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David F Stoddard

Divorce and separation Attorney at Anderson, SC

4.5   13 reviews
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  • Licensed for 38 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1985
    Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2011

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

  2. Car accident

  3. Criminal defense

  4. Family

  5. Personal injury
    Accidents, Workers compensation, Wrongful Death, Truck Accidents

  6. Child custody

  7. DUI and DWI
    Defendning Driving Under the Influence Cases. Instructor for Continuing Education in DUI Defense. Former Prosecutor


Attorney David Stoddard is a trial lawyer. He has spent his entire 25-year career litigating cases in courtrooms throughout South Carolina. He emphases cases involving personal injury, DUI arrests, and Family Law.

Personal Injury Attorney of Anderson, SC, David Stoddard has extensive experience in civil litigation and criminal litigation, both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. He began his career as a prosecutor for the 10th Judicial Circuit. From 1986 through 1994, David prosecuted serious felonies, including murder cases, rape cases, drug cases and white-collar crime. Attorney Stoddard left the Solicitor’s Office in 1994 and went into practice with the firm Waldrep & Stoddard. While at the firm, David mainly represented defendants as a personal injury attorney in Anderson, SC, and in insurance defense cases. However, when the firm became more plaintiff oriented, Stoddard left the firm to start his own personal injury attorney practice in 2006.

When David is not in the courtroom, he spends much of his free time with his wife and his two children. He is also an active member of the Anderson community. He is a member of the Anderson Rotary Club and serves as a deacon for the Anderson First Baptist Church. David is also on the church’s Personnel Committee and sings in their choir. Mr. Stoddard also enjoys listening to music, golf, running and weight lifting.


Silver Client Champion
Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2012
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David F. Stoddard
320 East River Street
Anderson, SC, 29624


4.5 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by Harold | December 10, 2012
David Stoddard's review
David stoddard is very service oriented. Performs well even with little preparation time. As an out of state client, he's been responsive, competent and fair in his billings. I recommend him for any legal needs.
Posted by Andy | March 12, 2013
Completely satisfied!
Mr Stoddard and his assistant Joan were great to deal with. I had a legal matter arise and needed an attorney. I called several and they all left me with a feeling that they just didn't care about anything more than how fast I could give them a check or credit card. Then I came accross Mr. Stoddard's firm. I talked to his legal assistant first and I knew I had the right attorney. I would gladly use him again.
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Posted by Deana | February 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce and Custody
David has stuck with me for almost 3 years through the back and forth between me and my ex. My ex files first and it was thrown out after a year and then David filed again for me. Everything was finalized today and I was able to get sole custody of my children. David also gave me great advice and tips for when I graduate from school (something he definitely did not have to do). I am grateful for Davids help.
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consulted David
David was able to help me out even though he didn’t come to my county. He made sure I understood where I stand! Thank you David!
Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The man returned an incoming message from my daughter - a call for help for my son - on a Sunday. Who does that? Clearly accessible, he took the time to advise and consult, and willing [God Bless him] to work with us financially. In my world, this is a man with honor and integrity who truly cares about helping others and not just offer lip service that looks good on a bio. This mother just might get to sleep tonight knowing all hope in obtaining legal help is not lost. Thank you, Mr. Stoddard, for not talking the talk but walking the walk.
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Posted by Troy | June 28, 2014
Heaven sent
I was BEYOND satisfied of Mr Stoddard's services. Of all attorneys I've encountered over the years, my highest regards goes to Mr. Stoddard.
Posted by Barbara | January 9, 2014
Took the time to advise !!
He hasn't represented me, but has advised me several times through email; I only wish he were in my county so I could hire him. It would be wonderful if all divorce lawyers had the care and integrity this man has! I'm in a horrible situation on SSD not able to keep paying and paying for a service won't help, and neither will legal aid! It's very sad someone has to lose everything they have because of lawyers being unwilling to help with's so unfair. Thank you for all of your free and considerate advice! Truly wish I could hire you!
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Posted by Jerry Campbell | September 22, 2013
Great Lawyer
David Stoddard is an attorney with high moral values as well as strong work ethics, he kept me informed with any changes to my case good or bad, he gave me honest advice on the best way to meet my needs & timeline. I think David would make a great choice for all your legal needs plus legal advice I think he is very knowledgeable of the law and is a top choice. Thanks David
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Posted by CoreyZentzLittle | May 29, 2013
David is the peoples attorney, he has had a huge impact on my life. An I'm sure he's not even aware of it. David fought hard for my daughters and I years ago. He won me my children, they are college graduates now an leading a productive full filling life. Who knows where there life would have gone if he didn't fight so hard from a man who's headed to prison now. He's now my roommates attorney, bad car wreck. He's come to our home to see her..that in itself is amazing. He returns all calls in a timely manner. He talks to you an explains everything. I've seen other peoples dealings with other attorneys an I'm proud to say David is my attorney even tho I might not need him again, but its a good feeling to know if I do he's a call away. I recommend him to all my friends. Thank you David for actually caring an being a awesome lawyer. Truly gifted.
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Posted by Wayne | March 30, 2012
You Can Put Your Trust In David F. Stoddard
Hi, my name is Wayne, I live in Anderson, SC. My wife was being harassed at work, and also singled out by fellow co-workers to be disciminated against. My wife was constantly getting write-ups, and even a three day suspension for actions that she never did. You get the picture,,, life was bad at work for my wife! When I called and talked to David F. Stoddard, his advice and recomendations for actions we could take , turned things around, and leveled the playing field at work for my wife! Exellent advice Dave! My wife and I can't thank you enough.
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Posted by stephen j | March 3, 2012
advice on a custody matter
David responded to my inquiry promptly and stated the issues in plain english. He also presented alternatives to resolve my issue through negotiation or counciling. I thought his input was extremely relevant, going to the heart of the matter I am currently facing.
Posted by mariadhdz | February 6, 2015
I am IMPRESSED by His Honesty,Genuine Concern, and Prompt response!
I am impressed by his prompt telephone response. His Honesty, His Genuine Concern and willingness to help me despite my lack of funds. . . Thank You.
Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Long time coming
My case has been going on for several years I have to call every day never with a return phone call. I would just like time with my son. I just hope something happens this year.
Response from David Stoddard August 2, 2017
If anonymous would call me, I would be happy to discuss the case. We try to return all calls within two days, but we are not perfect. Family Court can be a long frustrating process and lawyers don't have full control over how long it takes.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-300 per hour
  • Contingency 15%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011.

Public Reprimand issued in SC, 2011
updated on 04/06/2016

Public reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

David's comment: “David Stoddard's Legal Assistant stole funds from David Stoddard's trust account in 2009. The legal assistant went to prison. Mr. Stoddard replaced all of stolen funds. However, because the attorney is ultimately responsible for trust funds, this incident resulted in a public reprimand.”

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • David F. Stoddard Law Firm
  • 2006 - Present
  • Partner
  • Waldrep & Stoddard Law Firm
  • 1994 - 2006
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • 10th Judicial Circuit Solicitor
  • 1986 - 1994
  • Law Clerk
  • South Carolina Circuit Court Administration
  • 1985 - 1986
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  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Clemson University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1982


  • South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • BV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • BV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Employment Law Update Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Revised Fair Labor Standards Act Regulations
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (8)
Endorse David
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known David, both personally and professionally, for over 25 years, as co-counsel and adversaries on cases. I have found him to be exceptionally prepared on every issue. His dedication to his clients and concern for the best result, really set him apart, however. He leaves nothing to chance and covers all his bases in case preparation, which results in the best outcome for his clients. With the wealth of experience and knowledge he has, I wholeheartedly recommend David in both civil and criminal cases."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've referred clients to David in the past. He has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent DUI attorney. I recommend him highly."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Stoddard is an exemplary attorney that I would not hesitate to refer to anyone and everyone. He provides excellent and informed answers here on Avvo. I have been a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, law professor, and private attorney over the past 24 years and I still regularly learn new aspects about the law from his answers."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as a valuable member of this forum. Attorneys who participate in this forum are providing useful information for those in need and should be commended. Further, the type of information conveyed is in the true spirit of professionalism where information is provided to help those in need which is the underpinning of the legal profession. Often the users of this forum are given second opinions that expand on information or provide contradictory information. Providing information empowers the uninformed to go forward with confronting their legal problems. I recommend and endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He provides detailed and insightful analysis to questions posed by AVVO subscribers. The detailed responses and thorough explanations provided here display a vast knowledge of the law. He is an asset to the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Stoddard is one of the finest personal injury attorney's in SC. He is a strong and zealous advocate and a credit to the legal profession. If I needed an attorney in SC he is the first and only attorney I would call and whom I will refer cases to. He is a great lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David F. Stoddard, Esq. is an example of an attorney of the “New Age.” I have thankfully come to know Mr. Stoddard and his work ethic through a group of like-minded attorneys. David has vast experience in handling personal injury claims and knows how to best represent his clients in court. One thing that the Stoddard Law Firm does that sets them apart is their dedication to delivering the best customer service in the industry. David treats each client’s case with special attention as if it were his only case. This dedication has caused his law firm to he highly recommended and very successful. Keep up the good work David!"
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Anderson Divorce and separation Lawyer David F Stoddard
David F Stoddard
Divorce and separation Attorney
Anderson, SC
Licensed for 38 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011. See details