Steve is an experienced litigator and regularly practices in South Carolina state and federal courts. He focuses his practice in the areas of civil and construction litigation, probate litigation, estate administration, and estate planning. Before joining Hamilton Martens, Steve practiced for three years with a general practice law firm in York, South Carolina, where he represented individual clients and small businesses in various civil and probate litigation matters, as well as provided legal advice and counsel on various transactional matters in the areas of estate administration, estate planning, and business formation. In addition to his experience in private practice, Steve also has experience in administrative law. Shortly after being admitted to the South Carolina Bar, Steve began working as a Hearing Officer for the South Carolina Department of Social Services, a position that he held for nearly a year and a half and in which he adjudicated more than 500 administrative matters. Steve is proficient in the Spanish language and received an “Advanced” rating on a Spanish Oral Proficiency Test administered by the University of South Carolina. He now uses his Spanish language proficiency to assist the Spanish-speaking clients of Hamilton Martens.

Steve is licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts of South Carolina. He is also admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In 2019, Steve had the honor and privilege of being sworn in and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

Steve received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Wake Forest University and his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Charlotte School of Law. Steve graduated in the Top 6 percent of his law school class, and during his last semester of law school, served as a federal judicial extern in the Chambers of Chief United States District Judge Frank D. Whitney of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Community Involvement:

  • South Carolina Bar House of Delegates, July 2021 – Present
  • York County Bar Association, Treasurer (2020 – 2021 Term); Vice President (July 2021 – Present)
  • SC VALOR Veterans Legal Clinic
  • Probate Court 201 & 301: Sun City Carolina Lakes
  • “For the Times They are A-Changin’”: The New World of Guardianships and Conservatorships in South Carolina Attorney Panelist: Fees for A.I.I.’s Counsel and Guardians ad Litem in Guardianship and Conservatorship Proceedings
  • Law School for Non-Lawyers: (sponsored by the South Carolina Bar): Attorney Speaker, taught the South Carolina Wills, Estates, and Probate seminar of the Program

Practice Areas:

  • Probate Litigation
    • Guardianship and Conservatorship of Incapacitated Adults
    • Petitions to Sell Real Property
    • Contested Estate Litigation
    • Will Contests
    • Guardian Ad Litem Services
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Construction Disputes
  • Mechanic’s Lien Foreclosures
  • Debt Collection
  • Commercial Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning

Education:

  • Charlotte School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2014 
    • Research Assistant, Professor Carol A. Turowski, Research focus: Wrongful convictions in the United States criminal justice system
    • Pro Bono High Honors
    • Order of the Crown Scholastic Leadership Honor Society
    • Dean’s List (all semesters completed)
  • Wake Forest University, B.A., Biology, 2011
    • Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, Research focus: Group dynamics exhibited by criminal and civil trial juries during jury deliberation

Bar Admissions:

  • South Carolina
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

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