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John Stephen Grooms

Criminal defense Attorney at Myrtle Beach, SC

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Stephen Grooms, J. Stephen Grooms

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State SC
    Acquired 2010
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I have handled every type of case from simple possession to murder charges.

    13 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Car accident

    9 years, 5 cases

  3. DUI and DWI

J. Stephen Grooms is a lifelong resident of Conway, South Carolina. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in 2005 from the University of South Carolina. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Charleston School of Law in 2010, and has been a member of the South Carolina Bar since that time.

Grooms began his legal career in Charleston, SC, by working in a plaintiff’s litigation firm which handled a variety of plaintiff’s injury cases. He was involved in several complex civil cases, primarily in Construction Plaintiff’s Litigation. In May of 2011 Grooms accepted a position with the Horry County Solicitor’s Office. While working in the Solicitor’s Office Grooms handled over three thousand cases, and took numerous cases to trial achieving favorable results on cases ranging from drug offenses to murder. Grooms was recognized for his leadership and trial results and was promoted to Senior Assistant Prosecutor. His experience in the civil field and as a criminal trial attorney provides the knowledge to recognize the issues in your case, and the tools to represent you with confidence whether your case is criminal or civil in nature.

Grooms has been recognized for his achievements in the courtroom, but also in the community by the South Carolina’s Prosecution Commission as well and the Horry County Solicitor’s Office. Grooms married Ellen Hembree of North Myrtle Beach in 2015, and the couple resides in Conway with their chocolate lab Riley.

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Grooms and Thomas, LLC
4420 Oleander Drive Suite 104
Myrtle Beach, SC, 29526

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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Treats clients like family
My case was a scary experience for myself and my family. Without going into details of it, Stephen Grooms assured me from the beginning that he would do everything in his power to help me. Over the course of a year, he kept us updated on proceedings and did his best keep us in an optimistic mindset. The firm really treated us like family, I highly recommend him. Most importantly, he gets the job done.
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Posted by Ernie | October 8, 2019
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Excellent representation
Mr Groome provided excellent advice and counsel during our insurance company’s investigation of our vandalism case. His professional support during the examination was invaluable. He spent the time to insure our testimony was clear and accurate.
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
I hired Mr. Grooms for a misdemeanor criminal matter and was very satisfied with his representation. He had the matter handled with a favorable result for me within ninety days. Although it was a small charge, it was a big deal to me. I am confident he could handle any matter in any court and would happily recommend him to people who are in need of an attorney in the Myrtle Beach area.
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Posted by Eric | June 30, 2018
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Value and service well beyond expectations
Literally one phone call resolved my issues. I have never worked with an attorney who takes care of an issue and follows up so intently. Had two cases. Both of them for my daughters. One speeding and one failure to stop. One complete dismissal. One lowered and follow for dismissal. I keep him on speed dial.
Posted by John | June 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
This lawyer to the time to hear my situation and give me his professional opinion, after he discussed the action he would take I hire him at reasonable cost. Throughout the process Stephen keep me updated and comfortable about him handling my case. When finished I was truly satisfied with the results he got me, I have also recommended him to friends and co-workers.
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Posted by Christian | June 30, 2018
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A great and compassionate lawyer
Going with Mr. Grooms was the best decision I could have made. I visit with a few lawyers before meeting with him. But after Meeting with him, I knew he was the right lawyer for me. His compassion, guidance, and knowledge, really helped me in my case. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a good defense lawyer. Thank you, Mr. Grooms. You didn't just help me, but my family as well.
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Posted by Diane | June 29, 2018
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He did Excellent work on 2 cases that turned out very well. He communicates with everyone very well, and goes above and beyond what other attorneys we have previously worked with. Can't say enough about how pleased we were with his services. We would highly recommend him, and will use him in the future for any need we may have for an attorney. He is very nice as well as an excellent attorney.
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Posted by Steven | June 29, 2018
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Mr. Steve Mills Sr.
Not only were Mr Grooms & team more than fair prices. They have become like family, his concerns for my case went far beyond the call of duty. Honest and Tenacious fighting for me and my family. I will recommend to everyone as well as use him for any future legal issues.
Posted by Mike | June 29, 2018
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Program Manager
Stephen is an incredibly professional and knowledgeable attorney. His communication and thorough practices helped me achieve the desired outcome I was looking for. I highly recommend Stephen to anyone in need of legal services. Top Notch Lawyer!
Posted by Helen | April 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, experienced and compassionate attorney
I am so grateful to have been referred to Stephen Grooms when I needed legal council. He resolved my civil case swiftly and with results that far surpassed my expectations, all while keeping me updated each step of the way. He was always professional and truly seemed to care about me as a client. I highly recommend!
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Grooms and Thomas, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Senior Solicitor
  • Horry County Solicitors Office
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Lucey Law Firm
  • 2010 - 2011


  • Charleston School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of South Carolina
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of South Carolina vs Client J
  • Client pled to a far lesser charge and was given a sentence of probation


  • Horry County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • John R Justice Award
  • South Carolina Prosecution Commision
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (8)
Endorse John
Unknown Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Stephen is an exceptional attorney who is both knowledgeable and experienced. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Stephen is a great lawyer. He analyzes each and every strategy possible in cases to achieve the best result for his client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is a passionate attorney who works hard for his clients. I endorse him for his work in criminal defense!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is a very intelligent and strategic thinker. We worked together for many years and he always impressed me as an attorney with a tenacious work ethic - one who would leave no stone unturned. As a former prosecutor, he has a great deal of insight into all manner of criminal matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Stephen is one of the best attorneys I have ever had an opportunity to work with. He looks at every case from every possible angle in order to achieve the best results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is a highly intelligent, honest, and hard working attorney who is dedicated to obtaining the best possible results for his clients. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Myrtle Beach Criminal defense Lawyer John Stephen Grooms
John Stephen Grooms
Criminal defense Attorney
Myrtle Beach, SC
Licensed for 13 years