Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 11.12.54 AMGreg McCollum, Founder and Senior Felony Attorney

Greg McCollum is the managing partner of the Complete Legal Defense Team, located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Complete Legal Defense Team defends the accused who have a lot to lose. Prior to going into private practice, Greg worked for over five years as a felony court prosecutor. He successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases in Horry and Georgetown counties. He has tried cases of every type of crime imaginable, from murder cases to every type of assault, sexual assault, robbery, kidnapping as well as every type of drug case from trafficking to possession.

In 1994, Greg was selected as the first prosecutor for the newly formed centralized DUI Jury Court in Horry County, and served as the prosecuting attorney in Horry County for every highway patrol DUI case made in the greater Myrtle Beach area. As a prosecutor and a defense attorney, Greg has gone to trial in over two hundred cases, including over one hundred DUI trials.

Greg lives in Myrtle Beach with his wife and three children. He is a parishioner of Saint Andrew Catholic Church and former member of the First Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach.  He has served on numerous boards and committees including the Grand Strand YMCA, Myrtle Beach area Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Council, the Children’s Museum of South Carolina, the South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and others.  Formerly he coached the Myrtle Beach High School mock trial team and currently coaches under ten year old girls’ soccer. He serves on the Public Defender Selection Committee and is past chairman of the Horry County Democratic party.

Greg graduated from Clemson University and the University of South Carolina School of law.  He grew  up in a small town, Easley, South Carolina and lived in New York City for three years working for Columbia Pictures.  In 1988 he began practicing criminal law in the Myrtle Beach area as a public defender, and then as a prosecutor, before opening a criminal defense practice.  He is recognized as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the Myrtle Beach area.

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 11.13.59 AMDean N. Mureddu, Senior Trial Attorney

Dean Mureddu has defended criminal cases in the Myrtle Beach and Georgetown areas for over twenty years. He has tried probably every type of criminal case including major felony cases and misdemeanors. In 2015 he agreed to join the Complete Legal Defense Team and lead our Driving Under the Influence Defense Team. After defending the most serious felony cases such as murder, robbery, sexual assault, he wanted to focus on defending DUI cases. As a Senior Trial Lawyer, he will focus in the area of DUI defense. Dean is a member of the prestigious National College of DUI Defense (NCDD) and is also an active member/ participant in the DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA). Dean has an impressive record of winning DUI cases and is respected by judges, prosecutors, police officers and fellow DUI defense attorneys. By focusing on DUI defense we believe he will be able to provide an even higher level of DUI Defense to our clients. If you have questions about a DUI charge in the Myrtle Beach area, contact our team and ask for a consultation with Dean.

Dean graduated from the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama in 1993 and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1994, and admitted in the United States District Court (Federal Court, South Carolina) in 1995.

Dean served as an assistant public defender from January 1994 until May 1998 as a trial attorney in the felony crimes division.

In his last year at the Public Defender’s office, he took over the magistrate court division. This opportunity allowed him to become experienced in defending more DUI cases along with other magistrate court misdemeanors including Minor in Possession of Alcohol, Possession of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Domestic Violence, Driving Under Suspension (DUS), and Habitual Traffic Offender cases. He left the Public Defender’s Office and in 1998 joined the highly regarded Monckton Law Firm. He later became a member of Monckton, Hembree, Mureddu, and Humphries.

Dean has defended hundreds of DUI cases in his 22 years of practicing law and has tried to verdict dozens of DUI cases in both the General Session and Magistrate/Summary Courts.

DSC_6726-Deni-8x10 PrintDeni Gibbs, Paralegal

Deni Gibbs has over 28 years of experience working in criminal law prior to joining the Complete Legal Defense Team. She began her career working at the Horry County Solicitor’s Office as a legal assistant, then in 1989 she began working as a paralegal for the Horry County Public Defender.

During the nine years she was employed by the Public Defender, she assisted attorneys on criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors, felonies and death penalty cases. In 1998, she was hired as the Director of Victim Services for the Horry County Sheriff’s Office at J. Reuben Long Detention Center, where she spent the last 18 years of her career. During her first year there, she facilitated the organization of the Victim Services Office and implemented the new laws mandated by the Victims’ Bill of Rights in South Carolina. She served on various legal committees and was certified through the South Carolina Governor’s Office to teach accredited classes to law enforcement on certain criminal law statutes.

Deni also went to graduate school at Liberty University where she earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA), and she went to undergraduate school at Coastal Carolina University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a cognate in Psychology.

Erica Hadden, Director of Client Engagement

Erica is the first contact for new clients, working with each one-on-one to determine their needs so as to best prepare them as well as our attorneys for their ensuing relationship. Originally from upstate New York, Erica has been here in Myrtle Beach since high school.

Erica and her family enjoy traveling together, regularly sneaking away for weekend trips anywhere interesting and drivable, most recently Charleston for a little culture, Atlanta for a baseball game, and the mountains for glorious scenery.

Samantha Giffin, Receptionist/Legal Assistant

Samantha is our full time receptionist here at Complete Legal Defense Team. A native of Massachusetts, Samantha is now an honorary southerner, having lived first in Louisiana and now in South Carolina for the last 6 years. Samantha has not one, but two master’s degrees, namely in Professional Writing and English/American literature.

Samantha’s passion for teaching has led her to be a university instructor of English composition for the last 10 years, but this has left little time for her first love, writing of fiction and screenplays. Samantha enjoys contributing to our team during the day and having plenty of time for her writing in the evening with the year-end goal of submitting a story or screenplay for publication.

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 11.15.07 AMSarah McCollum, Special Events Coordinator

Sarah McCollum, originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, graduated from Washington Senior High School. Sarah served two years in the United States Air Force where she was stationed at Sculthorpe Air Force Base in the United Kingdom.  She received a top secret United States Government security clearance and worked in the Base Communication Center. Upon leaving the Air Force, she worked as a communications officer for ITT on Vandenburg Air Force Base, Lompoc, California. There she processed military and civilian messages in support of missile, satellites, and space shuttles launches.

Sarah moved to Myrtle Beach in 1994 where she worked briefly with local attorneys while attending college at night. In 1995 Sarah started work with Greg McCollum’s office as a legal assistant. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Coastal Carolina University in 2003. She now serves on the Master Chorale Board of Directors and a member Chicora Rotary. Sarah is a member at St. Andrews Catholic Church and is active in our community with multiple charities. She and Greg are married and have three children.