The Charleston County Coroner’s Office has confirmed the death of Lowcountry Attorney David Aylor.
Aylor, 41, died at his home on Monday, coroner Bobbi Jo O’Neal said. The cause and manner of his death are still pending, she said.
David Aylor Law Offices Managing Attorney Lindsay Johnson released a statement Monday night regarding Aylor’s death:
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our CEO and namesake, David Aylor. David started this firm 14 years ago as a solo practitioner in shared offices and grew it into the successful 22-person firm it is today.
David was known for his generous and helpful spirit. He cared deeply about his employees and customers. He treated us all like family. David’s legacy of determination, hard work and community focus remains and will continue to guide us.
We are all heartbroken to no longer be working with David, but he has left the firm with a strong succession plan and a talented team who will continue to provide the firm’s clients with world-class representation and service.
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The criminal defense, personal injury and DUI attorney founded the David Aylor Law Offices in 2007, according to his biography.
He also served as Acting Attorney for the City of Hanahan and previously as Assistant Attorney in the Ninth Circuit Attorney’s Office for Charleston County.
He also served as a clerk for the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee under former Senator Glenn McConnell, and as a clerk for now-retired US District Judge Robert Carr and criminal defense attorney Andrew Savage III in Charleston.
According to his biography, he graduated from the College of Charleston in 2002 and from the University School of Law in 2006.
Just last month, an ethics lawsuit against him was dismissed in federal court.
The complaint concerned the dissemination of evidence in a drug trafficking case, in which one of Aylor’s investigators arranged for information about the evidence to be left in a safe room for Aylor’s clients, which Aylor acknowledged was a violation of court rules. The government then filed a motion for sanctions against Aylor, but the motion was publicly filed and included quotes made at a sealed hearing by Aylor and the presiding judge, which the government then called “an inappropriate public disclosure of sealed material.” admitted.
The Fed then filed a document acknowledging and agreeing that Aylor’s violation was not premeditated and agreed to withdraw the sanctions request.
Over the years, Aylor and his law firm have received numerous awards and Aylor has been interviewed on legal topics in several national media outlets including The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal and NBC’s Dateline.
Aylor’s law firm has offices across the state with offices in downtown Charleston, North Charleston, Summerville, Walterboro, Myrtle Beach and Greenville.
Charleston police are investigating his death, O’Neal said. The cause and manner of his death are still unknown.