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Jeffrey Scott Stephens

Criminal defense Attorney at Beaufort, SC

5.0   4 reviews

About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Trial and appellate defense practice with a focus on representing military clients, veterans, and their families.

    20 years

  2. Military law
    Military practice includes courts-martial, admin sep boards, non-judicial punishment, boards of inquiry, appeals, and removal of adverse materials from military records; recognized as an expert on military law in military and civilian courts.

    22 years

  3. Divorce and separation
    Focus on military divorces and division of military retirement.

    10 years

  4. Appeals
    Experience with military appeals to service courts of criminal appeals and Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF), as well as the South Carolina Court of Appeals and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

    17 years

  5. Employment and labor
    Former Department of the Navy Agency Representative for labor cases at MCRD Parris Island, SC; experience with labor complaint appeals to the Merit System Protections Board and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

    22 years

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Tech, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee. He served as an enlisted U.S. Marine Corps reservist in college and law school and was later commissioned as an officer.  He spent 10 years as an active duty Marine Corps judge advocate, serving as a civil law attorney, representing the Department of the Navy in labor disputes and providing ethics opinions for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC, and serving as a defense and appellate defense counsel. After leaving active duty in 2007, he served for 5 years as an assistant solicitor for South Carolina’s 14th Judicial Circuit, prosecuting crimes committed in Beaufort and Jasper counties. After serving as a reserve operational law officer and appellate defense counsel, he retired from military service in 2016.  He has been a military and civilian criminal defense attorney in Beaufort, SC since 2012.  

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Quindlen Law Firm, P.A., at 121 Lady's Island Commons, Beaufort, SC 29907.
Licensed for 23 years
State SC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/24/2022
State FL
Status Inactive
Acquired 1998
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Jeffrey

Quindlen Law Firm, P.A.
P.O. Box 2450
Beaufort, SC, 29901-2450


5.0 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by Denis Leinhart jr | July 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business owner
Jeff, has always handled everything professionally and is very comforting and positive to his clients he represents.
Posted by Sue | July 14, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent experience with Mr. Stephens
My granddaughter and I consulted Mr. Stephens on a matter related to her enlistment in the National Guard. He was extremely responsive and explained the options in a way that was informative, understandable, and demonstrated compassion. I appreciated his willingness to conduct additional research and his follow up to determine if we had need of additional intervention.
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Patient and understanding lawyer
I contacted Jeff about a military service issue I was having with my command. Jeff was patient and knowledgeable about my issue. He calmed me down and didn’t charge me for his advice even after we spoke for hours. He really seemed to just care about helping me out.
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2015
Gave me faith
I was wrongfully charged with a CDV. I hired Jeff & felt he genuinely cares & is CLEARLY confident in my case but more importantly, his ability to get it thrown out. He tolerates my emotional ups & downs which is greatly appreciated (who doesn't get emotional over a criminal charge?). I have the up most confidence in him & appreciate all his matter of fact advice & hard work.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Assistant Public Defender/ Part-time Contract Public Defender
  • South Carolina's 14th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office
  • 2017 - Present
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Judge Advocate (attorney)
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 1999 - 2007


  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005
  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • State v. Devon Dunham
  • Jury Verdict of "Not Guilty" to Murder; second charge dismissed
  • United States v. Riggins, 75 M.J. 78 (C.A.A.F 2016)
  • Convictions set aside by appellate court and sentence reduced
  • United States v. Harcrow. 66 M.J. 154
  • Conviction reversed
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  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Bar
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Veterans Claims Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (South Carolina chapter)
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Beaufort County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar, Military Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Bar
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Hungarian


  • Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 2007
  • Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 2006
  • W.K. McClure Fellowship for International Studies
  • University of Tennessee
  • 1997
  • Distinguished Graduate (Redstone Arsenal, Al)
  • U.S. Army
  • 1995
  • National Merit Scholarship
  • National Merit Foundation
  • 1989
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Speaking Engagements

  • Sex Crimes CLE
  • Using DNA forensic testing results for the defense
  • 2020

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."