Ray A. Lord

Ray A. Lord

Irmo, South Carolina


South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, Law Enforcement Class #224; Columbia, South Carolina, Certified law-enforcement officer for South Carolina. Studied federal, state and local laws, police procedures, self-defense, arrest techniques and firearms training. Graduated first in class with the highest academic grade-point-average. Recipient of the J.P. Strom Award for Excellence. February - April 1989.


Attended several training courses offered by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division, South Carolina Fire Academy, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National District Attorney's Association.

Courses include:

  • Basic Fingerprint Identification
  • Advanced Latent Fingerprint Techniques
  • Law-Enforcement Photography*
  • Advanced Photo-Lab Techniques*
  • Marijuana Analysis Certification
  • S&W Identi-Kit Composite System
  • Career Prosecutor Course
  • Juvenile Fire Investigation
  • Basic Fire/Arson Detection
  • Advanced Arson Investigation*
  • Detective Level 1*
  • Advanced Crime Scene Investigation*
  • Health Care Fraud Investigation
* Served as guest instructor for this course.


Federal Firearms Dealer, Personal Safety Products, and Surveillance Systems. See www.palmettosafetysupply.com for more information.

Areas of Practice

  • Traffic Violations
  • Criminal Law
  • Drug Violations
  • DUI, DUAC, BUI and Traffic Defense
  • Criminal Defense
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Business and Personal Bankruptcy
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Divorce
  • Pre-Nuptial and Separation Agreements
  • Estates, Trusts, Wills, Donations and Inheritance
  • Insurance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers' Compensation Claims
  • Traffic Violations and Speeding Tickets

Bar Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina


  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1998
    • Honors: Class Rank: Top 11%
    • Honors: Honor Roll and Dean's List
    • Honors: Co-Director, Mercer Law Review Symposium: The Independent Counsel Statute
    • Honors: Faculty Academic Scholarship. August 1996-98
    • Honors: Corpus Juris Secundum Award for Academic Excellence
    • Honors: Raymond Burr Award
    • Honors: Who's Who Among American Law Students
    • Law Review: Mercer Law Review, Member
  • Midlands Technical College, Columbia, South Carolina
    • Honors: GPA: 4.00/4.00
    • Honors: Earned 9 hours Towards an Accounting Degree. Honor Roll
    • Honors: Dean's List. January - August 1995
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
    • B.S. - May, 1988
    • Major: Criminal Justice (With Concentration in Police Civil Liability)


  • Adjunct Professor, The Block Program, Limestone College, Gaffney, South Carolina, 1998 - Present
  • Guest Instructor, Advanced Arson Investigation Courses for Police and Fire-Fighters, Georgia Public Safety Training Academy, Forsyth, Georgia, 1996 - 1998
  • Volunteer Instructor, Georgia Public Safety Training Academy

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Georgia Legal History Foundation, Research Assistant
  • Mercer Federalist Society, Vice-President
  • Mercer Association of Prosecutors, Founding Member
  • American Bar Association-Law Student Division, Member
  • University of South Carolina Criminal Justice Association, Administrative Director
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers' Association, Member
  • South Carolina Sheriffs' Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Solicitor's Office, Ninth Judicial Circuit, Charleston, South Carolina, Assistant Solicitor (Prosecutor) - Director, Adult Drug Court, 2000 - 2001
  • Charleston County Public Defender's Office, Charleston, South Carolina, Assistant Public Defender (Staff Attorney), 2000
  • Mortimer & Rose, LLC, Summerville, South Carolina, Associate Attorney, 1999 - 2000
  • State of South Carolina Department of Social Services, Moncks Corner, South Carolina, Investigator - Child Protective Services, 1998 - 1999
  • United Healthcare Corporation (d/b/a Physicians' Health Plan of South Carolina, Inc.) Columbia, South Carolina, Director, Anti-Fraud Unit, 1995 - 1996
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina, Medicare Division, Columbia, South Carolina, Operations Manager, 1994 - 1995
  • Richland County Sheriff's Department, Columbia, South Carolina, Deputy Sheriff/Investigator - Forensic Science Division, 1990 - 1993
  • Richland County Sheriff's Department, Columbia, South Carolina, Deputy Sheriff/Patrolman, 1988 - 1990
  • State of South Carolina, General Services Division, Columbia, South Carolina, Reserve Police Officer, 1987 - 1988
  • Alan Miller & Associates, Columbia, South Carolina, Private Detective/Process Server, 1984 - 1986

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Law Clerk, Georgia Legal Services
  • Member, Mercer Christian Legal Society
  • Member/Deacon - Chapin Baptist Church
  • American Red Cross "Star Donor" (Blood Donation Approximately Every 60 Days)
  • South Carolina Bar "Ask-A-Lawyer" Program