Bobby Frederick

I worked as a public defender for about a year and a half after graduating from U.S.C. School of Law in 2004, and then opened a law office in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in 2006. I handled mostly criminal defense and civil rights cases and focused exclusively on trial work. I never represented the government or corporations, and our mission was to fight for ordinary people against what were at times overwhelming odds. During that time I actively sought referrals of difficult cases that other attorneys were not comfortable taking to trial. I had a staff of associate attorneys, paralegals, and investigators. We won more trials than we lost, more than half of our cases were dismissed before trial, and we went to war in every case we took.

I maintained my own website and blog until closing the law office in 2015. My accomplishments as a practicing attorney included:

  • President, Horry County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008 – 2010.
  • President, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2014.
  • Board member, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011 – 2015.
  • Attended Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming, 2009 – 2014.
  • Certification in criminal trial advocacy by the National Board of Legal Specialty, 2012 – 2016.
  • Certification in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, NHTSA course, 2010.
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2013.
  • 10.00 superb rating by Avvo, 2014 – present.

My writing and editing experience includes a position as Associate Editor for the South Carolina Law Review from 2002 – 2004 and the following publications:

  • Tattoos and the First Amendment – Art Should Be Protected as Art:  The South Carolina Supreme Court Upholds the State’s Ban on Tattooing, 55 S.C. L. Rev. 231 (2003).
  • Creation of Rape-Death Penalty Statute was Bad Politics, Spartanburg Herald-Journal, July 20, 2008.  Available at
  • A Deer Caught in the Headlights, The Warrior, Winter 2014.
  • South Carolina Criminal Defense/ Trial Theory Blog, owner and author 2008 through 2015.
  • Current and past QLW clients.

I attended the Trial Lawyer’s College three week course in 2009 and returned each year through 2014 for week-long grad courses. At TLC I was introduced to the use of psychodramatic techniques which I then incorporated into my practice. I continued the study of psychodramatic methods by attending psychodrama directing workshops each year in addition to the training I received at TLC, and this became a core part of my trial preparation and presentation to jurors.

In 2015, I made a decision to leave the practice of law, for my own health and for my family. We moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina and I began QLW. I am no longer a licensed attorney, but I have remained a member of the South Carolina Bar in good standing with inactive status. If you have any questions about me or the work that I do, or if you just want to say hello, feel free to email or give me a call.