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Joseph Preston Strom Jr.

Personal injury Attorney at Columbia, SC

5.0   1 review

also known as Pete Strom, Strom Law Firm

  • Licensed for 38 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1984
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    The Strom Law Firm handles all types of personal injury cases including:tractor trailer accidents, automobile accidents, burn injuries, brain injuries, motorcycle accidents, construction type accidents, defective products arising from medical devices, toys and childrens’ products, medical malpractice claims, nursing home neglect and abuse, slip and fall, wrongful death, as well as injuries sustained while working on the job.

    40 years

  2. Criminal defense
    The criminal defense attorneys at The Strom Law Firm, LLC are experienced in defending clients charged with the following crimes: DUI, criminal domestice violence, simple possession, PWID, drug trafficking, mail fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, breach of trust or embezzlement, theft, robbery, tax crimes, sex crimes or internet solicitation.

    40 years

  3. Business
    The Strom Law Firm LLC’s business litigation practice is focused on representing individuals, officers, directors, public companies, and private corporations involved in suits involving: breach of contract claims; business fraud; interference with business activities or unfair competition; antitrust lawsuits/price fixing allegations; bank and lender liability; insurance fraud and securities fraud; False Claims Act/Qui Tam whistleblower cases and breach of warrant claims.

    40 years

  4. DUI and DWI
    Our DUI Attorneys at Strom Law Firm handle: reducing DUI charges to reckless driving, felony DUI, boating under the influence, underage drinking, military base DUI, DUI drugs and traffic offenses.

    40 years

  5. Defective and dangerous products
    The defective product lawyers at The Strom Law Firm, LLC are experienced in investigating the injury, determining all potentially responsible parties, and proving that the defective product caused your injuries. As your products liability attorneys we know how to protect your rights, establish liability for the product and recover the maximum amount of compensation for a defective product injury available to you under the law.

    40 years

  6. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    The nursing home abuse lawyers at the Strom Law Firm represent elderly clients and families who have been victims of: physical, emotional, and psychological abuse and neglect; medication and prescription errors; inappropriate use of physical or chemical restraints; bedsores, pressure sores, decubitus; dehydration and malnutrition; falls, dislocations and fractures; inadequate staffing, training, and negligent supervision claims; and financial abuse and exploitation.

    40 years

  7. Social Security & Disability
    As disability lawyers at Strom Law Firm, we have represented hundreds of Social Security claimants in South Carolina and see every case through to resolution. While your attorney’s role depends on the particular facts of your case, a Social Security disability attorney at the Strom Law Firm can take charge.

    40 years

  8. Workers compensation
    The work-injury lawyers at The Strom Law Firm, LLC proudly seek justice on behalf of employees injured or killed on the job who work for private companies, as well as employees working for local county, city, and state government.

    40 years

  9. Tax fraud and tax evasion
    The Tax Fraud/Tax Evasion Defense Attorneys at The Strom Law Firm, LLC are experienced in defending clients charged with: failure to pay taxes, submitting false information or directing another to submit false information.

    40 years

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.


Bar Admissions:

  • South Carolina, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1986

Pete has also been admitted pro hac vice in numerous federal courts, including:

  • The Northern District of Florida
  • The Southern District of Florida
  • The Middle District of North Carolina
  • The District of Connecticut
  • The District of New Jersey
  • The Southern District of Iowa
  • The Southern District of California
  • The Central District of California, and
  • The Northern District of California.

Pete has also practiced in a number of other Federal Courts in Multidistrict litigation.


Honors and Awards:

  • AV Peer Review Rated from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Immediate Past President, South Carolina Association for Justice
  • South Carolina State Delegate for the American Association for Justice
  • Board Member, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School
  • Board Member, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center
  • Editor, Columbia, South Carolina Injury Board


Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • South Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice

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Joseph Preston Strom Jr.
6923 N. Trenholm Rd.
Columbia, SC, 29206


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Posted by Lisa | April 18, 2018
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Strom Law Firm LLC GOES ABOVE & BEYOND to serve their clients. My husband had something on his criminal record that was never supposed to be there. This was about 20 years ago and it always bothered him. We've tried over the years to get ANY SC attorney to call us back and let us know what steps to take or to help us get it expunged. We never received a single call back. And these calls were to prominent law firms recommended to us. We were baffled by this, but every year we would try again. I am glad we waited. The person who took our call, McKenzie Redmond could not be any sweeter. She walked us through what items we needed for when the attorney was going to call back in the next hour. (Seriously?? We couldn't pay someone to call us back. Is she really going to?) Sure enough, attorney Stephanie Jones called earlier than expected and had a brief conversation with my husband and I about our options. We felt so comfortable from the very first call. We retained them right there. Next to contact us was Kristi Kole, paralegal. We submitted everything to her and paid the retainer immediately. The transaction itself was hassle free, drama free, quick, sensitive to our needs, Kristi's follow up emails with updates (unprompted) kept us abreast along the way. In the end the expungement was completed and to celebrate Stephanie phoned us. I promised to write this review because if you don't call Strom Law Firm for assistance, you have chosen the wrong firm. Here you will receive kind and generous attention. We could not recommend them more highly. They are a 15 on a scale of 1 to 10. Thank you
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Work Experience

  • 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
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  • University of South Carolina
  • N/A
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • N/A


  • 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
  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys
  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Presidents Award
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • 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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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Joseph
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Pete Strom is an outstanding attorney and advocate. Pete finds solutions when others don't. His ability to understand individuals and their complex legal issues is remarkable. Pete is an amazing litigator who is always a team player. With Pete, you know you have the best team in town."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly experienced lawyer."
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