As an original founder of the firm, J. David Standeffer handled trials and cases before all State and Federal, Civil and Criminal Courts. In September 1998, he became a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, as a result of meeting the rigorous qualification requirements and passing the written national examination. He was one of the thirty-one attorneys so certified in the state of South Carolina.
In 2005 he became a certified Civil Mediator by the South Carolina Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification. He was also continually selected to the American Association of Justice (formerly ATLA) Top 100 Trial Lawyers in South Carolina; continually voted into South Carolina Super Lawyers, through their investigation, polling and independent research.
Mr Standeffer also continually maintained the highest possible Peer Review Rating for ethical and legal ability of “AV” by the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory. He was continually listed in the areas of Civil Trial Practice, Personal Injury and Product Liability in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, reflecting confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary about his abilities and achievements.
He was also named a life member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum due to verdicts and settlements over One Million Dollars and multiple Million Dollars. He was selected to Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association, continuously, since it began in 2007.
Mr. Standeffer graduated, with Honor, from Clemson University in 1972, after attending grades 1-12 in Anderson, and from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1975. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1975, served as a Captain in U.S. Army J.A.G. Corps for three years, practiced with a law firm in Europe for one year and for the Anderson and Epps Law Firm for one year in Anderson, before going to the Tenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office(Anderson and Oconee) for over seven years. He served as Anderson County Attorney for two years. He opened his private practice of law in 1988, in Anderson.
He was a member of the South Carolina, Anderson County and American Bar Association; The American Association for Justice; The American Trial Lawyers Association; The South Carolina Association for Justice; The National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys; The Federal Bar Association; and The Southern Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Directors 2011-present). He has tried over 500 jury trials to verdict, plus hundreds of non-jury cases to verdict. He is married and has one child.
Sample reported cases: Clark v. Cantell, 339 S.C. 369, 529 S.E. 2d528 (2000), aff’g as modified 332 S.C. 433, 504 S.E. 2d605 (Ct. App.1998); Talkington v. Atria Reclamelucifers FabriekenBV, 152 F.2d 254, 260(4th Cir.1998), cert. dismissed, 525 U.S. 1062, 119 S.Ct. 634, 142 Led 2d 653 (1998).
Past Employment Positions:
- Anderson, South Carolina, Private Practice, 1988 – Present
- Anderson County, South Carolina, County Attorney, 1989 – 1991
- Tenth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office (Anderson & Oconee Counties), Assistant Solicitor, 1981 – 1988
- Epps & Krause, Attorney at Law, Anderson, South Carolina – 1980, Associate
- United States Army J.A.G. Corps (First Armored Division, Meritorious Service Medal), Captain, 1976 – 1979
University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina, 1975
Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 1972
Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Distinguished Military Graduate
South Carolina, 1975
U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1976
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1976
U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Professional Affiliations and Memberships
Federal Bar Association - Member
Nation Trial Lawyers Association - Member
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Member
American Association for Justice - Member
South Carolina Association for Justice - Member
Anderson County Bar Association - Member
South Carolina Bar Association - Member
American Bar Association - Member
National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers - Member
New Spring Church of Anderson - Member
Honors, Awards and Accomplishments
Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, The National Board of Trial Advocacy
Board Certified Civil Pre-Trial Advocate
Top 100 Attorney
Board of Governors, Southern Trial Lawyers Association - JustLaw Magazine
Civil Trial Mediator, South Carolina Bar Association