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Partner in the Steinberg Law Firm, Charleston, SC.  Graduated Rutgers School of Law 1975.  Admitted to the SC Bar in 1975, US Dist. Court 1975, 4th Cir. Ct. App 198, U.S. Supt Ct. 1994.  Member of the Charleston County Bar, SC Bar, South Carolina Association for Justice, South Carolina Injured Workers' Association, American Association for Justice.  Awards and honors: Martindale Hubble AV Prestigious Lawyer, Million Dollar Advocates, SC Super Lawyers, Martin Luther King Service Award, SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce Award.  Frequent lecturer and author. 


Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 35%
  2. Car Accident: 15%
  3. Personal Injury: 15%
    39 years, 2 thousand cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 15%
    39 years, 1 thousand cases
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Hourly ($250-350/hour), contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Steinberg Law Firm

61 Broad Street
Charleston, SC, 29401


SCGood Standing197503/07/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2014
AV PreeminentMartindale Hubble2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSteinberg Law Firm, LLP1979 - Present
AttorneyLourie Law Firm1975 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Charleston County Bar AssociationExecutive Committee2014 - Present
South Carolina Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors1975 - Present
Lowcountry Food BankFormer Board of Governors2007 - 2013
South Carolina Association for JusticeFormer Board of Governors2000 - 2008
Rural Missions, Inc.Former Board of Governors2000 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Steel v. ATM Transport$1,125,000 verdict
State v. ZellersNot guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Justice BulletinThoughts on Not Losing a Case2013
The Justice Bulletin; WILGWelcome to the Rabbit Hole: Understanding Loss Costs and Loss Cost Multpliers2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
American UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual ConventionRole of Lawyers in Hospital Infection Cases2012
Workers' Compensation SC Bar CLEHandling Complex Workers' Compensation Cases2005