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J. David Standeffer

Car accident Attorney at Anderson, SC

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Dave Standeffer, Joseph Standeffer

  • Licensed for 48 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1975
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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

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Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    I have recovered millions of dollars for victims involving Death, amputation, ruptured discs, fractured vertebrae, broken limbs, Traumatic Brain Injury, head injury, internal injuries, PTSD and others from Truck, car and motorcycle crashes. I have experts to call on to establish disabilities, impairments, accident reconstruction, loss of earnings, life care plans for the disabled to include future medical bills, future doctor/nurse care and defective vehicle parts and tires and highway defects.

    37 years, 4,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    After prosecuting over 8000 cases during 11 years as an Army JAG and prosecutor in a busy circuit in Anderson and Oconee Counties in SC, I have devoted my criminal practice to Federal and State criminal defense since 1988, including death penalty murder, serious drug cases and every crime about which I am aware. I have seen and used every angle of attack and defense through tough experience and hundreds of jury trials.

    47 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Defective and dangerous products
    I have recovered millions due to bad design or manufacture of products leading to Death, amputation, disfigurement, impairment and permanent total disability when products cause auto wrecks, fires, amputation, explosions and other needless danger to users or others. Often manufacturing standards, safety rules and common sense are disregarded when foreign or large corporations try to squeeze more profit by taking dangerous shortcuts that imperil workers and the unsuspecting public.

    37 years, 500 cases

  4. Slip and fall accident
    Older adults and people with visual and physical impairments are at extreme risk on properties that, through poor maintenance, building code violations or other needless dangers, are not safe. Broken bones, head injuries and other disabling injuries, often result. Laws generally help those who carelessly maintain their property, and not victims of unsafe conditions. I have helped victims of Falls, Structure Collapse, and Inadequate Security ( shootings ) recover millions in results.

    37 years, 450 cases

  5. Wrongful death
    I have seen Tragedy result from anything from careless to criminal acts. Illegal 18 wheeler operation, cell phone distraction, design defect, Nursing Neglect, risky driving, burns, abuse of the helpless, deliberate indifference, gas leaks, burning appliances, highly flammable fabrics and furniture, shootings and stabbings are all areas, among others, where I have been successful for my clients. Attention to detail and experience are incredibly important to win these very important cases

    37 years, 300 cases

     I am one of the elite 21 lawyers in all of South Carolina who are Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy (National Board of Trial Advocacy and SC Supreme Court from 1996) in South Carolina, and I am only 1 of only 21 lawyers in South Carolina who are Board Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Law (National Board of Trial Advocacy and SC Supreme Court, from 2012).  I have qualified for recertification every year. 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). I have repeatedly been selected as TOP 100 Attorney by The National Trial Lawyers Association. All are the highest possible rating, based upon confidential Peer Review. I am a member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum.



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Standeffer Law, LLC
2124 North Highway 81
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Posted by Joseph | May 24, 2020
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Attorney you can trust
We were involved in a serious traffic accident in S.C. and obtained the services of Mr. Standeffer to represent us. He is very professional and personable and made us feel at ease during the legal process. There were a lot of extenuating circumstances regarding our case, but with his knowledge and experience, he was able to deliver a successful settlement outcome.
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Posted by Micki | June 26, 2018
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Mr. Standeffer is the best and most responsive!
I have had the honor of having received very wise counsel and consistant follow-up from Mr. Standeffer. Mr. Standeffer was a fantastic listener which enabled him to clearly understand all aspects of my case. Due to this great quality, Mr. Standeffer was able to accuratly develop a winning solution for my case. Mr. Standeffer is the epitome of an outstanding attorney!
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Posted by John | April 27, 2017
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Great Lawyer you can count on
Dave, is excellent in and out of court. He cares about his clients and will go the extra mile fighting for you. His results speak for themselves.
Posted by Eric | December 14, 2016
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Great attorney
I went over my case with three other attorneys after I fired my first one of which didn't seem to think I had a very good case. Mr. David listened carefully and then went to work for and with me. I let him know from the start that I was patient and in no hurry to settle. Finally settled after 3 years for what I felt I deserved. Very happy to have done business with him. Good Christian man.
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Posted by Ed | August 29, 2016
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My Best Attorney
Mr. Standeffer is a great attorney and a true Christian. Not only was he able to answer all of my questions but he was also right about the outcome. His kindness and experience are above par. My previous attorney is the polar opposite of Mr. Standeffer. I have known him for a long time and recommend him.
Posted by Danielle | June 22, 2015
Fantastic human being
Dave Standeffer is a wonderful human being and the only lawyer I've ever known to have a kind heart. He actually cares for his clients and thinks about you even when he's away from his job also very humble and not intimidating at all to talk to. I trust him 100%. I can say a lot about lawyers being scumbags out for their own interest, but he is set apart completely by his peers in the fact that he wants to help you instead of look at you as a paycheck. He is a great man and I can't put into words how lucky I am to have had him at my side when things were tough! If I were to refer anyone to a lawyer, he would be the ONLY one I would recommend.
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Posted by Latisha | June 18, 2015
If you need a good lawyer go to J David Standeffer he's tha absolute best.
Mr. Standeffer represented me on a case where my friend was driving my car and got busted with drugs. The police immediately seized my car, but thanks to David I now have my vehicle back.
Response from J. Standeffer June 18, 2015
Thank you, Tish.
Posted by Libby | October 15, 2013
Awesome Attorney
It was such a stressful time for my family until Mr. Standeffer took our case. He was always willing to talk to us and answer any questions and concerns we had. We were able to relax because we knew he was working 100% for our best interests. We were amazed how quickly how our issue was resolved ! Hopefully we won't need to hire another attorney, but if we do, I wouldn't think of contacting anyone but Dave.
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  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Standeffer Law, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Founder, Partner
  • J. David Standeffer, Attorney (now Harbin & Burnett, LLP)
  • 1987 - Present
  • Prosecutor
  • 10th Circuit Solicitor's Office
  • 1981 - 1988
  • Associate
  • Anderson & Epps Attorneys
  • 1980 - 1981
  • Trial Counsel
  • US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps
  • 1976 - 1979
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  • Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army
  • Attorney and Counselor of the US Court of Military Appeals
  • 1976
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • Clemson University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, With Honor
  • 1972

Legal Cases

  • Charles Ray Sullivan v. EHN Trustee No. 15, Pearlie Lee Ingram, et al
  • $20,000,000 Verdict
  • Mary Wheeler v Walmart
  • confidential settlement, Anderson
  • Confidential Settlement
  • $1,300,000 settlement, Anderson
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  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 1998 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Anderson County Bar
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • IPTAY Scholarship Fund, Clemson University
  • Tiger Scholarship Donor
  • 1971 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certification in Civil Trial Advocacy
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2017
  • Board Certification in Civil Pretrial Advocacy
  • National Board of Civil Pretrial Advocacy
  • 2017
  • Bar Registry of Preeminent Attorneys
  • Martindale-Hubbell Registry of Preeminent Attorneys
  • 2017
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rating - AV 5.0 of 5
  • MartindaleHubbell
  • 2017
  • Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Columbia Living Magazine
  • 2015
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • The United States of America
  • 1979
  • Distinguished Military Graduate
  • US Army ROTC, Clemson University
  • 1972
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Personal injury Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Personal injury
Criminal defense
Nursing home abuse and neglect
Workers compensation
Personal injury