Jill Lesley was born in Columbia, South Carolina and grew up in the Atlanta Metro Area. She attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with honors.
Deciding to return to her birthplace, she attended the University of South Carolina School of Law where she graduated in May 2022. During her time at USC, she was a member of the Mock Trial Bar and a Senior Articles Editor with the Journal of Law and Education where her Student Note titled Discipline or Crime: An Analysis of the Use of Memoranda of Understanding to Regulate School Resource Officer Intervention in South Carolina Schools was published in Fall 2021. She further served as a Guardian Ad Litem for Richland County Family Court for two years and was a Student Attorney in the Juvenile Justice Clinic at USC Law. While in law school, Jill also clerked for two years for the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office Special Prosecutions Section which focused on the prosecution of human trafficking, sexual assault, and police misconduct.
Prior to joining the firm, Jill served as Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable Grace G. Knie of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties.
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In 2008, I was convicted of homicide by child abuse and sentenced to 35 years in prison. My case ended up in the appellate defense office. I felt so hopeless at that time. It was only 2008, and my release date wasn’t until 2039.
Mrs. Best kept in constant contact with me through letters and was very encouraging when I spoke with her on the phone while in prison at Camille Griffin Graham in South Carolina…
I have been free since 2013. If it wasn’t for her and her hard work there’s no way I would be out of prison right now. The Court finally reversed my conviction in 2013…
I repeat the supreme Court let me go!!!! I thank God for her if you’re looking for someone that’s truly going to fight for you, I would highly recommend Mrs. Best you will not be disappointed if you don’t believe this, please look my name up I’m in the wrongfully convicted database.
God used her to help me, and I am forever grateful! Mrs. Best, thank you!!!!! You will be forever in my heart I’ll never forget you!
Our track record in the United States Federal Court of Appeals
I can't recommend Besty highly enough! She is the go-to appellate lawyer in the State of South Carolina and whenever I can refer her a client I will because I know they will be in trusted hands.
I would like to say that so far this has been the best interaction with an attorney’s office. The communication is seamless and there is always someone available to answer questions when they arise.
Elizabeth Franklin-Best has a passion for her work, knowledge of the law, compassion for her clients, she listens, and has effective writing skills! She is reasonably priced and she truly fights for you!!
When I hired Elizabeth Franklin-Best I received the best experience I've ever had with an attorney. Her genuineness, professionalism ,and legal expertise is unrivaled.
Nothing in the court of law is guaranteed in today’s court systems but if you need a firm that will fight for you and knows the system and the laws then Elizabeth Franklin Best and her team is who you need to hire.
Her office is very professional and Rebecca was very energetic during our conversation. The consultation went great with my relative and he's in great spirits and looking forward to being home very soon!!
When I hired Elizabeth Franklin-Best I received the best experience I've ever had with an attorney. Her genuineness, professionalism ,and legal expertise is unrivaled. She and her team showed a genuine concern with our case and
Elizabeth and her staff are absolutely the best in the business, I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for help with a conviction.
Cases We Handle
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