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Stephen D. Koehler

Litigation Attorney at Charlotte, NC

4.5   17 reviews
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  • Licensed for 32 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found

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About Stephen

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Stephen David Koehler earned his Bachelor of Science in English and Computer Science degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1987 and his Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1991. Mr. Koehler joined the firm in 2012 after owning his own firm since 1999. Mr. Koehler is admitted to practice in the State Courts of North Carolina, and in North Carolina's Middle and Western United States District Courts.


Mr. Koehler has handled and tried cases in almost every area of business and tort litigation. Mr. Koehler has handled major cases involving General Civil Litigation including Contract Disputes, Construction Law, Collections, Commercial Landlord-Tenant conflicts, Appellate Practice Employment Law, Wage and Hour Act, Trade Secret and Non-Compete Disputes, Consumer Fraud, Personal Injury, Condemnation and Zoning Disputes, Products Liability, Criminal Defense, Automobile Negligence and Premises Liability as well as Workers Compensation. He is a Court-certified Mediator and Arbitrator.


An active trial attorney, Mr. Koehler tried four cases to jury verdict in 2011, winning each one for his clients. He has successfully argued landmark cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Industrial Commission.


Mr. Koehler is an active member of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, The North Carolina Bar Association, the Mecklenburg Bar and the North Carolina State Bar.


When not practicing law, Mr. Koehler is a high school and college sports official, refereeing football, lacrosse, and volleyball. He lives in Waxhaw, North Carolina with his wife of 29 years, and three sons.


Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice

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112 South Tryon Street
Suite 1100
Charlotte, NC, 28284
BridgehouseLaw, LLP
15720 Brixham Hill Avenue
Suite 300
Charlotte, NC, 28277
BridgehouseLaw, LLP
211 N Main Street
Suite C
Monroe, NC, 28112
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4.5 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by David | March 25, 2014
Direct, Responsive and Precise - found it.
My company found Stephen Koehler and his firm 26 miles south of our Huntersville location because of his quick responsiveness. We have an easement / land use situation and Mr. Koehler assessed and aided my company's cause. As my businesses continue to grow and diversify I look forward to Stephen's help along the road. Thank you.
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Posted by Kirk | March 25, 2014
Attorney Stephen Koehler Stands Out in a Crowded Field
Steve was a tremendous help to me in negotiating a property contract when an easement issue came up and was also successful in helping me settle and resolve a breached contract. I have come to trust Steve with any legal situation I might find myself in and is the first attorney I go to when I have questions.
Posted by Shirley | June 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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I hired Stephen Koehler to handle a very emotional, eviction case for me. He was very attentive and understanding throughout. Mr Koehler is a true professional and always had time to answer my questions. His associate, Valerie, is a true asset to the firm and she treated me like a friend and always cared about my situation.
Posted by Jill | October 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney!!
Excellent attorney with great communication. Very knowledgeable and fights to win!!!
Posted by Thomas | October 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great litigator
We hired Stephen to litigate a business matter related to our franchise. It was a lengthy process but in the end we were victorious and were awarded damages. I highly recommend him!
Posted by The Senior Villages Apartments | October 5, 2022
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The Senior Villages Apartments
Although I am new at this job, so far, this legal firm has been top notch and very prompt with some 10-Day Notices and other documents our company has needed. Also, the phone etiquette is outstanding.
Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
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Landlord & Tenant advice session
Mr. Stephen Koehler was very professional, polite, and helpful. He even went a little beyond his requirement of just answering my questions. I truly appreciate his help. I recommend his services to those looking for help. AVVO is awesome. I would definitely use the advisor services again.
Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2015
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Landlord & Tenant advice session
Very knowledgeable. A good experience for me!
Posted by Wendy Richardson | December 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A wonderful Attorney
Thanks for helping my family and helping us get through a very difficult time getting the case dismissed you are truly a blessing thanks for all your hard work it was a wonderful Christmas present knowing that Charles won his case thank you very much
Posted by maura | October 19, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
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Mr. Stephen D. Koehler. Helped me in a case against a doctor and a hosptial. The case was won in thanks to this man thank you so very much.
Posted by Martin | March 25, 2014
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Steve has represented our Company for a number of years in a variety of legal matters in NC. Most recently he worked on a landlord/tenant dispute directly with me. In this matter Steve did a great job both understanding the facts and positioning our arguments to reach a favorable resolution.
Posted by William | March 24, 2014
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When I consulted Steve about a suit I was interested in pursuing he informed me of what possible avenues I could take and what issues might be faced during the case.I found him to be knowledgeable in the area and kept me informed of any developments that arose. I would recommend Steve to any of my friends and family that needed legal help.
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Posted by chris | March 24, 2014
Excellent attorney
Used Stephen in a case against a former employer to recoup back wages as well as expense monies that i was out while employed there. Stephen was diligent in getting all monies due as well as attorney fees and other monies due under NC law. I would highly recommend for business/ employee law matters
Posted by Eugene | March 24, 2014
Very Efficient and Professional!
My experience with the office of Stephen Koehler was extremely satisfactory. I received the best professional service and legal advise that a client can imagine and hope for. Mr. Stephen Koehler is very professional, helpful, straight forwarded, trustworthy and very responsive. He did an excellent job handling my case and I will always highly recommend him to all my friends and colleagues.
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Posted by Tim | March 24, 2014
Successful litigation resulted in an award 8 times the top offer from the insurance company.
I was in an auto accident in 2008 and I contacted Attorney Stephen D. Koehler after several other attorneys turned my case down for the low possibility of recovery of my losses due to the negligence of the other driver. Mr. Koehler gave me a free consultation and set my expectations on what I could expect to recover if I won my case. I retained him as my attorney and he immediately began negotiating with the insurance company on my behalf. It was a tremendous relief to have Mr. Koehler working through this process instead of being pressured by the insurance adjuster. We offered to settle out of court for significantly less than our initial request for damages from the insurance company. They were unwilling to settle and we went to court. Mr. Koehler prepared me and we filed for a court date. Up until the date of the trial, we continued attempting to negotiate a settlement. Throughout the trial, Mr. Koehler kept explaining what was going on as well as noting discrepancies in the defendant's case. At the conclusion of the testimony, the jury deliberated for a few hours and not only found in our favor, but then awarded to me more than twice the amount that we initially asked for from the insurance company and almost 4 times the amount we were willing to settle for before the trial. Had I not found Attorney Stephen D. Koehler, I would have been forced to accept a settlement that the insurance company was pushing on me that would have been one eighth of the final award.
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Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2018
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Don’t pay for a consultation
Me. Koehler invited me to pay his $200 for a consultation regarding a landlord tenant issue and his advice for that $200 was that I could file the papers in court myself. He offered nothing in the way of legal advice and rushed me off the phone. He said I was permitted to ask him one more question at no cost. I emailed a second question and never got a response. I get that lawyers are busy and this is their business, but we’re all busy. You don’t pay your mechanic $200 to tell you to fix the car yourself, right?
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2013
Outrageous billing practices
I hired Mr. Koehler to represent me and to date have paid him $1,200.00 for insignificant representation I found his billing practices to be outrageous and unjustifiable. I would not refer him to anyone and I am not one bit surprised that he kept all of my retainer and somehow justified billing me for his little or no follow up and representation. In fact I am wondering what he actually did do for me other than waste my time and money.
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Response from Stephen Koehler March 24, 2014
This client hired me on an emergency basis before he was evicted from his home. We prepared for an eviction hearing extensively. During our meetings, I provided sound legal advice. Prior to the hearing, the Landlord dismissed the case. The client was apparently under the impression he didn't have to pay for the legal service that had been rendered.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 360-450 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • BridgehouseLaw
  • 2023 - Present
  • Owner
  • Koehler & Associates
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Koehler & Cordes, PLLC
  • 2001 - 2010
  • Owner
  • Stephen D. Koehler, P.A.
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Odom & Groves, PC
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Ruff Bond Cobb Wade & McNair
  • 1993 - 1996
  • Associate
  • Hedrick, Eatman, Gardner & Kincheloe
  • 1991 - 1993
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  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • BS - Computer Science, BA- English
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Landmark Landlord / Tenant Law
  • Victory at trial and appeal


  • Union County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Metrolina Football Officials Association
  • Treasurer
  • 1994 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • 20 Years of Service
  • Metrolina Football Officials Association
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (10)
Endorse Stephen
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Excellent litigation attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer, He is caring and knowledgeable"
Litigation Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very sharp."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve Koehler has been a well-respected attorney in the Charlotte community for years. His is known as an honest, diligent and hard-working advocate on behalf of his clients. As a fellow attorney in the community, I strongly endorse Steve Koehler."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve represented an individual shareholder in a case where I represented the company. The case involved much negotiation to reach a mutually acceptable solution and Steve was professional and courtesy throughout the process."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Steve Koehler - he is an excellent attorney to work with."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is excellent in construction law. He really does a good job for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve has helped a number of my clients obtain jury awards which far outweighed the offer by the insurance carrier. I would recommend Mr. Koehler to any of my family or friends in need of an injury lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Stephen. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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Charlotte Litigation Lawyer Stephen D. Koehler
Stephen D. Koehler
Litigation Attorney
Charlotte, NC
Licensed for 32 years
Virtual consultation available