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Stephanie Ruotolo Fajardo

Family Attorney at Columbia, SC

5.0   3 reviews

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I was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. After graduation from Bishop England High School, I moved to Columbia, South Carolina to attend the University of South Carolina and follow my dream of becoming an attorney. While studying at the University of South Carolina, I was a recipient of the Life Scholarship as well as a University Scholar Scholarship as I pursued my studies in Philosophy and English Literature. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I became a member of the University of South Carolina School of Law Class of 2010. While in law school, I started my legal career with The Finney Law as the sole law clerk in the office. Through hard work with the attorneys and staff at that firm, I developed extensive litigation experience. Inspired by the legal giants that came before me I graduated law school and immediately began to practice in the areas of criminal defense, civil litigation, and domestic relations. in October of 2014, I made the life-changing decision to start my own practice, The Fajardo Law Firm.  Through this practice I have been afforded the opportunity to interact with communities throughout South Carolina and work tirelessly to ensure each person that I represent has his or her voice heard in the Courts. I consistently treat each of my clients with the respect that they deserve and understand the great burden placed upon myself when accepting a client’s case. Whether it be in family court, civil court, or criminal court, I will work my hardest to ensure that you are treated fairly and given the opportunity to have your day in court. I'm a member of the South Carolina Association for Justice, Richland County Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Young Lawyer’ s Division, and South Carolina Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Association.  I am licensed to practice in all levels of court in the State of South Carolina as well as in the U.S. District Court and Court of Appeals for the Fourth Judicial Circuit.

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Licensed for 12 years
State SC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2010
Updated 02/22/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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The Fajardo Law Firm, LLC
1722 Main Street, Suite 302
Columbia, SC, 29201


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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
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I find Mrs. Fajardo to be and outstanding lawyer for child custody and divorce situation. Her greatest skill set is keeping her client from being to emotional, but getting the client what is in there best interests. She is a good representative for your family and will do what is legally best for your family. Without Mrs. Fajardo I as dad would not have custody of my kids.
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Posted by Bishop E. Sutton | April 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
My lawyer stop unwanted actions and directed our Church in the appropriate actions for the best out come. She is a great Lawyer with a personal touch.
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2015
Exactly what we needed
Stephanie did an awesome job guiding our family through a divorce. We very reluctantly switched Lawyers mid stream, as this was a big commitment. We were so happy with our choice. Go Stephanie!! THANKS


  • Hourly Rates $ 200-200 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Fajardo Law Firm, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Finney Law Firm, Inc.
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • The Finney Law Firm, Inc.
  • 2008 - 2010


  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • 2010
  • University of South Carolina
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007


  • Richland County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2015 - Present
  • Richland County Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Section
  • 2014 - Present
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • 2010 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2010 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 South Carolina Rising Star, Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • 2017 South Carolina Rising Star, Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Legal Elite, Family Law
  • Columbia Business Monthly
  • 2017
  • 2016 South Carolina Rising Star, Family Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • South Carolina Family Law Practice
  • Handling Child Custody and Visitation Issues
  • 2017
  • SC YLD Lunch and Learn Series
  • Opening Your Own Law Firm
  • 2016
  • Richland County Recreation Commission Free Legal Clinic
  • Family Law
  • 2016
  • SC Bar YLD: Diversity Series
  • Women in Law Taking Care of Business
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Stephanie
Family Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When my workers comp clients run in to family or criminal law issues, I send them to Stephanie...they've all been pleased."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Stephanie. Stephanie is a great counselor and advocate!"
Family Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Stephanie without reservation in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, DUI, domestic law, etc. She works tirelessly on behalf of her client(s) to achieve the best result possible in every case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephanie provides compassionate and professional representation to her clients. More importantly, she is a zealous advocate in the courtroom."
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Columbia Family Lawyer Stephanie Ruotolo Fajardo
Stephanie Ruotolo Fajardo
Family Attorney
Columbia, SC
Licensed for 12 years