Alexandra “Allie” Menegakis


Alexandra “Allie” Menegakis is an experienced trial attorney, criminal justice reform advocate, and legal commentator. Together with her zealous advocacy, extensive trial experience, and client-centered approach, Allie is a formidable force for her clients both within and outside of the courtroom.

In 2008, Allie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida with a major in Criminology and minors in both Classics and Modern Greek Studies.  Upon graduation, she was hired by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions where she worked as a Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) instructor.  In 2013, Allie earned a Juris Doctorate and Certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, and was awarded the Book Award in Criminal Litigation.  Outside of the classroom, she served as president of both the Criminal Law Association and the state-wide Florida Bar Law Student Division.  In recognition of her leadership and achievements, Allie was inducted into the prestigious, Florida Blue Key Honor Fraternity in 2013.

An experienced trial attorney, Allie has defended clients in over 70 trials on charges ranging from DUI to first-degree murder. She began her legal career as a public defender in Palm Beach County – the third largest county in Florida – where she represented both juvenile and adult defendants.  In 2018, she re-located to Charleston, South Carolina where she expanded her criminal defense practice to include civil rights litigation and personal injury.  She was quickly recognized by clients and community leaders for her zealous advocacy and was awarded both the Charleston Business Journal’s “Charleston’s 40 under 40” Award in 2021 and Spotlight Award in 2022.

In January of 2020, Allie extended her advocacy from the courtroom to broader policy reform via the creation of the non-profit organization, South Carolina for Criminal Justice Reform (SC4CJR), “a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating mass incarceration and achieving fair, equal, and humane treatment of the criminally accused.”  As SC4CJR’s founder and executive director, Allie continues to educate the public and legislators on smart criminal justice reform.  She is regularly interviewed by local, state, and national media outlets regarding criminal justice issues. (See Legal Commentary section below)

Allie attributes her passionate advocacy and empathy towards her clients to growing up in a large Greek family.  In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, travelling to Greece with her family, playing chess, and learning new languages.  Also an accomplished musician, she enjoys playing the trumpet, piano, and guitar.


  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Rights


  • J.D. University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • B.A. University of Florida


  • South Carolina
  • Florida


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Alexandra “Allie” Menegakis | Attorney

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