Doward K. Harvin

ATTORNEY DOWARD KEITH HARVIN, was born and raised in Williamsburg County, South Carolina by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Margaret Harvin. He matriculated through the grand halls of Battery Park Elementary School and Hemingway High School. As a student, Attorney Harvin participated in several academic and athletic programs. Upon graduation from Hemingway High in 2001, he was named a Governor’s Scholar, SCANA Scholar, and a Presidential Scholar at South Carolina State University. In 2004, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from South Carolina State University and then went on to receive his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2008. After being licensed by the South Carolina Bar Association, Attorney Harvin worked as a Hearing Officer where he analyzed evidence and made decisions for over 1,000 hearings for the State of South Carolina. 

In 2011, Attorney Harvin opened his own law office where he represents citizens injured in car accidents, citizens that are wrongfully arrested or abused by law enforcement, and citizens harmed by the actions of corporations. 

In addition, he has worked as a Public Defender in Williamsburg County. In this position, he has represented over 1,500 citizens that could not afford to hire an attorney but needed representation against criminal allegations in Juvenile, Municipal, Magistrate and General Sessions Courts. While representing these citizens, Attorney Harvin worked diligently to make sure that diversion programs were offered equally to all citizens, that the process was simplified to reduce pre-conviction punishments that kept individuals from maintaining a productive livelihood, and that citizens had an office and conference room to privately meet to prepare a zealous defense against their charges. 

Over the last few years, Attorney Harvin has been honored as an Upward Bound TRIO Achiever, an Image Award Winner by the Williamsburg County Hometown Chamber, a Clyburn Political Fellow, and a Humanitarian of the Year. Most recently, he was honored as “40 Under 40” award recipient by South Carolina State University for being a young alum who has made significant strides in his career, contributions to his community and has had an impact at the university. In addition, he was recently honored by the South Carolina Bar Association during their 2021 Black History Month tributes. 

He has proudly served as a Member of the South Carolina State University Board of Trustees, a member of the House of Delegates for the South Carolina Bar, a member of the Diversity Committee for the South Carolina Bar Association, a member of the Diversity Plan Implementation Committee for the South Carolina Bar Association, a member of the South Carolina Bar Association’s Leadership Academy Class of 2020, an ordained lay speaker for Mt. Carmel UME Church and a member of the NAACP. 

Most recently, Attorney Harvin was nominated and appointed to serve on the highly prestigious Board of Governors. This board regulates and governs all lawyers in the State of South Carolina and is only made up of a few very well-respected lawyers licensed in South Carolina. 

He attributes his successes to teachers who pushed him in school, the loving support of his family, God’s sustaining grace, and the love and support of his beautiful wife. 

He lives by the motto, “Work Hard, Play Hard, Love Greatly, and Live Freely”.