Michael Parente is an Associate in the Firm’s Criminal Defense & Government Investigations practice, focusing on criminal defense, white-collar investigations, and civil litigation. He represents and advises individuals, businesses, and governmental entities on a variety of actions. Michael uses his e-discovery experience to assist clients in responding to federal grand jury subpoenas, civil investigative demands, or other government demands. He also conducts internal investigations for companies, prepares witnesses for interviews with the government, and participates in pre-indictment negotiations for a variety of criminal cases.

Michael has trial experience in both criminal and civil matters. In 2022, Michael was part of the trial team defending a constitutional challenge to South Carolina’s congressional districts in front of a three-judge panel. While clerking for the firm in law school, Michael was also heavily involved in a federal white-collar criminal trial that resulted in an acquittal for a client charged with healthcare fraud.

Michael also has experience investigating False Claims Act cases, navigating the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division’s leniency program, and assisting companies and individuals after the government executes search warrants and helps his clients seek the return of their property.

Michael received a B.A. in Philosophy and a Master of Public Health from the University of Virginia and earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Before attending law school, Michael was a health care industry analyst with a corporate intelligence firm.



  • Columbia Business Monthly's, Legal Elite, 2022




  • State Bar: South Carolina, North Carolina
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court: South Carolina, North Carolina (Eastern, Middle, Western)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Fourth Circuit
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Helping clients conduct internal investigations, maintain compliance with complex laws and regulations, and navigate potential or pending criminal charges.

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