, Wyatt, & Stalvey, LLC and a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.
Mr. Bannister graduated from Davidson College in 1995 and went on to earn his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1998.
Mr. Bannister focuses on Family Law, Eminent Domain, and Real Estate Law. He has tried cases involving Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Eminent Domain, Education Law, Residential Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate, Government, Zoning, Planning, and Land Use.
Admitted to the practice of law in South Carolina in 1998, Mr. Bannister was elected as the SC House District 24 Representative in 2005. He currently serves on the Judiciary Committee and is Chairman of the Constitutional Laws Subcommittee. Mr. Bannister was elected by his peers to serve as the Assistant Majority leader for the SC House Republican Caucus from 2008-2012, and now serves as the House Majority Leader. He also serves as the Chairman of the South Carolina Bar Lawyer Legislator task force.
Mr. Bannister is a lifelong resident of Greenville, where he serves as a member of the Wig and Robe, Greenville County Young Lawyers, South Carolina Bar, and the Better Business Bureau. He is a LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated lawyer, and has also taught as an adjunct professor at Greenville Technical College. He also holds previous experience as a law clerk to the Honorable Larry R. Patterson, Circuit Court Judge.
As an active member within the community, Mr. Bannister is a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class XXVI and a member of Liberty Fellowship’s Class of 2014. He currently serves as a board member for the Children’s Museum of the Upstate and the Andrews Society of Greenville. He is a past Board Member for the Greenville Peace Center and a Child’s Haven. In 2011, Mr. Bannister received the Children’s Hospital Legislative Advocacy Award for his efforts on behalf of the SC Institute for Child Success.
Bruce W. Bannister focuses his experience on Family Law, Eminent Domain, and Real Estate Law. As a practicing family law and real estate lawyer, Mr. Bannister tries cases involving premises liability, personal injury, education law, zoning, planning, and land use.
Alex Stalvey, a managing partner for Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, served as a prosecutor in Spartanburg and Greenville counties prior to joining the firm in 2009. He currently practices Criminal Defense, Divorce and Personal Injury within the firm.
In 2010, Mr. Stalvey was elected by members of the Greenville County Bar to serve as circuit representative on the Board of the S.C. Association for Justice. The following year, he was nominated to represent the Thirteenth Circuit on the Board of the S.C. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Mr. Stalvey is a member of numerous professional organizations including the National College of DUI Defense, the Greenville Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Based on his extensive experience in the courtroom, Alex achieved Criminal Trial Advocacy Certification from the National Board of Trial Advocacy in 2014. He has represented clients as lead trial counsel on various cases including, Murder, Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Burglary and DUI.
Alex speaks regularly on criminal defense strategies and has given presentations to local and statewide conferences on South Carolina’s “Stand Your Ground” law (also known as the Castle Doctrine). He has also participated in the Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Criminal Defense, where he presented on cross-examination and voir dire. In addition, Alex has published articles on criminal law in several publications including South Carolina Lawyer and the Justice Bulletin.
As an associate at Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, Luke Burke’s main area of practice is in Civil Litigation, with a primary focus on Family Law, Real Estate Litigation, and Business Litigation.
Mr. Burke received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2002, and held a position as a software engineer and developer for several years before entering law school.
In 2011, Mr. Burke graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina School of Law and became a member of the South Carolina Bar. During his time at USC, he was a distinguished member of the South Carolina Law Review, Order of the Coif, and Order of Wig and Robe.
A Chicago native, Mr. Burke relocated to Greenville in 2006 after observing the exciting revitalization occurring in the upstate. He and his wife, Megan, currently reside in Taylors and enjoy taking advantage of the many outdoor festivals and fine cuisine Greenville has to offer.
Prior to joining Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, Mr. Burke served as an associate attorney with Moon Law where his practice focused on litigation. He also holds past experience with the University of South Carolina Intellectual Property Office, where he drafted contracts, licenses, and compliance reports, and assisted in obtaining patents for USC inventions.
- Greenville County Bar
- South Carolina Bar
- Federal Bar Association (District of South Carolina)
- Order of Wig and Robe
- Order of the Coif
Mr. McDonald is an associate in the firm, and his practice is primarily focused on real estate transactions, both residential and commercial. He also handles foreclosures, collections and probate law.
Mr. McDonald graduated from Clemson University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. In 2000, he received his Law Degree from The University of South Carolina and was admitted to the practice of law in South Carolina.
Upon graduation, Mr. McDonald served as law clerk for the Honorable Wyatt T. Saunders, Jr., Judge for the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Following his clerkship, he was an Associate at Hawkins, Richardson & Associates P.C. and Wendell L. Hawkins, P.A. Throughout his career, Mr. McDonald has continued to concentrate his practice on real estate.
Born and raised in Greenville, Mr. McDonald shares Bannister & Wyatt’s passion for the Greenville community. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the Greenville County Bar Associations.
As an associate at Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, Marcelo Torricos’ main areas of practice are in Criminal Defense and Family Law.
Mr. Torricos received his Bachelor’s Degree with Honors from Clemson University in 2009. While at Clemson University, Mr. Torricos was a proud member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Fraternity. After graduating from Clemson University and during law school, Mr. Torricos clerked for the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Spartanburg, SC and for the United States District Attorney’s Office here in Greenville, SC.
In 2012, Mr. Torricos served as a Summer Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Michelle Childs of the Federal District Court for the District of South Carolina. A year later, in 2013, Mr. Torricos graduated from the John Marshall School of Law in Atlanta, GA and became a member of the South Carolina Bar. While in law school, he was the Vice-Chairman of the Board and member of the John Marshall Mock Trial Team.
Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Torricos served as the Law Clerk to the Honorable Robin B. Stilwell of the 13th Judicial Circuit in Greenville, SC.
As an associate of Bannister, Wyatt and Stavley, Elizabeth McCool brings experience to the firm in both family and real estate law with an emphasis in high value closings. Ms. McCool graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She continued her education receiving an MBA from Gardner Webb University and law degree from the University of South Carolina. During her time at USC, she served as Production Editor of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal and was a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society.
Prior to joining Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, Ms. McCool practiced real estate law from 2014 to the present at The Law Offices of Susan B. Covington, PA, and practiced family law with the Carolina Law Group from 2013-14.
A native of Greer, S.C., Ms. McCool enjoys spending her free time on the golf course, sampling local cuisine, reading, or with her dog Howard.