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Stephan Futeral is an experienced Charleston attorney who handles lawsuits in South Carolina's state and federal courts. As a trial lawyer located near Charleston, South Carolina, Mr. Futeral deals with many types of legal matters involving consumer law, employment law, business law, DUI / DWI defense, personal injury, auto accidents, wrongful death, medical and legal malpractice, products liability, divorces, child custody and visitation, and criminal defense, to name a few.

Before attending college, Stephan Futeral served in the United States Army from 1982 to 1985 and the United States Army National Guard from 1985 to 1987. While in the military, Mr. Futeral worked with strategic nuclear weapons and was a tactical satellite communications operator in the European Theater. He was also a member of the 440 Armor Unit, Fort Carson, Colorado. Further, he participated in such mass military exercises as Return of Forces to Germany and Desert Chief III.

In 1990, Mr. Futeral graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Business Administration. Throughout his attendance of the College of Charleston, he was a member of the National Dean's List. In 1990, he received the Outstanding Student Award. He also received the National Collegiate Business Merit Award and the All-American Scholarship Award. Mr. Futeral is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Fraternity.

In 1993, Mr. Futeral received his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Futeral was a member of the Moot Court Bar and the Order of the Barristers. He also was a student editor of the American Bar Association's Real Property and Trust Journal.

After graduating law school, Mr. Futeral was the judicial clerk for the Honorable C. Tolbert Goolsby, Jr., Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Thereafter, he practiced law in Columbia, South Carolina for several years until returning to his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Futeral is a partner in the law firm of Futeral & Nelson, LLC and has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Charleston School of Law. He has written articles for the South Carolina Lawyer magazine and the American Bar Association Magazine. Further, he has published a legal annotation regarding the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act in South Carolina Jurisprudence. He has been an instructor for the South Carolina Mandatory Magistrate's School and, in 1997, taught the paralegal certification program in Charleston sponsored by the University of South Carolina. Mr. Futeral frequently lectures to non-lawyers and attorneys on such topics as personal injury practice and employment law.


Languages spoken: English, German

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 20%
    23 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    23 years
  3. Family: 20%
  4. DUI & DWI: 20%
  5. Divorce: 20%
    23 years



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

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Russell A. DeMott

    I've known Stephan since law school. I've worked with him on several matters over the years. He's a talented lawyer who zealously advocates for his clients. He's also tech savvy and uses technology in his practice to manage complex litigation other lawyers could not handle. I highly recommend him and regularly refer clients to him.


    Russell DeMott Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Alexandria Broughton Skinner

    I think very highly of Stephen Futeral both personally and professionally. I first met him when we took a class together many years ago. It was a small group training for 40 hours, and the participants got to know each other pretty well. It was then that I first noticed his keen analytical ability, strong work ethic, technological savvy, and common sense. Over the years, I've referred clients to him and have only heard good comments from people I've sent his way.


    Alexandria Skinner Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Futeral & Nelson, LLC

1004 Anna Knapp Blvd.
2nd Floor
Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464


SCGood Standing199308/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
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BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1996
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1995
Certificate of Meritorious ServiceABA Real Property, Probate, and Trust Journal1993
Outstanding Student AwardCollege of Charleston1990
Certificate of Achievement. Outstanding Service During ReforagerU.S. Army1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerFuteral & Nelson2004 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorCharleston School Of Law2005 - 2008
PartnerRobertson & Futeral, PA2002 - 2004
AssociateFinkel & Altman1999 - 2002
AssociateLide, Montgomery, Potts & Medlock1997 - 1999
AssociateLaw Offices of Joseph McCulloch1996 - 1997
AssociateChappell and Smith1994 - 1996
Law ClerkSouth Carolina Court Of Appeals1993 - 1994
CommunicationsArmy National Guard1985 - 1987
Tactical Satellite Communications Terminal OperatorUnited States Army1982 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Therapy Dogs, Inc.Member2010 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
South Carolina Association for JusticeMember2004 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth CircuitAdmitted to Practice1998 - Present
U.S. District Court, District of South CarolinaAdmitted to Practice1995 - Present
Charleston County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1994 - Present
South Carolina BarAdmitted to Practice1993 - Present
South Carolina Bar AssociationAttorney Member1993 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Babb v. Estate of WatsonAffirmed
Sheep Island Plantation, LLC v. Bar-Pen Investments, LLCReversed and remanded
McMillan v. S.C. Dept. of Corrections, 16 F.Supp. 2d 635 (D.S.C. 1997)Summary Judgment Granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
iTunes® BookstoreGun Laws in South Carolina - Piecing It All Together2015
iTunes® BookstoreDUI in South Carolina - Piecing It All Together2014
South Carolina LawyeriPad Apps for Practicing Law in the "Post-PC" Era2013
Tennessee Bar JournalFrom Toy to Tool: Essential Tablet Apps for Lawyers2013
iTunes® BookstoreDivorce in South Carolina - Piecing It All Together2013
The Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make and How to Avoid Them, Seak, Inc.The 10 Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make After Filing for Divorce2005
ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section, Volume 16 No. 4Developing a Firm Web Site1999
28 S.C. Jurisprudence, West GroupUnfair Trade Practices Act1998
South Carolina LawyerPublic Impact: The Stumbling Block to Stating a Private Cause of Action Under the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act1995
Law Blog from the law firm of Futeral & Nelson, LLCCharleston Lawyers BlogN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
College of CharlestonBusiness AdministrationB.S.1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
South Carolina Bar Annual ConventionClaims for Damages to Your Pets2015
South Carolina Bar Annual ConventionAnimal Law - An Emerging Legal Frontier2014
Video CLEiPad Apps for Practicing Law2013
Tech Savvy Law Practice and Ethics of Cloud Computing.Cloud Computing Ethics / iPad Apps for Lawyers2013
echnology to Win Cases & Streamline Your PracticeTechnology to Win Cases & Streamline Your Practice2013
Legal Clinic: Charleston County Public LibraryFamily Law Issues2009
Continuing Legal Education SeminarTop Ten Things You Need to Know: Tort Law2000
Continuing Legal Education SeminarThe Internet for Attorneys1996
Educational SeminarPersonal Injury Practice for Paralegals1995
Continuing Legal Education SeminarComputer Technology: Making the Right Choices for Your Law Office1995