Bill Nettles was sworn in as the United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina on May 3, 2010. Immediately prior to becoming the U.S. Attorney, Nettles was a member of Sanders & Nettles, LLC in Columbia, South Carolina where he practiced since 2005. Nettles was a sole practitioner from November 1997 to October 2005. From September 1995 to May 1997, Nettles was a member of Banks & Nettles, LLC in Camden, South Carolina. Nettles worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Columbia, South Carolina from August 1992 to September 1995.
While in private practice, Nettles concentrated his practice in criminal defense, including the defense of white collar crime, “street” crimes, as well as several court-appointed capital cases. He has also handled medical malpractice and other civil tort litigation. He has tried over fifty cases in state and federal court, the majority of which were criminal.
Nettles is a member of the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar, and the Pennsylvania Bar (inactive). He has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, and the South Carolina Supreme Court. Since becoming a member of the Bar, he has received the President’s Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the President’s Award from the South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers, the NAACP Foot Soldier in the Sand Award, and the NAACP Outstanding Legal Service Award.
Nettles graduated from Widener University School of Law in 1995, where he was President of the Student Bar Association, on the Widener University Law Review, and a member of the Widener University Moot Court Honor Society. Nettles attended the Citadel for his undergraduate degree. Since graduation, he has published and lectured extensively.