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About me

I  have been practicing law for over 40 years.  From 1971 to 1983 I served as the head of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office, with the exception of a short period of time in 1975 when I served as Legal Advisor to South Carolina Governor James Edwards.


Since going into private practice in 1983, I have devoted my practice to civil plaintiff's work including serious automobile accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and workers compensation and also to the defense of those charged with white collar criminal violations.


I was born and raised in McCellenville, South Carolina, a small fishing village near Charleston and still reside in McClellanville.   


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 40%
  2. White Collar Crime: 25%
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%
  4. Workers Compensation: 15%



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Payment types:

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  • Gary Christmas

    I have worked with Lionel on numerous medical malpractice and personal injury cases and know him to be an honest, smart and hardworking attorney that knows the law and is very skilled in the court room. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a medical malpractice attorney.


    Gary Christmas Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

225 Seven Farms Drive
Suite 109
Charleston, SC, 29492


SCGood Standing197103/07/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer for Medical Malpractice and Criminal LawSuper Lawyers2010
Best Lawyer Designation since 1992The Best Lawyers in America1992
AV Peer Review Rating since 1983Martindale-Hubbell1983
Designation in Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Legal AdvisorOffice of South Carolina GovernorJames B. Edwards1975 - 1976
Assistant United States AttorneyUnited States Attorney's Office1971 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1983 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersSustaining Member1983 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1971 - Present
South Carolina Bar AssociationMember1971 - Present
Charleston County Bar AssociationMember1971 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Doe v. Henderson County School BoardSettled for 1.78 million dollars
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Addie Armstrong, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Rickey ArmstrongCourt found in favor of Defendant Armstrong
Estate of Marilyn Lewis v. Robert L. Pugh, Jr., M.D.Confidential Settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1971