Brandi Hinton is a former federal and state prosecutor who has handled thousands of criminal cases both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. A Columbia, South Carolina native and a graduate of the University of South Carolina, Brandi attended law school at the Charleston School of Law where she was a member of the Moot Court Board, Student Trial Lawyers Association, Phi Delta Phi, Orientation Committee, Academic Support Search Committee, James L. Pettigru Inn of Court and served on the Alumni Association Board. Upon graduation from law school she was chosen as a member of the Charleston School of Law Forensic Club.
After graduating from law school, Brandi clerked for the Honorable Mikell R. Scarborough during the height of the foreclosure crisis in Charleston County. She then worked in the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office in both Greenville and Pickens counties for eight years where she handled thousands of cases and tried over twenty-five cases including murder, criminal sexual conduct, armed robbery, burglary, domestic violence, white collar, drug trafficking and bank robbery.
Brandi, along with her partner Sloan Ellis, was an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina. As a federal prosecutor, she was assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force where she prosecuted large scale drug trafficking crimes. She also prosecuted complex white collar crimes such as wire fraud, money laundering and PPP fraud in addition to racketeering (RICO), violent crimes in aid of racketeering (VICAR), bank robbery and Hobbs Act robbery cases. Brandi was on the team of prosecutors who prosecuted the largest federal racketeering conspiracy in South Carolina history. Brandi was the recipient of the 2021 United States Attorney’s award for excellence in prosecution.
Outside of work, Brandi serves on the Julie Valentine Center Board of Directors and is a member of the Haynsworth-Perry Inn of Court.