Experience & Background

Breen is originally from Apalachin, New York. After high school, he left for life in the United States Navy where he served as a Crash & Salvage Firefighter on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier (USS John C. Stennis CVN-74). Afterward, he attended Kansas University (Rock Chalk Jayhawk) until recalled back to duty following 9/11. He later graduated from the College of Charleston, and then the Charleston School of Law.

Breen began his professional legal career clerking for Judge Daniel F. Pieper at the South Carolina Court of Appeals. After his clerkship, he worked in Charleston as an associate attorney for Andy Savage practicing criminal law. He then seized the opportunity to follow his passions for both criminal defense and appellate practice, and worked at Appellate Defense in Columbia, South Carolina. After Appellate Defense, he subsequently went back over to trial work with the First Circuit Public Defender’s Office where he served for nine years as an Assistant Public Defender for Orangeburg County, and the Deputy Public Defender for Calhoun County.

Breen was the president of the South Carolina Public Defender Association, and is currently on the Board of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer as past-president. He has previously spoken on various topics at the Public Defender 101 CLE series, as well as at the South Carolina Bar Convention.

When not working, Breen likes to spend time with his wife and three children (16, 13, and 11) in Chapin, South Carolina. He is a founder and president of their non-profit travel lacrosse club (for which he also coaches), and serves as an assistant coach (defense, of course) for the Chapin JV lacrosse team.