Vicki Koutsogiannis, Attorney
Vicki Koutsogiannis has been an attorney with our office since 2014. During
this time she has represented clients charged with misdemeanor offenses
including DUI and domestic violence, and clients charged with felonies
in General Sessions ranging from sex offenses to drug trafficking. She
has also represented clients charged with federal crimes, and has represented
clients in civil cases pending in federal court. She has tried numerous
cases to verdict, including jury trials for traffic, domestic violence,
and drug distribution.
She is a member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
and the National College of DUI Defense. She has presented at attorney
CLE programs on topics including legal ethics, substance abuse, and criminal
In 2016 she completed the DUI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing course
pursuant to the National Highway Traffic Safety curriculum. This is the
same type of training received by South Carolina law enforcement officers
in the investigation of DUI cases.
In 2017 she completed the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement
(ARIDE) training curriculum, and also passed the final examination. This
training is frequently made available to police officers who are part
of specific DUI teams.
She currently serves as co-chair of the Lexington County Bar Association
Vicki graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where
she also earned a CALI Award for Excellence in the subject of Legal and
Equitable Remedies. (This award is given to students who earn the highest
grade in the class on a given subject.) In law school, she was nominated
and served on the Pro Bono Board, and was a member of several student
organizations. Prior to law school, she received her B.A. in Political
Science from Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York, where she
graduated with honors, Cum Laude.
Vicki grew up in Greenville, South Carolina and graduated from Mauldin
High School. Her parents are from Sparta, Greece, and thanks to them,
she and her brother speak the language fluently. Her parents have been
in the restaurant business all their lives; they currently own and operate
a restaurant, Twin Palmetto, in Landrum, South Carolina. Vicki enjoys
cooking, running, spending time with family and friends, and playing with
her dogs (Nymeria, a white German Shepherd, and Lyanna, a Boston Terrier).
Vicki likes to travel, mostly to Greece, where she has been visiting ever
since she was a child. She is a big fan of the HBO series, Game of Thrones,
and has read the books as well.
Areas of Practice
- Domestic Violence
- Pre-Arrest Investigation
- Criminal Defense
- South Carolina
- U.S. District Court of South Carolina
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Professional Associations and Memberships
South Carolina Bar, Member
Lexington County Bar, Member
South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
National College for DUI Defense, Member
Articles by Vicki
View articles on various criminal defense topics written by Vicki Koutsogiannis.
Introduction to Conditional Discharge
Introduction to the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines
Introduction to the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines: Part II
The Fifth Amendment Part I