President and Principal Attorney
Phone: (803) 514-2557
Dione Carroll, Esq.Aggressive attorney advocate, litigator and problem solver
Dione C Carroll has practiced law since 1994. She practices in the areas of environmental law, Native American and American Indian law, equine law, family law, alternative energy law, public interest law, commercial law, business law, criminal law, open government law, civil rights law, government affairs, gaming law, entertainment law, lobbying affairs, litigation and appeals.
For 6 1/2 years of her career, Ms. Carroll served with distinction as General Counsel to the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, and has spent the vast majority of her career representing the interests of Native Americans and Native American Tribes and environmental public interest groups.
Ms. Carroll resigned her position as General Counsel in February of 2009 to launch Carroll Law Offices, P.A. In her capacity as sole owner and principal attorney to the firm, she continues to represent Native Americans, Native Businesses and Tribal Nations, as well as other varied, primarily business clients. For the last several years, she has dedicated a large portion of her time to meeting the legal needs of the Catawba Indian Nation, the only federally recognized tribe in the State of South Carolina. She acts as outside General Counsel to several other businesses, including but not limited to an athletic products company and a waste management company. Carroll Law Offices, P.A., has its primary business office in idyllic downtown Aiken, South Carolina.
- Dean's list for academic excellence
- Presidential Scholarship 1987 - 1991
- Awarded one year of college credit for scholastic aptitude
- Activities Coordinator for Jaguar Productions
- Environmental Law Society
- Magister (President) '92/'93, Phi Delta Phi, legal honor society and fraternity
- Articles and Notes Editor, Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law
- FSU 1993 Mock Trial Intramural Champion
- Moot Court Team, Mock Trial Division
- United States Supreme Court Bar Association
- South Carolina Bar Association
- Certified for Trial Practice in South Carolina
- United States District Court for South Carolina
- Florida Bar Association
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- American Bar Association
- Dade County Bar Association (fmr.)
- Aiken County Bar Association
- Environmental Section of the Florida Bar
- Florida Association of Women Lawyers (fmr.)
- Nova Southeastern University, College of Law, Community Service Advisory Board (fmr.)
- BNI, AikenNetworks Chapter, Membership Committee (fmr.)
- South Carolina Family Law Bench Bar Committee (for Catawba Indian Nation)
- ISWA Development Corporation Board of the Catawba Indian Nation (fmr.)
- Board of Directors, American Indian Chamber of Commerce of South Carolina (fmr.)
- Green Boundary Club, First Vice President, Board of Governors
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Listed in Best Lawyers for 2013-2017
- Authored article entitled “Secondary Impacts in Environmental Resource Permitting: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” for the Florida Bar Environmental Section Reporter. March 1998.
- Occasional substitute Adjunct Instructor for Dexter Lehtinen (Former Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and former state legislator) at the University of Miami School of Law, Federal Indian Law.
- Interviewed Live on Native American Calling Radio Program on the subject of Restoring the Everglades, which can be heard on over 30 tribal radio stations around the country. March 17, 2003.
- Guest Appearances on Miccosukee Magazine Television Program, regarding Native American Issues, aired on Cable Access Stations around the country and for guests at the Miccosukee Resort and Convention Center.
- Instructor at Florida Chamber of Commerce’s 17th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School in Marco Island, Florida. Spoke alongside Neil McAliley & Lloyd Pike on “Using NEPA & U.S. Environmental Law to Shape CERP and other Federal Projects.” July 16-18, 2003.
- Lecturer at the Water Law Seminar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 20, 2003, sponsored by the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar. Presentation title “Has NPDES Gone Too Far? The Cases,” presented by Dionè Carroll, James Nutt, Terry Cole & Kenneth G. Spillias.
- Speaker at the Everglades Coalition 19th Annual Conference in Miami, Florida. Everglades Restoration: Providing the Leadership, Renewing the Partnership. Lunch and Panel Discussion entitled “The S-9 Lawsuit: From the Everglades to the U.S. Supreme Court”. Speakers present: James Nutt, Dionè Carroll, David Reiner (moderator), John Childe, David Guest, Michelle Diffenderfer. January 21-25, 2004.
- Speaker at the Florida Water Law Conference - Supply, Regulation, Conservation & Quality in Tampa, Florida on May 12, 2005. Presentation title “NPDES Permitting for Water Transfers - Recent Developments,” presented by Dionè Carroll & James Nutt. May 12-13, 2005.
- Speaker at the Indian Country Law Conference in Miami, Florida. Presentation on “Indians and Criminal Justice - Assuming and Retroceding Criminal Jurisdiction” in conjunction with Kevin Washburn. February 10-12, 2005.
- Speaker at the National Foundation for Women Legislators 66th Annual Conference in Sarasota, Florida. Lunch Forum entitled “Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country,” speakers included: Thomas Heffelfinger, Governor Roland Johnson, Sam Winder, Keller George and Dionè Carroll. November 18-22, 2005.
- Speaker at the Public Interest Conference in Gainesville, Florida. Presentation on the Environmental Opposition to the widening of U.S.1. into the Florida Keys and the anticipated primary and secondary impacts in conjunction with Richard Grosso & Lloyd Pike
- Speaker at the Indian Country Law Conference “The State of Our Nations” in Miami, Florida. Panel with Sonia O’Donnell entitled “Protecting Our Land & Water: An Environmental Update.” February 23-25, 2006
- Panelist for Florida International University Professionalism day. Introducing new students to Ethics, Civility & Professionalism. August, 2006.
- Speaker at the 3rd Annual Miccosukee Indian Law Conference “Getting Justice For and In Indian Country” in Miami, Florida. Presentation on “Sovereignty, Immunity, Jurisdiction: Recent Developments in the Law” in conjunction with Sonia O’Donnell and Dexter Lehtinen. Moderator of Roundtable discussion entitled “What are the Threats to Tribal Sovereignty and What Can Be Done About Them?” March 29-31, 2007.
- Speaker at the Key Environmental Issues in U.S. EPA Region 4 Conference, held by the American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy & Resources. Presentation on Permitting Water Transfers - Update on Water Transfer Litigation. Omni CNN Center - Atlanta, Georgia - May 17, 2007.
- Speaker at the Florida Water Law Supply and Quality: Issues, Challenges and Solutions Conference. Presentation on NPDES Permitting Overview and Litigation Update. Hyatt Regency - Tampa - May 21-22, 2007.
- Panelist for Florida International University Professionalism day. Introducing new students to Ethics, Civility & Professionalism. August, 2007.
- Speaker at the 4th Annual Miccosukee Indian Law Conference “Government to Government Relations & Tribal Sovereignty” in Miami, Florida. Moderated Roundtable Discussion on “What are the most Important Issues and Threats to Indian Tribal Sovereignty? March 13-15, 2008.
- Featured in Florida State University, College of Law, Environmental Law Brochure, for fascinating career and accomplishments in the Environmental field, with an emphasis on Indian Law.
- “Consulting with Tribal Nations” symposium, hosted by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming facility, Miami, Florida, to train Corps personnel from throughout the Nation on issues relating to government to government consultations with tribes.
- Speaker at Native American Fish and Wildlife Society South East Region Conference. Presentation on “Environmental Law in Indian Country” in Miami, Florida. June 16th-18th, 2008.
- Speaker at the Florida Bar Environmental Section Update. Presentation on jurisdiction and Waters of the United States, at Amelia Island Plantation, Florida. August 21-22, 2009.
- Speaker at the Miccosukee Indian Law Conference. Moderator and Presentation on Indian Tribes and Commercial Activities. March 17-19, 2009
- Speaker at the South Carolina Bar CLE Seminar for Family Lawyers regarding ICWA. March 20, 2009.
- Adjunct Professor, University of South Carolina Aiken, Native Americans and the Law, learning for life lecture series, Fall 2009.
- Invited, Adjunct Professor, University of South Carolina Aiken, Environmental Law, learning for life lecture series, 2010.
- Lectured Volunteer Guardians Ad Litem for Aiken County regarding the application of Indian Child Welfare Act DSS cases and related issues of Native American law and history, 2011.
- Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2011 - 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Native American Law.
- Board of Directors, The Green Boundary, Aiken, South Carolina, Fall 2012 et seq.
- Continuing Legal Education lecturer regarding The Indian Child Welfare Act. December 2012.
- Board of Directors, ISWA Housing Development Board, January 2013 – November 2013.
- Board of Directors, South Carolina American Indian Chamber of Commerce of South Carolina, 2013 through mid-2015.
- South Carolina Family Law Bench Bar Committee, 2013 to present.
- Speaker, South Carolina Bar Association Meeting, the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, an overview, I’ll Take Indian Child Welfare Act for $1000, January 25, 2014.
- Speaker, Appleseed CLE, the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, April 11, 2014.
- Committee Representative for Catawba Indian Nation. Joint State of South Carolina Department of Social Services/CIN committee for trial consultation under P.L. 113-183, Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act and the Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 U.S.C. §1901 et seq., September 2014 – present.
- Lecturer, South Carolina Children’s Law Center and the South Carolina Department of Social Services (Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Florence and Rock Hill Training Sessions), Indian Child Welfare Act and the Child Welfare Practice, November 2015 – March 2016.
- Lecturer, South Carolina Foster Parent Association 2016 Annual Training Conference, Serving Indian Children; What Every Foster Parent Needs to Know; April 2016.
- Lecturer and Panelist, Federal Bar Association 2016 Annual Meeting and CLE Program for Civil & Criminal Practitioners at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, "When a Tie is a Win: Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and issues of Tribal Jurisdiction for all Practitioners," December 2, 2016.
- Speaker at the South Carolina Department of Social Services CLE Seminar regarding the Indian Child Welfare Act, February 17, 2017.
- Speaker at the South Carolina Family Court Judges' Conference regarding New Regulations and Guidelines for the Indian Child Welfare Act, April 28, 2017.
- Yoshukai Karate and Kobudo (Weapons) Organization, Shihan (teacher of teachers) and Black Belt (4th degree)
- Full Contact Fighter
- Staff/Whipper-in, Saxonburg Hounds and Aiken Hounds
- Strong but not yet fluent Spanish