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     I am one of the elite 21 lawyers in all of South Carolina who are Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy (SC Supreme Court in 1996) in South Carolina, and I am only 1 of only 16 lawyers in South Carolina who are Board Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy (National Board of Trial Advocacy, from 1998 and from 2012, respectively).  I have qualified for recertification every year, continuously, since 1996. I have Million and Multi-Million Dollar results in both State and Federal Courts. Among my Million Dollar ($20 million highest) results are cases in Wreck, Product Liability, Burn, Inadequate Security, Nursing Neglect and Defective Industrial Machinery cases. Other cases include Amputation, Criminal Defense (Fed/State), Defective Construction, Dog Bite, Fire Loss, Insurance Claims, Motorcycle, Police Abuse, Premises (Inadequate Security, slip/trip fall), Unpaid Wages, Wrongful Death.

     I earned The Meritorious Service Medal after 3 years duty in The Judge Advocate General's Corps in Germany. I was Officer-in-Charge of one of the busiest law offices in all the Armed Forces.

     With over 500 jury verdicts, I have continuously been rated, by judges and other lawyers in confidential surveys, with the highest possible ratings for legal ability and ethics by the most respected national rating publication, MartindaleHubbell ("AV" rating). SuperLawyers has continuously selected me, and since 1997, I have repeatedly been selected as TOP 100 Attorney by The National Trial Lawyers Association. "Columbia Living Magazine" has annually selected me as a TOP ATTORNEY in South Carolina. All are the highest possible rating, based upon confidential Peer Review.




Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 60%
    30 years, 4 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    40 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
    30 years, 300 cases
  4. Slip and Fall: 10%
    30 years, 450 cases
  5. Defective Products: 10%
    30 years, 1.5 thousand cases



Contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (20 minutes)

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  • David F Stoddard

    I have practiced law in Anderson SC since 1986. I have had an opportunity to observe David as an attorney many times, both as co-counsel on cases and on the other side as opposing counsel. When a member of my family was seriously injured, with a complicated legal case, the Family sought my advice on what attorney to use. I advised the family to retain David, and we were pleased with the results. I trusted David to represent my nephew. You can trust him.


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Contact info

Standeffer Law, LLC

PO Box 35
2124 Highway 81 North (Greenville St.)
Anderson, SC, 29621

Standeffer Law Firm

Po Box 35
2124 Hwy 81 North
Anderson, SC, 29622-0035



SCGood Standing197508/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
Peer Review Rating - AV 5.0 of 5MartindaleHubbell2016
National Board of Trial AdvocacyNational Board of South Carolina2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Board Certification in Civil Pretrial AdvocacyNational Board of Civil Pretrial Advocacy2012
Super Lawyers of South CarolinaSuper Lawyers2008
TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERSThe National Trial Lawyers Association2007
Bar Registry of Preeminent AttorneysMartindale-Hubbell Registry of Preeminent Attorneys2003
Board Certification in Civil Trial AdvocacyNational Board of Legal Specialty Certification1998
Meritorious Service MedalThe United States of America1979
Distinguished Military GraduateUS Army ROTC, Clemson University1972
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerStandeffer Law, LLC2014 - Present
Founder, PartnerJ. David Standeffer, Attorney (now Standeffer & HarbinLLP)1987 - Present
Prosecutor10th Circuit Solicitor's Office1981 - 1988
AssociateAnderson & Epps Attorneys1980 - 1981
Trial CounselUS Army Judge Advocate General's Corps1976 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors1998 - Present
National Board of Trial AdvocacyMember1998 - Present
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember1998 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1980 - Present
South Carolina Association for JusticeMember1980 - Present
South Carolina BarMember1975 - Present
IPTAY Scholarship Fund, Clemson UniversityTiger Scholarship Donor1971 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Talkington v Atria Reclamelucifers$2.4 million verdict US District Ct, Greenville Division, settled for $4.3 million after favorable US 4th Circuit Appellate decision
Mary Wheeler v Walmartconfidential settlement, Anderson
Confidential Settlement$1,300,000 settlement, Anderson
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. ArmyN/AAttorney and Counselor of the US Court of Military Appeals1976
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Clemson UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts, With Honor1972