About Me


As a child, I loved to read and to argue. These interests have continued to serve me well in my legal career. My parents were part of "the Greatest Generation” who survived the Great Depression and World War II. From my father, I learned the value of hard work. From my mother, I learned compassion for others.

I grew up in rural Southwest Virginia and attended Emory & Henry College, which is a small liberal arts college in that area. Among other things, I studied religion, philosophy, history and the German language. While there, I decided I would try my hand at law school. After graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1985, I was admitted to the South Carolina Bar. I came to Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1986. The Upstate immediately felt like home, and I have not hung my hat elsewhere since. Here, I have raised my four children with my wife of almost thirty years.

Andrew J Johnston


In my legal career, I  have worked with Legal Services, as an Assistant Solicitor (Prosecutor), Assistant Public Defender and with small Plaintiff law firms. In 1994, I started my own law office in Spartanburg.  I have tried well over one hundred jury trials, including many murder cases as well as other serious felony trials in both state and federal courts. I have argued appeals before the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the South Carolina Supreme Court, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. 

Although my early career was focused on criminal defense, I am now concentrating as much as fifty percent of my practice on medical malpractice and other serious injury cases.

My professional life’s devotion has been advocacy - advocacy for my client and for his cause. To stand before a judge or jury with another person’s fate in my hands has been the greatest honor of my life and continues to be so.

Whether you are charged with a state or federal crime, or if you have been seriously injured in an accident or by medical malpractice, it would be an honor to speak with you about your case. Consultations are always free!

 Old Spartanburg County Courthouse.

Joe Miller: What do you love about the law, Andrew?

Andrew Beckett: I... many things... uh.

.. uh... What I love the most about the law?

Joe Miller: Yeah.

Andrew Beckett: It's that every now and again - not often, but occasionally, - you get to be a part of justice being done. That really is quite a thrill when that happens.

- Philadelphia


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