Stephen, PLW’s Managing Partner, has always been competitive — first in sports, then in law school trial competitions, and most decidedly in professional practice. For almost as long, he’s felt a calling to make a difference in people’s lives. Being a trial lawyer is an ideal outlet for his competitiveness and his compassion. He represents people whose voices must be heard and whose stories must be told.
For more than 30 years, Stephen has successfully represented clients in jury trials throughout the Upstate of South Carolina. Intent on providing unmatched representation, he continually studies the fine points of personal injury, business, and related litigation strategy. His client-focused, listen-first approach and litigation experience have resulted in verdicts and settlements worth millions of dollars.
University of South Carolina; University of South Carolina School of Law
Born in Rock Hill, SC, Stephen earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of South Carolina. He developed his love of the courtroom as a member of the University of South Carolina Law School Trial Competition Team, winning the Law School competition and moving on to compete in the National Trial Competition. Stephen was admitted in 1989 to the South Carolina courts and the federal District Court for the District of South Carolina. In 1990, he added the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to his admissions. A small sampling of Stephen’s professional associations includes:
Stephen believes strongly in giving back to local, state, and global communities. That commitment has been reflected in his participation with church youth group mission trips and in his lifelong service to Palmetto Boys State, a leadership program sponsored by the American Legion.