Sherri Lydon

Sherri Lydon

Location: Columbia, South Carolina

Phone: 803-753-1592

Fax: 803-753-9093

Email: Email Me

After graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1987, Mrs. Lydon began her legal career with Nexsen Pruet Jacobs and Pollard. Three years later she became an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina. As a federal prosecutor, she prosecuted, among other cases, drug cases, bank fraud, RICO, mail and wire fraud, tax cases, insurance fraud and public corruption. She was one of the lead prosecutors in Operation Lost Trust, an FBI investigation which drew national attention and which resulted in numerous convictions of lawmakers and lobbyists for public corruption.

In 2003, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster asked Mrs. Lydon to be the Chief of the State Grand Jury. In that position, she led the successful prosecution of South Carolina’s largest securities fraud case involving Carolina Investors and Homegold.

Mrs. Lydon was awarded the 2013 Compleat Lawyer of the Year Award. The Compleat Lawyer Award is the USC School of Law’s highest recognition of professional achievement and civic leadership by the school’s alumni. Read more.

Areas of Practice

  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • Criminal Law – Federal (White Collar Crime)
  • Whistleblower/Qui Tam
  • Health & Health Care Law
  • Securities Law

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina
    • J.D. – 1987
  • Clemson University
    • B.A. – 1983
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court