Beattie B. Ashmore, Esquire
Mr. Ashmore has been practicing law in South Carolina for over twenty years. He has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell which is the highest rank given in legal ability and ethical standards. He was born in Greenville, South Carolina in 1959. He graduated from the College of Charleston in l98l. After graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1986, he clerked for Bankruptcy Judges for four years. From 1990 through 1996, Mr. Ashmore was an Assistant United States Attorney in South Carolina. He spent three years in the civil division and three years in the criminal division. His civil division areas of practice involved defending the United States and its agencies in all areas of civil litigation. His civil trial experience included wrongful death, medical malpractice, various tort actions and asset forfeiture.
While in the criminal division of the United States Attorney's Office, Mr. Ashmore prosecuted a number of cases including bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, weapons charges, bankruptcy fraud, securities fraud, bank robbery, money laundering, and drug offenses. In Mr. Ashmore's last year as an Assistant United States Attorney, he had the highest number of convictions in the State of South Carolina with over 160 convictions. He received a special commendation from the Director of the FBI in 1993 for the successful conviction at trial of two defendants in a white collar fraud case.
Mr. Ashmore's trial experience includes dozens of criminal trials as a Federal prosecutor. These cases included bankruptcy fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, and numerous drug offenses including multi-defendant conspiracy cases. He has also represented hundreds of individuals in State and Federal criminal courts having tried cases ranging from DUI to murder. Mr. Ashmore has argued before the Fourth Circuit and the State of South Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. He obtained a reversal of a voluntary manslaughter conviction in the State of South Carolina Supreme Court and was lead counsel in the underlying murder trial. In 2006, the Chief of the Federal District Court in South Carolina granted a suppression motion filed by Mr. Ashmore after a two-day hearing which was related to an unconstitutional dog search and seizure on Interstate 85. The indictment was dismissed.
Mr. Ashmore has defended an international mining company against nine hundred and seventy-five individual federal lawsuits; an oil company that discharged one million gallons of diesel fuel into the Reedy River in a class action and related criminal case; and a trucking company in an eighteen million dollar settlement of three Federal wrongful death lawsuits. He has defended corporate defendants and their employees in criminal cases ranging from environmental crimes to securities fraud to obstruction of justice charges. He has spoken at numerous legal conferences and he has been interviewed on the FoxNews Network's nationally televised "On The Record With Greta Van Susteren". Mr. Ashmore has handled cases in the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, North Carolina, Missouri, and Kentucky. He has been associated as local counsel to some of the largest law firms in the country.
In 2000, Mr. Ashmore was appointed by the Federal District Court in Anderson, South Carolina, to serve as the Receiver in an effort to recover over 50 million dollars in a criminal prosecution of an international fraud ring. Over 25 million dollars was returned to the 900 investors making this one of the most successful Receiverships in the country. In 2006, he was appointed by the State of South Carolina Circuit Court as Trustee in a civil action in Greenville County involving the handling of electronic personal data. In 2007, he was appointed by the Federal District Court in Charleston, South Carolina to serve as Trustee in a criminal case involving nine defendants and allegations of securities fraud of over 30 million dollars. In 2007, he was appointed Receiver by the Federal District Court in Columbia, South Carolina in the "Three Hebrew Boys" matter, a criminal case with allegations of an eighty million dollar fraud. To date, Mr. Ashmore has been credited with recovering and returning approximately 46% of the loss incurred by the the victims.