Joseph Preston “Pete” Strom, Jr. was born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1959. He attended the University of South Carolina and graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts. While attending the University of South Carolina, Pete served as President of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, Pete attended the University of South Carolina School of Law where he graduated with a J.D. in 1984.
After graduating from law school, Pete served as law clerk to the Honorable Frank Eppes, a South Carolina state trial court judge. In 1985, Pete joined the Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office as an Assistant Solicitor. While serving as Assistant Solicitor, Pete handled over 200 drug cases, prosecuting the largest heroin trafficking case in South Carolina at that time, a case involving over 100 grams of heroin.
After a stint in private practice, practicing as a partner in three law firms, Pete was named United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina in 1993. At the time he was appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno, Pete was the youngest U.S. Attorney in the country. As the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, Pete created the Violent Crimes Task Force in South Carolina, which Attorney General Reno referred to as “a national model for the country through a provocative violent crime initiative”.
While serving as U.S. Attorney, Pete also served on Justice Department committees relating to organized crime, white collar crime, sentencing guidelines, and juvenile justice; Pete also attended the Harvard University Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.
Pete returned to private practice in 1996, founding the law firm of Strom Law Firm, LLC. Pete currently defends criminal cases in State and Federal courts in South Carolina, including drug crimes, drunk driving charges, criminal domestic violence charges, and allegations of mail and wire fraud. Pete also represents individuals on the civil side in the following types of cases: class actions, personal injury including traumatic injury, defective products, including defective drugs, nursing home neglect, professional license defense, and predatory lending.
Pete has also been admitted pro hac vice in numerous federal courts, including:
Pete has also practiced in a number of other Federal Courts in Multidistrict litigation.
Honors and Awards:
Professional Associations and Memberships:
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Peer Review Rated||Martindale Hubbell||2017|
|Presidents Award||South Carolina Association for Justice||2010|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2010|
|United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina||United States Dept. of Justice||1993 - 1996|
|Partner||Bolt, Popowski, McCullough and Strom||1989 - 1993|
|Assistant Solictor||Fifth Circuit Solictors Office Columbia South Carolina||1986 - 1988|
|Law Clerk||Hon. Frank Eppes, Thirteenth Circuit Judge||1984 - 1985|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|USC / Columbia Technology Incubator||Board of Directors||2012 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Board of Directors||2011 - Present|
|South Carolina Bar Association||Chair of Judical Funding Committee||2010 - Present|
|Fouth Circuit Judical Confernce||Member||1996 - Present|
|South Carolina Association for Justice||Past President||N/A|
|South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Founding Member||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||N/A|
|National Association of Former United States Attorneys||N/A||N/A|
|South Carolina Association for Justice||Chair of Elections Committee||2010 - 2011|
|Heathwood Hall Episcopal School||VP Chairman of the Board||2010 - 2011|
|South Carolina Association for Justice||President||2008 - 2009|
|Kappa Sigma Fraternity||President||1981 - 1982|
|University of South Carolina||N/A||N/A|
|University of South Carolina School of Law||N/A||N/A|
|Law School for Journalists||Civil Law||2012|
|Ethics with the Judges||Ethics||2010|
|The SC Law Review 2010 Symposium: Law and Democracy: Maintaining an Independent Judiciary||Preserving Judicial Independence and Integrity in South Carolina||2010|
|SC Bar Continuing Legal Education Seminar||Legal Ethics||N/A|
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