Eric Shytle serves as the General Counsel for the City of Sumter. His provides legal guidance to the City on local government matters, contracts, land use, public records, open meetings, water and wastewater utilities, procurement, and other related matters.
Eric rejoined the City in 2013 after previously serving as Chief of Staff for the City from 2006 to 2008. From 1999 to 2006, and again from 2008 to 2012, Eric was a public finance and local government attorney in private practice at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., in Columbia. He enjoys an AV Preeminent Ranking from Martindale-Hubbell, which reflects a peer assessment of the "highest level of professional excellence."
He received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Georgia in 1991 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1996. While in law school, Eric served as Chief Justice of the Order of the Wig and Robe and an Articles Editor for the South Carolina Law Review. After he was graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, he clerked for the Honorable Karen J. Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. His first private practice position was with Cravath Swaine & Moore in New York City, where he worked as an associate in the corporate department through the end of 1998.
Eric is originally from Greer and, except for his time at the University of Georgia and at Cravath, has lived his entire life in South Carolina. He is a Ruling Elder at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church and is active teacher and leader in his church community. He is married to Courtney Crook Shytle, also an attorney, and has two children. His interests include road cycling, trout fishing, and travel.